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Israel's Peres apologises over shooting of Jordan judge

Jordan said on Monday that Israeli President Shimon Peres had apologised to King Abdullah II for the killing of a Jordanian judge by Israeli troops last week. Peres for his part issued a statement saying he had called Abdullah to express "deep regret" for the shooting of Palestinian Jordanian Raed Zeiter at a border crossing, but the statement stopped short of quoting a full apology. A Jordan palace statement said Abdullah "received a telephone call from Peres who, as president of the state of Israel, apologised for the martyrdom of Jordanian judge Raed Zeiter".

Malaysia minister confirms jet search area expanded

Malaysia confirmed Friday that the search for a missing Malaysia Airlines plane had been expanded into the Indian Ocean, but declined to comment on US reports that the jet had flown for hours after going missing. "The aircraft is still missing, and the search area is expanding," said Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein. "Together with our international partners, we are pushing further east into the South China Sea and further into the Indian Ocean," he added.

Malaysia minister confirms jet search area expanded

Malaysia confirmed Friday that the search for a missing Malaysia Airlines plane had been expanded into the Indian Ocean, but declined to comment on US reports that the jet had flown for hours after going missing. "The aircraft is still missing, and the search area is expanding," said Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein. "Together with our international partners, we are pushing further east into the South China Sea and further into the Indian Ocean," he added.

Michaelle Jean given Grand Cross of Legion of Honour at ceremony in Paris

PARIS - Former governor-general Michaelle Jean has been awarded the Grand Cross, the highest distinction granted by France's Legion of Honour. The award was presented to Jean in Paris by Gen. Jean-Louis Georgelin, the grand chancellor of the Legion of Honour. The Legion of Honour, established by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802, is given out to recognize "outstanding merits" in the service of France. Jean said she is "deeply moved" by the honour. In giving her the award, Georgelin said Jean's life had been marked by achievement.

Afghan war veterans face bigger struggle than those who came before: advocates

KABUL - History can sometimes have a strange echo. The Harper government is preparing in a big way to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War at the same time as it faces the human toll of its own vastly smaller military adventure. The cares, concerns and complaints of veterans from the war to end all wars and follow-on calamity of the Second World War helped shape the social and political landscape of 20th century in important, under-appreciated, and now sometimes forgotten ways, say historians and advocates.

McCain, seven other U.S. senators to visit Ukraine amid crisis

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Eight U.S. senators will travel to Ukraine on Thursday to meet with leaders of its interim government and other groups, Senate aides said on Wednesday, amid tensions over Russia's efforts to annex Ukraine's Crimean region. Arizona Republican Senator John McCain will lead the group, which includes his fellow Republican Senators John Barrasso of Wyoming, John Hoeven of North Dakota, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Jeff Flake of Arizona.

Obama to bestow medals on 'overlooked' Korean War veterans

By Lee Chi-dong WASHINGTON, March 11 (Yonhap) -- The sacrifice of U.S. soldiers in the Korean War and two other major conflicts decades ago will be highlighted once again by the White House next week, when President Barack Obama bestows top medals on two dozen Army veterans. Obama plans to award them the Medal of Honor "for their conspicuous gallantry" in an unusually massive White House ceremony on Tuesday, followed by a Pentagon induction event the following day.

Obama to bestow medals on 'overlooked' Korean War veterans

By Lee Chi-dong WASHINGTON, March 11 (Yonhap) -- The sacrifice of U.S. soldiers in the Korean War and two other major conflicts decades ago will be highlighted once again by the White House next week, when President Barack Obama bestows top medals on two dozen Army veterans. Obama plans to award them the Medal of Honor "for their conspicuous gallantry" in an unusually massive White House ceremony on Tuesday, followed by a Pentagon induction event the following day.

From Afghan warlord to vice-president: Fahim dies in Kabul

Afghan Vice-President Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim, formerly one of the country's most feared warlords, died of natural causes on Sunday after a turbulent life that reflected the country's recent past. Fahim, a leader of the Tajik ethnic minority, was senior vice-president under President Hamid Karzai, who will step down at elections next month as US-led combat forces pull out of Afghanistan after 13 years of fighting the Taliban.

Royal Canadian Legion to take list of demands to parliamentary committee

OTTAWA - The Royal Canadian Legion is set to call on the Harper government to take better care of wounded veterans and their families. Representatives from the legion are scheduled to appear today before a parliamentary committee. One of their requests is for more frequent reviews of the New Veterans Charter, marquee legislation championed by the Harper government since it was enacted in 2006.
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