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Israel's elder statesman, Shimon Peres, dies at 93

JERUSALEM Former Israeli president and elder statesman Shimon Peres, a joint winner of the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize, died in hospital on Wednesday at 93, two weeks after suffering a massive stroke.

Aleppo bombardments hit bakery, hospital - residents

BEIRUT A bakery and major hospital were hit in bombardments of rebel-held eastern Aleppo early on Wednesday, residents said, as Syrian government forces pressed their Russian-backed campaign to retake the whole city.

Conservative HDZ poised to form new Croatia government

ZAGREB Croatia's parties started formal talks with the president on Wednesday over forming a new government, with the conservative HDZ party best-placed to work with the centre-right, reformist Most party in a renewed coalition.

Clinton seeks to keep Trump on defensive after U.S. presidential debate

RALEIGH, N.C. Democrat Hillary Clinton sought on Tuesday to keep Republican rival Donald Trump on the defensive a day after their first U.S. presidential debate with accusations he is a sexist, racist and tax dodger, while Trump suggested he would "hit her harder" next time by bringing up her husband's infidelity.

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