News Wire | Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023

Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand’s Leader, Says She Will Step Down

By Natasha Frost | The New York Times

Jacinda Ardern, who became a global liberal icon as New Zealand’s prime minister but faced deepening political challenges with an election looming at home, said in a surprise announcement on Thursday that she would step down as the country’s leader.

Amid Fight Over Judiciary, Israeli High Court Orders Netanyahu Minister Removed

By Isabel Kershner | The New York Times

Israel’s Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that a politician convicted of tax fraud was not fit to serve as a senior minister in Benjamin Netanyahu’s new right-wing coalition, a move likely to accelerate a looming showdown between the government and the judiciary over control of the country’s highest court and one that could destabilize the government.

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