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Israeli watchdog criticises Netanyahu over free air tickets decade ago

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JERUSALEM Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came under criticism in an Israeli state audit on Tuesday over free air tickets that he and his family received for travel abroad when he was finance minister more than a decade ago.

Shake-up in Israeli politics prompts "seeds of fascism" warning

JERUSALEM A military affairs commentator interrupts his broadcast to deliver a monologue: I'm alarmed by what's happening in Israel, he says, I think my children should leave.

World, 23 May 2016

Israel says return of artefacts to Egypt shows relations warming

JERUSALEM Israel on Sunday returned to Egypt two stolen sarcophagi lids, saying the repatriation of the millennia-old artefacts was a sign of warmer relations between the two countries.

World, 22 May 2016

Israel defence chief quits, warns of "extremist" rise under Netanyahu

JERUSALEM Israel's defence minister resigned on Friday, saying the nation was being taken over by "extremist and dangerous elements" after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu moved to replace him with a far-right politician in an effort to strengthen his coalition.

World, 20 May 2016

Kerry welcomes efforts to revive Palestinian-Israeli peace talks

BRUSSELS U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday welcomed French and Egyptian efforts to revive peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians and said he would attend an international conference in Paris on June 3 that hopes to set out a framework for fresh negotiations.

World, 19 May 2016

Netanyahu pulls off coalition surprise to upend Israeli politics

JERUSALEM "He's a magician, he's a magician," the partisan crowd chanted as a beaming Benjamin Netanyahu strode into his party headquarters a little over a year ago to declare a come-from-behind victory in Israel's election.

World, 19 May 2016

Netanyahu seeks to recruit far-right Lieberman into Israeli government

JERUSALEM Benjamin Netanyahu met on Wednesday with ultra-nationalist politician Avigdor Lieberman to try to recruit him into Israel's government, and political sources said the prime minister agreed to his demand to be appointed defence minister.

World, 18 May 2016

Israel to use new sea-borne missile defence to guard gas fields

JERUSALEM Israel's military said on Wednesday it had developed a version of its Iron Dome missile interceptor system that can be fired from the deck of a cruising navy ship to protect its offshore gas platforms.

World, 18 May 2016

Kerry in Cairo to talk Mideast peace, Libya

CAIRO U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry landed in Cairo on Wednesday for talks with Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Libya and to explore a proposal by the Egyptian leader to try to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

World, Libya, 18 May 2016

Oramed says oral insulin succeeds in midstage type 2 diabetes trial

Tiny Israeli drugmaker Oramed Pharmaceuticals Inc on Wednesday said its experimental oral insulin succeeded in significantly reducing night-time blood glucose in patients with type 2 diabetes, according to initial data from a midstage trial.

World, 18 May 2016