The Envoy
  • 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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