Partnership signed between Chicago, Israeli nonprofit
CHICAGO (AP) — Outgoing Mayor Rahm Emanuel has agreed to create a partnership between technology and innovation ecosystems with the city of Chicago and an Israeli nonprofit.
LONDON (AP) — Kensington Palace says Prince William will visit Israel and the Palestinian territories at the end of June — the first British royal to make an official visit there.
The prince will begin his June 24-28 trip in Amman, Jordan, then travel to Jerash in Jordan; Tel Aviv and Jerusalem in Israel; and Ramallah in the West Bank.
Author, historian Peter Golden to speak at Florence library
FLORENCE, S.C. – Friends of the Florence County Library will host author Peter Golden at 6 p.m. on April 26 at the Doctors Bruce & Lee Foundation Library.
Golden will present his new book, “Nothing is Forgotten,” a thriller about the connection between the Holocaust and the Cold War.
LONDON (AP) — Prince William will make the first official visit by a member of the British royal family to Israel and the Palestinian territories, officials announced Thursday.
Kensington Palace said the prince will also visit Jordan during the trip this summer. No dates have been announced.
William's wife the Duchess of Cambridge, who is due to give birth to her third child in April, is not scheduled to join him on the trip.
Nobel Peace Prize: The winners that soared and sank
STAVANGER, Norway (AP) — The Nobel Peace Prize does more than recognize the past achievements of individuals. By honoring causes and movements, the five-member Norwegian Nobel Committee often is encouraging future work toward peace.
But promising initiatives and peace processes sometimes flicker out, frustrating the committee's optimistic intentions. Other laureates go on to surpass the deeds that won them the Peace Prize.
Posthumous book offers rare glimpse into Shimon Peres’ life
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — In a seven-decade career packed with historic triumphs and painful setbacks, Shimon Peres took pride in always looking forward.
Now, in a memoir completed just weeks before his death last year, the former Israeli president and prime minister offers his trademark optimistic blueprint for future leadership — along with some subtle criticism of the country's current leader.
NEW YORK (AP) — Elected officials joined thousands of marchers in a sea of blue and white flags along New York City's Fifth Avenue for the annual Celebrate Israel parade.
Participants ranging from school-age children to adults came out Sunday under overcast skies for the event. Elected officials who marched included New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, as well as Sen. Charles Schumer. Former New York Giants running back Tiki Barber was an honorary grand marshal.
NEW YORK (AP) — Former New York Giants running back Tiki Barber will be an honorary grand marshal of the Celebrate Israel Parade in Manhattan on Sunday.
Barber says in a statement Tuesday that Israel "holds a very special place" in his heart.
In 2005, Barber went to Israel as the guest of then Vice Premier Shimon Peres, whom he'd met at a New York restaurant. The NFL veteran joined efforts of the Peres Peace Center to promote peace between Israelis and Palestinians.
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister has vowed to change a street name in an Arab town honoring the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.
Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday before a cabinet meeting that he won't allow streets "named after murderers of Israelis and Jews."
Mohammed Watad, of Jatt council in northern Israel, told Channel 2 TV the sign has been up for nine years.
I don’t intend for this to sound sad or depressing, but I want to say a few things about loss. This past year, we have lost an awful lot of famous people from the worlds of politics, sports and entertainment.
Jerusalem Post says former chief editor Ari Rath dead at 92
VIENNA (AP) — Former Jerusalem Post chief editor Ari Rath, who advocated the peaceful coexistence of Israelis and Palestinians, died Friday in Vienna at 92, the paper said.
Rath was best known for his more than decade-long tenure at the daily's helm. His support of dialogue to resolve past and present conflicts won him numerous honors, including Germany's Order of Merit and Vienna's Golden Award of Honor.
Israel to name nuclear facility after Shimon Peres
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister says a nuclear facility will be named after late former President Shimon Peres.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the announcement at a ceremony Friday marking 30 days since Peres' death, where his tombstone was unveiled.
He said the facility, located in Israel's Negev desert, will be called "The Shimon Peres Center for Nuclear Science."
Arafat museum recovers Nobel prize from Hamas
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A new museum dedicated to the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat will display his 1994 Nobel Peace Prize — now that the Hamas militant group has returned the medal to the rival Palestinian government in the West Bank.
Nasser al-Qidwa, Arafat's nephew and president of the new Arafat Institute, told reporters on Tuesday that the medal will be among dozens of Arafat's belongings displayed at the museum, which is scheduled to open in Ramallah on Nov. 9.
Posthumous book by Shimon Peres coming next spring
NEW YORK (AP) — A book about Israel's character and the "turning points" in its history that Nobel laureate Shimon Peres completed just weeks before he died will come out next spring.
Exhibit features baseballs, bats signed by world leaders
GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (AP) — Move over Mantle and Mays. Make room for Mandela and Gorbachev.
Randy Kaplan has spent the past two decades tracking down world leaders for their signatures on baseballs, a quirky melding of memorabilia and history that has resulted in an impressive collection of more than 200 autographs from presidents, prime ministers, two kings and the Dalai Lama.
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Regarding "Shimon Peres: Israeli patriot who fought for peace" (Other Views, Sept. 29):
Obama mourns Shimon Peres, and a bygone Israel
When President Barack Obama visited Jerusalem in 2013, Shimon Peres, then 89 years old and in his fifth decade of public life, might have been expected to forgo the tour of high-tech innovations at the Israel Museum.
But Peres, ever-passionate about the unfolding opportunities of science, was there introducing his ninth US president to a panel of Israeli and Arab engineers cooperating on boosting the country's computer and technology sectors.
In death, Peres brings Israelis, Palestinians together
JERUSALEM (AP) — Even in death, Shimon Peres managed to bring Israelis and Palestinians together.
With peace efforts in a deep freeze, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas made his first trip to Jerusalem in six years to attend Peres' funeral Friday, shaking hands and making small talk with his longtime adversary, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and challenging the government's narrative that he is not a reliable partner for peace.
Peres, remembered for tireless peace efforts, laid to rest
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.
Obama: Peres won his wars but understood the need for peace
JERUSALEM (AP) — President Barack Obama hailed Shimon Peres Friday as a man who showed the world that justice and hope are at the heart of the Zionist ideal and saw "all people as deserving of dignity and respect."
Wearing a Jewish skullcap as a sign of respect and reverence, Obama said he was the 10th president to fall prey to Peres' charms and that they forged an unlikely friendship, despite the nearly four-decade gap in their ages and starkly different backgrounds.
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"Shimon never saw his dream of peace fulfilled. And yet he did not stop dreaming, and he did not stop working." — President Barack Obama, who eulogized former Israeli president and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Shimon Peres.
"Hitler massacred 3 million Jews ... there's 3 million drug addicts. There are. I'd be happy to slaughter them." — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who raised the rhetoric over his bloody anti-crime war to a new level.
World leaders and his family eulogize Israel’s Shimon Peres
JERUSALEM (AP) — Former Israeli President Shimon Peres was buried Friday after a funeral attended by scores of world leaders and dignitaries. He died earlier this week aged 93, after suffering a stroke. Peres' family, Israel's prime minister and president, U.S. President Barack Obama and former U.S. President Bill Clinton eulogized him at the ceremony.
Illinois congresswoman attending state funeral for Peres
CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois Democratic congresswoman is attending the state funeral of former Israeli President Shimon Peres as part of President Barack Obama's delegation.
U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky of Evanston is among the dignitaries accompanying the president to Friday's funeral in Tel Aviv, Israel.
PHOTOS: Israelis, world leaders gather for Peres funeral
The Latest: Ex-President Peres brought to rest in Jerusalem
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the funeral of Israel's former President Shimon Peres (all times local):
Former Israeli President Shimon Peres is being laid to rest in Jerusalem after an emotional ceremony that brought together leaders and dignitaries from around the world.
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10 Things to Know for Friday
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:
1. COMMUTER TRAIN CRASHES INTO STATION, KILLING ONE, INJURING SCORES
The wreck in Hoboken, New Jersey, renews questions about whether long-delayed safety technology could have prevented the tragedy.
2. HOW TRUMP IS UPPING THE ANTE
The GOP candidate resurrects Bill Clinton's impeachment, thrusting the former president and his infidelities into the already-rancorous presidential campaign.
Obama flies to Israel for Shimon Peres memorial service
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.
Obama boarded Air Force One on Thursday afternoon to fly to Israel to join dozens of other world leaders at the funeral of Peres, the former prime minister, president and elder statesman who died at age 93.
Israelis pay respects to Peres, Clinton arrives in Israel
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.
The Latest: Bill Clinton, Netanyahu meet in Jerusalem
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):
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with former U.S. President Bill Clinton ahead of the funeral for former Israeli President Shimon Peres.
Netanyahu said it was a warm meeting and that Clinton signed a guest book Thursday night. He did not elaborate.
World figures to attend funeral of Israel’s Shimon Peres
JERUSALEM (AP) — The following world figures have confirmed attendance at Shimon Peres' funeral in Jerusalem on Friday:
— U.S President Barack Obama
— Former U.S. President Bill Clinton
— U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry
— Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
— Senior Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat
— Palestinian intelligence chief Majid Faraj
—Cabinet minister Hussein Sheikh
—Palestinian adviser on Israeli affairs, Mohammed al-Madani
A look at some of Israel’s prime ministers
JERUSALEM (AP) — Shimon Peres, who died Wednesday, was both a former president and prime minister, the only person in Israel to hold both jobs. Of Israel's 12 prime ministers, three are still living: current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; his predecessor, Ehud Olmert, who is in prison after a bribery conviction; and Ehud Barak, who appears to be plotting a comeback.
Raw: Israel Farewells President Shimon Peres
Raw: Bill Clinton Pays Respects to Shimon Peres
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The Latest: Obama orders flags at half-staff for Peres
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the death of former Israeli President and Prime Minister Shimon Peres (all times local):
President Barack Obama has ordered all U.S. flags on federal property to be flown at half-staff in the memory of former Israeli President and Prime Minister Shimon Peres, who died Wednesday.
Obama's order covers all federal buildings and grounds throughout the United States and its territories, as well as U.S. embassies, military bases and other facilities abroad.
Shimon Peres witnessed Israel’s history, and shaped it
JERUSALEM (AP) — At every corner of Israel's tumultuous history, Shimon Peres was there.
He was a young aide to the nation's founding fathers when the country declared independence in 1948, and he played a key role in turning Israel into a military power. He was part of the negotiations that sealed the first Israeli-Palestinian peace accord, garnering a Nobel Peace Prize. He was welcomed like royalty in world capitals.
Israel mourns as preparations begin for Peres’ funeral
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel on Wednesday mourned the death of Shimon 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.
Peres, celebrated around the world as a Nobel Prize-winning visionary who pushed his country toward peace during a remarkable seven-decade career, died early Wednesday from complications from a stroke. He was 93.
World leaders mourn Peres, praise him as a man of peace
LONDON (AP) — Current and former world leaders mourned the passing of Israeli statesman Shimon Peres on Wednesday, praising him as a visionary who committed his life to the elusive goal of lasting peace in the Middle East.
President Barack Obama described Peres as "soldier for Israel, for the Jewish people, for justice, for peace, and for the belief that we can be true to our best selves — to the very end of our time on Earth."
"Todah rabah, Shimon," Obama said, using the Hebrew for thank you.
Arabs greet Peres death with silence and animosity
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Shimon Peres was widely admired around the world as a peacemaker and visionary, but the view in the Arab world was more complex: Memories linger of another Peres, who built up Israel's military might, waged war in Lebanon and promoted policies seen as harmful to the Palestinians.
In a reflection of this sentiment, Peres' death on Wednesday was greeted with official silence across the Arab world — in sharp contrast to the emotional tributes that poured in from the West.
NY Gov. Cuomo to attend funeral of Shimon Peres
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will head to Israel to attend the funeral of former Israeli statesman Shimon Peres.
The Democratic governor plans to leave New York on Thursday.
Cuomo noted that his state is home to more than 1.7 million Jews and says New York has a "special relationship" with Israel.
Kerry: Israel’s Peres a ‘Giant of History’
Reaction to the death of Israel’s Shimon Peres
Quotes from around the world after the death of former Israeli President Shimon Peres, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and elder statesman of Israeli politics, at age 93.
Norwegian mediator: Israeli leaders today lack Peres’ vision
STOCKHOLM (AP) — One of the mediators who helped broker the 1993 Oslo Peace Accord remembers Shimon Peres as a charismatic leader who saw peace with the Palestinians as key to Israel's future.
"He had the kind of visionary leadership that today's generation of more introverted and narrow-sighted Israeli politicians really lack," said Jan Egeland, who is now secretary-general of the Norwegian Refugee Council.
Jimmy Carter remembers Israel’s Peres for work on peace
ATLANTA (AP) — Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter is remembering Shimon Peres for his work to bring peace to Israel and Palestine.
In a statement released Wednesday, Carter says: "Mr. Peres worked for many years to bring peace to Israel and Palestine, and he showed great courage in his work on the Oslo Accords, which had the potential to transform the region."
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"There are few people who we share this world with, who change the course of human history, not just through their role in human events, but because they expand our moral imagination and force us to expect more of ourselves. My friend Shimon was one of those people." — President Barack Obama after the death of former Israeli leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Shimon Peres.
Netanyahu: Peres Devoted Life to Peace
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A look at the career highlight of Shimon Peres
JERUSALEM (AP) — In an unprecedented seven-decade political career, Shimon Peres has filled nearly every position in Israeli public life.
Here's a look at some of his career highlights:
—Shimon Perski is born on Aug. 2, 1923 in Vishneva, then part of Poland. He moves to pre-state Palestine in 1934 with his immediate family and later enters politics where he becomes a protégé of Israel's founding father David Ben-Gurion.
The Latest: Clintons mourn ‘treasured friend’ Shimon Peres
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. presidential race (all times EDT):
Former President Bill Clinton and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton say they have "lost a true and treasured friend" with the death of former Israeli Prime Minister and President Shimon Peres.
The Clintons say Israel has lost a leader "who championed its security, prosperity and limitless possibilities from its birth to his last day on earth."