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However, Interpol’s office in Abu Dhabi declined to confirm or deny reports of Mr. Ibori’s arrest. Officials with Dubai and Abu Dhabi police departments said they had no information on Mr. Ibori having been arrested.

ISRAEL

Fishing to be banned in Sea of Galilee

JERUSALEM | The Israeli government is echoing the words of Jesus with a new ban - asking the fishermen of the Sea of Galilee to cast aside their nets.

Jesus appealed to the fishermen to drop their work and follow him. The Israelis, however, have a more mundane reason - officials say a decade of overfishing has left the aquatic population of the biblical body of water in danger.

The fishing ban will be in effect for two years, but even afterward, no one is expecting modern times to follow biblical history, when Jesus directed fishermen to a spot where a “multitude of fish” nearly sank their boats.

VENEZUELA

Natural-gas platform sinks off shore

CARACAS | An offshore natural-gas platform sank off Venezuela on Thursday, and 95 workers were rescued, the government said.

All of the workers on the Aban Pearl platform off eastern Sucre state were safely evacuated, and the sinking poses no threat to the environment, Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez told state television.

The navy rescued the workers using a frigate and boats after the gas platform disappeared into the Caribbean Sea at 2:20 a.m.

The Singapore-flagged platform, built in 1977, has a capacity of 98 people and is owned by a subsidiary of Indian company Aban Offshore.

From wire dispatches and staff reports