Israel's Shimon Peres suffers 'mild' heart attack

JERUSALEM -- Israel's 92-year-old former President Shimon Peres suffered a "mild" heart attack Thursday but was in "excellent" condition following a heart procedure, his personal physician said.

See Full Article

Peres was rushed to a hospital near Tel Aviv from his home on Thursday morning after he fell ill with chest pains and a check-up found an irregular heart rate, his spokeswoman Ayelet Frisch told Israeli Army Radio.

His personal physician Raphi Walden said Peres had a "mild heart attack" but that "his condition is excellent" following a successful cardiac catheterization.

"I would like to calm the people of Israel," Walden told reporters outside the Tel Hashomer hospital. "He feels very well and he is awake. He was awake the whole time and he is only worried about the continuation of his schedule."

Walden said that Peres was expected to stay in hospital for "a few days."

"We expect that within a short time he will return to normal," he added.

Peres won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994 following the signing of the Oslo peace accords with the Palestinians a year earlier, a prize he shared with Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, who was later assassinated, and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. The prize earned him his stature abroad as a revered statesman.

Peres completed his seven year term as president in 2014 and remains in the public eye. He is still active through his non-governmental Peres Center for Peace, which promotes coexistence between Arabs and Jews and peace and development in the Middle East.

Peres has filled nearly every position in Israeli public life since he became the director general of the Defence Ministry at the age of 29 and spearheaded the development of Israel's nuclear program. A protege of the country's first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, Peres was first elected to parliament in 1959.

He has since held every major Cabinet post -- including defence, finance and foreign affairs -- and served three brief stints as prime minister in 1977, 1984 and 1995.



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • Friend of South Korean president handed prison sentence in corruption case

    World News CTV News
    SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of - A South Korean court on Friday sentenced a longtime friend of ousted President Park Geun-hye to three years in prison for using her presidential ties to unlawfully get her daughter into a prestigious Seoul university. Source
  • Senator Daniel Lang, who tackled terror, announces resignation

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    A Canadian Senator known for being tough on terror and working to end the gun registry announced his resignation Thursday. Senator Daniel Lang, a Conservative who represents Yukon, announced he plans to retire on Aug. 15. “It seems like yesterday when I arrived and one of my first orders of business was to sponsor in the Senate, the repeal of the long gun registry which was so detested in rural and Northern Canada,” Lang said in the Senate Thursday morning. Source
  • New Zealand paper names all drunk drivers on front page

    World News CTV News
    WELLINGTON, New Zealand - Queenstown's breathtaking scenery, adventure sports and skiing have made it a must-see destination for millions of tourists visiting New Zealand. But the resort town's vibrant nightlife has also contributed to what some describe as an epidemic of drunken driving. Source
  • Veteran LAPD officer arrested for sex with 15-year-old cadet

    World News Toronto Sun
    LOS ANGELES — Police Chief Charlie Beck on Thursday arrested a veteran Los Angeles police officer for allegedly having sex with a 15-year-old cadet who is suspected of joyriding in stolen patrol cars. The chief personally handcuffed Officer Robert Cain at the 77th Street Division. Source
  • Qatar's neighbours issue steep demands to end crisis

    World News CTV News
    WASHINGTON - Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries that have cut ties to Qatar issued a steep list of demands Thursday to end the crisis, insisting that their Persian Gulf neighbour shutter Al-Jazeera, cut back diplomatic ties to Iran and close down a Turkish military base in Qatar. Source
  • Qatar's neighbours issue list of demands as diplomatic dispute continues

    World News CBC News
    Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries that have cut ties to Qatar issued a steep list of demands Thursday to end the crisis, insisting that their Persian Gulf neighbour shutter Al-Jazeera, cut back diplomatic ties to Iran and close down a Turkish military base in Qatar. Source
  • Alberta Health Services apologizes after representative sends racist text

    Canada News CTV News
    STANDOFF, Alta. - Alberta Health Services is apologizing and has placed an employee on administrative leave after officials at a southern Alberta First Nation complained about a racial slur being used in a text message. Source
  • Sask. residents shed 'tears of joy' after stay granted to family facing deportation

    Canada News CBC News
    Hundreds in a small Saskatchewan town are breathing a sigh of relief after finding out a family set to be deported to Honduras within two weeks gets to stay. Sinclair Harrison was among a group of volunteers in Moosomin, Sask. Source
  • Father and son to chopper around the world for Canada 150

    Canada News CTV News
    A Canadian father-son team is planning to go where no father and son have gone before - - on a flight around the world in a helicopter. Bob Dengler and his son Steve plan to begin the potentially record-setting adventure with another pilot on Canada Day. Source
  • Authorities: Bullet meant for charging pit bull ricochets off ground and kills teen boy

    World News Toronto Sun
    PALMDALE, CALIF. - A deputy’s bullet that was fired at a charging pit bull apparently ricocheted off the ground and hit and killed a 17-year-old boy who had been helping to restrain the dog, authorities said Thursday. Source