Israelis, world leaders gather for Peres funeral
JERUSALEM (AP) ? 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 visionary and symbol of hopes of Mideast peace.
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Philippines' Duterte likens himself to Hitler, wants to kill millions of drug users
By Karen Lema and Manuel Mogato MANILA (Reuters) - Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte appeared to liken himself to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler on Friday and said he would "be happy" to exterminate three million drug users and peddlers in the country. Duterte recently insulted President Barack Obama and in a series of remarks he has undermined the previously close relationship between Manila and Washington. In a rambling speech on his arrival in Davao City after a visit to Vietnam, Duterte told reporters that he had been "portrayed to be a cousin of Hitler" by critics.
World leaders bid farewell to 20th-century 'giant' 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.
British Steel forges to profit after painful crisis
"There's been some dark times -- periods of mass redundancy, a lot of negative press -- but now we are starting to see positive results financially," blast furnace manager Sam Thomas, 29, told AFP as melted iron ore spewed in the background. "There were many months of uncertainty and we all worked hard to get to a profitable situation," said Thomas, who oversees four gigantic blast furnaces established in the 1950s and named after queens of England -- Anne, Bess, Victoria and Mary. The group, sold by India's Tata Steel to investment firm Greybull Capital in May, said Thursday it had turned from "significant" losses over the last few years to a stage where it was now back in profit.
Deutsche Bank shares tank as concern grows over stability
Pakistan 'completely rejects' Indian claim of cross-border strikes
By Asad Hashim and Fayaz Bukhari ISLAMABAD/SRINAGAR, India (Reuters) - Pakistan on Friday "completely rejected" India's claim to have sent troops across its disputed border in Kashmir to kill suspected militants, as India evacuated villages near the frontier amid concerns about a military escalation. In a rare public announcement of such a raid, India on Thursday said it had carried out "surgical strikes", sending special forces to kill men preparing to sneak into its territory and attack major cities. Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif maintained that India fired from its side of the heavily militarized frontier in the disputed region of Kashmir, the flashpoint for two of three wars between the nuclear-armed neighbors, and killed two soldiers.
Deutsche CEO tries to reassure staff as shares plunge
FRANKFURT/LONDON (Reuters) - Deutsche Bank's chief executive sought to reassure his staff on Friday that Germany's largest lender remained robust, telling them that the departure of any hedge fund clients was small compared to the bank's vast customer base. Chief Executive John Cryan's letter, seen by Reuters, addresses reports of the departure of "some few" hedge fund clients, blaming "speculation" and "certain forces" for what he called unsettling media coverage. People familiar with the matter told Reuters that one large hedge fund in Asia had pulled out collateral from Deutsche amounting to $50 million in the last two days, while other sources said this had happened elsewhere, albeit on a small scale.
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)
Syrian troops capture hospital north of Aleppo