Israel's Peres 'fighting for life' after stroke

Former Israeli president Shimon Peres suffered a major stroke and internal bleeding earlier this monthIsraeli ex-president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Shimon Peres was "fighting for his life" on Tuesday, two weeks after suffering a stroke, a source close to the veteran statesman said. Peres has been in hospital near Tel Aviv since September 13, when he was admitted feeling unwell and suffered the stroke with internal bleeding. Israel has been on edge over the health of its last remaining founding father, who has been under sedation and respiratory support in intensive care.



Malian jihadist jailed for Timbuktu attacks

Alleged Al-Qaeda-linked Islamist leader Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi pleaded guilty to a single charge of cultural destruction at the International Criminal Court in The HagueWar crimes judges jailed a Malian jihadist Tuesday for nine years for demolishing Timbuktu's fabled shrines, a landmark ruling seen as a warning that destroying mankind's heritage will not go unpunished. In the first such case to focus on cultural destruction as a war crime, the International Criminal Court found Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi guilty of directing attacks on the UNESCO world heritage site during the jihadist takeover of northern Mali in 2012. Mahdi "supervised the destruction and gave instructions to the attackers" who took pickaxes and bulldozers to the centuries-old shrines, presiding judge Raul Pangalangan told the tribunal.



Ex-ally: Gov. Christie seemed happy about bridge gridlock

David Wildstein leaves Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Courthouse after a hearing, Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, in Newark, N.J. Wildstein, pleaded guilty last year to orchestrating traffic jams in 2013 to punish a Democratic mayor who didn't endorse New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Three years after gridlock paralyzed a New Jersey town next to the George Washington Bridge for days, two former allies of Christie, Bill Baroni and Bridget Kelly, are being tried, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie was told about the epic 2013 traffic jam at the George Washington Bridge while it was underway, seemed happy about it and joked sarcastically that there was nothing political going on, a former loyalist testified Tuesday in the scandal that helped destroy Christie's White House ambitions.



Stocks gain after U.S. presidential debate; oil drops

Traders work on the floor of the NYSEBy Richard Leong NEW YORK (Reuters) - Stock prices across major markets rose on Tuesday, led by U.S. technology and consumer sectors following the presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, while oil prices fell on fading hopes of agreement on limiting production. A firmer dollar in the aftermath of the first Clinton-Trump debate helped send gold prices lower. Some investors deemed Democrat Clinton to have won the debate against Republican rival Trump.



2 men charged in California killings

This photo released by the Fullerton, Calif., Police Department shows Josh Acosta, 21, arrested and jailed in Fullerton Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016. Acosta is one of two men arrested in connection with the murders of two men and a woman at a Fullerton home Saturday, Sept. 24. Two children were present in the home and called 911 to report that their parents had 'died.' (Fullerton Police Department via AP)SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Two young men were charged Tuesday with murder in the slayings of a California couple and family friend who were discovered after the couple's 6-year-old daughter called police.





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