Obama, Clintons among dignitaries to attend Peres funeral
The Israeli Foreign Ministry announced Wednesday that Friday's funeral of ex-President Shimon Peres will be attended by US President Barack Obama, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State John Kerry, the presidents of France, Germany, Mexico and Romania, the prime minister of Australia, Britain's Prince Charles, Holland's Queen Mother Beatrix and ambassadors and senior officials from many other countries. More world leaders are expected to announce in the next few hours that they will be attending as well. The casket bearing the body of Peres will lie in state at the Knesset on Thursday for people to pay their last respects. The details of the funeral are to be announced following Wednesday morning's special cabinet meeting to set the arrangements.