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Report: 'Five rockets fired from Gaza Strip land in Israel'

Israeli television news reports said air raid sirens sounded after at least five rockets fired from the Gaza Strip landed in southern Israel.

There were no reports of damage or injuries. The remnants of one rocket were found near the port city of Ashdod, about 20 km north of the Gaza Strip, an ambulance service spokesman said. No group in the Gaza Strip had immediately taken responsibility. Israeli media speculated that it may have been an errant rocket that was not intentionally aimed at Israeli territory.


Israel PM Netanyahu strikes last-minute coalition deal

Netanyahu has struck a deal with Bayit Yehudi leader Naftali Bennett. Credit: Reuters

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has formed a last-minute coalition government, shortly before a deadline to do so was set to expire.

The coalition will rule by a slender majority after receiving the support of the far-right Bayit Yahudi (Jewish Home) party following hours of discussions over cabinet positions.

The announcement came two months after Netanyahu won victory in Israel's elections, and only two hours before a deadline mandated by law.

As well as Bayit Yahudi and the Prime Minister's leading Likud party, the coalition will include the orthodox United Torah Judaism and Shas parties, and Kulanu, a centrist faction - forming a government of 61 out of parliament's 120 seats.

Former Israeli PM guilty of accepting bribes

The former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert Credit: PA Wire

The former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been found guilty of accepting bribes in a retrial for corruption charges.

Lawyers for Olmert, who hoped to lead the country to a historic peace agreement with Palestine during his premiership, said they would probably appeal over the ruling by the Jerusalem District Court.

He will be sentenced at a later date.

Olmert was acquitted in 2012 of a series of charges that included accepting cash-stuffed envelopes containing hundreds of thousands of dollars from US businessman Morris Talansky before he became Prime Minister.

But Olmert's former office manager Shula Zaken later turned state's witness, offering tape recordings of conversations with Olmert about illicitly receiving cash, leading to a retrial.

Olmert was forced to resign in early 2009 amid the corruption allegations and his departure cleared the way for Benjamin Netanyahu's election.

Israeli PM condemns expected Iranian nuclear deal

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Credit: PA Wire

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has condemned the framework Iranian nuclear agreement being sought by international negotiators.

Speaking to his cabinet today, he said that the deal being negotiated between six world powers and Iran, as they work toward a March 31 deadline in Switzerland, was worse than his country feared.

"This deal, as it appears to be emerging, bears out all of our fears, and even more than that," he said.

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