Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) sits next to Education Minister Naftali Bennett during the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem, August 30, 2016. REUTERS/Abir Sultan/Pool
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Friday he would shelve his additional role as communication minister after police questioned him over allegations he negotiated a deal for good press coverage with a newspaper owner.Police have questioned Netanyahu three times in two criminal cases in which he is suspected of abuse of office.Netanyahu did not specify the reason for the move.The liberal daily Haaretz and Channel 2 television reported in January that Netanyahu discussed with Yedioth Ahronoth's owner a deal for better coverage in return for curbs on competition from a free paper owned by U.S. casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, a staunch supporter of the veteran prime minister.Netanyahu is not the first Israeli leader to have faced criminal investigation.
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