The Top 8 Headlines You Might Have Missed / Haaretz Newsline, December 13

From the Attorney General decision to close allegations of fraud and money laundering against Foreign Minister Lieberman, to Russia's deputy foreign minister admitting Syria's Assad is likely facing imminent defeat, the top 8 headlines you might have missed.

Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein announced Thursday the decision to close the major case against Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman involving fraud and money laundering, but to oindict him on the more minor charge of braech of trust, thereby concluding a 12-year investigation.

In the first acknowledgement by Syria's main ally that he faces a likely defeat, Russia's deputy foreign minister said Thursday that President Bashar Assad is losing control over Syria and that his opponents may win, as Lebanese media reported that 16 people were killed and more than 25 wounded in a car bomb near Damascus.  

Three Palestinians were reportedly injured after clashes broke out in Hebron Thursday, a day after Israeli Border Police forces shot and killed 17-year-old Muhamad Ziad Awad Salima. Large contingents of both Israel Defense Forces soldiers and police were dispatched to Hebron amid assumptions that violent protests would continue, after Palestinian police were unable to contain the disorde.

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas criticised Hamas leader Khaled Meshal - who said last week during his visit to Gaza that the organization will never recognize Israel, and called for its destruction – yet affirmed that Meshal approved a Fatah-Hamas agreement recognizing a two-state solution.

A U.S. think tank published satellite imagery on Wednesday which it said shows ongoing construction at Iran's Parchin military complex, a site linked to suspected nuclear activity. The publication came just ahead of the arrival of a UN nuclear inspector's team in Tehran on Thursday.

The chairman of the Central Election Committee, Judge Elyakim Rubinstein, banned an ad campaign on Wednesday by the right-wing party Otzma Leyisrael over charges that it was racist.

Although many major food manufacturers announced that they would be hiking the prices they charge the supermarkets by 4 percent to 6 percent, a price check at a number of supermarkets found that the retail chains not only passed along the price increases to the public, but actually raised prices on many items even further. In some instances, the increases were several times the manufacturer's price rise.

According to a study published last week in a leading scientific journal in the field of fertility research, French men are in real trouble - and apparently they are not alone. The study found a steep decline in the quality and quantity of sperm cells among men. The reasons apparently have to do with environmental pollution.