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September 18, 2019 | Via Reuters

Israel’s Netanyahu Left Teetering After Close Election

Israel’s election was too close to call on Wednesday, with a partial vote tally showing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tied with his main rival, former military chief Benny Gantz. With no single-party majority in the 120-seat Knesset, or parliament, there will likely be weeks of coalition talks before a new government is formed. An official result was still hours, perhaps days off.

September 18, 2019 | Via Sky News

US Believes Saudi Oil Refinery Attack Came from Iran as Oil Supplies Resume

The attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities originated from inside Iran, according to US media reports. It comes as the Saudi energy minister announced that half of the crude oil production cut after the attack had been restored. The remainder will be fully restored by the end of the month, said Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman.

September 18, 2019 | Via Al Jazeera

Taliban Suicide Attacks Kill at Least 48 before Afghan Elections

At least 48 people have been killed and dozens more wounded in two separate attacks in Afghanistan – one at a campaign rally by President Ashraf Ghani and the other in the capital, Kabul. In the first blast on Tuesday, a suicide bomber on a motorcycle targeted the rally by Ghani, who is reported to be safe and unharmed.

September 18, 2019 | Via BBC

Australian Hiker Rescued After ‘Carrying’ Broken Leg for Two Days

An Australian hiker who was injured in a 6m (20ft) fall down a waterfall says he had to “carry” his broken leg while crawling for two days to be rescued. Neil Parker, 54, was bushwalking alone near Brisbane on Sunday when he slipped, leaving his wrist broken and lower leg “clean snapped in half”.

September 18, 2019 | Via The Guardian

Amazon’s Lord of the Rings TV Show to be Filmed in New Zealand

New Zealand will reprise its starring role as Middle Earth with confirmation Amazon Studios will film its new Lord of the Rings television series on its shores. The country – where Sir Peter Jackson filmed the original Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies – beat rival Scotland to be named the production location for the series, set to be the most expensive TV show ever made.

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