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Jewish activist targeted in assassination attempt
Moshe Feiglin, an American-born advocate for greater Jewish access to a holy site known to Jews as the Temple Mount was injured Wednesday by a gunman on a motorcycle.

Jewish community's assistance during Yolanda remembered
MANILA - The kind gesture of the Jewish community in the aftermath of supertyphoon Yolanda (Haiyan) last year will not be forgotten.

Germany's main Jewish leader steps down
BERLIN (AP) ? Germany's main Jewish leader, who in 2010 became the first person born after the Holocaust to take the job, says he's stepping down.

Ofsted downgrades Jewish school for failing new Trojan horse regulations
The Beis Yaakov orthodox Jewish academy placed into special measures following no-notice inspection by officials A high-profile Jewish school has fallen foul of government regulations on British values and tolerance introduced in the wake of the Trojan horse affair in Birmingham, raising fears among the community that Jewish schools are being harshly treated. The Beis Yaakov secondary school for ...



 Israel


Israel closes Jerusalem holy site after shooting
JERUSALEM (AP) ? Israel closed all access to Jerusalem's most sensitive religious site on Thursday, a rare move that ratcheted up already heightened tensions following the attempted assassination of a prominent Jewish religious activist and the killing of his suspected Palestinian assailant by police.

U.N. watchdog urges Israel to probe possible Gaza war crimes
By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Israel should investigate all alleged violations committed by its forces during three recent wars in Gaza and ensure military commanders are brought to justice for any crimes, a United Nations human rights watchdog said on Thursday. A panel of independent experts urged Israel to halt construction of Jewish settlements in the West Bank, stop confiscating ...

Israel pledges to reopen Jerusalem flashpoint
Israel shut the Al-Aqsa mosque compound Thursday then promised to reopen it, after clashes in east Jerusalem where police killed a Palestinian accused of trying to murder a hardline rabbi. Police spokeswoman Luba Samri told AFP the shrine would open early Friday "for dawn prayers, after midnight" following its first closure in decades. Israel said its clampdown on the shrine, which is holy to ...

Heavy security as Israel reopens Jerusalem site
JERUSALEM (AP) ? Israel reopened a contested Jerusalem holy site on Friday and deployed more than 1,000 security personnel following clashes the previous day between Palestinians and Israeli riot police that had ratcheted up already heightened tensions in the city.

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Air strikes hit Kobani as Kurdish peshmerga prepare to enter

An explosion following an air-strike is seen in the Syrian town of Kobani during heavy fightingBy Humeyra Pamuk and Raheem Salman SURUC Turkey/BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S.-led air strikes hit Islamic State positions around the Syrian border town of Kobani on Friday in an apparent bid to pave the way for heavily-armed Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces to enter from neighboring Turkey. The predominantly Kurdish town, besieged for more than 40 days, has become the focus of a global war against the Sunni Muslim insurgents, who have captured expanses of Iraq and Syria and declared an Islamic "caliphate" straddling the two. ...




Army chief takes power after Burkina president bows to protests

Burkina Faso's new interim leader Gen. Honore Nabere Traore, third from left in front, speaks during a press conference held in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. President Blaise Compaore stepped down Friday, pushed from power in Burkina Faso after 27 years by a burst of violent protests that set the parliament ablaze and refused to accept anything short of resignation. (AP Photo/Theo Renaut)By Mathieu Bonkoungou and Joe Penney OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - The head of Burkina Faso's armed forces took power on Friday after President Blaise Compaore resigned amid mass protests against an attempt to extend his 27-year rule. Compaore, a taciturn former soldier in office since a 1987 military coup, had sought to defy popular pressure for him to step down after a day of violent unrest on Thursday in which demonstrators stormed parliament and state television. ...




Muslim men over 50 pray at Jerusalem's Aqsa mosque amid tight security

Palestinians pray as Israeli police officers stand guard during Friday prayers in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Wadi al-JozBy Luke Baker JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Muslim men over 50 prayed at the Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem's Old City on Friday amid intense security, a day after Israel closed all access to the sacred compound for the first time in more than a decade following violence on the streets. More than 1,000 Israeli police were deployed around the Old City's cobbled streets and the ancient gates that lead to al Aqsa, a spokeswoman said, in addition to undercover anti-riot units and observation balloons floating in the sky. ...




Europe won't recognize vote in eastern Ukraine, Merkel tells Putin

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir PutinBERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel told Russian President Vladimir Putin on the phone that Sunday's planned elections in eastern Ukraine were illegitimate and would not be recognized by European leaders, a Berlin government spokesman said on Friday. Merkel and Putin held a joint telephone conversation with French President Francois Hollande and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Merkel's spokesman Georg Streiter said at a government news conference. ...




 Entertainment


Downey, Watson, Dench honored by British Academy

Honorees Robert Downey Jr., from left, Emma Watson and Judi Dench appear on stage at the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) ? There was a bit of a British invasion at the Beverly Hilton hotel, as BAFTA Los Angeles hosted its annual Britannia Awards, honoring film and television talent from both sides of the pond, including director Mike Leigh and actors Dame Judi Dench, Emma Watson, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Robert Downey Jr.




Hello Kitty's 40 years of cuteness and cool

FILE - In this June 30, 2012 file photo, people ride on a sightseeing bus painted with a Hello Kitty character in Tokyo. When she came to life in 1974, she was a kitty without a name, sitting sideways in blue overalls and a big red bow, on a coin purse for Japanese girls. On Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, fans around the world celebrate the 40th anniversary of this global icon of "cute-cool." That is, Hello Kitty. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)TOKYO (AP) ? When she came to life in 1974, she was a kitty without a name, sitting sideways in blue overalls and a big red bow, on a coin purse for Japanese girls. On Saturday, fans around the world celebrate the 40th anniversary of this global icon of "cute-cool." That is, Hello Kitty.




Son to Usher: Dad, you're not a great singer

FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2014 file photo, Usher performs on NBC's "Today" show in New York. Usher launches his UR Experience World Tour in Montreal on Saturday, Nov. 1. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) ? One of Usher's sons studies his dance moves meticulously, while the other has said to the Grammy-winning star: "You're not a great singer."




Melissa Fumero goes from daytime to prime time

In this Oct. 22, 2014 photo, actress Melissa Fumero poses in New York to promote her Fox comedy series "Brooklyn Nine Nine." (Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP)NEW YORK (AP) ? Melissa Fumero, who plays Detective Amy Santiago on Fox's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," can remember the first time she had to ad-lib with co-star Andy Samberg.






 Business


S&P 500 on track to end at record; BoJ move adds fuel to rally

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock ExchangeBy Caroline Valetkevitch NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks rose sharply on Friday, with the Dow hitting an intraday record high as the Bank of Japan significantly ramped up its stimulus program, just days after the Federal Reserve wound down its years-long package of incentives. The Dow was on track to set a new closing record high as well, along with the S&P 500, after the December e-minis contract hit an intraday record. Gains were broad, with the benchmark S&P 500 index posting 125 new 52-week highs and two new lows. The Nasdaq Composite recorded 218 new highs and 31 new lows. ...




U.S. consumer spending falters; wage gains highest since 2008

Woman eats ice cream as she looks at the display in the window of a Gold Standard jewellery store in New YorkBy Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. consumer spending fell for the first time in eight months in September, suggesting the economy lost some momentum heading into the fourth quarter. But rising consumer sentiment and faster wage growth suggest the weakness in spending will be temporary, with the economy remaining on firm ground. "The fundamentals ... remain very solid," said Gus Faucher, a senior economist at PNC Financial Services in Pittsburgh. "The conditions are in place for continued above-trend growth. ...




U.S. consumer sentiment at highest since July 2007

File photo of shopper walking down aisle in newly opened Walmart Neighborhood Market in ChicagoNEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. consumer sentiment rose in October to its highest level since in more than seven years on growing optimism about the economy and more favorable personal financial expectations, a survey released on Friday showed. The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan's final October reading on the overall index on consumer sentiment finished at 86.9, the highest level since July 2007, up from 84.6 at the end of September. The late October reading was up slightly from its initial figure of 86.4, which was also the expected reading of economists polled by Reuters. ...




Exxon, Chevron results boosted by refining as oil prices slip

A Exxon Mobil gas station is shown in Encinitas ,California(Reuters) - A surge in refining profits boosted quarterly results at Exxon Mobil Corp and Chevron Corp , helping to offset declining oil and gas production and falling crude oil prices. Both companies reported better-than-expected third-quarter profits on Friday, with executives touting the importance of owning massive refineries alongside oil and gas wells. Refining profits tend to rise when oil prices fall, though low prices dent the profitability of wells. Having both in a company stable can allow for a bit of insurance during price swings. ...




 CBC Technology & Science


Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo crashes during test flight
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Virgin Galactic's suborbital passenger spaceship crashed during a test flight on Friday at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California, officials said.



Antares rocket explosion shows why it's hard to do science in space: Bob McDonald
NASA Antares rocket

Many scientists, engineers and students watched years of effort crash to the ground this week as the Antares Rocket plunged to the ground six seconds after launch. It shows that doing science in space is difficult, time-consuming and sometimes frustrating, writes Bob McDonald.



Moto360 smartwatch is capable, but not always cool
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CBC's Anand Ram test drove a Moto360 smartwatch for two weeks. He shares his thoughts about the device and what it's like to walk around wearing a watch you can talk into.



 
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