Former Israeli PM Shimon Peres dies

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Shimon Peres has held virtually every senior political office in Israel

Former Israeli PM and president Shimon Peres has died aged 93, reports say.

He suffered a stroke two weeks ago and his condition improved before a sudden deterioration on Tuesday.

Mr Peres, who was one of the last of a generation of Israeli politicians present at the new nation’s birth in 1948, served twice as the country’s prime minister and once as president.

He won the Nobel Peace prize in 1994 for his role negotiating peace accords with the Palestinians a year earlier.

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Mr Peres shared the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize for his part in negotiating a peace deal with the Palestinians

Mr Peres shared that accolade with Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, who was later assassinated, and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

He maintained an active public schedule into old age, mostly through his non-governmental Peres Centre for Peace, which promotes closer ties between Israel and the Palestinians.

He was the architect of Israel’s secret nuclear programme.

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