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Obama arrives in Israel for Peres funeral

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JERUSALEM (AP) -- President Barack Obama has arrived in Israel for the funeral of Shimon Peres.

Obama heads a long list of international dignitaries attending the event Friday and will deliver one of the eulogies.

Peres, Israel's ninth president, died early Wednesday of complications following a stroke. He was 93.

Police have shut roads in central Jerusalem ahead of the funeral.

It is expected to be Israel's largest since that of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, Peres' partner in peace who was killed by a Jewish nationalist in 1995.

Peres shared a Nobel Peace Prize in 1994 for attempting to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Since then, the peace process has collapsed.
 

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