Israeli President Takes Leave of Absence Following Rape, Harassment Charges
Israeli President Moshe Katsav announced to parliament this morning that he will take a leave of absence following the attorney general's decision to charge Katsav with rape, harassment, sexual relations involving the abuse of power, obstruction of justice, and illegally accepting gifts. Katsav's decision to take a leave of absence falls short of demands from legislators and the Israeli media to resign, Reuters, , and the Associated Press report.
Under Israeli law, a president, who fills a highly ceremonial role, cannot be put on trial while in office. If indicted, Katsav has indicated that he will resign, Reuters reports.
12/23/2014 Boko Haram Kidnapped 172 More Women and Children, Officials Report - According to local officials and residents, Boko Haram insurgents kidnapped at least 172 women and children and killed 35 people last week.
"They gathered the women and children and took them away in trucks after burning most of the village with petrol bombs," a local government official reported anonymously.
Reports of the attack in northeastern Nigeria took days to become public news due to a lack of communication - it has been known that telecommunications towers in the area were disabled in previous attacks. . . .