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■ISRAEL

Olmert faces indictment

The attorney general notified Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Sunday that he plans to indict him on suspicion he illicitly took cash-stuffed envelopes from a Jewish-American businessman — a sensational case that gripped the country and turned public opinion so sharply against the Israeli leader that he was forced to resign. Before any final decision on an indictment is made, Olmert will be offered a last chance to try to persuade Attorney General Meni Mazuz not to charge him, Mazuz said in a news release. The attorney general is already considering bringing Olmert to trial in a second corruption case. Five corruption cases are pending against Olmert in all.

■SWEDEN

Woman loses life savings

A woman lost her life savings when she forgot 500,000 kronor (US$56,000) on a streetcar as she was headed to the bank to deposit the money, a newspaper reported on Sunday. The 83-year-old retired seamstress, identified only as Birgitta, had for years kept her savings in a desk in her home in the southwestern city of Gothenburg, but had finally decided it would be safer to put the cash in a bank account, the Aftonbladet daily reported. On Feb. 19, she had filled a paper bag to the brim with 10,000-kronor piles of bank notes before taking a streetcar to the center of town.

■UNITED KINGDOM

Zoo gets 3,000 job seekers

A zoo said 3,000 people traveled from across recession-hit Britain to apply for 150 summer jobs. Twycross Zoo spokeswoman Kim Riley said the park was overwhelmed by the response. Job hunters driving to the recruitment day on Saturday caused a 8km traffic jam outside the zoo. The zoo, in Atherstone, central England, home to lions, elephants and dozens of primates, advertised for temporary cleaners, cooks and park rangers. Riley said on Sunday that laid-off executives were among those who registered interest in the posts. The jobs are usually filled by college students. Successful applicants will work from late this month to September for basic wages.

■SPAIN

Basque non-nationalists win

Non-nationalists won more parliamentary seats than Basque nationalists in elections in the country’s most turbulent region on Sunday, in a result that could usher in the region’s first non-nationalist government in 30 years. The ruling Basque Nationalist Party gained a seat to win 30 in the 75-seat parliament. But three smaller nationalist allies lost seats, leaving the coalition with a total of 37 seats — one short of the needed majority, electoral officials said on TV and radio with close to 100 percent of the votes counted. The Socialist party gained six seats to end with 24, and its allies the conservative Popular Party and the Democracy Union Party won 13 seats and one respectively.

■RWANDA

Ties improve with DR Congo

Kigali intends to establish full diplomatic relations with the Democratic Republic of the Congo following a joint military operation that saw the neighbors and former enemies collaborate in hunting down an extremist militia, the UN chief said. President Paul Kagame confirmed the plan during an hour-long meeting with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the president’s offices. “I am heartened by his intention to establish full diplomatic relations,” Ban told reporters on Sunday. Ban said he told Kagame during their private talk about “my satisfaction at the steps he has taken to open a new chapter” in the two countries’ relations.

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