World Briefs: Israeli PM's wife charged with fraud

Israeli PM's wife charged with fraud

JERUSALEM • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's wife Sara was charged yesterday with fraud and breach of trust after a long probe into allegations that she had falsified household expenses, the justice ministry said. She and an aide are accused of falsely declaring there were no cooks available at the Prime Minister's official residence and ordering from caterers at the public's expense.

The cost amounted to "over 350,000 shekels" (S$131,400), the ministry said. She has denied any wrongdoing.


Top Iraq court orders electoral recount

BAGHDAD • Iraq's Supreme Court yesterday ordered a manual recount of roughly 11 million ballots cast in last month's legislative elections.

The court found that the decision by Parliament to order a manual recount in response to allegations of electoral fraud did not violate the Constitution. The vote was won by nationalist cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's electoral alliance with communists.


Instagram launches dedicated video app

SAN FRANCISCO • Social network Instagram, which now has more than one billion active users, has launched a mobile app dedicated to user-generated videos up to an hour long. Called IGTV, it will feature videos from rising Internet celebrities and artists like those on YouTube.

Instagram chief executive Kevin Systrom said it will begin as part of Instagram's app and also be available as a separate app.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 22, 2018, with the headline 'World Briefs'. Subscribe