Report Claims Assad Suffered Stroke, Damascus Denies

Officials in Damascus have denied a flurry of regional news reports suggesting that dictator Bashar al-Assad is in serious condition, with some reports claiming he suffered a stroke while others suggesting an assassination attempt occurred.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad

Obama: Peres Was Essence Of Israel Itself

TEL AVIV – President Barack Obama joined statesmen from all over the world in eulogizing former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres, who passed away at the age of 93 on Tuesday night, calling him “the essence of Israel itself.”

The Associated Press