Peres funeral, attended by Obama, briefly brings Israeli, Palestinian leaders together
By 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.
WHO says 338 killed in eastern Aleppo in past few weeksGENEVA (Reuters) - The fighting in Syria's besieged enclave of eastern Aleppo has killed 338 people in the past few weeks, including 106 children, while 846 have been injured, including 261 children, a senior World Health Organization official said on Friday. "We are asking for four things: stop the killing, stop attacks on health care, let the sick and wounded out and let the aid in," WHO's head of emergency risk management and humanitarian response told a U.N. briefing in Geneva. (Reporting by Tom Miles; Editing by Gareth Jones)
Kremlin says no time frame for Russia's military operation in SyriaMOSCOW (Reuters) - There is no time frame for Russia's military operation in Syria, the Kremlin said on Friday. The main result of Russia's air strikes on radical Islamists in Syria over the past year is that "neither Islamic State, nor al Qaeda nor the Nusra Front are now sitting in Damascus", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told a conference call with reporters. He also said information on civilian deaths in Syria's largest city Aleppo provided by the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights could not be viewed as reliable. ...
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Renault signs deal for venture in Iran as its economy opens
PARIS (AP) ? Renault has reached a deal with Iran's government to open a plant making at least 150,000 vehicles a year, as European companies race for a share of Iran's market now that international sanctions have been lifted.
World leaders bid farewell to 20th-century 'giant' Shimon Peres
World 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 the city's Mount Herzl national cemetery and was seated in the front row, reportedly at the request of Peres's family. Abbas knew Peres well and negotiated with him.
The Las Vegas Bad Check Unit: One of a kindBy Joel Schectman LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Here, in the city of glitz and promise, just a few poor plays can bury a gambler under a tower of debt. Las Vegas Justice Court sits two miles from the cacophony of the Vegas strip, in a sparsely developed area of downtown dotted with bail bond shops. In a windowless basement of the courthouse sits Las Vegas? most fearsome debt collector: the Clark County District Attorney?s Bad Check Unit.
Literature Nobel to be announced Oct. 13, later than usualSTOCKHOLM (AP) ? The panel that awards the Nobel Prize in literature says this year's winner will be announced on Oct. 13, a week later than in previous years.
Special Report: Casino?s attempt to collect debt exposes world of Chinese high-rollersBy Joel Schectman and Koh Gui Qing LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - By the time the Las Vegas Sands Corp tried to collect on the gambling debts last year, the two women owed $6.4 million, lost during a few disastrous days of baccarat. The real gamblers then were able to play without a paper trail at the company?s Venetian and Palazzo casinos at the heart of the Las Vegas Strip. The attorneys for the women, Jeffrey Setness of the law firm Fabian VanCott and Kevin Rosenberg of Lowenstein & Weatherwax LLP, contend the Sands may have violated federal anti-money laundering rules prohibiting casinos from helping players keep their names off the books.
Syrian monitor: Russian airstrikes killed 9,300 in past year
BEIRUT (AP) ? A year of Russian airstrikes on areas outside government control in Syria have killed more than 9,000 people, displaced tens of thousands and caused wide destruction, an opposition monitoring group said Friday.