Israeli Lawmakers Set March 17 Parliamentary Election
Israeli lawmakers have agreed to hold new elections on March 17 after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would dissolve the current parliament "as soon as possible."
Party officials decided on the date Wednesday, a day after Mr. Netanyahu fired two key ministers and called for early elections.
The parliament was due to begin the process of dissolving itself Wednesday in order to pave way for the March vote.
Opinion polls indicate that Mr. Netanyahu's party would likely retain power, allowing him to remain in office.
He said Tuesday that he wanted a "clear mandate" to carry out his policies, and that he would "no longer tolerate an opposition inside the government."
India Expedites Submarine Modernization Plans
India is moving ahead with efforts to modernize its submarine fleet amid concerns over China's growing naval presence in the Indian Ocean.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government accelerated the bidding process for six new diesel-electric submarines. These are in addition to six similar submarines under construction by a French company in Mumbai.
The push comes just months after a stand-off along the disputed border dividing India and China in the Himalayas, and as Chinese submarines have docked in Sri Lanka, the island nation off India's southern coast.
India told Sri Lanka that the Chinese presence there was unacceptable to New Delhi.
Beijing insisted the submarines were on refueling stops during anti piracy missions in the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden. This did not allay concerns in New Delhi.