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  • Russia warns against US attack on Syrian forces MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has warned the United States against carrying out any attacks on Syrian government forces, saying it would have repercussions across the Middle East.
  • Russia says U.S. 'aggression' in Syria would mean 'tectonic shifts' MOSCOW (Reuters) - "Direct aggression" by the United States toward the Syrian government and armed forces would lead to "frightening, tectonic shifts" in the Middle East, RIA news agency cited Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova as saying on Saturday. Russia and the United States back opposing sides in the Syrian conflict. A U.S.-Russian brokered ceasefire in Syria recently fell apart, and Russian war planes on Saturday struck rebel-held areas north of the Syrian city of Aleppo. (Reporting by Alexander Winning)
  • Philippine leader's Hitler remarks 'troubling' for Pentagon chief 

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte likened his deadly war on crime to Hitler's efforts to exterminate JewsPentagon chief Ashton Carter on Friday criticized the "deeply troubling" remarks by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, in which he likened his deadly war on crime to Hitler's efforts to exterminate Jews. Carter's comments came during a regional security summit with Southeast Asian ally nations, where he sought to reassure counterparts that Washington's ongoing commitment to its Asia "rebalance" would continue into the next US administration. Earlier Friday, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte had made televised remarks drawing parallels between his campaign to wipe out his country's drug problem and Adolf Hitler's genocidal drive.


  • Duterte 'happy to slaughter' drug suspects; mentions Hitler 

    Residents are kept at a distance as police investigators examine the bodies of three suspects who were killed in a sting operation by the authorities in the continuing "War on Drugs" campaign of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte before dawn Friday, Sept. 30, 2016 in Caloocan city, north of Manila, Philippines. Duterte raised the rhetoric over his bloody anti-crime war to a new level Friday, comparing it to Hitler and the Holocaust and saying he would be "happy to slaughter" 3 million addicts. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte raised the rhetoric over his bloody anti-crime war to a new level Friday, comparing it to Hitler and the Holocaust and saying he would be "happy to slaughter" 3 million addicts.


  • Pentagon chief troubled by Philippine president's comments 

    With the US and Hawaii flags fluttering in the background, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks at a press conference during a defense ministers meeting of ASEAN , Friday, Sept. 30, 2016 in Kapolei, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)KO OLINA, Hawaii (AP) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter hinted Friday at U.S. impatience with the Philippine government over inflammatory comments by President Rodrigo Duterte.


  • Germany's Merkel says she has not changed course on migrant policy 

    German Chancellor Merkel arrives to sign a book of condolence for former Israeli President Peres in BerlinGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel insisted on Saturday that she had not reversed course on her policy on migrants, two weeks after she said she wished she could turn back the clock to better prepare Germany for last year's influx. Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) suffered electoral routs in two state elections last month as voters rejected her open-door migrant policy just a year ahead of a federal election. Taking some of the blame for her party's drubbing, Merkel struck a conciliatory tone and said she would if she could "turn back the time by many, many years" to prepare Germany for the influx.


  • Peres, remembered for tireless peace efforts, laid to rest 

    Left to Right: Israeli President Reuven Rivlin , US President Barack Obama , Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara during the funeral of former Israeli President Shimon Peres in Jerusalem, Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. Shimon Peres was being laid to rest on Friday in a ceremony attended by thousands of admirers and dozens of international dignitaries — in a final tribute to a man who personified the history of Israel during a remarkable seven-decade political career and who came to be seen by many as a potent symbol of hopes of Mideast peace. (Abir Sultan, Pool via AP)JERUSALEM (AP) — Shimon Peres was laid to rest Friday by dozens of world leaders who praised Israel's former president and prime minister for pursuing peace with an indefatigable spirit and optimism, even though his vision of a "new Middle East" was never fulfilled.


  • Pope in Georgia: Vaguely Russia rebuke, warm Georgia welcome 

    Pope Francis takes a seat during his meeting with Georgian Orthodox Patriarch Iliya II in Tbilisi, Georgia, on Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. The pontiff is traveling to Georgia and Azerbaijan for a three-day visit. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — Pope Francis issued a vague rebuke to Russia on Friday and received an unexpectedly warm welcome from the leader of the Georgian Orthodox Church as he mixed geopolitics with religion on the first day of a three-day trip to the Caucasus.


  • For many Israelis, Peres's death leaves behind few peacemakers 

    Members of the Israeli Knesset guard stand around the coffin of former Israeli president and prime minister Shimon Peres during his funeral at the Mount Herzl national cemetery in Jerusalem on September 30, 2016The death of Nobel laureate Shimon Peres led to a surge of nostalgia in Israel over his peace efforts, but his ideals have become increasingly absent from the country's political scene. The former president and prime minister won the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize for his role in negotiating the Oslo accords with the Palestinians and spent the latter years of his life defending his pursuit of the goals they represented. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government is seen as the most right-wing in Israel's history, and key members of his coalition say openly that they oppose a Palestinian state.


  • World leaders bid farewell to 20th-century 'giant' Peres 

    US President Barack Obama touches the coffin of former Israeli president Shimon Peres after speaking during his funeral in Jerusalem on September 30, 2016World leaders bid farewell to Israeli elder statesman and Nobel Peace laureate Shimon Peres at his funeral in Jerusalem Friday, with US President Barack Obama hailing him as a giant of the 20th century. Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas was among the mourners at Mount Herzl national cemetery and sat in the front row, reportedly at the request of Peres's family. Abbas knew Peres well and negotiated with him.


  • In ex-Soviet Georgia, pope issues veiled criticism of Russia 

    Pope Francis looks on during a welcome ceremony at the Presidential palace in TbilisiBy Philip Pullella and Margarita Antidze TBILISI (Reuters) - Pope Francis called for respect for international law and the sovereign rights of nations as he arrived in Georgia on Friday, an implicit criticism of Russia, which keeps troops in two breakaway areas of the ex-Soviet state. Russia, which fought a short war with Georgia in 2008, is one of the few countries that recognize the contested areas of Abkhazia and South Ossetia as independent states. Speaking at the welcoming ceremony at the presidential palace, Francis, in a clear reference to the Georgian situation, said relations between states in the region "can never lay aside respect for the sovereign rights of every country within the framework of international law".


  • Philippines' Duterte draws Hitler parallels in war on drugs 

    Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte won elections in May in a landslide after a campaign dominated by his pledge to eradicate drugs by killing tens of thousands of peoplePhilippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday likened his deadly crime war to Hitler's efforts to exterminate Jews, as he declared he was "happy to slaughter" millions of drug addicts. Duterte also railed against Western critics of his unprecedented law-and-order crackdown, which has left more than 3,000 people dead in three months and raised concerns about a breakdown in the rule of law in one of Asia's most chaotic democracies. "Hitler massacred three million Jews.


  • Airline caterers adapt to survive with shift to buy-on-board 

    Gate Gourmet staff, part of Swiss airline catering firm Gategroup Holdings, loads a trolley aboard an Airbus A320-214 airplane of Swiss airline at Zurich airportBy Victoria Bryan BERLIN (Reuters) - In the 1980s American Airlines calculated that it could save up to $100,000 just by removing olives from its salads. Since then, the industry's economy drive has continued apace forcing airline catering firms to reinvent themselves. British Airways said on Thursday customers on its short-haul economy flights would be sold Marks & Spencer sandwiches because its customers said they would prefer to pay for food from a brand they recognize.


  • Shimon Peres: five key facts on former Israel premier 

    In a career spanning seven decades, Shimon Peres held nearly every major office in Israel, serving twice as prime minister and as president from 2007 to 2014Shimon Peres, former Israeli president and Nobel Peace Prize winner, was buried on Friday in Jerusalem in the presence of world leaders. Peres was one of the architects of the Oslo peace accords with the Palestinians, reached in 1993 and 1995. Peres was foreign minister under his Labour party rival Yitzhak Rabin.


  • Chinese frigates pay port call at Myanmar's old capital 

    Myanmar navy officers wave to welcome the arrival of a Chinese navy ship Friday, Sept. 30, 2016, in Yangon, Myanmar. Two Chinese frigates, the Zhoushan and the Xiangtan, are both paying a friendly port call at the Thilawa port in Myanmar's old capital Yangon. (AP Photo/Thein Zaw)THILAWA, Myanmar (AP) — Two Chinese naval frigates are paying a port call near Myanmar's old capital, Yangon.


  • Nobel Prize for Colombia peace deal or UN climate pact? 

    FILE - In this Sept, 26, 2016 file photo, the top commander of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, FARC, Rodrigo Londono, right, shakes hands with Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos, left, as Cuba's President Raul Castro, center, looks on after they signed a peace agreement between the government and the FARC in Cartagena, Colombia. Guessing the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize is notoriously hard because the secretive Norwegian Nobel Committee isn’t dropping any hints, except that 376 people and groups have been nominated for the award, which will be announced on Oct. 10. That doesn’t stop Nobel watchers from speculating, sometimes based on their own preferences or the small number of nominations that were made public by those who submitted them. Opposite sides of a violent conflict sitting down to make peace , it’s hard to find anything that better embodies the spirit of the Nobel Peace Prize. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara, File)STAVANGER, Norway (AP) — Guessing the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize is notoriously hard because the secretive Norwegian Nobel Committee isn't dropping any hints, except that 376 people and groups have been nominated for the award, which will be announced on Oct. 7.


  • The Latest: Germany saw 820,000 asylum-seekers last year 

    A migrants cooks on the beach, on the northeastern Greek island of Chios, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. More than 3,500 refugees and migrants are stuck on Chios island, since the European border closures earlier this year. (AP Photo/Mstyslav Chernov)BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — The Latest on the flow of migrants into Europe (all times local):


  • Peres funeral, attended by Obama, briefly brings Israeli, Palestinian leaders together 

    Israel's PM Netanyahu and U.S. President Obama at the funeral of former Israeli President Shimon Peres in JerusalemBy Jeffrey Heller and Jeff Mason JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli and Palestinian leaders shook hands during a brief chat and U.S. President Barack Obama gently reminded them of the "unfinished business of peace" at the funeral Friday of Shimon Peres, the last of a generation of Israel's founding fathers. Peres, a former president and prime minister who died on Wednesday at the age of 93, shared a Nobel Prize for the interim land-for-peace accords he helped reach with the Palestinians as Israel's foreign minister in the 1990s.


  • Amnesty: Hundreds trapped in Libya's Benghazi amid fighting 

    FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2016 file photo, a civilian fighter holding the Libyan flag stands in front of damaged buildings in Benghazi, Libya. Amnesty International, an international rights group expressed alarm Friday, Sept. 30, 2016, over the fate of hundreds of Libyan and foreign nationals trapped for months amid fighting in the eastern city of Benghazi. Amnesty International said that nearly 130 families and hundreds of foreigners in the southwestern Benghazi neighborhood of Ganfouda have been cut off from the outside world, with dwindling food and fuel supplies. (AP Photo/Mohammed el-Shaiky, File)CAIRO (AP) — An international rights group expressed alarm Friday over the fate of hundreds of Libyan and foreign nationals trapped for months amid fighting in the eastern city of Benghazi.


  • PM stokes fear of attacks to rally Hungarians to vote down migrant quotas 

    Hungary's Prime Minister Orban speaks during a news conference in WarsawBy Krisztina Than BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Prime Minister Viktor Orban urged Hungarians to reject European Union migrant quotas in a referendum on Sunday, evoking the fear of a militant attack to rally people to the polls in a vote that looks uncertain to reach the required turnout. Orban has been at the forefront of opposition in Europe to the position taken by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has said Europe had an obligation to take in refugees. Since last September, when hundreds of thousands of migrants fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East crossed Hungary on their way to richer countries in Western Europe, Orban has sealed the southern border with Serbia and Croatia to migrants with a razor wire fence and around 8,000 army and police.


  • Abbas attendance at Peres's funeral reminder of need for peace: Obama U.S. President Barack Obama said on Friday Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's attendance at the funeral for Israeli elder statesman Shimon Peres was a reminder of the "unfinished business of peace" in the Middle East. In a 20-minute eulogy in honor of the former Israeli president and prime minister, who died on Wednesday aged 93, Obama said Peres had always strived for a resolution of Israeli-Palestinian conflict that treated both sides equally.
  • Serbian police arrest migrants who fled airport detention BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbian police say they have arrested two migrants after they fled from detention at Belgrade airport.
  • Defense secretary: US will sharpen 'military edge' in Asia 

    Secretary of Defense Ash Carter speaks to sailors on the flight deck of the USS Carl Vinson, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016 at Naval Air Station, North Island in Coronado, Calif. Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Thursday said the U.S. will "sharpen our military edge" in Asia and the Pacific in order to remain a dominant power in a region feeling the effects of China's rising military might. Carter made the pledge in a speech aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in port in San Diego. (Nelvin C. Cepeda/The San Diego Union-Tribune via AP)SAN DIEGO (AP) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Thursday the U.S. will "sharpen our military edge" in Asia and the Pacific in order to remain a dominant power in a region feeling the effects of China's rising military might.


  • US-Philippines military alliance 'ironclad': Pentagon chief 

    Philippine and US soldiers take part in an air assault exercise inside the military training camp of Fort Magsaysay, north of ManilaUS Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said America's alliance with the Philippines remains "ironclad" even though the Asian ally's leader has vowed to end joint military exercises. The Pentagon chief's remarks came as he headed for a security summit in Hawaii, where concerns about Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, China's continued military expansion in the South China Sea, and the return of Islamic State group jihadists to the region were high on the agenda.


  • Germany revises down 2015 refugee arrivals to 890,000 

    The mass influx of asylum seekers into Germany stopped after several Balkans transit countries shuttered their borders and the EU reached a deal with Turkey to stop arrivals to the Greek islandsGermany has revised down the number of asylum seekers it took in last year from 1.1 million to 890,000, Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said Friday. De Maiziere cited new centralised figures that are more precise than previous anonymised first-registration data, which did not allow for people being counted multiple times or for those who had since left Germany.


  • Abbas, Netanyahu in rare handshake at Peres funeral 

    Image grab from a video released by Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu's spokesman shows Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas shaking hands with Netanyahu at the funeral of former Israeli premier Shimon Peres in Jerusalem on September 30, 2016Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas shook hands and spoke briefly at Shimon Peres's funeral on Friday in a rare public encounter between the two men. Long time," Abbas said in broken English, a video posted by Netanyahu's spokesman showed. The last substantial public meeting between Abbas and Netanyahu was in 2010, though there have been unconfirmed reports of secret meetings since then.


  • U.S. lawmakers may change Sept. 11 law after rejecting veto 

    U.S. Speaker of the House Ryan holds a news conference on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy Patricia Zengerle and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers expressed doubts on Thursday about Sept. 11 legislation they forced on President Barack Obama, saying the new law allowing lawsuits against Saudi Arabia could be narrowed to ease concerns about its effect on Americans abroad. A day after a rare overwhelming rejection of a presidential veto, the first during Obama's eight years in the White House, the Republican leaders of the Senate and House of Representatives opened the door to fixing the law as they blamed the Democratic president for not consulting them adequately. "I do think it is worth further discussing," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters, acknowledging that there could be "potential consequences" of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, known as JASTA.


  • Obama flies to Israel for Shimon Peres memorial service 

    FILE - In this June 13, 2012 file photo President Barack Obama looks at Israeli President Shimon Peres after awarding him the Presidential Medal of Freedom at a dinner in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Both were Nobel Prize laureates who labored for peace in the Middle East but failed to achieve it. Now, their joint efforts are at an end as President Barack Obama prepares to pay a final tribute to Shimon Peres in Jerusalem. Obama boarded Air Force One Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, to fly to Israel to join dozens of world leaders at the funeral of Peres, the 93-year-old former prime minister, president and elder statesman. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Both were Nobel Prize laureates who labored for peace in the Middle East but failed to achieve it. Now, their joint efforts are at an end as President Barack Obama prepares to pay a final tribute to Shimon Peres in Jerusalem.


  • Israelis pay respects to Peres, Clinton arrives in Israel 

    Members of the Knesset guard stand next to the Israeli flag at half-staff in preparations to display the coffin of former Israeli President Shimon Peres at the Knesset, Israel's Parliament, in Jerusalem, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016. The country mourned the death of Peres, a former president and prime minister whose life story mirrored that of the Jewish state, as the government began preparations for a funeral that is expected to bring together world leaders and dignitaries. Israeli officials are feverishly preparing security arrangements and logistics to host an array of world figures arriving in Israel for Peres' funeral Friday. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)JERUSALEM (AP) — Former U.S. President Bill Clinton joined thousands of Israeli mourners Thursday who paid their respects to the late Shimon Peres outside Israel's parliament in Jerusalem, as the country somberly remembered the Nobel-winning politician who helped lead Israel during a remarkable seven-decade career.


  • Clinton joins Israel in paying last respects to Peres 

    Israelis queue to pay their respects in front of the coffin of former Israeli president Shimon Peres at a plaza outside the Knesset in JerusalemIsraeli leaders, former US president Bill Clinton and tens of thousands of mourners gathered outside parliament Thursday to pay last respects to Nobel Peace Prize winner Shimon Peres, whose body was lying in state. A major security operation was being put in place ahead of Friday's funeral, which is to be attended by leaders from across the world, including US President Barack Obama and Britain's Prince Charles. In a rare visit to Jerusalem, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas was also planning to attend, Palestinian officials told AFP.


  • The Latest: Bill Clinton, Netanyahu meet in Jerusalem 

    Members of the Knesset guard carry the coffin of former Israeli President Shimon Peres at the Knesset, Israel's Parliament, in Jerusalem, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. Peres died early Wednesday from complications from a stroke. He was 93. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on funeral preparations and a nation in mourning at the death of Israel's ninth President, Shimon Peres (all times local):


  • Arab responses to 9/11 bill point to US interventions abroad 

    FILE - In this file photo taken Wednesday, April 9, 2003, an Iraqi man, bottom right, watches Cpl. Edward Chin of the 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines Regiment, cover the face of a statue of Saddam Hussein with an American flag before toppling the statue in downtown in Baghdad, Iraq. A bill passed by Congress allowing the families of 9/11 victims to sue the Saudi government has reinforced to some in the Arab world a long-held view that the U.S. only demands justice for its own victims of terrorism, despite decades of controversial U.S. interventions around the world. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A bill passed by Congress allowing the families of 9/11 victims to sue the Saudi government has prompted reactions of outrage and ridicule among some in the Arab world. Many critics say the bill reinforces a long-held perception in the Middle East that the U.S. only demands justice for its own victims of terrorism, despite decades of controversial U.S. interventions around the world.


  • WHY IT MATTERS: Russia looms as key issue for United States 

    FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2009, file photo, people walk in Red Square, with St. Basil Cathedral, left, the Kremlin's Spassky Tower, right back, and Lenin Mausoleum, right, in Moscow, Russia. Russia cannot be ignored. Since the end of the Cold War, Russia has never posed such a vexing problem to U.S. policymakers as it does now. From Eastern Europe to the Middle East and increasingly Asia and the Americas, Russia is making its voice heard and its presence felt. (AP Photo/Misha Japaridze, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — THE ISSUE: Russia cannot be ignored. Since the end of the Cold War, Russia has never posed such a vexing problem to U.S. policymakers as it does now. From Eastern Europe to the Middle East and increasingly Asia and the Americas, Russia is making its voice heard and its presence felt.


  • Little mourning for Shimon Peres in Arab world 

    A photograph of the late former Israeli president Shimon Peres is displayed before the start of a special cabinet meeting to mourn his death, in Jerusalem, on September 28, 2016Mourned internationally as a peacemaker, Israeli ex-president Shimon Peres's death has met with official silence in most Arab countries, where public opinion vilified the Nobel laureate as a "war criminal". Of the 21 Arab states, only two -- Egypt and Jordan -- have full diplomatic relations with Israel.


  • Palestinian president plans to attend funeral of Israel's Peres 

    Former U.S. President Bill Clinton stands with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and Knesset speaker Yuli Edelstein next to the flag-draped coffin of former Israeli President Shimon Peres, as he lies in state at the Knesset plaza,By Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas plans to pay a rare visit to Jerusalem on Friday to attend the funeral of former Israeli leader Shimon Peres, a Palestinian official said on Thursday. It was not immediately clear if the occasion would yield anything more than handshakes with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Barack Obama, who will also be at the burial. Peres, who died on Wednesday aged 93, won a Nobel Prize for his peace efforts with the Palestinians in the 1990s.


  • Canadian-Iranian prof thrilled to be home after detention 

    Iranian-Canadian professor Homa Hoodfar smiles as she arrives in Montreal on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. The retired anthropology professor spent nearly four months in prison in Iran. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO (AP) — A retired professor who was released from an Iranian prison this week said Thursday it was wonderful to be home after a "bitter seven months" in detention that left her weak and tired.


  • Pope urges greater efforts for peace in the Middle East VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is urging the world not to look the other way from war and suffering in the Middle East and appealed to leaders "for greater and renewed efforts to achieve peace throughout the Middle East."
  • Tumult to tranquility: Migrant family finds peace in Germany 

    In this Friday, Sept. 16, 2016 photo, Samir Qasu, 46, center, a Yazidi migrant from Sinjar, Iraq, laughs while speaking on his mobile phone as he and his wife Bessi Qasim, 43, left, and his son Dildar Qasu, 11, enjoy their time at a cafe in Freiburg, Germany. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)ELZACH, Germany (AP) — They fled Iraq just ahead of an Islamic State group onslaught in which thousands of their fellow Yazidis were enslaved or slaughtered. Months as refugees on the fringes of Turkish society, a nearly fatal trip across the Aegean and a long trek through the Balkans and Austria north to Germany came next.


  • Suspected people smuggler charged in Australian court SYDNEY (AP) — An Iranian citizen extradited from Indonesia was charged in a Sydney court on Thursday with attempting to smuggle 73 asylum seekers by boat to Australia.
  • Bahrain minister in surprise tribute to Israel's Peres 

    Bahrain's foreign minister Sheikh Khaled bin Ahmed al-Khalifa (left) pictured with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Manama on April 7, 2016Bahrain's foreign minister paid tribute to Israel's former president Shimon Peres on Thursday, in a surprise statement that drew strong Arab criticism on social media. "Rest in Peace President Shimon Peres, a Man of War and a Man of the still elusive Peace in the Middle East," Sheikh Khaled bin Ahmed al-Khalifa said on Twitter. Like most Arab countries, Bahrain does not have diplomatic relations with Israel, and many Arabs associate Peres with the successive wars that have rocked the Middle East rather than the Oslo accords with the Palestinians that earned him the Nobel Peace Prize.


 

 

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