‘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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US to send special forces to Syria, powers divided on Assad

A Syrian man mourns over the body of a relative following a reported airstrike by Syrian government forces on the rebel-held town of Douma, on the eastern edges of the capital Damascus, on October 30, 2015The United States announced Friday its first sustained deployment of ground troops to Syria to help the anti-jihadist fight, as major powers remained divided over President Bashar al-Assad’s fate. The decision to send a small special forces team marks an escalation in Washington’s efforts to defeat the Islamic State (IS) group, which has seized Syrian territory despite more than a year of US-led air strikes. The White House rejected accusations that President Barack Obama was backtracking on a promise not to put boots on the ground.

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Obama to send special forces to Syria

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest speaks about the decision to put a small group of US Special Forces in Syria, during the Daily Press Briefing at the White House in Washington, DC on October 30, 2015President Barack Obama has authorized the first sustained deployment of special forces to Syria, the White House said Friday, reversing a long-standing refusal to put US boots on the ground. Obama okayed a deployment of “fewer than 50” special operations personnel in the north of the war-ravaged nation, in a bid to strengthen forces fighting the Islamic State group, spokesman Josh Earnest said. While US fighters are believed to have previously carried out covert missions in Syria — they had not been deployed there on a continuous basis.

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Germany's ability to act on migrants threatened, Merkel deputy says

Migrants stay in a queue after crossing the Austrian-German border from Achleiten, Austria, in PassauBy Michelle Martin BERLIN (Reuters) – German’s Social Democrat vice chancellor, Sigmar Gabriel, warned on Friday that a dispute among the conservatives over how to handle record inflows of migrants into the country was jeopardising the government’s ability to act. Merkel and Horst Seehofer, the leader of her Bavarian sister party, have frequently clashed over how Germany should deal with the estimated 800,000 to 1 million it expects this year, many of them from war zones in the Middle East. Merkel, the leader of the Christian Democrats (CDU), has favoured an open-door policy and says Germany can cope.

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'A failed defense attorney, outrageous proceedings and a prisoner turned into a political bargaining chip'

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Eliot Lauer, a renowned American lawyer and a religious Jew, who has been representing Jonathan Pollard voluntarily for the past 15 years, analyzes the reasons for the Israeli spy’s long imprisonment. In a special and exclusive interview with Yedioth Ahronoth, two weeks before Pollard’s release from the North Carolina prison, his attorney reveals some of the drama that took place behind the scenes and explains what has to happen in order for Pollard to fulfill his dream and make aliyah.

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