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Denver Jewish community gathers for skating Hannukah celebration
Marnina Kregas smiled Sunday as she watched the ice rink full of skating kids and adults circling a frozen menorah.

?Distant Replay!?: a pantheon of the state?s Jewish sports heroes
?Distant Replay: Washington?s Jewish Sports Heroes? uses a scrapbook-style format to tell the stories of dozens of teams, athletes, coaches, managers, and others who came out of the Jewish community and enlivened the local sports scene.

Celebrating Hanukkah In A Palestinian City
American Jewish college student Amelia Wolf spent Hanukkah last year in Ramallah. As the holiday approached, she was lonely ? until her Palestinian hosts got wind of how she was feeling.

WorldViews: Iran unveils a memorial honoring Jewish heroes
It's a sign of the Islamic Republic's embrace of the country's much-diminished Jewish population



 Israel


2016 hopeful Ben Carson pledges support for Israel
JERUSALEM (AP) ? In his first visit to Israel, prospective Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said he is in awe of the Jewish state, inspired by its ancient holy sites, impressed by the resilience of people living in a perpetual conflict zone ? and deeply disappointed in President Barack Obama.

UN asks Israel to pay Lebanon $856 million for oil spill
Israel was asked by the UN General Assembly on Friday to compensate Lebanon for $856.4 million in oil spill damages it caused during its 2006 war with Hezbollah. The non-binding vote, which passed 170-6, asks Israel to offer "prompt and adequate compensation" to Lebanon and other countries affected by the oil spill's pollution. In a statement, Israel condemned the resolution as biased against ...

Israel police detain 8 anti-Arab extremists
Israel police rounded up eight Jewish extremists from a racist anti-Arab organisation overnight, a spokeswoman said early Sunday, in the second such swoop targeting the group within a week. The suspects were rounded up in a series of raids across central and southern Israel and the occupied West Bank, police spokeswoman Luba Samri said. The raids took place in Herzliya and Rishon LeZion near Tel ...

Israel carries out airstrike on Hamas site in Gaza
JERUSALEM (AP) ? Israel's military struck a Hamas site in the Gaza Strip early Saturday in its first airstrike on the Palestinian territory since this summer's war.

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China condemns cyberattacks, but says no proof North Korea hacked Sony

U.S. Secretary of State Kerry delivers remarks as China's Foreign Minister Wang looks on, before their meeting in WashingtonBy Megha Rajagopalan and Steve Holland BEIJING/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - China said on Monday it opposed all forms of cyberattacks but there was no proof that North Korea was responsible for the hacking of Sony Pictures, as the United States has said. North Korea has denied it was to blame and has vowed to hit back against any U.S. retaliation, threatening the White House and the Pentagon. The hackers said they were incensed by a Sony comedy about a fictional assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, which the studio has pulled. ...




Essebsi declares win in Tunisia election, rival contests

Beji Caid Essebsi, Nidaa Tounes party leader, gestures outside the party headquarters in TunisBy Patrick Markey and Tarek Amara TUNIS (Reuters) - Veteran politician Beji Caid Essebsi declared victory in Sunday's presidential run-off vote, seen as the last step in Tunisia's shift to full democracy four years after an uprising ousted autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali. Official results are not due until Monday and his rival, the incumbent president, Moncef Marzouki, refused to concede defeat. ...




Senior Chinese leader to visit Vietnam amid sea tension

China's Yu, chairman of the CPPCC, is escorted by staff members as he arrives at the Foreign Ministry in RabatBEIJING (Reuters) - A senior Chinese leader will visit Vietnam this month, China's state media said on Monday, amid tension between the neighbors over competing claims in the South China Sea. Yu Zhengsheng, who heads a largely ceremonial advisory body to China's parliament but is ranked fourth in the Communist Party leadership, will be going at the invitation of Vietnam's Communist Party, the official Xinhua news agency said. It provided no other details. ...




Court orders partner of Sydney hostage-taker jailed

Iranian refugee Man Haron Monis speaks in this still image taken from undated file footageBy Matt Siegel SYDNEY (Reuters) - An Australian court on Monday ordered bail revoked for the partner of a self-styled Sheikh who last week stormed a Sydney cafe at gunpoint, sparking a 16-hour hostage crisis that left three people dead, including the gunman. Amirah Droudis, on bail after being charged with the murder of hostage-taker Man Haron Monis' wife, was ordered by a Sydney court returned to jail to await trial. Monis, who had been charged as an accessory to the murder, had also been free on bail. ...




 Entertainment


The AP's top 10 movies of the year

FILE - This file image released by Fox Searchlight shows Chiwetel Ejiofor, center, in a scene from "12 Years A Slave." (AP Photo/Fox Searchlight, Jaap Buitendijk)In surveying the year at the movies, the topography is rich. From the dusty, dying towns of "Nebraska" to the rooftop Roman parties in "The Great Beauty" to the sleek future Los Angeles of "Her," 2013 has been a trip. But has it been a great year? Negativity reached a fever pitch in the summer when Steven Spielberg lamented Hollywood's risk-adverse, finance-driven blockbusterism. The grim, humorless "Man of Steel" and its careless backdrop of mass destruction was a low point: the epitome of everything bad about movies today. Yet ambitious films gathered in number as the year went on, and many began calling 2013 a historically excellent year for film, after all. Here are one critic's top picks of the year, all of them reasons why 2013 was a good year for the big screen:




Spotify's Top 10 most viral tracks

FILE - This May 18, 2013 file photo shows Hannah Hooper, left, and Christian Zucconi of Grouplove performing as part of Party in the Park at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta. Grouplove's, ?Ways to Go,? was the most viral track on Spotify, from Monday, June 10, to Sunday, June 16, via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify. (Photo by Robb D. Cohen/RobbsPhotos/Invision/AP, file)The following list represents the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, Oct. 20 to Sunday, Oct. 26 via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.




Spotify's Top 10 most streamed tracks

FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2012 file photo, musician Robin Thicke performs during Macy's Passport presents Glamorama 2012 at The Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles. Thicke's "Blurred Lines (feat. T.I. & Pharrell)" was the top streamed tracks on Spotify from Monday, June 10, to Sunday, June 16, 2013. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)The following list represents the most streamed tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Monday, Oct. 20 to Sunday Oct. 26 via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.




Globe nominations for musical or comedy film
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) ? The Golden Globe nominations for best musical or comedy film have been announced in Beverly Hills, Calif., by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.



 Business


Uber business model faces legal scrutiny in Taiwan, Chinese mega city

Photo illustration of logo of car-sharing service app Uber on a smartphone over a reserved lane for taxis in a street in MadridBy Michael Gold and Adam Jourdan TAIPEI/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc is under fire in Taiwan and the Chinese mainland mega city Chongqing over concerns that it and its drivers are not appropriately licensed, adding to a string of official complaints aimed at the fast-growing U.S. start-up. Uber has been subject to similar action in economies as varied as Thailand and Spain. ...




Global shares, oil and ruble rally into Christmas period

A man walks past the London Stock Exchange in the City of LondonBy Marc Jones LONDON (Reuters) - World share markets extended their 'Santa rally' into a fourth day on Monday, as a recovery in beaten-down oil prices and the ruble and more calls for quantitative easing from the ECB helped lift sentiment. There were also hopes that Greece could avoid destabilizing snap elections after Greece's Prime Minister Antonis Samaras made a surprise offer to bring pro-European independents into the government if they backed his choice for new president. ...




Oil rebounds above $62, tracking broader markets

A ship passes a petro-industrial complex in Kawasaki near TokyoBy Simon Falush LONDON (Reuters) - Oil rose above $62 a barrel on Monday, mirroring gains in equities, as investors became confident there would be no further substantial price loss in the run-up to the new year. Saudi Arabia's powerful oil minister, Ali al-Naimi, said on Sunday that lower crude prices would help demand by stimulating the economy and slow down supply growth. "Naimi said that the market would correct itself and was confident that the fall was temporary," Michael Hewson, chief market strategist at CMC Markets, said. ...




UK watchdog to probe PwC over Tesco accounting scandal

Woman walks past a Tesco supermarket in central LondonLONDON (Reuters) - Britain's accounting watchdog, the Financial Reporting Council (FRC), said on Monday it had launched an inquiry into PwC over its auditing of Tesco's 2012, 2013 and 2014 accounts.




 CBC Technology & Science


U.S. mulls putting North Korea back on terrorism sponsor list amid Sony hacking scandal
Sony Pictures

The United States is reviewing whether to put North Korea back onto its list of state sponsors of terrorism, President Barack Obama said as the U.S. decides how to respond to the cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment that law enforcement has blamed on the communist nation.



'Huff and puff' technology questioned after leak at Alberta oilsands site
CANADIANNATURAL/

Greenpeace is raising concerns about the technology an Alberta oilsands operation uses to extract crude, following a second leak at a Canadian Natural Resources facility.



Ancient clay seals may shed light on biblical kings, government
Clay seals

Impressions from ancient clay seals found at a small site in Israel east of Gaza are signs of government in an area thought to be entirely rural during the 10th century B.C., says Mississippi State University archaeologist James W. Hardin.



Sony defends cancelling The Interview after Obama says studio 'made a mistake'
Pop Culture Moments

Sony Pictures is defending the decision to cancel the Christmas Day release of The Interview, saying they had no other options when theatres said they were cancelling screenings of the comedy.



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