Israel health minister resigns over Sabbath rail works

An Israeli government minister has resigned in a dispute about railway maintenance on the Sabbath. The Health Minister, Yaakov Litzman, is a member of the ultra-orthodox United Torah Judaism party that helps keep Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition in power. Ultra-orthodox Jews object to work being carried out on the Sabbath - the Jewish day of rest.

However, the coalition does not appear to be in jeopardy for now. A spokesman for Mr Litzman's party said it had no plans to leave the coalition "at this stage".