Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu secured a clear path to reelection on Wednesday, with religious-rightist parties set to hand him a parliamentary majority despite a close contest against his main centrist challenger, a vote tally showed. With more than 97 percent of votes counted, Netanyahu’s conservative Likud party looked likely to muster enough support to control 65 of the Knesset’s 120 seats and be named to head the next coalition government – a record fifth term as premier.
A Japanese military fighter jet that disappeared during a flight exercise has crashed and the pilot remains missing, the nation’s Defence Minister has confirmed. Defence Minister Takeshi Iwaya said the cause of the plane’s disappearance was not immediately known, and 12 other F-35s at the Misawa base would be grounded. The crash is only the second time an F-35 has gone down since the plane began flying almost two decades ago. Japan has just started deploying the expensive US-made F-35s since last year as part of its plan to counter potential threats from North Korea and China.
Britain’s exit from the European Union looks set to be delayed by as long as a year in a blow for Theresa May that risks a destabilizing backlash at home. European Council President Donald Tusk rejected May’s request for a brief postponement to the U.K.’s membership, saying it would create a “rolling series of short extensions and emergency summits, creating new cliff-edge dates.” Leaders will finalize the length of the delay to Brexit at a summit on Wednesday.
Algerian police used water cannon on Tuesday to disperse crowds demonstrating against the appointment of a new interim president. Abdelkader Bensalah, the speaker of parliament’s upper house, succeeds long-term President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who resigned last week. Peaceful demonstrations have been taking place for weeks, but many protesters want more radical change. The 77-year-old is seen as being very close to the ailing former president, who had been in power for 20 years.
New York City on Tuesday ramped up the battle against the spread of a measles outbreak in a Brooklyn hot spot, declaring a public health emergency and calling for mandatory vaccinations. Mayor Bill de Blasio said the emergency covers four Brooklyn ZIP codes, including most of Williamsburg and Borough Park, which have seen more than 285 cases of the measles since October. The order mandates that all unimmunized children and adults living or working in the area must receive vaccinations unless they can prove a medical exemption applies. Those who do not comply could be guilty of misdemeanor violations and incur fines.
The Dalai Lama has been admitted to hospital with a chest infection, an aide has said. Tenzin Taklha, the Tibetan spiritual leader’s personal secretary, added that the 83-year-old Buddhist monk’s condition was stable. The Dalai Lama, who fled to the country in early 1959 after a failed uprising against Chinese rule and lives there in exile. India officially calls him its “most esteemed and honored guest.” China, which took control of Tibet in 1950, brands the Nobel peace laureate a dangerous separatist. Many of the up to 100,000 Tibetans living in India are worried that their fight for a genuinely autonomous homeland would end with the Dalai Lama.