The last of Israel’s founding fathers

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September 28, 2016 

Shimon Peres, Israel's longest-serving politician, has died at age 93. The former Miss Universe Donald Trump called fat says he treated her “like trash.” And if you’re ready to die on Mars, let Elon Musk know: He needs candidates for SpaceX missions.

 

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Former Israeli President and Prime Minister Shimon Peres died on Wednesday. He was 93.

The Nobel Peace Prize winner was Israel’s longest-serving politician and statesman and was among the last of a founding generation of Zionists who defined the modern Jewish state. Peres, who stepped down as Israel’s president in July 2014 at the age of 91, was still working in various diplomatic outreach programs at the time of his death. He had served in nearly every Israeli government since the country’s inception, but had never won a popular vote.  

Then-Foreign Minister Shimon Peres (left) and Palestinian Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat shake hands in 1995 after announcing an agreement on extending Palestinian autonomy on the West Bank.

Then-Foreign Minister Shimon Peres (left) and Palestinian Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat shake hands in 1995 after announcing an agreement on extending Palestinian autonomy on the West Bank. Sven Nackstrand / AFP / Getty Images

 

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The last decades of Peres’s life were spent trying to reach a peace deal between the Israeli and Palestinian leadership. In a 2015 interview with BuzzFeed News, longtime Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat called Peres “the last Israeli of a generation of leaders who cared about making peace between Israel and Palestine.”

 

WE'RE KEEPING AN EYE ON

The White House asked Congress to keep quiet on Russian hacking. 

Top White House officials tried to stop two of Congress’s senior intelligence officials from publicly confirming Russian efforts to undermine the US election, BuzzFeed News has learned.

In a statement released Friday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Adam Schiff formally accused Russia of attempting to influence the US election. It was the first official, on-record confirmation from US government officials that the Kremlin is actively working to manipulate public confidence in the country’s election system.

But sources told BuzzFeed News that the White House tried to delay the statement’s release. After being convinced by the White House to omit part of their original statement due to security reasons, Feinstein and Schiff moved forward.

The White House declined to comment on the record.

DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THIS?

The world’s first “three-parent baby” wasn’t just born. That happened in the ’90s.

A baby born in April with DNA from three people became the first person to benefit from a controversial new procedure that allows parents with genetic mutations to have healthy children, according to a report published on Tuesday in New Scientist.

But this wasn’t the first time a baby has been born with DNA from three people. In the 1990s, a handful of clinics in the US started performing a fertility procedure that resulted in more than a dozen “three-parent babies.” These procedures are useful in cases where the mother has mitochondrial disease and is trying to avoid passing it on to her baby.

 

QUICK THINGS TO KNOW

  • US election: The former Miss Universe who Donald Trump called fat says he treated her “like trash.” Now, she’s fighting back. Trump’s supporters have mixed feelings about his debate performance. And people are confused about this Mary J. Blige and Hillary Clinton interview — seriously, what’s going on?

  • In America: The Food and Drug Administration wants to define what “healthy” actually means on food labels. President Barack Obama has nominated an ambassador to Cuba — if Jeff DeLaurentis is confirmed, he’ll be the first US ambassador to the country in more than 50 years.

  • Police killings: Protesters gathered in the Southern California city of El Cajon on Tuesday after police shot and killed a black man who allegedly pointed an object at officers. And in a powerful note on her Facebook page, tennis star Serena Williams says she won’t be silent about the police killings of black men.

  • In sports: England soccer manager Sam Allardyce has stepped down after allegations he agreed to a £400,000 (roughly $520,000) deal with a fake company.

  • In space: Ready to die on Mars? Cool, because Elon Musk needs candidates for SpaceX missions.

  • In tech: Troubled startup Zenefits has a new arch-rival: Gusto, its onetime ally, has launched a direct competitor to the HR software that is its core product. Facebook keeps removing political content. It recently temporarily suspended the accounts of several Palestinian journalists.   

  • In the UK: Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson went on his first official trip to Turkey. It was fine. Nobody brought up that poem he wrote about Turkey’s president banging a goat. FINE.

See, Erdogan probably doesn’t even remember it. Just look at the ease at which they sit together in this photo on Tuesday.

See, Erdogan probably doesn’t even remember it. Just look at the ease at which they sit together in this photo on Tuesday. Kayhan Ozer / AP Photo

 

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