BRAZIL

President faces impeachment effort

Impeachment proceedings were opened Wednesday against Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff by the speaker of the lower house of Congress, a sworn enemy of the beleaguered leader.

A special commission in which all political parties are represented must now weigh the decision of Speaker Eduardo Cunha, who himself is facing corruption charges before the Supreme Court, to open the proceedings against Brazil's president based on accusations her government broke fiscal responsibility laws. Rousseff sharply disputes the accusations.

While impeachment is expected to get by the commission, most political analysts say it's unlikely to get the two-thirds vote of the lower house that would remove her temporarily. But if it does pass, the case would then go to the Senate to decide whether she should be removed permanently. - AP

CHINA

Hackers arrested

The Chinese government has arrested a handful of hackers it says were connected to the breach of Office of Personnel Management's database earlier this year, a mammoth break-in that exposed the records of more than 22 million current and former federal employees. The arrests took place shortly before a state visit in late September by President Xi Jinping, and U.S. officials say they appear to have been carried out to lessen tensions with Washington.

- Washington Post
ISRAEL

Killer's home razed

Israel on Wednesday demolished the East Jerusalem home of a Palestinian who killed two officers and

wounded several others in an attack last year, police said. Police have said Ibrahim Al-Akri drove his minivan into a train platform and then attacked bystanders. He was shot dead at the scene.

   - AP