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Former Israeli Prime Minister, President Shimon Peres dies at 93


He was one of the country's most admired leaders at home and abroad.

Former Israeli president Shimon Peres looks on during the opening of the "Mini World Cup for Peace" football event at the Herzlyia stadium, in the Israeli city of Herzlyia near Tel Aviv, on May 9, 2016.
The sport event brings together 300 children from communities throughout Israel and the West Bank and is attended by Israeli Premier League players who play as a "Peace Team". / AFP / AHMAD GHARABLI (Photo credit should read AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images)

JERUSALEM (AP) — Former Israeli President Shimon Peres, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and elder statesman of Israeli politics, has died, the Israeli news website YNet is reporting. He was 93.

Peres' condition worsened following a major stroke two weeks ago.

AP Photo/Oded Balilty

He was one of the country's most admired leaders at home and abroad and the last surviving link to Israel's founding fathers.

He filled nearly every position in Israeli public life in an unprecedented seven-decade political career.

He was credited with leading the country through some of its most defining moments, from creating its nuclear arsenal in the 1950s to guiding a skeptical nation into peace talks with the Palestinians in the 1990s. He earned the Nobel Peace Prize for his key role in those peace negotiations.

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