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Netanyahu holds last-ditch talks to keep Israeli government together

Top Stories - Sun, 11/18/2018 - 08:02

Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, resisted calls for snap polls Sunday, saying elections now would be "unnecessary and wrong", ahead of what he called last-ditch talks to hold his embattled coalition together. Mr Netanyahu's Right-wing coalition was thrown into crisis Wednesday after the defence minister Avigdor Lieberman's resignation over a controversial Gaza ceasefire deal, leading to speculation over whether early elections have become inevitable. After Mr Lieberman's withdrawal along with his Yisrael Beitenu party, Mr Netanyahu's government was left clinging to a one-seat majority in the 120-seat parliament. Key coalition partners say that is unworkable. Mr Netanyahu, who has sought to delay calling elections, made his case at the start of a cabinet meeting on Sunday. Yuval Steinitz, energy minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister, and government secretary Tzahi Braverman attend the weekly cabinet meeting Credit: Abir Sultan/Pool via AP "In a period of security sensitivity, it's unnecessary and wrong to go to elections," Mr Netanyahu said. He noted past instances when Right-wing governments had called elections that did not turn out as they had hoped. "We need to do whatever we can to avoid such mistakes," he said. Mr Netanyahu planned to meet Moshe Kahlon, the finance minister whose centre-right Kulanu party holds 10 seats, at later on Sunday for what he called a "last attempt" to keep the government together. Elections are not due until November 2019. Mr Kahlon has said he does not think it is possible to continue with the existing coalition. Mr Netanyahu said on November 18 it would be "unnecessary and wrong" to call snap polls Credit: ABIR SULTAN/AFP/Getty Images "If (Mr Netanyahu) pulls a rabbit out of his hat, we'll see," Mr Kahlon told Israeli television Saturday. "Meanwhile, I don't see a rabbit or a hat." Naftali Bennett, the education minister of the far-right Jewish Home party, which holds eight seats in parliament, has demanded the defence portfolio as a way of keeping the government together. Netanyahu says he will take it over at least temporarily rather than hand the key ministry to one of his main right-wing rivals, though a last-minute deal could not be ruled out. On Saturday, Bennett told Israeli television that Lieberman had "collapsed the government". "There is no more government and we are heading towards elections," he said. "There is no other alternative."


Women Won The House For Democrats, But Men May End Up Running It

Top Stories - Sun, 11/18/2018 - 08:00

WASHINGTON ― They ran for office at record levels. They came to the polls in


Yemen rebels mobilise to fight ahead of UN envoy visit

Top Stories - Sun, 11/18/2018 - 06:19

Yemeni rebels have said they are ready to mobilise more fighters to the frontline despite a lull in battleground Hodeida, as the UN envoy prepares to visit the country to boost peace efforts. Dozens of Huthi rebels put on a show of strength on the outskirts of the capital Sanaa on Saturday, apparently getting ready to head towards Hodeida, a Red Sea city home to a vital port. Residents told AFP by telephone on Sunday that relative calm had held in Hodeida city since pro-government forces -- backed by a Saudi-led military coalition -- announced a pause in their offensive last week amid international calls for a ceasefire and UN-led peace efforts.


UK Labour leader Corbyn: second Brexit referendum is for future, not today

Top Stories - Sun, 11/18/2018 - 04:51

Britain's opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said on Sunday that a second Brexit referendum was an option for the future rather than today. Labour has said it will not support Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit agreement in an upcoming vote in parliament, and some in the party have backed calls for a referendum on the deal. What's the question going to be?" Corbyn told Sky News.


Migrants get cool reception in Mexican border town

Top Stories - Sun, 11/18/2018 - 02:40

TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — Many of the nearly 3,000 Central American migrants who have reached the Mexican border with California via caravan said Saturday they do not feel welcome in the city of Tijuana, where hundreds more migrants are headed after more than a month on the road.


Zimbabwe: the year since Mugabe's ousting

Top Stories - Sat, 11/17/2018 - 23:41

Here is a summary of key developments since Robert Mugabe was ousted as president of Zimbabwe a year ago after 37 years in charge of the southern African country. Military generals had seized power days earlier after he fired Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, amid concern Mugabe was positioning his wife Grace to succeed him. Mnangagwa returns to Zimbabwe from South Africa the following day, having fled after his dismissal two weeks earlier.


Trump Insists 'Raking' Will Help Stop Forest Fires; Twitter Reels

Top Stories - Sat, 11/17/2018 - 23:26

With 76 people dead and nearly 1,300 unaccounted for and feared dead in


Bill Maher Trashes Fans Mourning Stan Lee And Adults Who Read Comics

Top Stories - Sat, 11/17/2018 - 21:25

Comedian Bill Maher is getting the ire of the comic book world this weekend


Cab Drivers Refuse To Pick Up Racists After Philly Rally With Proud Boys

Top Stories - Sat, 11/17/2018 - 18:41

Racists in Philadelphia were apparently denied a quick escape Saturday after


Video of Violent Murder inside Missouri Prison Highlights Danger to Inmates, Officers

Top Stories - Sat, 11/17/2018 - 18:07

Inmates at Crossroads Correctional Facility have sent dozens of letters to a local news station describing how the prison is teetering on the brink of disaster.


Andrew Gillum Concedes Florida Gubernatorial Race To Ron DeSantis

Top Stories - Sat, 11/17/2018 - 17:43

Andrew Gillum, the Democratic mayor of Tallahassee running for governor of


Joe Biden Adopts a Rescue Dog Named Major

Top Stories - Sat, 11/17/2018 - 16:24

Biden took 10-month-old Major home on Saturday


Trump visits devastation of the deadly California wildfires

Top Stories - Sat, 11/17/2018 - 15:18

President Donald Trump arrived in Northern California on Saturday to see firsthand the grief and devastation from the deadliest U.S. wildfire in a century amid confusion over how many people remain unaccounted for.


Joe Biden Just Adopted An Adorable Shelter Dog

Top Stories - Sat, 11/17/2018 - 12:59

Joe Biden is welcoming a furry new member to his family.


Argentina Finds Missing Sub One Year Later But Lacks Resources To Surface It

Top Stories - Sat, 11/17/2018 - 12:52

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- The Argentine government acknowledged on


Trump Calls Report That He's Questioning Pence Loyalty  ‘Phony’

Top Stories - Sat, 11/17/2018 - 12:25

“I can’t imagine any President having a better or closer relationship with their Vice President,” he said in a tweet Saturday. The New York Times report on Friday cited unidentified sources who said Trump was repeatedly asking aides and advisers about whether Pence was loyal. “The New York Times did a phony story, as usual, about my relationship with @VP Mike Pence.


This six-mile 2005 Ford GT is a car collector's dream

Top Stories - Sat, 11/17/2018 - 12:02

This brand-new unregistered 2005 Ford GT is still waiting for its first owner. These cars have appreciated significantly from their original $149,995 price when new


Florida official Brenda Snipes: racism 'probably' a factor in attacks against me

Top Stories - Sat, 11/17/2018 - 10:32

A top elections official in Florida who endured national humiliation after missing a midterms recount deadline by two minutes has told the Guardian that racism is “probably” a factor in the backlash against her. Brenda Snipes, elections supervisor of Broward county, was condemned by Republicans and Democrats after failing to submit tallies in the US Senate race between Rick Scott and Bill Nelson on schedule.


What To Watch On Netflix That’s New This Week

Top Stories - Sat, 11/17/2018 - 09:59

Streamline recommends "Narcos: Mexico" as the thing to watch on Netflix this


78-year-old man in California claims he killed at least 90 people over four decades

Top Stories - Sat, 11/17/2018 - 08:51

A man now thought to be one of the most prolific serial killers in the US claims he killed as many as 90 people over four decades. Investigators have been able to close four unsolved murder cases because of the confessions of Samuel Little. The 78-year-old, also known as Samuel McDowell, was already serving a life sentence in California for three murders when he confessed to a Texas investigator.


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