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Why the torrent of N. Korean weapons? Maybe the US elections

Over the past 10 months, the young ruler of North Korea has ordered an unprecedented torrent of weapons tests, forging an increasingly sophisticated arsenal. There have been truck-launched missile tests, two nuclear explosions, experiments with powerful rocket engines and more than a dozen other major missile trials.

Israelis, world leaders gather for Peres funeral

JERUSALEM — Shimon Peres was being laid to rest on Friday in a ceremony attended by thousands of admirers and dozens of international dignitaries ‚Äî in a final tribute to a man who personified the history of Israel during a remarkable seven-decade political career and who came to be seen by many as a potent symbol of hopes of Mideast peace.

Russia fighting in Syria for a year, still at odds with US

WASHINGTON — A year after Russia waded into the war in Syria, aiming to flex its national security muscles and prop up beleaguered Syrian president Bashar Assad, Moscow appears no closer to one of its military goals, getting the U.S. to co-operate in the skies or on the ground in the civil war, and prospects for a diplomatic resolution seem dim.

Polish explorer says he’s found deepest underwater cave

WARSAW, Poland — A team of explorers say they have discovered the world’s deepest underwater cave, 404 metres (1,325 feet) down, near the eastern Czech town of Hranice.

Polish explorer Krzysztof Starnawski, who led the team, told The Associated Press Friday he felt like a “Columbus of the 21th century” to have made the discovery.

City skyline blinks in nightly ritual to cheer up sick kids

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — For one sparkling minute each night, blinking lights from skyscrapers, tugboats, hotels, a yacht club and police cruisers send a goodnight message to sick kids inside a children’s hospital.

A gesture that began with a single bike light cheering up a patient six years ago has become a nightly ritual in Providence, Rhode Island.