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Former Israeli leader dies aged 93: Simon Peres, one of Israel’s defining political figures and a Nobel peace prize laureate, has died at the age of 93, two weeks after having a stroke. Peres had twice served as prime minister of Israel and later as the country’s ninth president. He had been seriously ill on a respirator in an Israeli hospital near Tel Aviv and died after his condition deteriorated sharply. His defining achievement was as one of the key architects of the Oslo peace accords for which he was jointly awarded the Nobel peace prize with the then Israeli prime minister, Yitzhak Rabin, and Yasser Arafat, the chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organisation. Peres’s death was formally confirmed on Wednesday morning by his son Chemi in a news conference at the hospital where his father had been treated.

The New York Times

Trump Lashes Out, Attacking Moderator and Pageant Winner: Donald J. Trump lashed out on Tuesday in the aftermath of a disappointing first debate with Hillary Clinton, scolding the moderator, criticizing a beauty pageant winner for her physique and raising the prospect of an all-out attack on Bill Clinton’s marital infidelities in the final stretch of the campaign. Having worked assiduously in recent weeks to cultivate a more disciplined demeanor on the campaign trail, Mr. Trump cast aside that approach on Tuesday morning. As Mrs. Clinton embarked on an ebullient campaign swing through North Carolina, aiming to press her newfound advantage, Mr. Trump vented his grievances in full public view. Sounding weary and impatient as he called into a Fox News program, Mr. Trump criticized Lester Holt, the NBC News anchor, for asking “unfair questions” during the debate Monday evening, and speculated that someone might have tampered with his microphone.

The Economist

A referendum by Serbs threatens yet more trouble for Bosnia: THE threat of a new war in Bosnia is so strong that “you can feel it in the air,” warns Aleksandar Vucic, the prime minister of neighbouring Serbia. It would take only a spark, he thinks, to ignite it. Some worry that the Republika Srpska, the Serb half of Bosnia, has just struck that spark. On September 25th, the semi-autonomous region held a referendum on whether to celebrate its own national day on January 9th, the date of its founding in 1992. Bosnia’s constitutional court had declared the vote illegal, ruling that it discriminated against Bosniak Muslims and Croatians. By holding it anyway, Bosnian Serbs have struck a blow against the authority of a weak Bosnian state that has faced the threat of disintegration ever since it was created under the American-brokered Dayton accords more than two decades ago.

Financial Times

Wells Fargo chief to forfeit more than $40m in pay: John Stumpf, Wells Fargo chief executive, is to forfeit more than $40m in pay, as the bank tries to defuse political pressure over a scandal involving bogus accounts that has triggered lawsuits, investigations and a record penalty from US regulators. The bank’s decision to claw back unvested stock awards, announced late on Tuesday after an emergency board meeting, comes weeks after it was fined $185m for allowing employees chasing sales targets to open as many as 2m accounts that customers did not authorise. Since then, Wells Fargo has faced calls for a government probe into possible labour law violations, while Mr Stumpf has endured an uncomfortable grilling on Capitol Hill by a Senate banking committee.



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