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MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Moscow court sentenced Russian opposition leaders Sergei Udaltsov and Leonid Razvozhayev to four and a half years in jail on Thursday on charges of inciting mass riots against President Vladimir Putin. Udaltsov, who has been under house arrest since February 2013, and Razvozhayev were accused of coordinating protests which turned violent on May 6, 2012, on the eve of Putin's inauguration for a third term as president. The two men denied organizing mass riots and also a charge of plotting wider unrest. ...
JERUSALEM (AP) — Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shimon Peres ended his term as president of Israel on Thursday — a man who symbolizes hopes for peace capping a seven-decade public career amid the brutal reality of war. Peres handed the ceremonial but high-profile presidency over to Reuven Rivlin, a legislator from the hawkish Likud Party.