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At least 11 dead, 78 wounded in southeast Turkey car bomb blast
Local media names Kurdish PKK militia as responsible for attack near Syria, Iraq borders.

How I destroyed the chance for Israeli-Palestinian peace
The demand for recognition of the Jewish state, which Ari Shavit says he is complicit in, seeks to camouflage the fact that the only people whose right to exist is really denied is the Palestinian people.

Ministry amends Israeli civics textbook over negative description of centrist party
Textbook portrayed the rise of Yair Lapid?s Yesh Atid as a product of the moment; no amendments have been made following complaints by LGBT community and Israeli Arabs.

Jellyfish swarms correlated with full moon, electric company worker discovers
Israel Electric Corp worker found unexpected correlations between swarms of nomadica jellyfish, the temperature of the sea - and the phase of the moon.



 Israel


Clearing mines amid the rubble of war

Clearing mines amid the rubble of war. (Yahoo News)A team made up mostly of Kurdish civilians is tasked with clearing explosive devices before displaced Iraqi residents can return to their homes.




Controversial rape case judge requests change

Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky. (AP)Aaron Persky, criticized for a lenient sentence for a former Stanford swimmer, will no longer hear criminal matters.




Why rich donors keep giving to losing candidates

Why rich donors keep giving to losing GOP candidates like Mitt Romney and John McCain. (AP)Victory on Election Day is decidedly secondary for super-rich backers of high-profile politicians.




Signs of Trump's sudden shift on immigration

Donald Trump (Getty Images)The candidate insists he hasn't backpedaled on the issue, but the rhetoric last week differs from earlier tough talk.




 Most Popular


Number of dead in Italy quake climbs, first funerals to be held

A man helps a woman in front of a collapsed building following an earthquake in AmatriceBy Steve Scherer and Gabriele Pileri PESCARA DEL TRONTO, Italy (Reuters) - The death toll from an earthquake that flattened parts of central Italy rose to 267 on Friday as rescue workers pulled more bodies from mounds of debris and families prepared to hold the first funerals. The civil protection department in Rome said nearly 400 people were being treated for injuries in hospitals, and local media reports said about 40 of them were in critical condition. The earth continued to tremble with aftershocks, with survivors sleeping for the second night in tents set up by emergency services.




Suicide truck bomb blamed on PKK kills 11 police in Turkey

Smoke rises from buildings at the site of a car bomb explosion at a police headquarters in CizreBy Dasha Afanasieva and Humeyra Pamuk ANKARA/KARKAMIS, Turkey (Reuters) - A suicide truck bombing at a police headquarters in Turkey's largely Kurdish southeast killed at least 11 and wounded dozens on Friday, two days after Turkey launched an incursion against Islamic State and Kurdish militia fighters in Syria. Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said there was no doubt that the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has waged a three-decade insurgency for Kurdish autonomy, was responsible for the attack in Sirnak province, which borders Syria and Iraq. The bombing in the town of Cizre was the latest in a series of attacks since a ceasefire with the PKK collapsed more than a year ago, and comes as Turkey tries to recover from a failed July 15 military coup.




American university attack hits at heart of Afghan liberal learning

An Afghan policeman stands guard after an attack at the American University of Afghanistan in KabulOn Wednesday evening, at least two gunmen stormed classrooms after a suspected car bomb was used to get into the walled complex, and killed seven students and a professor. The death toll could have been far higher, with most students managing to barricade themselves in classrooms or flee to safety, even if it meant breaking bones as they jumped from the second floor of a building. As security forces patrolled the 5-acre campus on Thursday and university staff visited the wounded in hospital, students weighed up the risks of returning to their education.




U.S. Navy ship fires warning shots at Iranian vessel

US-USA-IRAN-MILITARYBy Idrees Ali WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Navy ship fired warning shots toward an Iranian fast-attack craft that approached two U.S. ships, a Pentagon spokesman said on Thursday, in the most serious of a number of incidents in the Gulf area this week. "They did feel compelled ultimately to fire three warning shots and the reason for that is... they had taken steps already to try and de-escalate this situation," spokesman Peter Cook told reporters. Tensions have increased in the Gulf in recent days despite an improvement in relations between Iran and the United States.




 Entertainment


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.




Netflix taunts North Korea on-demand TV service on Twitter

Netflix headquarters in Los Gatos, CaliforniaNetflix is poking fun at North Korea's recent foray into on-demand TV, calling itself a "Manbang knockoff" on its Twitter bio. The tongue-in-cheek change to the Netflix US bio comes after Pyongyang proudly unveiled a video streaming service called Manbang ("Everywhere"), which was instantly described as a Netflix-style service by Western media. The system allows viewers with some sort of Internet access to enjoy the highly-propagandised output of its four state-run TV channels at their leisure.




Ex-Wailers members go to court over use of band's name
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) ? Former members of Jamaican reggae band The Wailers, which played alongside Bob Marley, are going to court to try to stop the group they left from performing under the same name.

Sarah Jessica Parker cuts ties with EpiPen after price hike

FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2015 file photo, Sarah Jessica Parker attends the Broadway opening night of "Hamilton" in New York. Parker said she is ?disappointed, saddened and deeply concerned? by the price hike of the EpiPen. She has cut ties with the company that makes the emergency allergy treatment. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) ? Saying she is "disappointed, saddened and deeply concerned" by the price hike of the EpiPen, actress Sarah Jessica Parker has cut ties with the company that makes the emergency allergy treatment.






 Business


Dollar dips, shares touch two-week low before Yellen

A man looks at an electronic board showing the Japanese yen's exchange rate against Euro outside a brokerage in Tokyo, JapanBy Atul Prakash LONDON (Reuters) - The dollar edged down and global shares slipped to a two-week low on Friday as investors turned cautious before a keynote speech by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen that could map out a clearer path for U.S. interest rates. Investors were wary of Yellen hinting at a near-term interest rate hike, which could divert some of the liquidity that has underpinned riskier assets worldwide, though others predicted she would strike a more equivocal note. The dollar index , which tracks the currency against six major peers, slipped 0.14 percent to 94.721, while euro zone government bond yields crept up.




Schooled in the short run, central banks struggle with a long-term role

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen attends a news conference after chairing the second day of a two-day meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee to set interest rates in WashingtonJACKSON HOLE, Wyo. (Reuters) - Schooled in economic thinking that confines monetary policy to the short run, central bankers gathering in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, are grappling with a singular change: whether they can take over as guardians of long-term growth with programs that may stay in place and influence markets for decades to come.




AB InBev expects to cut three percent of jobs after SABMiller takeover

A glass with beer and a bottle of Corona are seen in this picture illustration taken in SarajevoAnheuser-Busch InBev expects to cut some 3 percent of its combined workforce after it has acquired rival SABMiller , according to takeover documents published on Friday. AB InBev is aiming to achieve pre-tax savings of at least $1.4 billion per year within the four years after completion of the takeover through increased efficiency, sharing best practices and the removal of overlaps in corporate and regional headquarters. The maker of Budweiser, Stella Artois and Corona expects the potential job losses to take place over a three-year period.




Lotte vice chairman found dead amid probe; suicide suspected

The body of Lotte Group Vice Chairman Lee In-won is wheeled into an ambulance on a stretcher at a hospital in YangpyeongOne of the top executives at South Korea's Lotte Group was found dead on Friday, a suspected suicide, hours before he was to be questioned by prosecutors conducting a criminal probe into the country's fifth-largest conglomerate. Lotte Group confirmed the death of Vice Chairman Lee In-won, which comes after the group was riven by a family succession feud last year and subjected in June to widespread raids by government prosecutors.




 CBC Technology & Science


Update your iPhone: Serious vulnerabilities revealed by spyware discovery
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A botched attempt to break into the iPhone of an Arab activist using hitherto unknown espionage software has triggered a global upgrade of Apple's mobile operating system, researchers said Thursday.



WhatsApp is going to share your phone number with Facebook
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Global messaging service WhatsApp says it will start sharing the phone numbers of its users with Facebook, its parent company. That means WhatsApp users could soon start seeing more targeted ads and friend suggestions on Facebook.



Whirling disease in fish found in Banff lake a 1st in Canada, officials say
rainbow trout

The first known Canadian case of whirling disease in fish has been found in Johnson Lake in Banff National Park.



Record-breaking giant pearl found by fisherman
Philippines Giant Pearl

A massive pearl found by a Filipino fisherman and kept under his bed for 10 years is likely the world's largest at 34 kilograms (about the mass of an average 11-year-old child).



 Netflix Top 10


The Martian

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.

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.

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 Intern

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.

The Big Short

Before the housing and credit bubble of 2007 triggers an international economic meltdown, a handful of financial outsiders sees the crash coming and bets against the big banks in a daring play that could reap them huge profits.

The Revenant

Set in the 1820s American frontier, this snowy thriller follows fur trapper Hugh Glass as he relentlessly seeks retribution against the companions who left him for dead in the Missouri River's icy waters after he was mauled by a bear.

Spectre

James Bond continues his run of romance and foreign intrigue in this tense thriller that pits him against the global terrorist organization SPECTRE. Already battling political interference, MI6 and Bond must again take on their most implacable foe.

Spotlight

Revealing a string of cover-ups stretching back decades, a team of "Boston Globe" reporters exposes the Catholic Archdiocese's history of keeping reports about child molestation and other priest-initiated abuse under wraps.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2

As the dystopian franchise reaches its powerful conclusion, Katniss Everdeen -- flanked by her allies from District 13 -- embarks on a quest to liberate the oppressed citizens of Panem by assassinating ruthless President Snow.

The Hateful Eight

In Quentin Tarantino's stylish Western set in post-Civil War Wyoming, eight travelers stranded at a stagecoach way station -- including bounty hunters, outlaws and former soldiers -- become enmeshed in a duplicitous plot as a savage blizzard rages outside.

 Jewish World


1963: Reborn Jew and Freakonomics co-father is born
Stephen Dubner barely knew what a Jew was, and isn't an economist but became famous for his religious rebirth and his analysis.

Orthodox dominance surprises advisers of Israel's new Diaspora outreach program
Former Israeli minister Yossi Beilin tells Haaretz he's not opposed to gist of the plan, but to any involvement of 'extremist' groups.

Portion of the Week: The ultimate sin
Parashat Ekev

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