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Funeral Held For Former Israeli Leader And Founding Father Shimon Peres

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Obama Delivers Speech At Funeral For Former Israeli President Shimon Peres

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Netflix Film Documents White Helmet Volunteers Who Save Lives In Aleppo

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U.S.-Saudi Relations Appear To Enter A New Phase

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Shimon Peres, Israel's foreign minister at the time, visits his home village — once part of Poland, now in Belarus — in 1992. He was looking for his boyhood home, but it had long since been torn down. Like many of Israel's founding fathers, he traced his roots to Eastern Europe. Courtesy of Joanne Levine hide caption

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U.S. Army Capt. Gerrard Spinney (right) speaks to his Iraqi army counterpart from the Ninawa Operations Command prior to a security meeting at Camp Swift, Iraq, earlier this month. 1st Lt. Daniel Johnson/AP hide caption

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In Israel, Mourners Come To Terms With Shimon Peres' Complex Legacy

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In Recent Violence, Aleppo's Civilians Find Themselves In Regime Cross-Hairs

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Sens. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and John Cornyn, R-Texas, speak with Kaitlyn (left) and Terry Strada — whose husband, Thomas, died in the Sept. 11 attacks — after a May 17 news conference concerning the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act in Washington. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

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Congress Overrides Obama's Veto On Sept. 11 Lawsuit Bill

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Israeli President Shimon Peres addresses members of the Foreign Press Association during a visit to the southern Israeli town of Sderot in July 2014, following Palestinian rocket attacks on the city. Peres, who would go on to retire at the end of that month, said, "I'm retiring from the post of president but I am not retiring for the battle for peace." Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Shimon Peres, The Last Of Israel's Founding Leaders, Dies At 93

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Syrian Regime Continues Massive Assault On Aleppo's Rebel Areas

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Khaleed Khateeb, 21, was the videographer for the Netflix documentary The White Helmets. "This photo was after double tap of aircraft on July 27, 2014," he says, referring to an airstrike followed by another attack. "I don't know how I survived." Fadi al Halabi/Courtesy of Khaleed Khateeb hide caption

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U.N. Security Council Fails To Act After Emergency Meeting On Syria

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