In our news wrap Tuesday, Israeli police recommended indicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on corruption charges. The prime minister said the move would “end in nothing.” Also, South African President Jacob Zuma announced he’ll address his nation on Wednesday. That comes after the ruling African National Congress formally ordered Zuma to step down.
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And in the day’s other news: Police in Israel recommended indicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on corruption charges. Netanyahu is a suspect in two bribery cases, including accusations that he took nearly $300,000 in gifts from two billionaires.
Tonight, in a televised speech, he called the police move baseless and said it would end in nothing.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu:
I will continue to lead Israel responsibly and faithfully for as long as you, the citizens of Israel, choose me to lead you. I am certain that the truth will be revealed, and I am certain that, at the next elections, which will be held on schedule, I will earn your trust again, with God’s help.
Israel’s attorney general will make the final decision on whether to file charges.
In South Africa, President Jacob Zuma is under pressure to make a statement by tomorrow, amid calls for his ouster. The ruling African National Congress formally ordered Zuma today to step down, after years of corruption scandals. Party leaders want Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to replace him.
Investigators in Russia now say pilot error triggered Sunday’s plane crash that killed 71 people. They say the crew never turned on a heater, so that critical instruments iced over and gave faulty airspeed readings. The Russian airliner went down in a field outside Moscow minutes after taking off. More than 1,000 people are still searching the area.
A man who detonated small bombs in New Jersey and New York in 2016 was sentenced today to life in prison. Ahmed Khan Rahimi’s pressure-cooker device injured 30 people in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood. There were no injuries in the New Jersey bombing.
Outside the federal courthouse in Manhattan today, one victim said she’s satisfied with the sentence, but not with Rahimi’s conduct in court.
I thought today I would get justice, or feel some kind of way to feel relief, but the perpetrator wasn’t remorseful at all. He definitely spoke about himself. He didn’t even care about us. I thought that today was probably a day for us, but it didn’t feel like that at all.
Rahimi was born in Afghanistan, but is now a naturalized U.S. citizen.
The number of measles cases across Europe has tripled over the last year. The continent’s Center for Disease Prevention and Control says that 14,400 cases were reported in 30 countries. That’s up from 4,600 the previous year. The agency blames the spike on fewer people getting the measles vaccine.
The atmosphere on Wall Street was decidedly calmer today. After an uneven start, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 39 points to close at 26640. The Nasdaq rose 31 points, and the S&P 500 added almost seven.
Thousands of Mardi Gras revelers filled the streets of New Orleans today. The annual celebration wound up with elaborate parades, festive costumes, and marching bands. And this year, something extra, the city also marked the 300th anniversary of its founding.
And, finally, highlights from day four at the Winter Olympics in South Korea. It was a triumphant day for American snowboarders. American Chloe Kim won the gold medal in women’s halfpipe. Her teammate Arielle Gold came in third to take bronze.
And Canada won the first Olympic gold medal in mixed doubles competition in curling.