Netanyahu's ex-aide signs state's witness deal
JERUSALEM • A former spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signed a state's witness deal yesterday in one of the corruption cases revolving around the Israeli leader.
The development was widely described in the Israeli media as a dramatic turn of events against the four-term Prime Minister, who has denied any wrongdoing in the corruption probes that have threatened his political survival.
Burst pipes leave British homes without water
LONDON • Tens of thousands of households across Britain suffered water supply problems yesterday after pipes burst when snow thawed and normal weather conditions returned.
Leaking pipes in London yesterday left 12,000 households without water or experiencing very low pressure, water suppliers said.
Vatican treasurer in court over sex abuse charges
MELBOURNE • Lawyers for Vatican treasurer, Cardinal George Pell, asked an Australian court yesterday to allow a support person to sit with him through a four-week pre-trial hearing into charges of historical sexual offences because of his age and ill health.
Cardinal Pell, 76, a top adviser to Pope Francis, was summoned by Australian police last year. Details have not been made public.