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Busted: Netanyahu caught on tape offering to cripple paper’s competitor for favorable coverage

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Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reportedly been caught on tape negotiating to limit the circulation of the country’s largest newspaper in exchange for favorable coverage from its top competitor.

Haaretz reported that the tape is the centerpiece of a corruption investigation called Case 2000.

The tape is said to have captured Netanyahu negotiating with Yedioth Ahronoth owner Noni Mozes. Netanyahu allegedly offered to suppress the circulation of Israel Hayom, a pro-Netanyahu paper owned by billionaire Sheldon Adelson, if Mozes agreed to help the prime minister get reelected.

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The Yedioth Ahronoth’s advertising revenue has reportedly taken a hit in recent years due to the popularity of Israel Hayom, which is free.

Netanyahu was questioned by investigators last week is a different case over gifts he received.


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New Zealand eruption death toll rises to 18

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The death toll from New Zealand's White Island volcano eruption rose to 18 Sunday, including two people whose bodies have not been recovered, police said.

A land search early Sunday failed to find any sign of the missing pair and divers returned to the sea in the afternoon amid increasing speculation both could be in the water.

Deputy police commissioner Mike Clement said there was "every chance" the bodies had been washed into the sea from the stream where they were last seen Monday.

He added that searchers were "satisfied that the area we searched near the jetty is clear of the bodies".

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Anger, relief but no joy as UN climate talks limp to an end

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A marathon UN summit wrapped up Sunday with little to show, squeezing hard-earned compromises from countries over a global warming battle plan that fell well short of what science says is needed to tackle the climate crisis.

The COP25 deal "expresses the urgent need" for new carbon cutting commitments to close the gap between current emissions and the Paris treaty goal of capping temperature at below two degrees, host country Spain said in a statement.

"Today the citizens of the world are asking for us to move ahead faster and better, in financing, adaptation, mitigation," Carolina Schmidt, Chilean environment minister and President of COP25, told the closing plenary.

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UK opposition chief Corbyn ‘sorry’ for election wipeout

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Britain's main opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn apologised Sunday for waging a disastrous campaign that handed Prime Minister Boris Johnson a mandate to take the UK out of the EU next month.

But the veteran socialist defended his far-left platform and blamed the media for helping relegate his century-old party to its worst performance since before World War II.

"I will make no bones about it. The election result on Thursday was a body blow for everyone who so desperately needs real change in our country," Corbyn wrote in the Sunday Mirror newspaper.

"I wanted to unite the country that I love but I'm sorry that we came up short and I take my responsibility for it."

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