World Bulletin / News Desk
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on Tuesday for an early election.
Opinion polls suggest Netanyahu's right-wing Likud party will be the frontrunner in the national vote likely to be held in January or February, some eight months ahead of schedule.
Netanyahu, in office since 2009, said in a televised address that bickering among his coalition partners over proposed cuts in the 2013 budget was a main reason for heading to the polls.
"Therefore I have decided for the benefit of Israel to hold elections now," he said.
Parliament will dissolve itself in the coming days and fix the election date, with Netanyahu in charges of a transitional government until a new administration is sworn in.
A fresh ballot-box victory would mean the Israeli leader would embark on a new mandate at roughly the same time as the next U.S. president takes office.
German and French envoys have said that they doubt that it is 'very likely' negotiators will miss end of June deadline
Egypt has summoned its envoy to Pakistan after Pakistan criticized the death sentences of former President Mohamed Morsi.
PKK and Iranian govt sign an agreement that PKK has suspended military operations inside Iran; in return, Iranian govt will support PKK especially in Iraq.
Oman and Iran have signed an agreement to set boundaries between their shared boundaries in the Sea of Oman.
A Pakistani military official says raids by security forces in the port city of Karachi have killed seven gunmen
The trial of the Washington Post's Tehran correspondent Jason Rezaian, to open in Iran on Tuesday, a senior judicial official said.
Saudi-led jets have struck the home of former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sanaa.
The UN has urged Lebanon to choose a president, a position that has been vacant since May 2014.
The Kurdish President Masoud Barzani has denounced the infighting between Kurdish fighters as 'suicide'.
A Cairo-hosted conference for Libyan tribes is scheduled to be held in the Egyptian capital from Monday through Wednesday
This is the first time pro-Muslim Brotherhood figures from Libya will attend a meeting in Cairo
A delegation from Egypt's Foreign Ministry had received the tribal leaders at the airport.
Turkey and the United States have agreed on a deal to provide air support for some forces on the Syrian opposition.
The Egyptian army has destroyed 521 entry points to the underground tunnels that border the Gaza strip.
Mohamed al-Falahgi, a former lawmaker and member of the Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party, died in Gamasa prison. Al-Falahgi was arrested on violence-related charges in August of 2013