Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has edged narrowly ahead in the Israeli election, holding a projected 28 seats to the 27 of his main rival. The governing Likud party and the opposition Zionist Union were neck and neck in the final days of the election campaign. Neither party will have a majority in the 120-seat parliament and will need to negotiate with smaller parties to form a viable coalition.
Air Asia body recovery abandoned
Indonesian officials have ended efforts to recover bodies from the fatal Air Asia QZ8501 crash. The Airbus A320-200 came down over the Java Sea after taking off from Surabaya on December 28 en route to Singapore. Several nations cooperated in searching for and recovering wreckage and bodies. The search was scaled back in recent weeks as hopes of finding more bodies were all but abandoned. All 162 people aboard are presumed dead; 56 people remain unaccounted for.
Lawyer linked to Osama Bin Laden shot dead
Gunmen have shot dead a lawyer who had received frequent death threats for defending a doctor who helped the CIA hunt down Osama Bin Laden. Two Afghanistani Taliban groups have claimed responsibility for the hit on Samiullah Afridi in Peshawar, north-western Pakistan, as he was driving home on Tuesday. He had been representing Dr Shakil Afridi, who is believed to have collaborated with the CIA in running an immunisation campaign that helped identify Osama Bin Laden’s presence in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
Cairo policeman to face court after protestor’s death
An Egyptian policeman is to face court on charges of using excessive force that led to the death of a protestor in Cairo in January. The incident in which unarmed protestors were shot at by police with shotguns caused an outcry forcing President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to order an investigation. Shaimaa al-Sabbagh’s final moments after being shot in the neck were caught on camera; the video went viral on release. – Compiled from web sources by Kayla Burke
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