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17 января, 21:18

«Роснефть» выйдет из капитала итальянской Saras – СМИ

Люксембургская «дочка» «Роснефти» - Rosneft JV Projects - продаст свой 12%-ный пакет в итальянской энергетической компании Saras SpA институциональным инвесторам. Об этом сообщает ТАСС со ссылкой на агентство Bloomberg, которое ознакомилось с условиями сделки.

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17 января, 21:05

«Роснефть» выйдет из капитала итальянской энергетической компании Saras - Bloomberg

Структура «Роснефти» - Rosneft JV Projects - продаст свой 12% пакет в итальянской энергетической компании Saras SpA институциональным инвесторам. Об этом сообщает сегодня агентство Bloomberg, ознакомившись с условиями сделки.Цена одной акции при продаже составит 1,5 евро. Пакет «Роснефти» включает примерно 114 млн акций.

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17 января, 20:39

СМИ: "Роснефть" выйдет из капитала итальянской энергетической компании Saras

Сумма сделки может составить около €171 млн

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17 января, 20:36

Роснефть продает 12% в итальянской ...

Роснефть продает 12% в итальянской нефтеперерабатывающей Saras (114 млн. акций по Е1.5 евро за штуку). Saras перерабатывает около 15% всей нефти в Италии. Источник: Forexpf.Ru - Новости рынка Форекс

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17 января, 05:11

Bernie Movement Lives on in CA-34 Where Voters Reject Political Establishment

A new poll released today shows voters in California's 34th congressional district give high marks to Senator Bernie Sanders, and many of the themes of his political movement, as a dozen candidates jockey for position to replace outgoing Congressman Xavier Becerra. Becerra was named Attorney General of California to fill the vacancy of Kamala Harris who was elected to the U.S. Senate in November. Back in June 2016 Sanders carried CA-34 by a narrow margin over Hillary Clinton, 51% to 48%. In the new poll of 400 likely primary voters, 72% said a Sanders endorsement would make them more likely to consider voting for a candidate - the highest mark of any potential endorser. Today, one of Sanders' campaign deputies who campaigned vigorously for Bernie across California hopes to carry his movement forward as a member of Congress. Arturo Carmona, who served as deputy political director for the Sanders campaign has the highest favorability ratings, and holds a narrow lead among the top prospects to replace Becerra. Still, it is very early in the campaign and most voters are still getting to know the twelve challengers vying for the open seat in a majority-Latino district in Los Angeles. It wasn't just Sanders name, but many of the themes from his political movement that voters in CA-34 also supported. For example, 49% said they would prefer an outsider, community organizer for Congress compared to 27% who said they supported a career politician. Likewise, 51% want a candidate who thinks the Democratic party needs fundamental reform versus 33% who like the idea of candidate who represents the California Democratic establishment. And by a 53% to 34% margin the voters in the district thought Bernie would have defeated Trump last November. In the very early stages of this campaign there are four candidates among the twelve that seem to be somewhat better positioned through their fundraising, endorsements, and political experience - however things can change quickly as voters learn more about each candidate. Among these four, the poll finds Carmona leads State Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez 30% to 19% with 9% supporting Sara Hernandez, a former aide to L.A. City Councilman Jose Huizar, 8% supporting former LAUSD board member Yolie Flores and 31% undecided and 5% for someone else (full poll results here) While Carmona's ties to Bernie Sanders may sound good to voters over the phone, leading a sample of 400 potential voters is different than winning a special election. Gomez has already received numerous high-profile public endorsements from 5 members of Congress, 20 current and former state legislators and the Mayor of L.A. Eric Garcetti. If Carmona is going to capitalize on the apparent pro-Bernie mood in the district he will need his former boss to not just endorse him, but he may need Sanders to campaign with him in Los Angeles where Bernie is still wildly popular. If that happens, then Angelinos will see one of the more closely contested and exciting special elections in a very long time with the Sanders movement once again taking on the political establishment. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- About the Poll: Latino Decisions interviewed a total of n=400 potential voters by cell phone and landline, between January 10-14, 2017. All interviewers were live-callers and bilingual, allowing respondents the option of answering in English or Spanish. Overall, 51% of all respondents were Latino, and 20% of all respondents answered the survey in Spanish. Voters were selected from the California voter file who had primary vote history for previous primary elections, making them likely to vote in the upcoming special election. Final data were weighted to match the demographics of the district for gender, age, ethnicity, and partisanship on the voter file among likely primary voters. The poll contains a +/- 4.9% margin of error. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

16 января, 21:17

Q&A: Iranian chess player Sara Khadem

Sara Khadem, who won her first major title aged 12, talks of a sport gaining popularity among young people in Iran.

13 января, 21:16

Democrats confront FBI director over Clinton, Trump probes

The top House Intelligence Committee Democrat on Friday said a spy agency briefing on the Hill about Russian election-season hacking was "contentious" and "at times, heated."But despite the acrimonious exchanges, added California Rep. Adam Schiff, "it was helpful."Schiff wouldn't comment on the contents of the classified briefing, but it comes as Democrats are increasingly pressuring FBI Director James Comey to acknowledge any investigations into connections between Russia and President-elect Donald Trump.The briefing, Schiff said, "was very necessary.""There was strong member participation and attendance from both sides of the aisle," he added.Democrats are frustrated with Comey over his willingness before the election to comment on the investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server, but his reticence to discuss any probe into ties between Trump's team and Moscow.Every House Judiciary Committee signed on to a letter sent this week to Comey urging him to reveal any Trump-Russia investigations.Reportedly, intelligence officials last Friday briefed Trump on unverified allegations of collusion between Moscow and Trump aides that the FBI has looked into.House Homeland Security Chairman Mike McCaul (R-Texas) said he did pick up new information in the briefing, but wouldn't discuss it. Asked how he viewed Russia right now, he only answered, "That’s a great question."The Hill reported that some Democrats were specifically upset with Comey after the briefing."I was non-judgmental until the last 15 minutes. I no longer have that confidence in him," Rep. Tim Walz (D-Minn.), ranking member of the Veterans Affairs Committee, told the news outlet.Martin Matishak contributed to this story.

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13 января, 15:00

Sara Roahen’s recipe for chicken and sausage gumbo | A taste of home

New Orleans, Mardi Gras, Cajun cuisine, oysters, cold beer and all kinds of gumbo are Sara Roahen’s taste of homeI enjoyed the happy, prototypical American childhood of Norman Rockwell paintings: family dinners, football weekends, stockings hanging from the mantelpiece. And yet, from the time I graduated from high school until my now-husband entered medical school in New Orleans, Louisiana, 10 years later, I lived in two different countries and five states. I loved discovering new ways of life and never considered staying anywhere permanently, and certainly not returning to the small Wisconsin town where I grew up.New Orleans was like nothing I had ever seen, heard or tasted before. From our first days there, living on one side of a rented double-shotgun house half a block from a major Mardi Gras parade route, I felt like I had found the home I was meant to have all along but never knew to miss. We could walk to Casamento’s for raw oysters and cold beer, to Guy’s Po-Boys for fried catfish sandwiches that we dressed with potato salad, and to Hansen’s Sno-Bliz for cups of shaved ice sugared with root beer syrup and sweetened condensed milk. Continue reading...

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13 января, 03:01

Police need to drop 'boss knows best' leadership, says Met contender

Modernisation requires debate over what forces should prioritise in face of changing crime, says Sara ThorntonPolicing needs to abandon a “boss knows best” culture and debate how stretched resources are deployed in the face of ever-growing demands, according to one of the leading contenders to become the next Metropolitan police commissioner.Sara Thornton, chair of the National Police Chiefs’ Council, told the Guardian that a “modernisation of policing” was necessary as police work out how to best help the victims of traditional crimes while learning how to contend with newer cybercrimes and other offences linked to technology. Continue reading...

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13 января, 01:51

Без заголовка

**Live from the Mission**: _[Writers With Drinks][]_: "Guest-hosted by Baruch Porras-Hernandez: [Writers With Drinks]: http://writerswithdrinks.com/ >* Sara Benincasa (Real Artists Have Day Jobs) >* Jeff Chang (We Gon' Be Alright: Notes On Race and Resegregation) >* Wendy C. Ortiz (Excavation: A Memoir, Hollywood Notebook) >* Aya de Leon (Uptown Thief)...

11 января, 13:00

First US person to have 'intersex' on birth certificate: 'There’s power in knowing who you are'

Sara Kelly Keenan’s victory could help pave the way for public officials, doctors and parents to better recognize and respect a marginalized groupSara Kelly Keenan didn’t think a Google search would change her life. But in 2009, at age 48, a few clicks revealed the truth that her parents and doctors had hidden for decades: Keenan is intersex – biologically a mix between male and female.After meeting someone with a similar condition, Keenan’s online research and a later appointment with an endocrinologist confirmed that she was born genetically male with female genitalia and a mixed reproductive anatomy. Continue reading...

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10 января, 12:10

Southern rail strike: Commuter confronts rail bosses and RMT union

Sara Beare, a commuter, confronts Southern Rail and RMT bosses.

09 января, 13:13

Conservatives plan $10 million high court ad campaign

Conservative groups are planning to spend millions on an unprecedented campaign to pressure Senate Democrats to confirm Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, according to sources familiar with the effort.Fresh off spending more than $7 million to keep the seat vacant under President Barack Obama, the deep-pocketed Judicial Crisis Network will plow at least $10 million into advertisements urging a number of moderate Senate Democrats to support Trump’s choice. The group is concentrating on Democrats up for reelection in states that Trump won last year.Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) vowed this month that his caucus will oppose high-court nominees that are not “mainstream” — adding that he would “absolutely” try and keep the seat vacant. Republicans hold 52 seats in the Senate and will need at least eight Democrats to break a filibuster on a Supreme Court nominee.Schumer made clear in an interview after the election that he does not feel inclined to confirm a conservative Trump pick.“This idea that we should now let everything go through doesn’t have much weight with us. The onus is on them, I would say, to nominate a mainstream nominee,” Schumer said.But JCN believes it can go around Schumer by concentrating its fire on his members who must win over Trump voters in 2018. Ten Senate Democrats are up for reelection in Trump states."We are preparing to launch the most robust campaign for a Supreme Court nominee in history and we will force vulnerable Senators up for re-election in 2018 like Joe Donnelly and Claire McCaskill to decide between keeping their Senate seats or following Chuck Schumer's liberal, obstructionist agenda,” said JCN’s chief counsel Carrie Severino.JCN is just one player in a larger, multi-faceted effort outside the halls of the Capitol to confirm a new conservative justice, sources planning the strategy said. The push will also include paid advertising, earned media, research and grassroots outreach from JCN and several other prominent conservative groups. JCN’s paid advertising will likely concentrate on Democrats like Donnelly of Indiana, McCaskill of Missouri and Sens. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Jon Tester of Montana, who all hail from states that Trump won overwhelmingly. The group will for now give Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) a pass, given his openness to confirming Trump’s future nominee. Manchin has been in contact with JCN since they launched ads against him last year urging him to join Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s 2016 blockade after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. "Any vulnerable Senator who signs up for Schumer's obstructionist strategy will pay a heavy price in 2018," Severino said. "The President-elect clearly has a mandate when it comes to the Supreme Court and this effort will ensure that the will of the people prevails." The Tea Party Patriots will engage with conservative activists and local media around the country, the anti-abortion Susan B. Anthony List will concentrate on social conservatives and America Rising Squared will handle rapid response and research activities.“Democrats from states President-elect Trump won by double digits will feel maximum pain back home if they walk the plank with Chuck Schumer,” said Brian Rogers, executive director of America Rising Squared. “Our goal is to ensure that if Democrats like Joe Donnelly, Heidi Heitkamp or Claire McCaskill choose to obstruct or oppose President-elect Trump's nominee, they'll be writing their own political obituary.” Added Marjorie Dannenfelser, the president of SBA List: “We will do everything in our power to support his fulfillment of that promise, including a digital campaign as well as on-the-ground mobilization to rally pro-life voters and lobby key Senators. The stakes are incredibly high.”CRC Public relations will take the lead messaging for JCN’s effort, and the group has also recruited former Faith & Freedom Coalition executive director Gary Marx and veteran GOP operatives Chris Jankowski, Sara Fagen and Joshua Baca to assist in their efforts to soften up Democratic opposition.Given the burgeoning effort to make Democrats swallow a conservative justice, there will be intense pressure from liberals to block any of Trump’s nominees after McConnell’s unprecedented strategy of denying Obama’s efforts to fill Scalia's seat. In an interview shortly before his retirement, former Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said the Supreme Court is one place Democrats should take a stand. “If you get some whacky nominees coming to the Supreme Court, senators better do everything in their power to stop them,” Reid said.But Republicans are taking a hard line themselves, threatening to change longstanding Senate rules if Democrats block Trump’s nominee. Only Supreme Court nominees are subject to a 60-vote threshold after a 2013 rules change, though Reid views further erosion of the Senate’s unique parliamentary rules as unavoidable. Schumer and McConnell have discussed the matter privately since the election, and when asked if McConnell will make a monumental change to the rules that govern the Senate, Schumer said last year: “We’ll see. We didn’t do it.”

09 января, 12:15

Грант: Конкурс для тех, кто хочет учиться в Голландии

40%, 20% и 10% на оплату обученияЗаявки до 10 февраля Мечтаешь учиться в престижном вузе Голландии? Знаешь английский на уровне Intermediate и выше (а может даже получил более5.0 за IELTS)? Учишься в 11 классе на четверки и пятерки? Планируешь получить образование по бизнесу, менеджменту, наукам илиинженерии?Тогда скорее берись за дело![Прими участие в конкурсе и выиграй стипендию на обучение в Голландии] (http://i-events.ru/msk/2017-02-10-konkurs-holand/?utm_source=teory&utm_medium=holand_campaign=letter).Не упусти уникальный шанс стать студентом таких вузов, как: University of Groningen The Hague University of Applied Sciences Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen Tilburg University University of Twente Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Wittenborg University AmsterdamГолландия издавна славится своим высоким уровнем образования и прекрасными возможностями трудоустройства. Именно здесь находятся европейские штаб-квартиры таких мировых компаний, как Sony, Sara Lee и Microsoft. Студенты посвящают много времени практике и профессиональным стажировкам. При этом учиться в Нидерландах значительно дешевле, чем в Великобритании или США, а занятия также идут на английском языке. И еще у выпускников голландских вузов есть целый год на поиск работы.Конкурс состоит из трех этапов, для участия тебе необходимо: зарегистрироваться и прислать выписку оценок за 10 и 11 классы, а такжесертификат IELTS (если он у тебя есть) до 10 февраля, написать эссе на английском языке по предложенной теме до 20 февраля, пройти скайп-интервью с приемной комиссией.Три победителя получат стипендии наших партнеров!1 место - стипендия 40% от стоимости за обучение;2 место - стипендия 20% от стоимости за обучение;3 место - стипендия 10% от стоимости за обучение.Удачи!

06 января, 10:14

10 Signs You Have a Hormonal Imbalance

If you've been feeling tired, depressed, or not quite yourself, your hormones could be to blame. Take a look at these 10 signs you have an imbalance.

05 января, 22:38

A House rules change you didn't hear much about -- and prosecutors won't like

Former Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) sought to withhold his office's financial documents, claiming his Fifth Amendment privilege not to incriminate himself. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File) BY: ASHLEY BALCERZAK The Office of Congressional Ethics was saved from the landfill  -- where House Republicans had tried to bury it -- by public outcry and a couple of tweets from President-elect Donald Trump. But few noticed a sentence that did make it into the package of House rules changes passed Tuesday, making it more difficult to access documents having to do with the operations of a lawmaker's office. "Records created, generated, or received by the congressional office of a Member ... are exclusively the personal property of the individual Member [emphasis added]... and such Member ... has control over such records." Who cares whether a congressional office's budget documents, maintained at taxpayer expense, belong to each individual member, rather than Congress as a body? Maybe the Justice Department, for one. In investigating allegations of public corruption or misuse of funds, criminal investigators frequently need to subpoena such records. Usually, the Fifth Amendment and that bit about self-incrimination does not apply to documents per se, according to Mike Stern, former senior counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives from 1996 to 2004. But there is something called an "act of production" privilege, meaning that just producing the document would be incriminating in itself. That privilege doesn't apply to government agencies or corporations. But if a lawmaker is being investigated for misuse of taxpayer funds and law enforcement authorities subpoena her spending records, under this rule, she can assert the privilege to withhold them; they belong to her, not to Congress. Let's look back to our favorite disgraced former congressman, Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) to put this in perspective. Yes, the one who lavishly decorated his office to look like a Downton Abbey drawing room and was known for the adventurous antics he shared on his Instagram account. (Who wouldn't want to see Schock glacier-jumping and riding the waves?) Schock was indicted for wire fraud, making false statements and filing false federal income tax returns, among other charges. Before his indictment, the Justice Department and Schock's lawyers battled over who held control over his MRA records (members' representational allowance, or office financial documents, which includes tallies of expenditures for redecorating): Congress, or Schock himself. At first, the court rejected Schock's "act of production" privilege, saying "the congressional office was a collective entity" and thus had no right to claim the Fifth. But it later reversed the ruling and gave the government time to reconsider, "given the importance of the issue...and the unprecedented consequence...to Schock and therefore all current and future Members of Congress as to their publicly-funded, non-private, public or official Congressional records," according to a government court record. Prosecutors in the case were not pleased. "They ask this Court to be the first court to recognize that Schock and every other current and future Member of Congress have a Fifth Amendment act-of-production privilege, thereby effectively screening [public or official documents] from public scrutiny," prosecutors in Schock's case wrote in a court document in Aug. 2015. "The government respectfully submits that this argument is repugnant to the fundamental principle that no man is above the law and that it should therefore be rejected." We don't know where this tussle stands since most docs in the case are sealed, Stern said. The trial has been delayed until summer 2017. But the change certainly wouldn't help prosecutors going after miscreant House members. "It strikes me as an overreach," said Sara Lord, a partner at Arnall Golden Gregory who used to prosecute public officials while at the Justice Department. "I think what would concern me is that it would extend the member's right to block production of documents that would otherwise have been treated as public records or official records that belong to the government." Additionally, this could also put congressional staffers in a tough spot, Lord speculated. "This could become a method of control over the possibility your staff could be cooperating in an investigation," Lord said. "If you as a staffer produce a document," she said, will the lawmaker throw you under the bus for violating the rule? And the session has only just begun. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

04 января, 17:18

Technology Stock Roundup: Ring Out The Old, Ring In The New

Last week was the end to an eventful year for technology companies, in which technologies continued to evolve as did the environment in which they operated.

04 января, 08:39

California AG Will Not Appeal Ejection Of Orange County DA In Notorious Mass-Murder Case

LOS ANGELES ― The California attorney general’s office will not appeal a decision that tossed Orange County’s entire district attorney’s office off a high-profile mass murder case over its involvement in a jailhouse informant scandal. “Our office has decided not to seek review,” said Kristin Ford, press secretary for the state’s AG office, in an email late Tuesday to The Huffington Post.  The case involves Scott Dekraai, who pleaded guilty to killing his ex-wife and seven other people at a Seal Beach hair salon in 2011. The investigation into the jailhouse informant program arose when Dekraai’s lawyer found that his client had been put in a cell next to a known snitch. Since then, the scope, secrecy and alleged malfeasance surrounding the county’s jail informant program has become a centerpiece of the Dekraai case and more than a dozen others. The state attorney general’s office will now take over as the prosecution in Dekraai’s penalty phase. Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals, who has been presiding over the Dekraai case, ruled in 2015 to recuse the DA’s office. In November, a three-judge panel of the state’s 4th District Court of Appeal, in a blistering opinion, agreed with Goethals, saying that the DA’s office had a “disqualifying conflict of interest,” noting its “substantial” failures in turning over evidence.  “The magnitude of the systemic problems cannot be overlooked,” the District Court panel said. The justices also had excoriated Attorney General Kamala Harris’ office for arguing that Goethals’ decision to eject the DA’s office was “a remedy in search of a conflict.”  “Nonsense,” the court responded. “The court recused the OCDA only after lengthy evidentiary hearings where it heard a steady stream of evidence regarding improper conduct by the prosecution team. To suggest the trial judge prejudged the case is reckless and grossly unfair. These proceedings were a search for the truth.” The court also criticized Harris’ office for arguing that the responsibility rested solely on the shoulders of the sheriff’s department and that the DA’s office was not to blame for the informant program. For the past three years, the Orange County district attorney’s office and sheriff’s department have been embroiled in a sprawling jailhouse informant scandal ― one that may have involved the violation of multiple defendants’ civil rights and that threatens to upend a number of already settled cases. Law enforcement authorities often use informants to help bolster a case — a tactic that’s legal, even when the snitch receives something in exchange. But Dekraai’s attorney, Assistant Public Defender Scott Sanders, claims that in some Orange County cases, informants held recorded and unrecorded conversations with inmates who were already represented by lawyers, which violates an inmate’s right to counsel. Prosecutors are accused of taking damning evidence gathered by the informants and presenting it in court while withholding evidence that could have been beneficial to the defense. Sanders has been arguing for years that a tainted snitch network in county jails has existed in secret for decades. In a series of blockbuster motions, the defense attorney has gone on to unearth evidence that has led to multiple murder cases unraveling, even resulting in some accused murderers having their sentences vacated.  It remains unclear exactly how many cases in the county may have been affected by tainted informant evidence, but Sanders has argued that every case involving a jailhouse informant in Orange County over the last three decades deserves to be re-examined. Also Tuesday, the state AG’s office argued against the recusal of the Orange County D.A.’s office in yet another troubled murder case. Deputy Attorney General Ryan Peeck fought against the removal of the entire office in the case of Cole Wilkins, charged in the 2006 traffic death of Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy David Piquette after a stove fell off Wilkins’ truck. Goethals is also overseeing this case. Deputy Public Defender Sara Ross claims that county prosecutors and California Highway Patrol investigators intentionally withheld that a police report, which initially concluded that Piquette was at fault in the fatal accident, was changed to say he was not at fault. That change supported the murder charge against Wilkins. Wilkins’ 2008 murder conviction was overturned in 2013 by the state Supreme Court over a judge’s misleading instructions to Wilkins’ jurors, as OC Weekly’s R. Scott Moxley reported last year. The next year, evidence of the manipulated report would be discovered.  “There’s proof of misconduct here,” Goethals said in court Tuesday during closing arguments in the case. Peeck argued that while he believes it’s clear that the investigative report was changed, he said that there wasn’t any evidence that the DA knew about it.  Goethals said he’ll come back with a ruling on whether prosecutors will be ejected yet again next week. If they are, the state AG would inherit another case from the Orange County district attorney.  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

03 января, 00:56

Police Question Israeli PM Netanyahu Over Corruption Allegations

JERUSALEM, Jan 2 (Reuters) - Police questioned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for three hours under caution at his official residence in Jerusalem on Monday on suspicion of receiving gifts from businessmen in breach of his role as a public servant. Part of a police statement issued after the questioning ended said that “investigators questioned PM Benjamin Netanyahu under caution on suspicion of receiving benefits.” No additional details were initially given. The move to question the Israeli leader was authorized by Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, who decided after a preliminary inquiry that there was enough evidence to open a criminal investigation, the newspaper Haaretz said. Mandelblit issued his own statement which did not elaborate on the matters being investigated. It also mentioned other suspicions which had been checked but did not yield evidence to warrant enquiries. “The nature of the investigation precludes us at this stage from giving details of the ongoing investigation but we will consider releasing more information from time to time according to developments,” the statement said. Before the questioning began, Netanyahu told his ruling Likud faction in parliament that those anticipating his downfall should not expect his imminent departure. “Wait with the celebrations, don’t rush,” Netanyahu said. “I’ve said it before and I’ll say it once again: there will be nothing because there is nothing.” Photographers were camped outside the heavily guarded residence, hoping to get pictures of investigators arriving. Black screens were erected inside the gates of the property to block the view. Haaretz and other newspapers said the probe related to gifts worth “hundreds of thousands of shekels” ($1=3.85 shekels) given to Netanyahu by Israeli and foreign businessmen. Channel 2, a commercial network, said the investigation was one of two cases now open against the prime minister, although it said details of the second remained unclear. Netanyahu, 67, has been in power on and off since 1996. He is currently in his fourth term as prime minister and will become Israel’s longest-serving leader if he stays in office until the end of next year. He and his wife, Sara, have weathered several scandals over the years, including investigations into the misuse of state funds and an audit of the family’s spending on everything from laundry to ice cream. They have denied any wrongdoing. Netanyahu is not the first prime minister to be questioned in a criminal case. Ehud Olmert, who held office from 2006 to 2009, is currently serving 18 months in prison after being convicted of breach of trust and bribery in 2014. Former prime minister Ariel Sharon was questioned while in office in 2003 and 2004 over allegations of bribery and corruption involving him and his two sons. In 2006, his son Omri was convicted of corruption and served time in prison. Netanyahu’s police appointment drew a barrage of commentary from the center-left opposition in parliament, with politicians calling for him to go. But Yair Lapid, leader of the centrist Yesh Atid party, said that for the good of the country, he hoped the prime minister would be cleared. “I wish for him and his family, and the State of Israel, that we uncover that there was no fault in his behavior. If two prime ministers in a row fall from office because of corruption, it will be very hard to rehabilitate the public’s trust in its leadership.” Israeli commentators pointed out that while Netanyahu may be questioned, that has happened many times in the past and prime ministers have gone on governing, sometimes for years. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.