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Israel PM's wife asks court to approve plea bargain over 'fund misuse'

Israel PM's wife asks court to approve plea bargain over 'fund misuse'The wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked a Jerusalem court Sunday to approve a plea bargain convicting her of fraudulently using state funds for meals, an AFP reporter said. Under the charges in an amended indictment, Sara Netanyahu would plead guilty to exploiting the mistake of another person and pay a fine along with compensation, but graft charges against her would be dropped. In a small room at the Jerusalem magistrates' court, packed with journalists, Netanyahu told the judge she was aware of the charges.

Sun, 16 Jun 2019 04:36:57 -0400
Buttigieg: Justice Dept. should decide any Trump charges post-2020

Buttigieg: Justice Dept. should decide any Trump charges post-2020Buttigieg did not want the White House dictating the terms of a DOJ investigation.

Sat, 15 Jun 2019 14:13:17 -0400
Young bear was fed by humans and had many 'fans.' Officials say they had to kill it

Young bear was fed by humans and had many 'fans.' Officials say they had to kill itA young black bear was shot and killed by Oregon officials after becoming so habituated to humansthat people reportedly took selfies with it.

Sun, 16 Jun 2019 17:13:55 -0400
Argentina and Uruguay suffer massive power outages to millions of homes

Argentina and Uruguay suffer massive power outages to millions of homesArgentina and Uruguay were left entirely without electricity on Sunday after the countries interconnected network failed, according to energy distributors in the region.The failure began shortly after 7am on Sunday, leaving officials scrambling to restore electricity. Much of the network had been restored by Monday morning, as Argentinia's president Mauricio Macri promised a full investigation into what caused the blackout.The power cut crippled public transportation in Buenos Aires, Argentinas capital, and in other major cities.It also cut off the water supply, closed shops and brought down phone and internet communications across the country.A massive failure...in the system left Argentina and Uruguay without power, a spokesperson for energy company Edesur said in a statement. Edesur has 2.5m customers, according to its website.If this had been a weekday, it wouldve been chaos, said Silvio Ubermann, a Buenos Aires resident.Sometimes there is not light in the summertime as a result of high electricity consumption, but never such a large blackout in the whole country.I have never seen something like this.Edenor, Argentinas largest energy company, also tweeted about the failure, as millions woke to the blackout.Due to a general failure in the interconnection system, Argentina and neighbouring countries are without electricity, the energy distributor said. Several Argentine provinces were forced to temporarily delay local elections due to the blackout.The cause of the outage was still unclear as of Monday morning, but Argentinas energy agency confirmed in a statement it had begun an investigation.EPEC, another energy company, said the outage had affected most of the country, including Crdoba and Santa Fe, as well as Buenos Aires.UTE, Uruguays electricity body, confirmed that the neighbouring country was affected in a statement published on Twitter.At 7.06 a defect in the Argentine network affected the interconnected system leaving the entire national territory without service, the organisation said.UTE said work was underway to restore power. The company added that electricity had been restored to some cities on Uruguays coast.More than 48m people live across Argentina and Uruguay.Users on social media, claiming to be resident in the countries, shared photographs of the blackout.Since taking office, Argentinas president Mauricio Macri has said that gradual austerity measures were needed to revive the countrys struggling economy.He has cut red tape and tried to reduce the governments budget deficit by ordering job cuts and cutting utility subsidies.A spokesman for Brazils power system operator (ONS) said the outage had not impacted the country.Additional reporting by agencies

Sun, 16 Jun 2019 08:46:00 -0400
China's FedEx probe should not be seen as retaliation - Xinhua

China's FedEx probe should not be seen as retaliation - XinhuaChina's investigation into FedEx Corp over misdirected mail should not be regarded as retaliation against the U.S. company, state news agency Xinhua said on Sunday, amid worsening relations between China and the United States. The inquiry was aimed at sending a message that any economic entity in China should abide by the country's laws and regulations, it said in a commentary. "China is willing to share the opportunities in its courier market with foreign investors.

Sun, 16 Jun 2019 05:58:29 -0400
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