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Longtime Israeli statesman Peres dies

He armed nation, won peace Nobel

Subscriber onlyJERUSALEM -- Shimon Peres, a former Israeli president and prime minister and Nobel prize-winning visionary who pushed his country toward peace, has died, the Israeli news website YNet reported early this morning. He was 93. Continue reading...

EU pushes to boost defenses despite U.K.

Subscriber onlyBRUSSELS -- European Union nations pressed ahead Tuesday with plans to boost military cooperation as the United Kingdom vowed to oppose the creation of an EU army or headquarters. Continue reading...

Air pollution excessive for 92% of world's people, WHO says

Subscriber onlyGENEVA -- More than nine out of 10 people worldwide live in areas with excessive air pollution, contributing to problems like strokes, heart disease and lung cancer, the World Health Organization said Tuesday. Continue reading...

13 Afghan troops die in Taliban raid

Subscriber onlyKABUL, Afghanistan — An Afghan official said Tuesday that at least 13 Afghan army soldiers were killed when a group of Taliban militants attacked their checkpoint in northern Kunduz province. Continue reading...

Syrian forces take Aleppo quarter

Airstrike victims fill hospitals, food running out, residents say

Subscriber onlyBEIRUT -- Syrian government forces captured a central rebel-held neighborhood in Aleppo on Tuesday after a week of blistering airstrikes. Continue reading...

Migration foes drive European debate

Refugee-quota critics gain notice in countries that allow fewest newcomers

Subscriber onlyBUDAPEST, Hungary -- Together, Hungary and the Czech Republic took in about 1,000 asylum seekers last year. Still, rallying cries against migration have dominated the debates ahead of upcoming ballots in the two central-European countries. Continue reading...

At illegal mine, 19 killed, China says

Subscriber onlyBEIJING -- Chinese authorities blamed illegal mining activities for a gas explosion at a coal mine that killed 19 people and left one miner missing, Chinese state media reported early this morning. Continue reading...

The world in brief

Subscriber onlyBaghdad suicide blasts kill 17 civilians Continue reading...

Israeli media: Former Israeli President Shimon Peres dies

JERUSALEM — Former Israeli President Shimon Peres, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and elder statesman of Israeli politics, has died, the Israeli news website YNet is reporting. He was 93. Continue reading...

France to shut migrant camp by year's end

7,000-plus living near Channel Tunnel entrance to be dispersed, Hollande says

Subscriber onlyCALAIS, France -- The migrant camp in Calais must be fully dismantled by the end of the year, French President Francois Hollande said Monday, addressing a major issue for his Socialist government ahead of next year's presidential election. Continue reading...

Damascus says truce savable but West shifty

Killings said to continue in Aleppo

Subscriber onlyBEIRUT -- Syria's foreign minister said Monday that an internationally brokered cease-fire is still viable, as rescue workers in Aleppo sifted the rubble from the heaviest airstrikes on rebel-held areas of the northern city in five years. Continue reading...

Turks say 2 strikes by Kurds killed 10

Subscriber onlyANKARA, Turkey — Kurdish rebels staged two attacks against security forces in southeastern Turkey on Monday, killing 10 security force members and wounding eight others, the country’s state-run news agency reported. Continue reading...

Top Colombian, rebel ink accord

Public vote remains on deal to end decades-long conflict

Subscriber onlyCARTAGENA, Colombia -- Colombia's government and the country's largest rebel movement on Monday signed a peace accord aimed at ending an era that saw more than 220,000 deaths, 8 million people made homeless and countless human-rights violations. Continue reading...

China preps Tibet to accept No. 2 lama

Subscriber onlyLHASA, China -- In the contest for Tibetan hearts and minds, a 26-year-old Buddhist monk is emerging into the spotlight. He is the Chinese-appointed Panchen Lama, and he is being groomed by the Communist Party to fill an important political and religious role in Tibet. Continue reading...

Extremists kill 8 more soldiers, Nigeria says

Subscriber onlyMAIDUGURI, Nigeria -- Islamic extremists have killed eight soldiers and wounded 17 in two attacks over two days in northeastern Nigeria, the country's military said Monday. Continue reading...

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