TV producer sacked over Beirut kidnapping
SYDNEY • An Australian television crew involved in a botched child kidnap story in Lebanon made "inexcusable errors", a review found yesterday, with a producer leaving the company and others reprimanded.
The team from Channel Nine's 60 Minutes programme were accused of helping Australian mother Sally Faulkner to snatch her son and daughter in broad daylight on a Beirut street. They were all charged "for kidnapping the two children and for taking part in the crime" and spent almost two weeks in jail. But the Australian contractor hired by Nine and three members of his business remain in custody in Lebanon. A
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Second minister quits Israeli Cabinet
JERUSALEM • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu suffered his second Cabinet resignation in a week yesterday when a minister quit over the appointment of a hardline nationalist in the "extremist government".
Environment Minister Avi Gabbay announced his resignation in a strongly worded statement that accused Mr Netanyahu of putting the country on a path to ruin.
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