olmert out: Israeli opposition leader Binyamin Netanyahu has called for snap elections, after Prime Minister Ehud Olmert announced he would stand down over corruption allegations.
Netanyahu said the government had "finished its mission" and was responsible for a "string of failures".
The scandal is one of six corruption investigations Olmert has faced during his time in office. - BBC
boat protest: Two boatloads of activists are to leave Cyprus next week bound for Gaza in a bid to break an Israeli blockade of the Palestinian territory.
The group hopes the boats will draw attention to the plight of 1,5 million Palestinians suffering shortages of many essentials since an Israeli crackdown. - Sapa-AFP
immigrant flood: Italy's coast guard intercepted about 800 illegal immigrants on five boats off the island of Lampedusa yesterday.
One boat, with 339 people on board, got as far as the Sicilian island's port.
The reception centre was overwhelmed by the new arrivals after about 400 illegal immigrants turned up on Wednesday. -Sapa-AFP
no strike: Britain is "100 percent focused" on a diplomatic solution to the Iranian nuclear dispute and does not want an Israeli strike against Iranian nuclear facilities, Foreign Secretary David Miliband said yesterday. - Reuters