In J.K. Rowling’s new book, villain is Israel-hating anti-Semite

Author of Harry Potter series has new kind of villain for latest novel - a left-wing anti-Semite who despises Israel.

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Lapid vows to take ‘heavy hand’ against haredi protesters

Ex-Finance Minister Yair Lapid says if elected PM, he will use a 'heavy hand' against haredi protesters.

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Iran's President Blames U.S. for Attack on Military Parade That Killed 25

Militants disguised as soldiers opened fire at an annual parade Saturday
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Trump administration plans to deny green cards to immigrants receiving benefits

The Trump administration has proposed a new rule denying visas and green cards to legal immigrants who are likely to ...
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Saudi energy minister rips Trump tweet: ‘I do not influence oil prices’

Both OPEC and Russia rebuff Trump's call for immediate boost to oil output ...
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What Forgetting The Date Of My Miscarriage Taught Me About Loving Through Loss

Five-and-a-half years ago, I miscarried my first baby.
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The Latest: Record 150-plus world leaders at UN summits

President of the Syrian National Coalition Khaled Khoja, right, is joined by Syrian National Coalition Special Representative to the U.S. and the United Nations Najib Ghadbian as he speaks to reporters during a news conference, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015 at U.N. headquarters. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The latest developments from the annual meeting of the U.N. General Assembly, where world leaders are grappling with a multitude of global crises, including the fight against terrorism — the Islamic State in particular — and easing the refugee crisis in the Middle East and North Africa (all times local):

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Russia says to step up air strikes in Syria

By Alexander Winning and Suleiman Al-Khalidi MOSCOW/AMMAN (Reuters) – Russia said on Saturday it will step up air strikes in Syria, escalating a military intervention which Moscow says is weakening Islamic State militants but which Western powers say aims to support President Bashar al-Assad. A senior Russian military officer said Russian jets based in western Syria had carried out more than 60 sorties in 72 hours across Syria. “We will not only continue strikes… We will also increase their intensity,” said Andrei Kartapolov from the Russian army General Staff.

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Marking 25 years of German unity, president says refugee crisis even bigger challenge

German Chancellor Merkel, President Gauck and his partner Schadt attend a ceremony in the 'Alte Oper' in FrankfurtBy Michelle Martin BERLIN (Reuters) – As Germany celebrated 25 years since reunification on Saturday, President Joachim Gauck said Europe’s refugee crisis posed a greater challenge to the country than the welding together of western Germany and the former communist East. Gauck, a former Lutheran pastor from East Germany who played a prominent role in the peaceful protests there that led to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, said the two halves of the country had become one over the past quarter of a century. “What belongs together has grown back together,” he told an audience in Frankfurt that included Chancellor Angela Merkel and civil rights campaigners from the former East.

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