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An Israeli court spared former prime minister Ehud Olmert a prison term over a conviction for breach of trust on Monday.
Dogged by corruption scandals, Olmert resigned in 2008. Though found guilty in July of cronyism while in a former cabinet post, he was acquitted of more serious bribery charges.
Jerusalem District Court handed Olmert a suspended one-year jail sentence and a 75,300-shekel ($19,225) fine. Had he been put behind bars, the 66-year-old centrist politician might have been prevented from returning to public office.
"I leave court today walking tall," Olmert told reporters, without elaborating on his plans.
The party he once led, Kadima, now heads the opposition to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's rightist Likud.
A comeback would likely depend on the outcome of a separate bribery case over Olmert's role, as Jerusalem mayor from 1993 to 2003, in a controversial housing project.
"This is not over," deputy Israeli state prosecutor Eli Abravanel said after Monday's sentencing.
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A garrison loyal to President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi has held out in the city largely surrounded by the Huthi rebels and their allies who control the capital Sanaa and much of the north.
The building, dating from the early 1960s and including a shopping centre and clothing workshops, had been evacuated, but firefighters were battling the blaze inside and it was not immediately clear if there were casualties.
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