Highway 40 revisited: As the landscape changes, so do the people

West of Highway 40, south of Be'er Sheva, one finds a high-tech 'eco-industrial park'; to the east, Bedouin settlements. Then ...
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Syria regime enters IS-held town in 'severe blow' to IS

Regime forces Friday broke into the eastern town of Mayadeen, one of the Islamic State group's last bastions in Syria, ...
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Gal Gadot’s firsts: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup and playing charades

The 'Wonder Woman' star has a fun couple of firsts in a playful appearance on The Tonight Show ...
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California becomes first 'sanctuary state' for undocumented migrants

California became the first "sanctuary state" for undocumented immigrants Friday, a decision criticized by the Trump administration which believes the ...
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More creepy clown craze: Two more youths questioned on suspicions of frightening passersby

One 16-year-old is stopped for carrying a knife, which he says is to protect himself from clowns ...
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151 arrested as US hits China-Middle East synthetic drug network

The Drug Enforcement Agency said 151 arrests took place in 16 states around the country in the past two days as part of a 15 month effort against synthetic "designer" drugs, linked to a rise in overdoses and drug deathsUS law enforcement officials announced Thursday they had arrested 151 people in a crackdown on synthetic “designer” drugs that tied Chinese suppliers to Middle East profiteers on the sales. The Drug Enforcement Agency said arrests took place in 16 states around the country in the past two days as part of a 15 month effort against synthetics, linked to a rise in overdoses and drug deaths. The operation seized some 10,000 kilograms of raw and packaged synthetic cannabinoids — often called synthetic marijuana — as well as $15 million in assets and 39 weapons.

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Merkel faces domestic revolt over refugee welcome

Newly arrived immigrants are pre-registered, allowing them to be bussed to a newly opened asylum seeker registration centre, at the Office of Health and Social Affairs LAGESO in Berlin on October 15, 2015Germany’s Angela Merkel is used to owning the room when she speaks to her party faithful, but the mood turned hostile when she defended her open-door refugee policy this week. In a heated atmosphere, some of the 1,000-odd members at the meeting warned of a “national disaster” and demanded shuttering the borders as Germany expects up to one million migrants this year. “Stop the refugee chaos — save German culture + values — dethrone Merkel,” read a banner at the congress late Wednesday in the eastern state of Saxony, the home base for the anti-foreigner PEGIDA movement.

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U.S. 'excessive force' comment touches nerve in Israel

Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon, pictured in Jerusalem on August 27, 2014, issued a veiled threat against Iranian nuclear experts saying the Jewish state had a right to defend itself and that he was not "responsible for their lives"By Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel bristled on Thursday at what it saw as U.S. suggestions it used excessive force following Palestinian stabbings, and published images to refute Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s allegation that a teen suspect had been “executed”. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel was using legitimate force and any other country would do the same to deal with “people wielding knives, meat cleavers, axes, trying to kill people on their streets”. Saeb Erekat, secretary-general of the Palestine Liberation Organization, said in a statement that the PLO sent a letter on Thursday to the U.N. special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions requesting an investigation into “state-sponsored killings of several Palestinians during the past few weeks”.

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Correction: Egypt Parliament story

An Egyptian walks in front of a banner of parliamentary candidate "Ehab Mabrouk", in Giza, near Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015. Egypt's long-awaited parliamentary elections will start on Oct. 18-19, a hoped-for step toward democracy amid a harsh crackdown on dissent. The second stage of the staggered vote will take place on Nov. 22-23. Final results will be announced in early December. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)CAIRO (AP) — CAIRO (AP) – In a story Oct. 14 about Egypt’s parliamentary elections, The Associated Press reported erroneously that TV anchorman Ahmed Moussa is running for a seat. Moussa is an avid supporter of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi but he is not running in the election.

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