INDICTMENT WON’T DOOM NETANYAHU
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.