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Netanyahu denies 'baseless' gifts scandal reports

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has denied what he calls "baseless" reports that he received gifts from two businessmen.

Mr Netanyahu said "all these so-called scandals have turned out to be baseless and the same will be regarding the allegations published in the media now".

Israel's Channel 2 TV reported that Mr Netanyahu accepted "favours" from businessmen in Israel and abroad.

It said the prime minister was the central suspect in a second investigation which also involves family members, with a criminal probe expected next week.

An opposition MP is campaigning for Mr Netanyahu to be investigated for corruption over suspicions that donors improperly transferred money for his personal use, as well as reports his personal attorney represented a German firm involved in a 1.5 billion dollar (£1.2 billion) sale of submarines to Israel.

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