Peres to lie in state as Israel honours last founding father
The body of Shimon Peres is to lie in state outside Israel's parliament on Thursday as the world pays tribute to a statesman whose funeral is expected to draw leaders from around the globe. The ex-president and Nobel Peace Prize winner died on Wednesday at the age of 93 after suffering a stroke. US President Barack Obama, one of many world leaders expected to attend Peres's funeral on Friday, paid tribute to a friend who "never gave up on the possibility of peace".
Israel's ex-President Peres lies in state in parliamentJERUSALEM (AP) ? The body of Israel's ninth President Shimon President is lying in state in the plaza of the Knesset, Israel's parliament.
A year of bombing in Syria stirs little debate in Russia
Veteran Russian opposition activist Sergei Davidis was among 300 people who showed up to a protest in Moscow against the start of the Kremlin's Syria bombing campaign. "As far as I know there haven't been any other events dedicated specifically to the Syria issue and the involvement of Russian forces in the conflict," Davidis told AFP. This week marks one year since President Vladimir Putin launched air strikes in support of long-time ally Bashar al-Assad, thrusting the country into the heart of a complex war that has now claimed some 300,000 lives.
'Masterminds' brings botched 'Hillbilly Heist' to cinema
If the bandits in crime caper "Masterminds" seem too stupid to be real, don't blame the scriptwriters -- this outlandish comedy-of-errors is almost entirely true. It is a classic tale of robbery gone wrong, but Jared Hess' latest movie is more likely to be compared to "The Keystone Cops" than "Reservoir Dogs" when it hits US theaters on Friday. "Masterminds" stars Zach Galifianakis and Kristen Wiig in the story of the $17.3 million so-called Loomis Fargo Robbery, uncharitably nicknamed the "Hillbilly Heist" due to the southern, rural backgrounds of the main players.
Brad Pitt skips film premiere to focus on 'family situation'
LOS ANGELES (AP) ? A producer says "we all respect his privacy" as Brad Pitt skipped his first public appearance after last week's split with Angelina Jolie Pitt. He didn't attend the premiere of Terrence Malick's new documentary Wednesday night as scheduled.
FDA approves 'artificial pancreas' to manage diabetes
Federal regulators have approved a first-of-a-kind "artificial pancreas," a device that can help some diabetes patients manage their disease by constantly monitoring their blood sugar and delivering ...
Expert panel warns cost of Tokyo 2020 Olympics could top $30 billion; calls for cost cuttingTOKYO (AP) ? Expert panel warns cost of Tokyo 2020 Olympics could top $30 billion; calls for cost cutting.
OPEC agrees shock oil output cut
OPEC shocked markets with a deal to cut oil output after kingpin Saudi Arabia allowed bitter rival Iran to be exempted, but analysts warned Thursday the move would not likely have a lasting impact. At the end of six hours of negotiations and weeks of horse trading, OPEC announced the plan to cut production to 32.5-33 million barrels per day from the 33.47 million in August, the International Energy Agency said. The deal, in Algiers during an informal meeting with Russia, was hammered out after the group's biggest producer Saudi Arabia agreed Iran, which is ramping up output after years of Western economic sanctions, would be exempted from the cut.
Goldman says OPEC deal to add as much as $10 to H1 2017 oil pricesMembers of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) agreed on Wednesday to modest oil output cuts in the first such deal since 2008, with group leader Saudi Arabia softening its stance on arch-rival Iran amid mounting pressure from low oil prices. "Strict implementation of today's deal in 2017 would represent 480,000 to 980,000 barrels per day less output," Goldman analysts said in a note dated Wednesday.
Boston Red Sox clinch AL East crown, go worst to 1st again
Even though they let a win get away Wednesday night, the Boston Red Sox locked up something more important. And as far as they were concerned, an AL East title was certainly worth celebrating. Boston clinched ...