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  • *Israel still operating on 2014 budget. *Bank of Israel, IMF urge fiscal restraint. JERUSALEM, July 6- Israel's next budget will only run through the end of 2016, dealing a blow to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who wanted a spending plan lasting through 2017 that he hoped would give him more political stability.

  • JERUSALEM— Israel is welcoming the Greek foreign minister for a three-day visit as his country faces a financial crisis at home, with Greeks voting on a referendum about their country's future. Emmanuel Nahshon, Israel's Foreign Ministry spokesman, said Sunday that the visit from Greek Foreign Minister Nikolaos Kotzias would have an "economic emphasis" but...

  • PARIS— French telecommunications group Orange has reached a deal with its Israeli partner that could lead the way to their split, amid controversy and growing calls for companies to boycott Israel. An Orange spokesman insisted Tuesday that the company is not pulling out of Israel but rethinking its brand agreement with Israeli company Partner...

  • JERUSALEM, June 30- Israel plans to leave its biggest offshore natural gas project, Leviathan, in the hands of a U.S.-Israeli consortium while opening the industry up to more competition, under a proposal announced on Tuesday. Texas- based Noble Energy and Israel's Delek Group, which own a number of recently discovered gas fields that supply factories and...

  • PARIS, June 30- French telecoms group Orange and Israeli mobile phone operator Partner Communications said on Tuesday they had agreed terms to end their licensing deal following a public row in Israel, but Orange said it was still committed to Israel. Israel protested to France after Orange's Chief Executive, Stephane Richard, said earlier this month he would...

  • VIENNA, June 28- Iran is backtracking from an interim nuclear agreement with world powers three months ago, Western officials suggested on Sunday, as U.S. and Iranian officials said talks on a final accord would likely run past a June 30 deadline. Securing an historic agreement would end a more than 12- year nuclear standoff between Iran and the West and open the...

  • *Zarif to return to Vienna on Monday. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was to leave Vienna and return to Tehran for consultations with the country's leadership on the state of negotiations, Iran said. "Zarif will return to Tehran tonight and will come back to Vienna tomorrow," Iran's Tasnim news agency said, citing an unnamed Iranian official.

  • Emerging Israel gas deal ignites fierce debate Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 | 1:20 PM ET

    JERUSALEM— When natural gas was discovered a few years ago off the shores of resource-poor Israel, it was heralded as nothing short of a miracle, but an emerging deal with developers has been plagued by criticism, with opponents accusing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of caving to a monopoly. After long negotiations, a government committee has struck a deal...

  • Israel's Bezeq Telecom takes over satellite TV unit YES Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 | 11:30 AM ET

    JERUSALEM, June 25- Bezeq Israel Telecom, Israel's largest telecoms group, has completed a deal to take full control of its satellite TV unit YES after the communications regulator determined it would not harm competition in the multi-channel TV market. Bezeq, already a shareholder, bought the remaining 50.2 percent of YES from Eurocom, a company controlled by...

  • *Graph on Israel's housing prices: http://link.reuters.com/wek34w. JERUSALEM, June 11- After huge success in slashing mobile phone rates, new Israeli Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon hopes to do the same with sky-high housing costs with reforms aimed at increasing supply and cooling demand by raising taxes on investment homes. The soaring cost of owning a home--...

  • JERUSALEM/ PARIS, June 8- Orange's CEO Stephane Richard has accepted an invitation from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to visit Israel as he tries to end a diplomatic row sparked by his remarks about ending a licensing deal there. Israel protested to France after Richard said last week the 25 percent state-owned group planned to terminate an arrangement...

  • JERUSALEM, June 7- Orange's CEO Stephane Richard should come to Israel to explain his "hostile" remarks about ending the telecom company's licensing deal in the country, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was quoted as saying on Sunday. Israel protested to France after Richard said last week the 25 percent state-owned group planned to terminate an arrangement...

  • *Netanyahu fires Communication Ministry director-general. JERUSALEM/ TEL AVIV, May 20- Concerns about Israel's commitment to competition in the telecoms sector have grown after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dismissed the director-general of communications and took over the ministry himself. The prime minister named Mymon Shmila, a senior official...

  • *Graphic on UK election results/polls: http://graphics.thomsonreuters.com/15/UK-election/index. html. Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives won an outright parliamentary majority in a major upset that came after months of polls, including nearly a dozen on election day itself, showed them neck-and-neck with the main opposition Labor Party.

  • *Nepal yet to recover from last month's disaster. CHAUTARA, Nepal, May 12- A second powerful earthquake in less than three weeks spread panic in Nepal on Tuesday, bringing down buildings weakened by the first disaster and killing at least 66 people, including 17 in neighbouring India and one in Chinese Tibet. The new 7.3 magnitude quake was centred 76 km east of the...

  • *New quake causes panic across Nepal. SANGACHOWK, Nepal, May 12- A 7.3 magnitude earthquake killed at least 41 people and spread panic in Nepal on Tuesday, bringing down buildings already weakened by a devastating tremor less than three weeks ago and unleashing landslides in Himalayan valleys near Mount Everest. The new earthquake was centred 76 km east of the...

  • JERUSALEM, May 8- Benjamin Netanyahu's formation of one of the most right-wing government in Israel's history has fuelled concerns in Europe and the United States about further settlement building and dimming prospects for peace. Since entering parliament in 2013, she has backed a number of controversial bills, including one that would enshrine Israel as...

  • JERUSALEM, May 6- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu clinched a deal on Wednesday to form a new right-wing government comprising five parties that will hold a one-seat majority in Israel's 120- seat parliament. The measure proposes taxing any such income unless Israel's defense minister and a parliamentary committee on security affairs say otherwise.

  • *Analysts see deals costing 8- 12 billion shekels. JERUSALEM, May 4- Israel's budget deficit is set to widen sharply in 2016 as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu races to put together a governing coalition by this week's deadline, including promises of increased spending for critical allies. Alex Zabezhinsky, chief economist at brokerage Meitav Dash, estimated...

  • BEIRUT/ JERUSALEM, April 3- Iran's president said on Friday that a framework for a nuclear deal was just the first step toward building a new relationship with the world, after Iranians greeted the announcement of the accord with celebrations in the streets. The tentative agreement, struck on Thursday after eight days of talks between Iran and six world powers in...