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18 September 2019

Five things you need to know today: Israel’s elections and Snowden’s memoirs

Plus, 60-hour weeks for teachers, court hears proroguing case and US blames Iran for oil attack.

By New Statesman

Netanyahu set to lose power

Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu is on course to lose his majority in the Knesset, prompting a scramble to form a government. With the majority of votes counted early on Wedneday, the long-serving prime minister’s Likud party was neck and neck with Benny Gantz and his Blue and White party, with neither set to gain enough seats to have a clear route to government. The vote is the country’s second in five months.

Quarter of teachers work 60-hour weeks

Government initiatives to cut teacher workload have done nothing to reduce the hours worked by teachers, with 25 per cent working more than 59 hours a week. According to a report by the UCL Institute of Education, teachers work an average of 47 hours a week, going up to 50 during the summer exam season.

Attack on Saudi oil production came from within Iran, says US

US security sources have told media that that an attack which crippled one of Saudi Arabia’s key oil production facilities came from inside south-west Iran. Saudi officials say half the production of oil cut following Saturday’s attack has since been restored.

Supreme Court set for second day of hearings on suspension of parliament

Judges at the UK’s highest court are set for a second day of hearings over whether Boris Johnson’s decision to prorogue parliament is legal. The Supreme Court is to decide on the legality of the suspension following a Scottish court’s ruling that it broke the law. In a written filing, Johnson has urged the judges not to rule against the government, arguing that “the courts have no jurisdiction to enforce political conventions.”

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US sues Snowden over memoir

The US government has filed a civil lawsuit against surveillance whistleblower Edward Snowdon over the publication of his memoir. The suit claims that the book breaches “non-disclosure agreements he signed with both CIA and NSA”.

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