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|JERUSALEM , Aug. 3 (Xinhua) -- Israeli Prime Minister BenjaminNetanyahu is suspected of offenses including bribery, fraud andbreach of trust, Israeli police confirmed on Thursday.
In a document filed with a magistrate's court, the policeconfirmed for the first time that Netanyahu is a suspect in twocorruption cases which are under investigation.
According to local media , Netanyahu is suspected of receivingbribes from Israeli-American Hollywood billionaire Arnon Milchan,and offering commercial favors to a newspaper publisher in returnfor positive coverage.
The police have issued a gag order as they try to persuadeNetanyahu's former chief of staff Ari Harow to be a state witnessin the cases. The court granted the order, which will remaineffective until September 17.
A spokesman for Netanyahu rejected the claims as false andpolitically-motivated, according to Walla news site.
"We reject outright the unfounded claims ," the spokesman said."The campaign to replace the government is in full swing, but it isdestined to fail, for a simple reason: there won't be anythingbecause there was nothing."
Earlier on Thursday, Israel's Attorney General AvichaiMendelblit said talks with Harow were "making progress."
Netanyahu , 67, is a suspect in two cases. One, dubbed by thepolice as "Case 2000," involves secret talks he held with the ownerof a large Israeli newspaper called Yediot Aharono about reducingthe competition in the news sector in return for more positivecoverage.
The other case , known as "Case 1000," involves suspicions thatNetanyahu and his wife Sara received expensive gifts fromIsraeli-U.S. businessman and Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan.
Netanyahu had been investigated by the police at least fourtimes. In March, Police Chief Roni Alsheikh estimated the policeare close to completing the investigation, saying "we are in thefinal stages."
The procrastination of the law enforcement authorities sparkedanger in the Israeli public , leading to weekly demonstrations nearthe home of Mendelblit to demand charges against Netanyahu.Enditem
SRINAGAR， Indian-controlled Kashmir， Dec. 29 (Xinhua) -- Two troopers belonging to Indian army were wounded Thursday in fighting with militants in restive Indian-controlled Kashmir， police said.
The gunfight broke out at Shahgund in Hajin of Bandipora district， about 38 km north of Srinagar city， the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir.
"Two army men were wounded in a brief gunfight today morning at Hajin，" a police official posted in Bandipora said. "The army and police personnel jointly launched cordon and search operation on specific inputs about presence of militants in the locality. However， a gunfight was triggered after the joint party came under fire."
Reports said three militants present in the area managed to break the cordon and escape from the village.
The wounded troopers were immediately evacuated to army's base hospital in Srinagar， police said.
A guerrilla war is going on between militants and Indian troops stationed in Indian-controlled Kashmir since 1989. The gunfight between the two sides takes place intermittently across the region.
Kashmir， the Himalayan region divided between India and Pakistan is claimed by both in full. Since their Independence from Britain in 1945， the two countries have fought three wars， two exclusively over Kashmir.
HELSINKI， Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- The Jokerit ice hockey club on Saturday lost its first home match in the 2016-2017 season of Kontinental Hockey League (KHL)， beaten by Omsk Avangard from Siberia.
At the Hartwall stadium in Helsinki， the home team leveled the scores three times， and Tommi Huhtala tied the match with only 0.5 second left in the third section during the normal period.
After an extra time without any goal， the two teams entered competition of winning goal. The guest won the game with a final score 4:3.
Saturday's match was Jokerit's first home match of this season， attracting thousands of viewers.
Jokerit was founded in 1967. The six-time Finnish champion joined KHL in 2014-2015 season， becoming the only Finnish team playing the league.
KAMPALA, Feb. 20 (Xinhua) -- East African leaders met here Thursday in the Ugandan capital to discuss key projects aiming at fast tracking the region's integration process.
The one day meeting, dubbed as the 4th Northern Corridor Integration Projects Summit, has attracted leaders from Kenya , Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan, Tanzania , and Uganda.
The member countries agreed to speed up development projects to fast track the region's integration. These projects include railway, oil refinery, political federation, energy generation , single customs territory, airspace management among others.
The leaders are also expected to consider a Security Pact.
The last Summit was held last October in the Rwandan capital Kigali, where the Single Customs Territory was launched and became operational on Jan. 1 of this year.
JOHANNESBURG， Aug. 11 (Xinhua) -- South Africa has overtaken Nigeria to be the largest economy in dollar terms in the African continent， according to the latest data released by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
According to the report， the Nigerian gross domestic product (GDP) is 296 billion U.S. dollar， while South Africa's GDP is 301 billion dollar at the current rand's exchange rate.
For the past two years， Nigeria has claimed the top spot， but a re-calculation using current exchange rates has placed South Africa back on top， the data showed.
The new calculations are based on IMF's GDP numbers for the two countries in 2015.
Nigeria "rebased" its GDP data two years ago to include previously uncounted industries like telecoms， information .