President Obama’s order to fly flags at half-staff covers all federal buildings and grounds throughout the United States and its territories, as well as US embassies, military bases and other facilities abroad.
At 29, Peres served as director of Israel’s Defense Ministry and helped arm Israel’s military. He developed Israel’s nuclear program, launched a political career stretching more than 60 years and became president at 83. He also focused on promoting Israeli innovation and technology.
Former Israeli President Shimon Peres, who had been placed in and out of a medically induced coma after suffering a major stroke, is regaining consciousness from time to time and reacting to stimulation.