1. ISRAEL

    Netanyahu Announces Early Elections

    NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 27: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stands with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg as they speak to the media before their meeting this afternoon on September 27, 2012 at Gracie Mansion in New York City. Over 120 prime ministers, presidents and monarchs are gathering this week at the United Nations for the annual General Assembly meeting. This year's focus among leaders will be the ongoing fighting in Syria, which is beginning to threaten regional stability.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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    When this man hints he might take action, chances are he will. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced early elections in Israel Tuesday, after saying his coalition government cannot agree on a national budget. Netanyahu held meetings last week to decide whether to continue pushing a 2013 budget, or to hold early elections. In a speech Tuesday, Netanyahu announced that he decided, “for the benefit of Israel, to hold elections now and as quickly as possible.” He is reportedly hoping to take advantage of high approval ratings for himself and the entire Likud party. Elections are expected to be held in late January or early February.

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