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Israeli police to probe alleged Netanyahu submarine scandal

Netanyahu submarine scandalIsrael’s most senior law officer has ordered an investigation into an alleged scandal involving one of Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s closest confidants over a controversial deal to buy German submarines.

The affair – which has dominated Israeli headlines for days – involves allegations of a serious conflict of interest in the purchase of the submarines.


At least 67 killed in construction accident at Chinese power plant

At least 67 killed in China power plant accidentAt least 67 people were killed Thursday when a platform that was under construction at the cooling tower of a power plant in eastern China collapsed, state media reported.

The incident happened at the Fengcheng plant in Jiangxi province at around 7 a.m. local time, the official news agency Xinhua said.

State TV reported that rescuers were trying to free one person who was trapped.


Thousands evacuated as fires burn across Israel

Haifa firesTens of thousands of people are being evacuated as wildfires rage through parts of Israel's third largest city of Haifa.

The fires follow a two-month drought and are being fanned by strong winds in the north of the city.

Wildfires are also threatening homes near Jerusalem and in the West Bank.

Israel's police chief said arson was suspected in some cases and PM Benjamin Netanyahu said any such attacks would amount to "terror".


Israel proposes 500 new settlement homes near Jerusalem

Israel poposes 500 new settlement homesJerusalem's municipality has proposed building 500 more housing units in an area of the city annexed by Israel after the 1967 Middle East war, a settlement monitoring group said on Wednesday.

There was no immediate confirmation of the move by the Israeli government, but France condemned it.

The proposal is the first since the election of Donald Trump, whom Israeli right-wingers expect to be more supportive of settlement building than Barack Obama's administration.


Germany 'repulsed' by Hitler salutes at US far-right event

White Supremacists saluteThe German government expressed revulsion Wednesday at Nazi-style salutes such as those performed at a recent far-right event in Washington, but said it was confident the United States can tackle the issue.

Video published by The Atlantic showed participants at the event Saturday raising their arms in salute during a speech by Richard Spencer, head of the white-nationalist National Policy Institute.


Egypt court overturns Mohamed Morsi's life sentence

Mursi life sentence overturnedEgypt's deposed president Mohamed Morsi has had a life sentence overturned by the country's Court of Cassation, which ordered a retrial in the case that revolves around accusations of espionage with Palestinian group Hamas.

Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected president, had a death sentence overturned by the same court last week and a retrial was ordered.

Morsi was overthrown by a military coup in July 2013 after having served just one year of a four-year term.


Turkey issues arrest warrant for Syrian Kurdish leader

Muslima arrested by TurkeyTurkey has issued arrest warrants for 48 Kurdish fighters, including the leader of a US-backed Syrian Kurdish group that is a key military force against ISIL.

Warrants were issued on Tuesday in connection with a suicide bomb attack in February in Ankara. The attack on a military bus near a main base  killed 29 people and was claimed by a group linked to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK.


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