Israeli Court Cuts Ex-PM Olmert’s Jail Term, Clears Main Charge

By Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM, Dec 29 – Israel’s top court slashed former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s prison sentence to 18 months from six years on Tuesday after overturning the main count in his 2014 bribery conviction. Olmert, 70, will begin serving his term on Feb. 15, according to live reports from the Jerusalem courtroom, making

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Al Qaeda Threatens Saudi Arabia Over Plan to Execute Prisoners

DUBAI, Dec 1 – Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen threatened the Saudi government over its plan to carry out a mass execution of prisoners, including Al Qaeda members, the militant group announced in a statement posted on social media. Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), one of the deadliest branches of the global militant

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