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Shimon Peres, who served twice as Israel's prime minister and once as president, has died at the age of 93.
Mr Peres suffered a stroke two weeks ago. His condition had improved before a sudden deterioration on Tuesday.
His son Chemi led tributes to "one of the founding fathers of the state of Israel" who "worked tirelessly" for it.
Mr Peres was one of the last of a generation of Israeli politicians present at the new nation's birth in 1948.
He won the Nobel Peace prize in 1994 for his role negotiating peace accords with the Palestinians a year earlier.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has returned home after representing Pakistan at the UN General Assembly session in New York.
In his speech at the UN General Assembly, he effectively raised the Kashmir issue, highlighting grave human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir.
The Prime Minister's address also drew the world attention towards India's interference in Pakistan, Islamabad's position on maintaining minimum deterrence without involving in arms race in the region, Pakistan's efforts for reconciliation in Afghanistan, and its eligibility for membership of Nuclear Suppliers Group.
The speech, which also contained an offer of unconditional talks to India for resolving the bilateral disputes, was widely hailed by opinion leaders for being constructive, mature, and balanced.
India has pulled out of a key regional summit in Pakistan because of what it has called "increasing cross-border terrorist attacks in the region".
The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) meeting is to be held in Islamabad in November.
India has accused Pakistan-based militants of an attack that killed 18 soldiers in Kashmir this month.
Pakistan has called India's stance a "blatant attempt" to deflect attention from human rights abuses in the region.
The attack in Uri came as violent protests against Indian rule in the disputed region continued despite curfew. More than 80 people, nearly all anti-government protesters, have died in more than two months of violence.
Saarc was founded in 1985 by Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, and it admitted Afghanistan in 2005.
Thailand's military government has allowed a "culture of torture" to flourish since assuming power, says a new report by rights group Amnesty International.
The report lists 74 alleged cases of torture and other ill-treatment, including methods such as beatings and waterboarding, by soldiers and police.
The military seized power in 2014 after months of political unrest, saying it wanted to restore stability.
It has denied allegations of torture.