Netanyahu victory not so victorious

Posted: January 24, 2013

JERUSALEM - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu emerged weakened and facing a redrawn political map Tuesday after Israeli television projections showed a surge for a new centrist party, Yesh Atid, in Israel's elections, making it a key element of a future coalition.

The surprise result, according to the projections, was the surge to 19 seats of Yesh Atid, or There is a Future. Its leader, Yair Lapid, a former television anchorman, based his campaign on a demand to end the exemption of tens of thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews from compulsory military service so that they can pursue religious studies with government stipends.

UK not OK with EU?

LONDON - Prime Minister David Cameron is expected to offer British citizens a vote on leaving the European Union if his party wins the next election.

Speculation over a possible UK exit from the EU has prompted a chorus of concern around the world, stressing the importance of Britain's presence in the bloc.

Last exit from Russia

MOSCOW - The U.S. Embassy in Moscow said that some Russian children caught in limbo by a ban on adoptions by Americans have left for the United States with their new parents. The adoptions of these children had been approved by Russian courts before the ban went into effect Jan. 1, but had not passed the 30-day waiting period before being finalized.

Microsoft eyes Dell

NEW YORK - Microsoft has joined the negotiations to buy struggling computer maker Dell, according to media reports saying that Microsoft may invest some of the money needed to take Dell Inc. private after 25 years as a publicly traded company. If Microsoft joins in a Dell buyout, the software maker would contribute $1 billion to $3 billion. That amount would make Microsoft Corp. a minority investor in a complex deal expected to cost $23 billion to $27 billion if it's completed.

Stocks up

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 62 points to close at 13,712 Tuesday. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose six to 1,492. The Nasdaq composite average rose eight points to 3,143.

- Daily News wire services

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