Israeli MPs vote to start Netanyahu immunity talks Jan 14, 2020 0 909 12345 AFPJerusalemIsraeli lawmakers on Monday voted in favour of discussing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s immunity request, bringing the premier’s legal woes to the fore weeks ahead of an election.Netanyahu lodged his immunity request with parliament earlier this month in a move critics said was aimed at delaying court proceedings until after the March 2 polls.But after days of wrangling over parliamentary procedure, a committee of lawmakers met on Monday and voted 16 to 1 in favour of taking the next step to discuss the premier’s request.They did not set a date to convene the separate House Committee that will deal directly with Netanyahu’s immunity bid.Monday’s vote came after the parliamentary speaker Yuli Edelstein, a member of Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party, tried unsuccessfully to scupper the procedure.Edelstein asked parliamentary legal advisor Eyal Yinon whether he had the authority to stop the committees being formed, but Yinon concluded Sunday the speaker could not stand in the way.Netanyahu’s top rival, Benny Gantz, subsequently urged lawmakers from his Blue and White alliance to start the immunity debate “as soon as possible”.Parties representing 65 lawmakers in favour of denying Netanyahu immunity -- a majority of the 120 Knesset members -- had earlier requested the process be launched.The prime minister was charged by the attorney general in November with bribery, fraud and breach of trust in three corruption cases.The Likud leader denies the allegations and accuses prosecutors and the media of a witch hunt. Under Israeli law, a sitting prime minister is only required to step down once convicted of an offence and after all avenues of appeal have been exhausted. RELATED ARTICLES Iran denies ‘cover-up’ as public anger mounts over downed airliner Jan 14, 2020 0 149 Libya’s Haftar delays ceasefire signing at Moscow talks Jan 14, 2020 0 124 Al-Shabaab kills three teachers in attack on eastern Kenya school Jan 14, 2020 0 1056 Niger sacks military chiefs after deadly militant attack Niamey: Niger replaced two top military brass on Monday, four days after a jihadist assault on an army base left 89 dead in the biggest single loss in the country’s history. The new armed forces chief of staff is General .. King of Jordan warns IS militants on rise again AFP Paris King Abdullah of Jordan on Monday warned that the Islamic State group was regrouping and was once again on the rise in the Middle East. Months after the ousting of IS last year from their last Syrian holdout, .. One dead in Guinea as sweeping anti-govt rally starts Conakry: One man was shot and killed in Guinea’s capital Conakry on Monday at the start of open-ended protests against President Alpha Conde. The West African country has been wracked by demonstrations since .. German FM warns Iran doubt about troops in Iraq Amman: Iran needs to stop interfering in regional conflicts, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Monday during a visit to Jordan. “We are agreed. If Iran wants to de-escalate, then it must stop agitation in its .. Trump defends targeted killing of top Iranian general on Twitter post DPA Washington US President Donald Trump on Monday took to Twitter to defend the targeted killing of top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani after critics questioned the “imminent” nature of the threat Trump said ..