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Israeli Prime Minister's Wife, Sara Netanyahu, Indicted For Fraud

Israeli Prime Minister's Wife, Sara Netanyahu, Indicted For FraudSara Netanyahu, the wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, was on



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Netanyahu's Chef Blasted For Serving Japan's Prime Minister Dessert In A Shoe

Netanyahu's Chef Blasted For Serving Japan's Prime Minister Dessert In A Shoe> A post shared by segevmoshe (@segevmoshe) on May 2, 2018 at 1:04pm PDT



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Emmanuel Macron raises eyebrows after calling Australian Prime Minister’s wife 'delicious'

Emmanuel Macron raises eyebrows after calling Australian Prime Minister’s wife 'delicious'Emmanuel Macron, the French President, has raised eyebrows during his visit to Australia by calling prime minister Malcolm Turnbull's wife Lucy "delicious". At the end of a joint news conference between the two leaders, the 40-year old French president turned to thank Mr Turnbull for his hospitality. “I want to thank you for your welcome,” he said, before raising the Gallic charm a notch by adding: “Thank you and your delicious wife for your warm welcome." Mr Macron's interesting choice of English prompted instant mirth on social media, amid some confusion over his intent. The jury appears to be out over whether it was an odd, but deliberate play on words or a linguistic slip-up. Macron just said he wanted to thank Malcolm Turnbull and his "delicious wife". You can take the man out of France but…— Alice Workman (@workmanalice) May 2, 2018 Some observers thought he may have used the word “delicious” as a deliberate joke, coming just seconds after Mr Turnbull referred to the French president’s imminent lunch with members of Sydney's French community. Others suggested that Mr Macron, who prides himself on speaking fluent English, simply fell foul of a “false friend”. The French word for delicious – délicieux – can also translate as “delightful”, even if it is a rather antiquated – some would argue sexist – term. The potential for linguist slip-ups is not all one-way however, and there is ample potential for English-speakers to fall foul of French. Emmanuel Macron poses with Malcolm Turnbull  and his wife Lucy Turnbull outside the Sydney Opera House  Credit:  AFP One bloomer to avoid at all costs is to use the French word “excité” to describe oneself as excited; in French it means you are sexually aroused. If it was a linguistic slip, Mr Macron is by no means the first leader to experience translation problems.  Arguably the most infamous supposed gaffe was John F Kennedy's legendary claim: "Ich bin ein Berliner", which could mean "I'm a Berliner" or "I'm a doughnut".  Emmanuel Macron is by no means the first leader to experience translation problems Credit: LUDOVIC MARIN/ AFP In 2009, France's Europe minister, Pierre Lellouche, sparked a diplomatic incident by branding Prime Minister David Cameron's pledge to reclaim EU powers "pathetic". The term in French is often translated as "moving", "touching" or "poignant". One solution would be to avoid English altogether.  That would clearly be to the liking of France's ambassador to the EU, Philippe Léglise-Costa, who walked out of a meeting with fellow EU envoys last week in Brussels in disapproval at the use of English. He was said to have exclaimed: "Monsieur, Non!"



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Nephew of French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe among three tourists stabbed in Israel

Nephew of French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe among three tourists stabbed in IsraelThe nephew of French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe was among three tourists repeatedly stabbed in the Israeli seaside resort of Eilat, it emerged Monday night.  The wounded holidaymakers, who have not been named, were found lying on the promenade last Wednesday after being targeted by a gang of Israeli men. It comes at a time of heightened tension between France and Israel, as President Emmanuel Macron and Mr Philippe refuse to accept Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city. This has greatly angered many in Israel, and especially those who do not want East Jerusalem to be set aside as the capital of a Palestinian state.  Mr Philippe has also controversially backed the publication of anti-Semitic essays by the author Louis-Ferdinand Destouches, better known as Celine, despite fury from France’s sizeable Jewish community.  UN vote to condemn Trump recognising Jerusalem as capital of Israel By Monday night, Israeli news outlets were reporting the shocking Eilat crime, while French media ones generally remained silent.  According to the Israeli i24 news channel: ‘The French consul in Tel Aviv was rushed to the spot urgently. ‘Three French tourists, including the nephew of the French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, who was on holiday in the seaside resort of Eilat in Israel, were attacked last Wednesday by a group of Israelis. ‘The municipal police found three young tourists lying on the Eilat Promenade with stab wounds on the lower part of their bodies. Two of them were slightly hurt, and the third more seriously.’ All were taken to a local hospital, where they were later joined by the French consul, who is thought to have contacted Mr Philippe immediately.  Two of those hurt were released from hospital on Thursday, while the third remained in a ward. It is not known if he is Mr Philippe’s nephew.  A criminal enquiry into the attack has been launched in Israel, with police attempting to bring the perpetrators to justice. They are all believed to be Israeli men, according to detectives.  There was no comment on the incident from France’s Ambassador to Israel, or from the French foreign ministry.  On Monday, President Macron reaffirmed his country’s commitment to a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict.   Leaders on both sides must continue ‘calling for calm and dialogue’, Mr Macron said during a meeting with members of the Palestinian Central Council. It follows American President Donald Trump plunging the area into renewed chaos by recognising Jerusalem as solely being the capital of Israel, and not Palestine too.  This shocked Western allies including France and Britain as much as it did Arab leaders, who insist that East Jerusalem must become the capital of Palestine.  On Sunday Mr Philippe said he was fine about the publication of Celine’s anti-Semitic essays. Referring to Celine, Mr Philippe said: ‘There are very good reasons to detest the man himself, but you cannot deny the writer’s central position in French literature.’ But CRIF, France’s main Jewish umbrella group, said in a statement that it opposed the publication of the three ‘racist, anti-Semitic and pro-Hitler’ essays.  Last year the Jewish Agency of Israel claimed that 5000 Jews emigrated to Israel from France in 2016, partly because of security fears, and an atmosphere of anti-Semitism condoned by those in power. 



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Nephew of French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe among three tourists stabbed in Israel

Nephew of French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe among three tourists stabbed in IsraelThe nephew of French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe was among three tourists repeatedly stabbed in the Israeli seaside resort of Eilat, it emerged Monday night.  The wounded holidaymakers, who have not been named, were found lying on the promenade last Wednesday after being targeted by a gang of Israeli men. It comes at a time of heightened tension between France and Israel, as President Emmanuel Macron and Mr Philippe refuse to accept Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city. This has greatly angered many in Israel, and especially those who do not want East Jerusalem to be set aside as the capital of a Palestinian state.  Mr Philippe has also controversially backed the publication of anti-Semitic essays by the author Louis-Ferdinand Destouches, better known as Celine, despite fury from France’s sizeable Jewish community.  UN vote to condemn Trump recognising Jerusalem as capital of Israel By Monday night, Israeli news outlets were reporting the shocking Eilat crime, while French media ones generally remained silent.  According to the Israeli i24 news channel: ‘The French consul in Tel Aviv was rushed to the spot urgently. ‘Three French tourists, including the nephew of the French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, who was on holiday in the seaside resort of Eilat in Israel, were attacked last Wednesday by a group of Israelis. ‘The municipal police found three young tourists lying on the Eilat Promenade with stab wounds on the lower part of their bodies. Two of them were slightly hurt, and the third more seriously.’ All were taken to a local hospital, where they were later joined by the French consul, who is thought to have contacted Mr Philippe immediately.  Two of those hurt were released from hospital on Thursday, while the third remained in a ward. It is not known if he is Mr Philippe’s nephew.  A criminal enquiry into the attack has been launched in Israel, with police attempting to bring the perpetrators to justice. They are all believed to be Israeli men, according to detectives.  There was no comment on the incident from France’s Ambassador to Israel, or from the French foreign ministry.  On Monday, President Macron reaffirmed his country’s commitment to a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict.   Leaders on both sides must continue ‘calling for calm and dialogue’, Mr Macron said during a meeting with members of the Palestinian Central Council. It follows American President Donald Trump plunging the area into renewed chaos by recognising Jerusalem as solely being the capital of Israel, and not Palestine too.  This shocked Western allies including France and Britain as much as it did Arab leaders, who insist that East Jerusalem must become the capital of Palestine.  On Sunday Mr Philippe said he was fine about the publication of Celine’s anti-Semitic essays. Referring to Celine, Mr Philippe said: ‘There are very good reasons to detest the man himself, but you cannot deny the writer’s central position in French literature.’ But CRIF, France’s main Jewish umbrella group, said in a statement that it opposed the publication of the three ‘racist, anti-Semitic and pro-Hitler’ essays.  Last year the Jewish Agency of Israel claimed that 5000 Jews emigrated to Israel from France in 2016, partly because of security fears, and an atmosphere of anti-Semitism condoned by those in power. 



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Saudi Arabia Pressured Lebanese Prime Minister To Resign: Report

Saudi Arabia Pressured Lebanese Prime Minister To Resign: ReportLebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri announced his short-lived resignation in early November under heavy duress from the Saudi Arabian government, according to a New York Times report based on the accounts of Lebanese, Western and regional officials, as well as other figures close to Hariri.



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Bahrain Orders Citizens to 'Immediately' Leave Lebanon After Prime Minister's Surprise Resignation

Bahrain Orders Citizens to 'Immediately' Leave Lebanon After Prime Minister's Surprise ResignationCitizens are banned from traveling to Lebanon, as well



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Lebanon's prime minister resigns, saying he cannot tolerate Iranian interference and fears assassination 

Lebanon's prime minister resigns, saying he cannot tolerate Iranian interference and fears assassination Lebanon’s prime minister resigned abruptly on Saturday, saying that he was stepping down in protest at Iran’s interference in his country and feared he would be assassinated like his father 12 years ago.  Saad al-Hariri announced his resignation from Saudi Arabia and the move appeared to have been done in coordination with Riyadh, which sees Iran as an arch-rival to be countered across the Middle East.    "The evil that Iran spreads in the region will backfire on it,” Mr Hariri said in a televised address.  “Despite my efforts, Iran continues to abuse Lebanon.” He also said his life was in danger and he was believed he was being targeted like his father, former prime minister Rafik al-Hariri, who was killed by a massive car bomb in 2005.   “We are living in a climate similar to the atmosphere that prevailed before the assassination of martyr Rafik al-Hariri. I have sensed what is being plotted covertly to target my life,” he said. Saad al-Hariri's father, Rafik, was assassinated in 2005 Credit: REUTERS/ Mohamed Azakir Mr Hariri also lashed out against Hizbollah, the Lebanese militant group which plays a major role in the country’s politics and is strongly supported by Iran.  Hizbollah’s armed wing is considered a terrorist group by the US, UK and most Gulf Arab states and new American sanctions imposed on the group may harm Lebanon’s overall economy. Mr  Hariri said the group’s actions had put Lebanon “in the eye of the storm”.  Mr Hariri had been in the role a little over a year and his resignation plunges Lebanon into uncertainty after what had appeared to be a period of progress in the small Middle East state.  In October, the parliament passed its budget since 2005 and last year it successfully elected a president, ending a standoff which had left Lebanon without a head of state for more than two years.   Under Lebanon’s complicated political power sharing system, the role of prime minister must be held by a Sunni, while the president is Christian and the speaker of the house is a Shia.  Hizbollah plays a major role in Lebanon's politics and its armed wing is beyond the control of the government Michael Aroun, the president, is closely aligned with Hizbollah and Mr Hariri’s resignation may remove one of the few anti-Hizbollah bulwarks inside the Lebanese government.  Mr Hariri announced he was stepping down after a flurry of visits to Saudi Arabia. He travelled to the Sunni kingdom earlier this week and met with the Thamer al-Sabhan, the Saudi minister for Gulf affairs, who takes a hawkish stance against Iranian influence in the region. Mr Sabhan called for the “toppling” of Hizbollah and days before Mr Hariri’s resignation he said he expected “astonishing developments”, suggesting he may have had advance warning of the Lebanese politician’s plans.  Mr Hariri quietly returned to Saudi Arabia later in the week and made his resignation speech from there. Minutes after Mr Hariri’s speech, the Saudi minister tweeted what appeared to be a warning to Iran: “Hands of treachery and aggression must be cut off.” ايدي الغدر والعدوان يجب ان تبتر— ثامر السبهان (@thamersas) November 4, 2017 Iran immediately cast Mr Hariri’s resignation as part of a US-Saudi plan for control in the Middle East.  "Al-Hariri's resignation was done in coordination with Trump and [Saudi Crown Prince] Mohammed bin Salman to foment tension in Lebanon and the region,” Hossein Sheikholeslam, an advisor to Iran’s foreign ministry, told the Fars News agency, which is closely linked to the government.  Mr Hariri was born in Saudi Arabia and holds Saudi citizenship.  Saudi Arabia has taken a more aggressive stance against Hizbollah in the last two years, arguing it is an Iranian proxy force that is destabilising the Arab world. Hizbollah’s supporters say it is an organic Lebanese group that rose up to fight against Israel.  While Hizbollah is fighting in Syria in support of the Assad regime, it also maintains large stockpiles of weapons in southern Lebanon pointed at Israel.  Both Israeli and Lebanese fear that an eventual clash between Hizbollah and the Israeli military is almost inevitable and likely to be bloodier than the 2006 war, which killed around 1,000 Lebanese civilians and 44 Israeli civilians. 



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Hurricane Maria left over 15 dead in Dominica: prime minister

Hurricane Maria left over 15 dead in Dominica: prime ministerHurricane Maria left more than 15 people dead in hard-hit Dominica, the small Caribbean island’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit announced on Thursday. The toll from Dominica brings the overall number of confirmed deaths caused by Hurricane Maria to 18, including two in Guadeloupe and one in Puerto Rico. “So far, we would have buried in excess of 15 people,” Skerrit told a television network of Antigua and Barbuda, a neighboring country.



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British prime minister responds to London Underground terror attack

British prime minister responds to London Underground terror attackPrime Minister Theresa May condemned a bombing that took place on a London Underground train as "cowardly."



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