• Israelis, world leaders gather for Peres funeral

    Israelis, world leaders gather for Peres funeral

    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. In an extremely rare move, he shook hands and spoke briefly […]