Around the World in 60 Seconds: Today’s top headlines


Here’s a brief look at some of the top news stories around the world for March 17, 2015. 

Israeli election goes down to the wire

Israelis have taken to the polls today for their country's national election, with early indications that the race between incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party and Isaac Herzog's challenging Zionist Union is too close to call.

[Read more from NPR News]

Former Air Force mechanic tried to join ISIS

A former U.S. Air Force mechanic has been charged with attempting to go to Syria to join ISIS. Tairod Nathan Webster Pugh was indicted by a grand jury on Monday.

[Read more from NBC News]

Congressman quits after "Downton Office" scandal

Rep. Aaron Schock, the Illinois Congressman described as a rising star of the Republican Party, has resigned after being embroiled in a scandal over his questionable use of taxpayer and campaign funds, which included work on his office that staff said was modeled after Downton Abbey.

[Read more from USA Today]

49ers' rookie linebacker quits over concussion concerns

One of the top rookies in the NFL this past season, San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland, is retiring after just one season because of concerns about the effects of repetitive head trauma.

[Read more from Sports Illustrated]

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