World briefs: Spanish princess faces tax charges

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MADRID -- Princess Cristina, the youngest daughter of King Juan Carlos of Spain, has been charged with committing tax fraud and money laundering, an investigating judge announced Tuesday.

She is scheduled to appear in a court in Palma de Mallorca on March 8. Her lawyer said that he would submit an appeal that would exonerate her.

The allegations have entangled the royal family in one of the worst public relations crises in King Juan Carlos' three-decade-long reign.

The so-called "Noos case" is a three-year-long corruption scandal that also has embroiled the princess's husband, former Olympic handball player Inaki Urdangarin.

Goodyear bosses freed

AMIENS, France -- Two Goodyear managers held captive by angry French workers were freed Tuesday after police intervened, ending a two-day standoff over the factory's bleak future.

The release outraged union members. It also left unresolved the larger problems that have dogged the factory in Amiens in northern France, which Goodyear has tried to sell or shutter for over five years. Union leaders said Tuesday that workers would occupy the factory complex until managers negotiate with them over severance pay.

Palestinians seize settlers

KARYOUT, West Bank -- Palestinians on Tuesday chased and grabbed more than a dozen Israeli settlers who witnesses said had attacked Palestinian farmers near a West Bank village.

The settlers were held for about two hours at a house under construction before being handed over to the Israeli military.

Human rights groups have reported an increase in attacks by militant settlers on Palestinians and their property in the West Bank in recent years. However, Tuesday's incident appeared to mark the first time settlers were captured and held by Palestinians.

Israel plans gas pipeline

TEL AVIV, Israel -- Israel, seeking to tap recent natural-gas finds for export, plans to build a pipeline from the Dead Sea to the Jordanian border to supply its neighbor, two people with knowledge of the matter said.

The Ministry of Energy and Water Resources expects to begin work on the 9-mile link in 2015 and complete it in 2016, according to the people, who asked not to be identified because the information isn't public. The ministry commissioned the project on behalf of U.S. gas producer Noble Energy Inc. and a Jordanian partner, they said.

The 2010 discovery of the offshore Leviathan field, coming after the nearby Tamar find, proved a bonanza for Israel, which expects the gas to meet its needs for a quarter of a century while also enabling exports.

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