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Shimon Peres on turning 90

Israel's President Shimon Peres has been celebrating his 90th birthday with a series of events marking his contribution to the country.

The political career of Polish-born Mr Peres spans six decades. He has served twice as prime minister of Israel.

He is credited with starting the country's nuclear programme and was closely involved with the early creation of Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank.

Chief International Correspondent Lyse Doucet spoke to him in the run-up to his birthday.

  • 03 Aug 2013
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