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JERSUALEM» Is­rael’s jus­tice min­is­ter says even if Prime Min­is­ter Benjamin Netanyahu is in­dicted on cor­rup­tion charges he is not com­pelled to re­sign.

Ayelet Shaked tells Is­rael’s Chan­nel 2 TV Satur­day that min­is­ters have to, but not nec­es­sar­ily prime min­is­ters. She said coali­tion part­ners will have to dis­cuss the eth­i­cal ram­i­fi­ca­tions of such a devel­op­ment but it was still pre­ma­ture.

Shaked is the most high­pro­file of­fi­cial to re­spond to news that Is­raeli po­lice sus­pect Netanyahu of be­ing in­volved in bribery, fraud and breach of trust in a pair of cases. Netanyahu’s for­mer chief of staff and long­time con­fi­dante has agreed to turn state wit­ness and tes­tify against his for­mer men­tor. This has raised spec­u­la­tion that Netanyahu could be in­dicted shortly.

Netanyahu has re­peat­edly de­nied wrong­do­ing and calls the ac­cu­sa­tions a witch hunt.

Cuba closes co­op­er­a­tive. HA­VANA» Cuban au­thor­i­ties have or­dered the clo­sure of one of the is­land’s fastest-grow­ing co­op­er­a­tives, days af­ter an­nounc­ing that they would stop is­su­ing new per­mits for some pri­vate en­ter­prise.

Sce­nius, which pro­vides ac­count­ing and busi­ness con­sult­ing ser­vices, will have un­til Dec. 31 to com­pletely liq­ui­date, the co­op­er­a­tive’s founder and di­rec­tor Luis Due­nas told The As­so­ci­ated Press.

Due­nas said the Min­istry of Fi­nances and Prices told him the de­ci­sion to close Sce­nius was “based on an anal­y­sis of our so­cial pur­pose, or of the ac­tiv­i­ties that we have ap­proved.”

Ac­tivists protest Rio’s wa­ter.

RIO DE En­vi­ron­men­tal ac­tivists sailed across Rio de Janeiro’s Gua­n­abara Bay on Satur­day to protest pol­lu­tion in the city’s wa­ter­ways and bro­ken prom­ises to clean them up around the 2016 Olympics.

The silent flotilla oc­cured one year af­ter the start of the Rio Games. The Brazil­ian city pledged in its Olympic bid to treat 80 per­cent of its wa­ter waste by the time the Games be­gan, but failed to de­liver on that prom­ise.

Ser­gio Ri­cardo, founder of the col­lec­tive Baia Viva, led about 50 ac­tivists and fish­er­men across Gua­n­abara Bay. Many boats dis­played ban­ners de­mand­ing im­proved san­i­ta­tion.

Chi­nese tourists fined for Nazi salutes.

Po­lice in Ber­lin say two Chi­nese tourists were de­tained Satur­day for per­form­ing banned Nazi salutes in front of the Ger­man par­lia­ment.

Of­fi­cers saw the two men, aged 36 and 49, tak­ing pho­tos of each other mak­ing the ges­ture in front of the Re­ich­stag.

Po­lice said that the men were ques­tioned at a nearby precinct but later re­leased af­ter leav­ing a se­cu­rity de­posit of $593 each.

Rwan­dan leader wins easy re­elec­tion.

Rwanda’s long­time Pres­i­dent Paul Kagame has eas­ily won a third term in of­fice in what he had called “a for­mal­ity.” He faces an­other seven years lead­ing the small East African na­tion praised for its eco­nomic per­for­mance but crit­i­cized for its si­lenc­ing of op­po­nents.

Elec­toral au­thor­i­ties said Kagame won 98.63 per­cent of the vote. Nei­ther of his two chal­lengers won a full per­cent­age point.


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