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Israel election

Jerusalem, Jan. 22 (Reuters): Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a frantic, last-minute appeal to supporters to rush to the polls after an unexpectedly high turnout in Tuesday’s parliamentary election looked set to benefit centre-left opponents.

Netanyahu’s rightist Likud party, running in a single bloc with the ultra-nationalist Yisrael Beitenu group, still seemed certain to win the most seats, but politicians said the late surge in voting could seriously erode his majority.

Iran currency

Dubai (Reuters): The Iranian rial has dropped sharply on the open market since Sunday on speculation the head of the country’s central bank could be sacked in a row over his performance that has exposed Iran’s political faultlines.

Smelly leak

Paris (Reuters): A cloud of harmless gas smelling of sweat and rotten eggs leaked out of a chemicals factory in northwest France and wafted across the English Channel as far as London on Tuesday.


 
 
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