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  • avigdorIsraeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has been informed he may be indicted for corruption, but will be granted a final hearing before being charged, Israel's attorney general said Wednesday.

    Lieberman -- an unapologetic right-wing hardliner who has been perceived as a political threat to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu -- has been under investigation for more than a year related to business dealings in Israel and his native former Soviet Union.

    A statement from the office of Israeli attorney general Yehuda Weinstein Wednesday said Lieberman could be "indicted on charges of fraud, breach of trust, aggravated fraud, money laundering and harassing a witness," the Associated Press reported.

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  • Egypt prosecutors order Mubarak and sons detained

    sharmEgyptian prosecutors have ordered ousted former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and his two sons detained for fifteen days. Prosecutors want to question Egypt's former authoritarian ruler and once-heirs apparent about corruption during Mubarak's three-decade rein and violence during the 18-day uprising that led to his ouster in  February.

    Mubarak's sons Gamal and Alaa are now being held in Cairo's Tora prison, the New York Times reported, citing Egyptian authorities.

    Hosni Mubarak, 82, was reported to also be in police custody, although his whereabouts were unclear Wednesday. The elder former statesman reportedly suffered a heart attack while being questioned earlier this week and was hospitalized in Sharm el-Sheikh, where he has resided since being forced from office on February 11th.

    The Egyptian seaside resort town is where Mubarak formerly frequently hosted world leaders for Middle East peace summits, most recently Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas just last September.

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  • Bibi Netanyahu-Justin Bieber meeting called off

    bieberIsrael finds itself rattled on several fronts these days: Hamas rocket attacks from Gaza have increased, Arab unrest could test several key regional alliances, and Palestinian leaders plan to seek statehood recognition at the United Nations in September. So Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did what any other world leader wrestling with mounting diplomatic pressures would do:  He decided to meet Justin Bieber.

    In a bid to put Israel firmly on the popcult radar and bolster slumping national morale, Netanyahu had agreed to some quality time with the Canadian tween heart-throb who is in Israel this week to give a concert.

    Alas, however, political concerns once again stymied plans for the pop-PM summit. The meeting, which had been tentatively scheduled for Wednesday evening, came apart after Bieber declined an idea by the prime minister's office to include Israeli children victimized by the recent round of Hamas rocket attacks in the event. The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports, citing Israel's Channel 2:

    The prime minister was scheduled to host the young singer at his office in Jerusalem on Wednesday evening, before Bieber's Thursday night concert.

    Taking advantage of the PR opportunity presented by the meeting with Bieber, Netanyahu's advisers invited a group of children from communities near the Gaza border to attend.

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    Clashes at mass eviction in Rome as crisis bites

    Riot police dragged away some 350 squatter families from abandoned offices in Rome amid violent clashes on Wednesday -- the latest in a rising tide of forced evictions in Italy fuelled by the economic crisis. Several people were injured as police used truncheons to break through a large group of protesters outside the building, where squatters had barricaded themselves in and taken to the roof. "They clubbed us wildly, it was brutal," Cristiano Armati, a member of the Coordinamento association which had helped occupy the building, told AFP by telephone from hospital. Rome city council said around 90 properties in the city are currently occupied by squatters.

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  • Ukraine army's humiliations pile up as eastern push fizzles
    Ukraine army's humiliations pile up as eastern push fizzles

    The humiliation Wednesday of the Ukrainian army in its much-vaunted "anti-terrorist" push into separatist eastern territory makes an embarrassing string of failures even worse. They pointed out that the region, the Donbass, is hostile to Kiev's new, pro-EU leaders, and home to magnates and police reluctant to face down the separatists. A military expert at the Razumkov think-tank in Kiev, Oleksiy Melnik, criticised the government for hesitating to use force and in the end sending in a smaller force than the one implied when it announced its "major operation" on Sunday. "The arguments that 'We mustn't provoke Russia' are absurd in the current situation, because Russia needs no pretext to carry out its plan.

  • If filed, plane lawsuits might not get heard in US
    If filed, plane lawsuits might not get heard in US

    BEIJING (AP) — Since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing, some lawyers have claimed they can get several millions of dollars in damages for each lost passenger by taking the cases to the United States. But past lawsuits show U.S. federal courts are more likely to throw such cases out if the crashes happened overseas.

  • 'World's toughest job interview' prank video is amazing
    'World's toughest job interview' prank video is amazing

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  • Rouhani says Iran sanctions will unravel in months

    President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday international sanctions on Iran would unravel in months following negotiations with world powers on its nuclear program, the official IRNA news agency reported. Some international sanctions imposed over Iran's nuclear program have been eased temporarily after a deal was reached last year with world powers, but Washington has said the lifting of sanctions can only happen "in total" after a comprehensive deal is reached. "Today we already see the sanctions unraveling," he said, according to IRNA, referring to the modest easing of sanctions in return for concessions made by Rouhani's government in nuclear talks with world powers. World powers want Iran to curb its nuclear activity, which Western nations fear is aimed at giving Tehran the capability to make a nuclear weapon.

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