Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced to eight months in prison for corruption on Monday, the latest legal blow in a spectacular fall from grace. Lawyers for Olmert, who served as premier from 2006 to 2009, crowning a political career spanning decades, immediately announced they would appeal. The Jerusalem district court convicted Olmert of fraud and corruption in March following a retrial over allegations that he had received envelopes of cash from a US businessman while trade and industry minister in the early 2000s.
Bomb disposal experts destroyed a pressure cooker that had been left unattended in a car in the US capital on Sunday, authorities said. Lieutenant Kimberly Schneider of the US Capitol Police Department told US media that officers spotted the unoccupied car on the National Mall near the Capitol building. Local news footage showed a bomb squad robot approaching the vehicle and a short time later, the pressure cooker was destroyed in a controlled explosion.