‘Restore integrity to UNESCO’

Culture Minister's letter to new UNESCO director Audrey Azoulay expresses hope she will end rampant anti-Israel bias at organization.

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Five dead in accident near Chabad House in Ukraine

SUV rams into crowd of people in the center of Kharkiv. Police say the incident was not terror-related.

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Wildfires worsen housing crunch in famously costly Bay Area

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Even before fire wiped out the home she rented for 17 years, Suzanne Finzell had ...
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‘This can’t be women just speaking up’: Men respond to #MeToo, pledging #HowIWillChange

Horrified by the tales of sexual assault and harassment women have been sharing online, men share how they intend to ...
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Tel Aviv Stock Exchange closes with fourth consecutive gain

Business in Brief | Wobi CEO inexplicably axed by parent company White Mountains Insurance ■ Frutarom acquires Thai flavors company ...
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Iran parliament approves nuclear deal with world powers

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (C) chats with parliament members during a session in Tehran on October 13, 2015 in which the Islamic republic's parliament approved its nuclear deal with world powersIran’s parliament approved Tuesday the country’s nuclear deal with world powers, paving the way for the historic agreement curbing Tehran’s atomic programme to take effect and for sanctions to end. The vote came after fierce debate over the terms of the accord, which was struck on July 14 but has faced a rough ride from hardliners in Tehran and in the US Congress. A tally on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the deal’s official name, said 250 of Iran’s 290 lawmakers were present, with 17 of them not voting.

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Merkel rebuffs party pressure to take tougher line on refugees

German Chancellor Merkel arrives for CDU party board meeting in BerlinChancellor Angela Merkel resisted pressure from her own conservatives on Tuesday to tighten Germany’s border controls and turn away refugees arriving via Austria, participants at a meeting of lawmakers said. Germany, a favored destination for refugees fleeing war in the Middle East, expects a record 800,000 to a million asylum seekers to arrive this year. Merkel has seen her popularity ratings slump to a four-year low and some members of her Christian Democrats (CDU) and their Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU), want her to take a tougher line with comprehensive border controls.

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