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Allegations of Israeli human rights violations closely scrutinized, says U.S. State Department
Statement comes in response to letter from Senator Patrick Leahy and 10 other Democrats asking for reassessment of military aid due to alleged 'gross violations of human rights.'
Opposition politicians lambaste Netanyahu over Gaza war report
Party leaders Isaac Herzog, Zehava Galon and Avigdor Lieberman have all criticized the PM over the report, but Bennett and Lapid have so far remained silent.
Lawmaker: If Israel took revenge against Palestinians, Jewish attacks could have been preempted
Right-wing MK Smotrich claims that the arson-murders of the Dawabsheh family and the killing of Mohammed Abu Khdeir were private citizens' 'justified aspirations' for revenge.
End of an era: Is the British Jewish vote for Labour in terminal decline?
The party?s current anti-Semitism crisis and the collapse of community support means it?s easy to forget that decades ago most British Jews felt that Labour was their natural home. What happened?
Donald Trump and Paul Ryan to meet amid escalating tensions
Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan will meet next week to clear the air and possibly unify the divided party. Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus told Fox News? Sean Hannity about the scheduled meeting just hours after Ryan ? the nation?s highest-ranking Republican ? revealed Thursday that he was not ready to endorse Trump?s White House run at this time. ?Both Donald Trump and Paul Ryan are meeting next week to talk about these things,? Priebus said to the Fox News host.
Canadian wildfire edges south, leaves thousands stranded
CONKLIN/LAC LA BICHE, Alberta (Reuters) - The 88,000 residents who fled a wildfire that has ravaged the Canadian oil town of Fort McMurray in Alberta will not be able to return home anytime soon, officials warned on Thursday, even as the inferno edged slowly south. The out-of-control blaze has consumed entire neighborhoods of Fort McMurray in Canada?s energy heartland and officials warn its spread now threatens two oil sands sites south of the city. ?The damage to the community of Fort McMurray is extensive and the city is not safe for residents,? said Alberta Premier Rachel Notley in a press briefing late Thursday, as those stranded in camps and on the roadside to the north of the city clamored for answers.
Pakistan treating 2 brothers who become paralyzed each night
ISLAMABAD (AP) ? The two brothers have come to be known as the "solar kids" and their case has completely mystified Pakistani doctors.
Good U.S. payrolls gains seen, but swelling labor force to cap wage growth
U.S. employment likely rose again in April, but a rush of job seekers into the labor market should keep wage gains moderate and buy a cautious Federal Reserve more time before raising interest rates again. Nonfarm payrolls probably increased by 202,000 last month in U.S. Labor Department data due for publication on Friday, after growing by 215,000 in March, according to a Reuters survey of economists. The unemployment rate is forecast to have held at 5.0 percent as improving labor market conditions lured some previously discouraged job seekers back into the workforce.
Convoy leads Canada fire evacuees through burning city to safety
By Rod Nickel and Liz Hampton CONKLIN/LAC LA BICHE, Alberta (Reuters) - A convoy of evacuees from the Canadian oil town of Fort McMurray drove through the heart of a massive wildfire on Friday guided by police and military helicopters as they sought to reach safety to the south of the burning city. "It reminded us of a war zone," said Marisa Heath, who spent 36 hours in her truck on the side of the highway with her husband, two dogs, a cat and seven kittens. All you could see was cement foundations of houses." Helicopters hovered overhead watching for flames, and police set up emergency fuel stations along Alberta Highway 63 to keep the line of cars moving.
Panama Papers source breaks silence, denies being a spy: Sueddeutsche Zeitung
Sueddeutsche Zeitung said on Friday that the source of millions of documents leaked to the German newspaper from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca had sent them a manifesto, saying his motivation was the "scale of injustices" the papers revealed. The source had never before publicly stated why he leaked the documents, now known as the Panama Papers, said Sueddeutsche Zeitung (SZ), one of Germany's most reputable newspapers. In an 1,800 word manifesto published on the SZ website on Friday, the source, calling himself "John Doe", praised others who have leaked secret and sensitive documents, such as Edward Snowden, who revealed details of the U.S. government's mass surveillance program.
Labour's Khan becomes first Muslim mayor of London after bitter campaign
By William James and Elizabeth Piper LONDON (Reuters) - Sadiq Khan, the son of a bus driver, became London's first Muslim mayor on Friday, seeing off a Conservative challenger who attempted to link him to extremism and securing a much-needed victory for his opposition Labour Party. As New York mayor Bill de Blasio sent his congratulations, Khan had yet to receive official notification of his victory, which would go some way to soothing the wounds of Labour which suffered losses in Thursday's other local elections. Dealt a crushing blow in Scotland, where it came third behind the Scottish National Party and Britain's ruling Conservatives, Labour did better than expected in England, saving its left-leaning leader from an early challenge.
Turkish journalists jailed for five years, hours after courthouse attack
By Ayla Jean Yackley and Melih Aslan ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Two prominent journalists were sentenced to at least five years in jail for revealing state secrets on Friday, just hours after a gunman tried to shoot one of them outside the Istanbul courthouse. Erdem Gul, the newspaper's Ankara bureau chief, was sentenced to five years. The case, in which President Tayyip Erdogan was named as a complainant, has brought widespread condemnation from global rights groups and increased fears about freedom of the press in Turkey, a NATO member and EU candidate country.
The Latest: Doctor says he believes media mogul has dementia
LOS ANGELES (AP) ? The Latest on a trial that will determine whether media mogul Sumner Redstone is mentally competent (all times local):
Lawyers clash on mental competency of media mogul Redstone
LOS ANGELES (AP) ? Lawyers on both sides agree that ailing media mogul Sumner Redstone was being manipulated in the months before he expelled a longtime companion from his life.
Ne-Yo, giant in R&B, sees new outlet in TV
A decade after Ne-Yo rose to stardom with his velvety yet infectious R&B, the singer is finding a renewed outlet through a fresh medium -- television. Ne-Yo was brought in as co-writer of the music for the ongoing second season of "Empire," the blockbuster drama on Fox television about the schisms within a founding family of hip-hop entrepreneurs. The result, Ne-Yo said, is a devoted fan base eager to buy the stream of singles released off "Empire," which has been renewed for a third season.
Opera version of 'The Shining' opens Saturday in Minnesota
Mark Campbell wants people to issue warnings when they leave his operatic adaptation of "The Shining."
Wall Street reverses to trade up; S&P still down for week
At 2:43 p.m., the Dow Jones industrial average was up 80.4 points, or 0.46 percent, to 17,741.11, the S&P 500 had gained 6.37 points, or 0.31 percent, to 2,057 and the Nasdaq Composite had added 13.89 points, or 0.29 percent, to 4,730.98. Mixed economic data and slowing global growth have weakened investors' appetite for risk, with the S&P 500 down slightly on the week.
Sumner Redstone's defiance gets judge's attention at trial
Sumner Redstone appeared to take the upper hand in defending a lawsuit challenging his mental competency on Friday, as a judge called Redstone's deposition "strong evidence" that the media mogul knew what he was doing when he ejected an ex-girlfriend from his life. The woman, Manuela Herzer, is suing Redstone over her removal in October as the billionaire's designated health care agent, arguing that Redstone was not mentally competent at the time he made the decision. Redstone's lawyers say he has difficulty speaking but is mentally fit.
FCC confirms approval of Charter, Time Warner Cable merger
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission confirmed on Friday that it had voted to approve Charter Communications Inc's acquisitions of Time Warner Cable Inc and Bright House Networks. A state administrative judge last month recommended that California's public utilities commission approve the deal. A majority of the five-member FCC voted to approve the deals earlier this week.
Wall Street gives up on June rate hike by Fed after payrolls disappoint: poll
By Dion Rabouin NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wall Street's top banks have all but abandoned any expectation that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates in June, and most now see the U.S. central bank's next rate hike coming in September, according to a Reuters survey conducted on Friday. Friday's weaker-than-expected payrolls report for April acted as the catalyst for several economists at primary dealers to back away from their previous predictions for an interest rate increase at the Fed's next meeting in June. "This report did very little to make the case for a June rate hike," said Gennadiy Goldberg, an interest rate strategist at TD Securities in New York.
'Textalyzer' law to catch texting drivers raises privacy concerns
A proposed New York state law that would allow police to test technology to check if drivers had been texting and driving before a crash ? without a warrant ? is causing controversy.
How to catch a rare view of Mercury crossing the sun
A rare daytime celestial show takes place on Monday. The planet Mercury will pass in front of the sun, and Canadians will get an exceptional view. Here's how to watch it.
How sleep patterns differ by sex, age and country revealed by app
Smartphone app data hint at how societal pressures to sacrifice sleep overtake cues from the sun to contribute to a "global sleep crisis," a new study suggests.
SpaceX nails rocket landing on ocean barge again
For the second month in a row, the aerospace upstart SpaceX landed a rocket on an ocean platform early Friday, this time following the successful launch of a Japanese communications satellite.
Abandoned on the surface of Mars after his crew concludes that he perished in a dust storm, astronaut Mark Watney must find a way to survive the planet's harsh environment -- despite having only 28 days of supplies left.
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.
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.
Bridge of Spies
At the height of the Cold War in 1960, the downing of an American spy plane and the pilot's subsequent capture by the Soviets draws Brooklyn attorney James Donovan into the middle of an intense effort to secure the aviator's release.
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.
Agreeing to participate in a community outreach program, e-commerce entrepreneur Jules Ostin hires a 70-year-old intern -- who ends up bringing his special brand of business savvy to her fashion enterprise.
Single and successful, Amy has no intention of settling down -- or even going on a second date -- until she meets the subject of her next magazine piece, a handsome doctor. Confronted with a real-life good guy, she begins to reconsider bachelorhood.
Game of Thrones
Originally airing on HBO, this live-action fantasy series -- based on George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" novels -- charts the violent efforts of competing noble families to gain control of the vacant Westeros throne.
The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
With both their countries threatened by a powerful global crime cartel, the CIA's Napoleon Solo and KGB operative Illya Kuryakin must work together in this Cold War thriller inspired by the classic 1960s TV series.
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation
Legendary superspy Ethan Hunt pushes his mental and physical capabilities to the limit once again as he accepts another ridiculously dangerous assignment in this explosive globe-trotting sequel.
1902: Genius filmmaker Max Ophüls is born, will eventually be appreciated
Realizing he was no actor, Max Ophüls began his directing career in Germany, fled the Nazis, but wound up returning home after the war after all.
Thousands mourn Holocaust victims in annual Auschwitz march
Around 10,000 participants from around the world walked from Auschwitz to Birkenau to pay homage to the victims of the Holocaust, among them 150 survivors.
The New York Jewish community must help child sex abuse victims
In New York, the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community and the Catholic Church both oppose a bill to lift the statute of limitations on abuse claims. With some flexibility, there could be a solution we can all get behind to protect our kids.
Voters in heavily Jewish London borough turned away due to election snafu
Among those unable to vote was British Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis; the glitch was later rectified.