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Still, analysts said Monday that the two parties, which campaigned on exorbitant promises, were unlikely to make any radical policy departures, although they would likely slow down harsh fiscal measures needed to introduce the euro in 2014, one of the conservative coalition’s goals.


Top rabbi faces house arrest

JERUSALEM — Israeli authorities have placed a multimillionaire celebrity rabbi with a strong American following under house arrest and banned him from traveling abroad as they investigate allegations that he bribed a high-ranking officer for access to his police file, police said Monday.

Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto’s legal saga took a dramatic twist this week: Investigators interrogated Rabbi Pinto for three hours Sunday, a police spokesman said, but cut short the questioning after news came that the rabbi’s wife — also questioned in the affair — had overdosed on pills and was rushed to the hospital.

Rabbi Pinto is under 15-day house arrest and a six-month travel ban, but police allowed him to visit his wife in the hospital.


Communist Party admits graft failings

HANOI — Top Communist Party officials ended a two-week meeting Monday without directly censuring the embattled prime minister, appearing to secure his position for the near future.

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung had been under pressure going into the meeting of the party’s Central Committee because of corruption scandals involving state-owned companies and a slowdown in the once red-hot economy.

Some analysts had speculated that Mr. Dung could be forced to resign during the meeting.

Communist Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong said in a televised speech Monday that the party “sincerely admitted” its mistakes in relation to corruption involving some of its members. He didn’t elaborate.

The statement was seen as a rebuke to Mr. Dung, but not the direct censure that some in the party elite were reported to have been favoring.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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