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Israel's Netanyahu congratulates 'true friend' Trump

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu believes he and newly elected US President Donald Trump can work together to bring relations between the two countries to "new heights".

In a statement congratulating the Republican candidate, Netanyahu said: "President-elect Trump is a true friend of the State of Israel, and I look forward to working with him to advance security, stability and peace in our region.

"I am confident that President-elect Trump and I will continue to strengthen the unique alliance between our two countries and bring it to ever greater heights," said the right-wing leader, who has had a rocky relationship with outgoing Democratic President Barack Obama.

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Brown says Peres will be remembered as a peacemaker

Gordon Brown with Shimon Peres at Downing Street in 2008. Credit: PA

Gordon Brown has said Shimon Peres will be mourned around the world.

The former prime minister said: "Shimon Peres will be remembered as a peacemaker - mourned on every continent by men and women committed to ending war.

"He understood the importance of negotiation because he understood the cost of war. He was not an idealist for peace out of vision alone but because he had lived through times of conflict.

"His personal journey through life challenges us all to think how best we can promote peace and reconciliation."

Bill Clinton: Shimon Peres was my brilliant friend

Former president of the US, Bill Clinton, has said he "will miss Shimon Peres" in a glowing tribute on Twitter.

He added Peres was his "brilliant and eloquent friend", and "his life was a blessing".

Tony Blair: Shimon Peres was a political giant

Tony Blair greeted then Israeli Foreign Affairs Minister Shimon Peres in 2003. Credit: PA

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has said Shimon Peres was "a political giant" and "someone I loved deeply".

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