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Israel was soft on Jewish terrorists in the 1980s - will history repeat itself?
The Jewish extremists of Israel?s past were quickly welcomed back into society as journalists, political activists and settler leaders. But experts say today?s offenders will not enjoy similar leniency.
Ya'alon skeptical about Turkish reconciliation: 'Hamas' Istanbul command post must be closed'
Israeli defense minister calls Turkish government continued hosting of Hamas command post in Istanbul unacceptable after meeting with Swiss defense minister in Bern.
100 years later, Einstein was right: Gravitational waves detected in scientific milestone
The scientific milestone, which confirms the physicist's century-old theories, opens a new window for studying the cosmos.
Russian aunt who raised orphans to get Israeli residency after all
Following Haaretz report, Interior Ministry changes attitude toward woman who dropped everything to raise her orphaned nephews in Israel in 2002.
Occupiers at Oregon refuge say they'll turn themselves in
There is only one way forward for Clinton now
Cruise ship battered by storm arrives back in New Jersey
Christie, Fiorina drop GOP presidential bids
Kerry wants 'all or nothing' truce at Syria talks
By John Irish and Suleiman Al-Khalidi MUNICH/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Major powers were beginning a new round of Syria peace talks on Thursday focusing on calls for a ceasefire and access for humanitarian aid. A Western diplomat told Reuters that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry wanted an immediate ceasefire in Syria -- "All or nothing" -- although the Russians have proposed a truce from the beginning of next month. Russia's intervention on the battlefield on behalf of President Bashar al-Assad has swung the momentum of the fighting, allowing government forces to push the rebels on to the back foot and underlining Moscow's influence over the future of the five-year-old war.
U.S. tells allies campaign to defeat Islamic State must be accelerated
By Phil Stewart and Robin Emmott BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The United States pressed allies on Thursday to contribute more to a U.S.-led military campaign against Islamic State that it says must be accelerated, regardless of the fate of diplomatic efforts to end Syria's civil war. U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter started talks on Thursday in Brussels with more than two dozen defense ministers, including from key ally Saudi Arabia, which renewed its offer potentially to send troops into Syria.
Turkish security complete operations in Kurdish town: minister
Turkish security forces have completed operations against Kurdish militants in a border town after weeks of fighting, Interior Minister Efkan Ala said on Thursday, raising hopes that a lockdown could be lifted. Authorities imposed a round-the-clock curfew on Cizre, near Turkey's frontiers with both Iraq and Syria, on Dec. 14 in a bid to root out armed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants who had dug trenches and erected barricades. Fighting there has killed at least 79 civilians, according to the opposition Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), the biggest party in Turkey's mainly Kurdish southeast.
NATO launches sea mission against migrant traffickers
By Robin Emmott and Phil Stewart BRUSSELS (Reuters) - NATO ships are on their way to the Aegean Sea to help Turkey and Greece crack down on criminal networks smuggling refugees into Europe, the alliance's top commander said on Thursday. Hours after NATO defense ministers agreed to use their maritime force in the eastern Mediterranean to help combat traffickers, Supreme Allied Commander Gen. Philip Breedlove said he was working quickly to design the mission. "We are sailing the ships in the appropriate direction," Breedlove told a news conference, and the mission plan would be refined during the time they were en route.
Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:
The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store
App Store Official Charts for the week ending November 3, 2014:
The top 10 songs and albums on the iTunes Store
iTunes' Official Music Charts for the week ending November 3, 2014:
Arkansas chief justice cites Johnny Cash in bail dissent
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) ? Objecting to the Arkansas Supreme Court ruling that lower-court judges can require that defendants pay their bail only in cash, the high court's chief justice cited a musician seldom thought of as a legal scholar: Johnny Cash.
Wall St. tumbles; S&P, Dow down 10 percent for the year
All 10 S&P major sectors were in the red, led by financials, especially banks. The financial sector , already the worst performing S&P sector this year, dropped 2.71 percent. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen stuck to her guns on her return to Capitol Hill on Thursday, saying a weakened global economy and steep slide in U.S. equity markets is tightening financial conditions faster than the Fed wants.
Fed's Yellen sticks to her guns as market rout worsens
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen returned to Capitol Hill with a brave face on Thursday amid a worsening meltdown on global stock markets and growing skepticism the U.S. central bank can carry out its long-planned pivot to "normal" monetary policy. Yellen, testifying before the Senate Banking Committee, stressed the bright spots in the U.S. economic recovery while acknowledging that a weakened global economy and steep slide in equity markets is tightening financial conditions faster than the Fed wants. While Yellen warned against jumping to conclusions about financial threats from abroad, she faced a different financial landscape on Thursday than just a day earlier, when she testified to a House of Representatives committee.
Low U.S. jobless claims underscore labor market strength
Initial claims for state unemployment benefits declined 16,000 to a seasonally adjusted 269,000 for the week ended Feb. 6, the Labor Department said on Thursday. The report was overshadowed by escalating fears over global growth, which sent the yield on the benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury note plunging to a more than three-year low. The dollar fell to a 15-month low against the yen as the darkening global growth outlook and equities sell-off reduced the possibility of an interest rate hike from the Federal Reserve this year.
Morgan Stanley to pay $3.2 billion to settle financial crisis-era charges
Morgan Stanley will pay about $3.2 billion to settle charges that it misled investors in residential mortgage-backed securities that later soured during the financial crisis, federal and state officials said Thursday. The case stems from an investigation by the Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities Group, a joint federal and state task force unveiled in 2012 by President Barack Obama that serves to probe potential misconduct from the financial crisis. Of the $3.2 billion to be paid, $2.6 billion will go toward resolving claims brought by the U.S. Justice Department.
Gravitational waves discovery 'opening a window on the universe'
Gravitational waves, ripples in space-time predicted by Einstein's general theory of relativity 100 years ago, have finally been detected.
Implant could bring wireless exoskeleton control to paralyzed people
A brain implant the size of a paper-clip might one day help paralyzed people regain the ability to use their arms and legs via a wireless connection that will transmit their thoughts to an exoskeleton.
Yukon climate warming twice as fast as elsewhere, research says
Yukon is warming faster than the planet and therefore facing serious challenges, says a comprehensive new report on climate change in the territory.
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak presents Silicon Valley Comic Con
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is holding the first-ever Silicon Valley Comic Con ? a new twist on an idea that has brought together fans of science fiction, fantasy and superheroes at packed shows held around the world for years.
When Sgt. Nicholas Brody, an American prisoner of war, returns home after eight years of captivity, frantic CIA agent Carrie Anderson suspects the Marine of having been turned into an Al Qaeda terrorist in this espionage drama from Showtime.
Mad Max: Fury Road
The desert wastelands inhabited by the Road Warrior are still rife with motorized gangs in this fourth chapter of the Mad Max legend. When Max encounters a group of refugees fleeing for their lives, he joins them and their fiery leader, Furiosa.
In the wake of a cataclysmic California earthquake, a search-and-rescue chopper pilot and his ex-wife embark on a perilous journey from Los Angeles to San Francisco in hopes of saving their daughter.
Unassuming CIA analyst Susan Cooper is far from being a James Bond type, but when she's thrust into the field to investigate the disappearance of her partner, she turns into an improbable superspy.
The Divergent Series: Insurgent
With war rumbling, Beatrice Prior looks for allies and answers in the second installment of the film series based on Veronica Roth's popular science-fiction novels. "Tris" will have to be fast, though, because the Erudite leader is in hot pursuit.
Kingsman: The Secret Service
Seeing untapped potential in a wayward teenager, veteran secret agent Harry Hart recruits the young delinquent and schools him in the skills that will ultimately transform him into a superspy.
Once a popular, state-of-the-art dinosaur-themed attraction, Jurassic Park has fallen behind the times. In response, the owners decide to design a bold new exhibit, but the terror it inspires becomes all too real after the technology malfunctions.
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
In a sequel to the Golden Globe-nominated film, hotel owner Sonny is overwhelmed with the task of finding a second property to accommodate the influx of new residents, while his upcoming wedding plans may be too much for the hotel's staff to handle.
The Age of Adaline
After 29-year-old Adaline recovers from a nearly lethal accident, she inexplicably stops growing older. As the years stretch on and on, Adaline keeps her secret to herself -- till she meets a man who changes her life.
Based on his memoir of the same name, this military biopic centers on legendary sniper Chris Kyle, who amassed a record number of kills on the battlefield during his 10-year career as a Navy SEAL.
Holocaust survivor testifies against Auschwitz camp guard in German court
Leon Schwarzbaum, who lost 35 family members during the Holocaust, recalls camp's horrors and directly addresses Reinhold Hanning, also 94, on the first day of his trial.
Chabad highlights Bernie Sanders' role in public Chanukah menorah issue
Hasidic movement's website recalls how Sanders, as mayor of Burlington, supported public lighting of menorah in the name of religious freedom.
Did Jews once believe in vampires?
Secure in their monotheism, Jews may scoff, but some of the earliest texts on vampires were written in Hebrew by their coreligionists.
Farm to Seder Plate: Growing crops in Canada with a Jewish, feminist touch
In rural Ontario, four Jewish women prioritize nature and ritual over the bottom line on Biblically-inspired Bela Farm.