Barack Obama

Briefs, November 12, 2012

PUBLISHED : Monday, 12 November, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 12 November, 2012, 3:55am


Related topics

Israel ready to escalate Gaza action: PM

JERUSALEM - Israel is "prepared to escalate" its response to a flare-up of violence along its border with the Gaza Strip, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says. His warning came after more than 12 hours of violence along Israel's border with Gaza, sparked when militants fired an anti-tank missile at an Israeli jeep east of Gaza City, injuring four soldiers, one of them severely. Retaliatory Israeli air strikes and shelling during the night killed six Palestinians - four civilians and two militants. AFP


Popular Correa to seek third term

QUITO - Ecuador President Rafael Correa will run for a third term in February elections - a contest in which he is expected to be the runaway favourite. The leftist Correa, who has led the Andean nation of 14 million people since 2007, is far ahead in opinion polls, winning 56 per cent of support among likely voters. Far behind are right-wing banker Guillermo Lasso at 22 per cent and former president Lucio Gutierrez at 23 per cent. AFP


Florida icing on the cake for Obama

MIAMI - US President Barack Obama has won Florida's 29 electoral votes, further fattening his substantial margin of victory over Mitt Romney. The Sunshine State was the last to report its tally from Tuesday's election, making the final electoral college total 332 for Obama, against 206 for Romney. Obama earned 50 per cent of the votes to Romney's 49.1 per cent - about 74,000 more votes among more than eight million cast. AFP


Ex-Jordan spy chief jailed for corruption

AMMAN - Jordan's former spy chief, once one of the country's most feared officials, has been jailed for 13 years on graft charges in the first high-profile case from an anti-corruption crackdown driven by popular protests. An Amman court found retired General Mohammad al-Dahabi, who ran the country's intelligence services from 2005 to 2009, guilty of money laundering, embezzlement and abuse of power, and ordered him to return US$30 million. Dahabi's trial was the most dramatic step in an anti-graft campaign that has since widened to include leading businessmen. Reuters


200 evacuated after Venice floods

VENICE - Floodwaters drenched most of the tourist destination of Venice and led to the evacuation of 200 people in Tuscany, as bad weather hit northern Italy over the weekend, authorities said. In Venice, heavy rains and winds from the south triggered high water, flooding 70 per cent of the city, with sea levels reaching a peak of 1.5 metres above normal before receding slightly, they said. In Tuscany, about 200 people were evacuated because of heavy rains which flooded homes and caused mudslides, local officials said. AFP