ISRAEL’S FORMER PRESIDENT SHIMON PERES DIES AT 93
Veteran Israeli statesman Shimon Peres, whose distinguished political career spanned almost 60 years and saw him occupy the highest office in the state of Israel, died on Wednesday at the age of 93, his personal doctor said. He had been in hospital near Tel Aviv since September 13, when he was admitted feeling unwell, and suffered a major stroke two weeks ago. Peres served as Israeli president, two terms as prime minister, held 12 cabinet portfolios and was several times the leader of Israel’s Labour Party.
BRITISH MINISTER CALLS FOR CORRUPTION PROBE
Britain's sports minister has called for the latest allegations of corruption in English football to be "investigated fully" following Sam Allardyce's sacking as England manager. Allardyce's mere 67 days in charge of the national side dramatically came to a close on Tuesday. The 61-year-old was secretly filmed giving advice on how to circumnavigate transfer rules, criticised the Football Association's decision to rebuild Wembley and mocked his England predecessor Roy Hodgson.
CLINTON AND TRUMP SPAR IN GLADIATOR CONTEST FOR MODERN TIMES
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump strode out cloaked in icy politeness. Yet within minutes their debate degenerated into bickering, insults and diatribes – a gladiatorial contest of modern times. It was a 90-minute battle of endurance between two of the most famous people in America: Clinton, cool, calm and collected, almost serene as she smiled through the insults -- and landed jabs of her own -- while Trump gripped his podium, insisting he alone had the temperament to be commander-in-chief.
MALIAN ISLAMIST GETS NINE YEARS IN JAIL FOR DESTROYING TIMBUKTU MAUSOLEUMS
War crimes judges Tuesday sentenced a Malian jihadist to nine years in jail for destroying Timbuktu's fabled shrines. A three-judge bench began handing down its judgements at 0930 GMT against Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi, the first jihadist to stand trial at the tribunal in The Hague. Mahdi "oversaw the attacks on all 10" shrines and mosques in the UNESCO world heritage site, presiding judge Raul Pangalangan told the tribunal based in The Hague, west Netherlands.
TEENAGE HACKERS FACE CHARGES OVER PARIS TERROR HOAX
French prosecutors have placed two minors, aged 16 and 14, under formal investigation over a false alert that triggered a vast anti-terrorist operation in central Paris last weekend. Investigators say the 16-year-old is one of two hackers who raised the alarm about a supposed hostage crisis at a Paris church and then bragged about the hoax online. A source close to the investigation told AFP news agency the suspect had confessed to police following his arrest in a suburb of the French capital on Monday, acknowledging he had boasted about the hoax under the Facebook pseudonym “Tylers Swatting”.