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Former Israeli president Shimon Peres dies aged 93

The Nobel-prize winner, who led Israel into peace talks with the Palestinians in the 1990s, had suffered a stroke two weeks ago.

President Obama led tributes saying: "A light has gone out, but the hope he gave us will burn forever".

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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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