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Used to rebuild Warsaw, Jewish tombstones return to cemeteries
Two-year-old Krzys zooms down a slide in Warsaw and shrieks with delight, paying no mind to the workmen who are busy demolishing the playground walls. The tombstones, known as Matzevot, from hundreds of Jewish cemeteries across Poland -- that were abandoned or destroyed following the Holocaust -- were used to pave roads and put up walls during the communist era. It was part of an effort to ...

Chutzpah: Women Defy Rules to Pray at Jewish Holy Site
A Jewish women's rights group smuggled a holy scroll to Jerusalem's Wailing Wall to pray, in contravention to the rules governing the holy site.

Jewish group shifts view on Nazi benefit payments
An influential Jewish advocacy group said Tuesday it no longer supports allowing suspected Nazi war criminals to receive Social Security benefits. World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder said in ...

Lakewood's Golden Hill Cemetery links to Jewish history, TB epidemic
In the late 1800s and early 1900s America was ravaged by "white death" - tuberculosis was so feared that patients were sent to remote sanatoriums and at death were often buried separate from others. Every day, tens of thousands of drivers pass within feet of one such plot at Golden Hill Cemetery in Lakewood, a historic Jewish burial site in Colorado at 12000 W. Colfax Ave.


Israel vows crackdown after Palestinian car attack
Israel pledged Thursday a tough response to any further attacks in Jerusalem as police flooded flashpoint Arab neighbourhoods after a Palestinian rammed his car into a group of pedestrians and killed a baby. The second deadly incident involving a Palestinian vehicle in three months, Wednesday's attack prompted a sharp warning from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. "Jerusalem is united and was ...

Israel police on alert after Jerusalem clashes
Israel deployed police in force in Jerusalem Friday for weekly Muslim prayers and restricted access to a flashpoint mosque, after a deadly Palestinian attack sent tensions soaring. The security presence was boosted across east Jerusalem including the Old City after the confrontations between security forces and stone-throwing Palestinians, police spokeswoman Luba Samri said. Palestinian men ...

Israel's Defense Minister: Mideast Borders 'Absolutely' Will Change
The blunt-talking Moshe Ya'alon says that Syria, Iraq and Libya have all been shattered by fighting in recent years and that the future map of the Middle East will look very different.

Israel at odds over medical ethics
Israel and the Gaza Strip are bound by much more than enmity: Israel controls nearly everything that comes in and out of the territory, including food and energy, and sometimes allows Gazans to enter the country for medical care.But...

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Attacks in Egypt's Sinai kill at least 28 security personnel
By Yusri Mohamed ISMAILIA (Reuters) - Two attacks in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula killed at least 28 security personnel on Friday, security sources said, in some of the worst anti-state violence since Islamist President Mohamed Mursi was overthrown last year. More than 25 people died in the first attack in the al-Kharouba area northwest of al-Arish, near the Gaza Strip, the sources said. Medical sources expected the toll to increase because some of the wounded were in a critical condition. ...

'We won't pay,' furious Cameron tells EU over surprise bill

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron gestures during a news conference after an EU summit in BrusselsBy Alastair Macdonald BRUSSELS (Reuters) - In a vivid display of fury at European Union technocrats, British Prime Minister David Cameron refused to pay a surprise 2.1-billion-euro bill on Friday as EU leaders ordered an urgent review of the calculations used. Eurosceptics at home branded the EU a "thirsty vampire" for seeking an additional, immediate sum worth a seventh of London's annual payment following a major statistical review of national incomes. Cameron demanded action from fellow leaders at a summit, calling the sudden bill "completely unacceptable". He found some sympathy. ...

Palestinian boy shot dead by Israeli forces at West Bank protest

Israeli police detain a Palestinian youth in East JerusalemRAMALLAH West Bank (Reuters) - A Palestinian boy was shot dead during clashes between Israeli soldiers and stone-throwing protesters in the occupied West Bank on Friday, medics and residents said. Orwah Hammad, 14, was shot in the head in the village of Silwad, north of the Palestinian seat of government in Ramallah. An army spokesman told Reuters Israeli forces "managed to prevent an attack when they encountered a Palestinian man hurling a molotov cocktail at them on the main road next to Silwad. They opened fire and they confirmed a hit". The military said it would investigate the shooting. ...

Kurds reject Erdogan report of deal with Syrian rebels to aid besieged Kobani

Smoke rises over the Syrian town of Kobani after an airstrike, as seen from the Mursitpinar crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern town of SurucBy Humeyra Pamuk and Sylvia Westall ISTANBUL/BEIRUT (Reuters) - A senior Syrian Kurdish official on Friday rejected a report from Turkey's president that Syrian Kurds had agreed to let Free Syrian Army fighters enter the border town of Kobani to help them push back besieging Islamic State insurgents. The Free Syrian Army is a term used to describe dozens of armed groups fighting to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad but with little or no central command. They have been widely outgunned by Islamist insurgents such as Islamic State. ...


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, Sept. 1 to Sunday, Sept. 7 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, Sept. 1 to Sunday Sept. 7 via Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Spotify.

Rowling writes backstory of Potter character

FILE - This Oct. 16, 2012 file photo shows author J.K. Rowling at an appearance to promote her latest book "The Casual Vacancy," at The David H. Koch Theater in New York. Harry Potter fans can look forward to a Halloween treat, with some tricks, from Rowling. In an announcement posted Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, on her web site, www.pottermore.com, the author revealed that she has prepared a 1,700 word story about the witch and former Hogwarts professor Dolores Umbridge. (Photo by Dan Hallman/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) ? Harry Potter fans can look forward to a Halloween treat, with some tricks, from J.K. Rowling.

New 'Drumline' casts a new beat to original
ATLANTA (AP) ? Nick Cannon remembers when youngsters often approached him, telling him that the 2002 film "Drumline" influenced them to attend a historically black college and university.


Wall St. boosted by earnings; on track for best week of year

A woman carries an umbrella as she passes by the New York Stock Exchange on Broad St. in New York's financial district during the morning rushBy Chuck Mikolajczak NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks were on pace to close out their best week in nearly two years on Friday, helped by earnings from Microsoft and Procter & Gamble and as concerns eased over the possible spread of Ebola. The S&P 500 is up 3.7 percent for the week, putting the index on track for its best week since the start of 2013, boosted by solid corporate earnings reports. News of the first case of Ebola diagnosed in New York hit futures late on Thursday, but the markets have shaken off those concerns on Friday. ...

U.S. new home sales at six-year high; recovery still fragile

A real estate sign advertising a new home is pictured in Vienna, VirginiaBy Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Sales of new U.S. single-family homes rose to a six-year high in September, but a sharp downward revision to August's sales pace indicated the housing recovery remains tentative. The Commerce Department said on Friday that sales increased 0.2 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 467,000 units, the highest reading since July 2008. August's sales rate was revised down to 466,000 units from 504,000 units. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast new home sales at a 470,000-unit pace last month. U.S. ...

U.S. appeals court rules for GM in Spyker's Saab sale lawsuit

An Opel car stands in front of the company's logo during the first media day of the 80th Geneva Car Show at the Palexpo in GenevaBy Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) - General Motors Co persuaded a federal appeals court to uphold the dismissal of a $3 billion lawsuit in which Spyker NV accused it of derailing a plan to sell the Swedish automaker Saab to a Chinese company. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati on Friday said Spyker failed to show GM intentionally interfered with the Dutch company's effort to sell Saab to Zhejiang Youngman Lotus Automobile Co, leading to Saab's bankruptcy. GM had sold a majority of Saab to Spyker in 2010. ...

Ford's lower profit beats estimates; sales down on F-150 launch

A man walks past new Ford car at Jacob Javits Convention Center during New York International Auto Show in New YorkBy Bernie Woodall and Ben Klayman DETROIT (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co on Friday reported a 34 percent drop in third-quarter profit, and revenue fell due to the cost of introducing the F-150 pickup truck. Ford, which affirmed its full-year profit outlook, said earnings suffered from lower wholesale vehicle volumes and recall costs, as well as supplier parts shortages. While a strong performance in North America helped push earnings above Wall Street estimates, analysts and investors were not impressed. ...

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Rogers LTE-Advanced rolls out to boost video streaming

Rogers says it's boosting the speed of its wireless network using new technology called LTE-Advanced to allow smartphones and tablets to stream video more smoothly.

Partial solar eclipse: Your photos of the crescent sun
Partial solar eclipse Calgary

Here are some amazing photos of the partial solar eclipse on Thursday, Oct. 23, sent in from across the country by members of the CBC News Community.

China's steady march to moon a lesson for West
China Space

This week China launched an unmanned probe to the moon, a rehearsal for a future robotic sample-return mission. It's another positive step China is taking towards its own human lunar landing, writes Bob McDonald.

EU agrees to cut greenhouse gases by 40% by 2030
Germany Energy

A European Union goal to cut greenhouse gases by 40 per cent by 2030, agreed early on Friday, sets the pace for a global deal to tackle climate change, pitting heavy industry against green business.

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