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With popularity surging, former Netanyahu minister Avi Gabbay hopes to lead opposition
Gabbay eyes Labor leadership, slams government coalition for silence in face of investigations of Netanyahu.

Istanbul gunman acted on direct orders from ISIS, reports say
Day after arrest, gunman who killed 39 in Istanbul says: 'I was given instructions to search for a new target? Reina looked suitable for the attack.'

Letters to the Editor: On criticizing Netanyahu and moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem


Bill to annex West Bank settlement to be voted on after Trump's inauguration
Coalition hasn?t decided whether to back or kill bill to annex Ma?aleh Adumim; Netanyahu may delay proposal until relations with new administration consolidate.



 Israel


Ex-President George H.W. Bush hospitalized

Former President George H.W. Bush (Reuters)Bush, 92, is in stable condition and "doing fine," his chief of staff tells a Houston TV station.




Has Obama kept his promise on transparency?

The Last 100 Days: Obama?s (non)transparency editionHe came into office in 2009 vowing he'd have the "the most transparent administration in history."




DeVos hints at sweeping changes in education

Betsy DeVos during her confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill on Jan. 17. (Yuri Gripas/AP)Cabinet nominee Betsy DeVos indicates she is open to radically re-framing the government's role in education.




What Manning's clemency means for Assange

What Chelsea Manning's clemency means for Julian Assange. (AP)Last week WikiLeaks tweeted that its founder would "agree to U.S. extradition" if Chelsea Manning were given clemency.




 Most Popular


China urges U.S. to bar Taiwan delegation from Trump inauguration

A demonstrator holds flags of Taiwan and the United States in support of Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen during an stop-over after her visit to Latin America in BurlingameBy Ben Blanchard and J.R. Wu BEIJING/TAIPEI (Reuters) - The United States should not allow a delegation from Taiwan to attend U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration, China's Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday, raising a new bone of contention in Beijing's relations with the incoming government. Trump broke with decades of precedent last month by taking a congratulatory telephone call from Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, and he has also said the "One China" policy was up for negotiation, a position Beijing strongly rejected.




Istanbul nightclub attacker says was directed by Islamic State: report

The door of a hideout where the alleged attacker of Reina nightclub was caught by Turkish police last night, is pictured at Esenyurt neighborhood in IstanbulBy Humeyra Pamuk ISTANBUL (Reuters) - An Uzbek gunman who killed 39 people in an Istanbul nightclub on New Year's Day told police he had to change target at the last minute to avoid heavy security and acted with direct orders from Islamic State in Syria, a newspaper said on Wednesday. The gunman, named by the authorities on Tuesday as Abdulgadir Masharipov, had initially been told to attack the area around the central Taksim square and said his instructions came from Raqqa, a Syrian stronghold of Islamic State, the Hurriyet newspaper cited him as saying in police testimony.




Australia says suspended MH370 search could resume in future

Relatives of passengers onboard Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 which went missing in 2014 react as they arrive for a meeting with the airline representatives in BeijingBy Tom Westbrook SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia said on Wednesday it was not ruling out a future underwater search for a missing Malaysia Airlines passenger jet as families of those on board criticised the decision to suspend the hunt after three fruitless years. The location of Flight MH370 has become one of the world's greatest aviation mysteries since the plane, a Boeing 777, disappeared in 2014 en route to Beijing from the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur with 239 people on board. "I don't rule out a future underwater search by any stretch," Australian Transport Minister Darren Chester told reporters in Melbourne, a day after Australia, Malaysia and China called off the search in the southern Indian Ocean.




Bomb blast kills at least 25 in Mali military camp
At least 25 people were killed and others injured when a vehicle packed with explosives detonated on Wednesday at a military camp in Mali's northern city of Gao, according to a provisional death toll announced by the army. The camp housed government soldiers as well as members of various rival armed groups, who together conduct mixed patrols in line with a U.N.-brokered peace accord aimed at quelling violence in Mali's restive desert north. A French-led military intervention in 2013 drove back Islamist militants, including al Qaeda-linked groups, who had seized northern Mali a year earlier.

 Entertainment


List of nominees for the Golden Globe Awards

FILE - This undated publicity photo released by DreamWorks and Twentieth Century Fox shows, Daniel Day-Lewis, center rear, as Abraham Lincoln, in a scene from the film, "Lincoln." The film was nominated for a Golden Globe for best drama on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012. Daniel Day Lewis was also nominated for best actor. The 70th annual Golden Globe Awards will be held on Jan. 13. (AP Photo/DreamWorks, Twentieth Century Fox, David James, File)Nominees for the 70th annual Golden Globe Awards, announced Thursday in Beverly Hills, Calif.:




Jimmy Kimmel rolls out red carpet as Emmy host

 Don Mischer, executive producer of the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards, left, host Jimmy Kimmel, center, and Television Academy chairman and chief executive Bruce Rosenblum attend the Emmy Awards Red Carpet Rollout at the Nokia Theatre on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, in Los Angeles. The Emmy Awards will be held Sunday, Sept 23. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)After rolling out the red carpet Wednesday morning in anticipation of Sunday's Emmy ceremony, host Jimmy Kimmel warned he's planning a prank on folks not watching the show.




Hong Kong actor Andy Lau injured while working in Thailand
HONG KONG (AP) ? Hong Kong actor Andy Lau has been injured while working in Thailand.

'Birds of Opulence' author wins Gaines literary award
NEW ORLEANS (AP) ? When African-American writer Crystal Wilkinson of Kentucky learned she won the 2016 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence, she said she reverted to her 12-year-old self, shrieking and squealing with glee.



 Business


Stocks, dollar steady after Trump-led dip

People walk through the lobby of the London Stock Exchange in LondonBy Patrick Graham LONDON (Reuters) - Stock markets steadied while the dollar recovered some ground on Tuesday after unease over how the U.S. policy slate will develop under Donald Trump's presidency drove the currency to its weakest since early December. In Asia, MSCI's ex-Japan Asia-Pacific shares index rose 0.3 percent, just shy of a three-month high hit last Thursday. Energy and cyclical stocks were the chief gainers.




Deutsche Bank CEO looks to future after mortgages settlement

President and Chief Executive Officer of Goldcorp., Chuck Jeannes' shadow is seen while he delivers a speech at the Annual General Meeting held at the Pan Pacific Convention centre in Vancouver.Deutsche Bank will be free to focus on a new growth strategy instead of devoting most of its energy to cleaning up past mistakes, Chief Executive John Cryan said after settling its most costly legal headache. "Given other lawsuits, it is still too early to talk of having drawn a line under all matters," Cryan said in a message to the company's around 100,000 employees on Wednesday. Germany's biggest bank on Tuesday finalised a $7.2 billion settlement with the DoJ over its sale of toxic mortgage securities in the run-up to the 2008 financial crisis.




Oil price slides on prospect of rising U.S. production

Petrol nozzles are seen at Cosmo Energy Holdings' Cosmo Oil service station in TokyoBy Ahmad Ghaddar LONDON (Reuters) - Oil prices fell on Wednesday on expectations that U.S. producers would boost output. Brent crude futures, the international benchmark for oil prices, were down 82 cents $54.65 a barrel at 1008 GMT. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil futures were trading down 80 cents at $51.68 per barrel.




U.S. lobby says China protectionism fueling foreign business pessimism

U.S. flag is tweaked ahead of a news conference between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in BeijingMore than 80 percent of members of a U.S. business lobby in China say foreign companies are less welcome than in the past, a survey released on Wednesday showed, with most saying they have little confidence in China's vows to open its markets. The American Chamber of Commerce in China's annual survey reinforces growing pessimism in the foreign business community, as it grapples with a slowing Chinese economy and complains of increasing protectionism. The chamber's report comes a day after China's President Xi Jinping gave a speech at the World Economic Forum championing open markets, and Beijing unveiled proposals to reduce restrictions on foreign investment in China.




 CBC Technology & Science


Canadian energy firms at risk from cyber, bomb attacks: CSIS
CANADA/ pipeline warning

Canada's main spy agency last year warned energy companies about an increasing risk of cyber espionage and attacks on pipelines, oil storage and shipment facilities and power transmission towers using homemade explosives, according to a classified document obtained by Reuters.



Ice crack forces British to close Antarctic research station for winter
Antarctic research station

British scientists have decided to close the Halley VI Research Station in Antarctica for the winter amid concerns about safety.



Facebook's crackdown on fake news spreads to Germany
TEC-Facebook Death Glitch

With Germany's federal election looming, Facebook has announced new tools to help curb the spread of misinformation in that country.



Enormous alligator spotted in Florida nature reserve
Huge alligator

Visitors to Florida's Circle B Bar Reserve in Lakeland, Fla., get a thrill when a massive alligator strolls by in front of them.



 Netflix Top 10


Money Monster

Landing in dire financial straits after following a stock tip from bombastic TV persona Lee Gates, fuming Kyle Budwell takes the lout hostage on live television and threatens to kill him unless he turns the stock price around before the closing bell.

London Has Fallen

In this follow-up to the thriller "Olympus Has Fallen," the U.S. president learns of a planned terrorist attack at the funeral of Britain's prime minister -- an event that will be attended by nearly every Western head of state.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Based on reporter Kim Barker's memoirs about her experiences covering the Afghanistan war, this satirical look at a hopelessly confused conflict also chronicles the obstacles encountered by female journalists in a rigidly conservative region.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Superegos battle in superhero fashion while a new threat emerges in this sequel to "Man of Steel." With Batman decamping Gotham City for Metropolis to take on a Superman who's become too powerful, trouble brews for the rest of humanity.

Eye in the Sky

Leading an operation to nab a terrorist and her collaborators in Kenya, Col. Katherine Powell ends up in a political and moral quagmire as the mission changes and a drone strike is ordered, putting a young girl at risk of becoming collateral damage.

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.

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

In this gripping account of the chaotic and tragic events of Sept. 11, 2012, six members of an elite security team battle to save the lives of trapped U.S. consulate personnel under attack by armed terrorists in Benghazi, Libya.

Joy

After 10 years of trying to mass-market the revolutionary floor mop she had invented, housewife Joy Mangano strikes gold with a personal pitch on QVC that turns her Miracle Mop into an overnight marketing miracle.

Captain America: Civil War

The most explosive clash to ever rock the Marvel Cinematic Universe ignites a firestorm of conflict in the game-changing epic, Captain America: Civil War. In the wake of collateral damage, government pressure to rein in the Avengers drives a deep wedge between Captain America and Iron Man, causing a catastrophic rift that turns the two friends into bitter enemies. Against a backdrop of divided loyalties, their fellow Avengers must deal with the fallout.

The Divergent Series: Allegiant

Based on the last book in Veronica Roth's "Divergent" trilogy, this absorbing sci-fi saga follows Beatrice Prior and Tobias Eaton as they venture into the unknown lands outside the walled city of Chicago, where they discover several shocking truths.

 Jewish World


1929: 'America?s Greatest Mother,' the childless Sophie Loeb, dies young
Impoverished widowed mothers had to put their children in orphanages, a solution Sophie Loeb thought inhumane and inane.

The God that failed - notably for masses of Jews
If by chance the radical left begins raising its head in the Israeli body politic anytime soon, this tome will become an important point of reference.

Rabbi Marvin Hier explains why he decided to pray at Trump inauguration
Head of L.A.'s Simon Wiesenthal Center tells Haaretz that refusing it would cause 'ill will' toward Jews, criticizes Rep. John Lewis and other Democrats boycotting the ceremony.

After breaking Shabbat to fight for first time, former boxing champ and ordained rabbi loses world title bid
Yuri Foreman, 36, was defeated by defending champion Erislandy Lara on Friday night in Miami.






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