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Austrian election: Far-right leader Norbert Hofer concedes to left-leaning candidate
Hofer's party has been accused of fascism since its establishment in 1956 by a former Nazi functionary and SS officer.

Report: Dutch secret service investigated far-right leader's ties to Israel
The reason for the probe, local daily says, was concern that Geert Wilders is 'influenced by Israeli factors.' Wilders? anti-Muslim Party of Freedom is likely to be a leading member of the next government.

The rise of Yair Netanyahu, the 25-year-old who has the prime minister's ear
Sources describe the prime minister's eldest son as a volatile man who has an increasingly strong influence on his father's opinions, pushing him further to the right. 'Sara talks about him as though he?s the next prime minister.'

Keith Ellison has a real Israel problem
Nothing would be better for the pro-Israel cause than having a Keith Ellison at the DNC who is not Keith Ellison.



 Israel


Help for ?underwater? car buyers

Help for ?underwater? car buyers (Yahoo Finance Video)If the principal on the loan for your car is larger than its resale value, and you want to buy a new one, that may not be a problem.




Former CIA officer: 'The truth will come out'

Former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling (AP)The imprisoned Jeffrey Sterling is holding out hope a federal appeals court will reverse his espionage conviction.




Mourning period for Castro ends

The motorcade carrying the ashes of the late Cuban leader Fidel Castro makes its final journey. (AP)Nine days after the man who ruled Cuba for nearly half a century died, his ashes are interred in a private ceremony.




N.D. authorities make offer to protesters

Law enforcement vehicles line a road leading to a blocked bridge next to the Oceti Sakowin camp, where people have gathered to protest the Dakota Access oil pipeline. (AP)?Yes! We want this to de-escalate,? said Cass County Sheriff Paul Laney as he outlined conditions.




 Most Popular


Putin says Trump clever, will understand new responsibilities

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump arrives at a costume party at the home of hedge fund billionaire and campaign donor Robert Mercer in Head of the HarborU.S. President-elect Donald Trump is a clever man and will quickly understand his new responsibilities, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview with NTV TV. Putin has spoken previously of his hope that Trump will help restore U.S.-Russia relations, and analysts said he was unlikely to want to dial up anti-Western rhetoric before Trump's inauguration in January. "Trump was an entrepreneur and a businessman.




Rebels tell U.S. they won't leave Aleppo; army sees operation over in weeks

Rebel fighters stand near a damaged bus used as a barricade in the rebel-held besieged Bab al-Hadid neighbourhood of AleppoBy Tom Perry BEIRUT (Reuters) - Rebels in Aleppo have told the United States they will not leave their besieged enclave in the city after Moscow called for talks with Washington over their withdrawal, signaling they will fight on even as their top commander was wounded. A Syrian military source said the army aimed to take full control of Aleppo within weeks, after seizing swathes of the city's rebel-held east in an advance poised to deal a major blow to the rebellion against President Bashar al-Assad. With more than 30,000 people uprooted by the latest fighting, residents who fled eastern Aleppo for government-held areas early in the war began returning to the Hanano district recently captured from the rebels to inspect their homes.




Italy votes in referendum with PM Renzi's future at stake

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi casts his vote for the referendum on constitutional reform as he is flanked by his wife Agnese, in PontassieveBy Gavin Jones ROME (Reuters) - Italians were voting on Sunday in a referendum on constitutional reform that will decide the political future of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, who has promised to resign if he loses. Financial markets and Europe's politicians fear victory for the opposition 'No' camp could cause political instability and renewed turmoil for Italy's battered banks, pushing the euro zone toward a fresh crisis. About 51 million Italians are eligible to vote on Renzi's plan to drastically reduce the role of the upper house Senate and claw back powers from regional authorities.




Fidel Castro interred in rock, closing last chapter of historic life

Soldiers stand in the back of a truck while driving past a billboard with a photograph of Cuba's former President Fidel Castro before Castro's ashes are to drive toward Santa Ifigenia cemetery in Santiago de CubaBy Sarah Marsh and Diego OrÚ SANTIAGO, Cuba (Reuters) - Fidel Castro's ashes were placed in the niche of a boulder on Sunday, capping nine days of official mourning when hundreds of thousands of Cubans said farewell with a combination of tears, Castro-like defiance and choruses of "I am Fidel!" President Raul Castro placed the wooden box containing his elder brother's cremated remains in the 10 foot (3 meter) rounded stone at the Santa Ifigenia Cemetery, photos released by state media showed. A dark plaque engraved with the word "Fidel" was then fixed over the niche. Dressed in his four star general military uniform, Raul Castro saluted the rock, which was flanked by two honor guards in white uniform.




 Entertainment


The top 10 songs and albums on the iTunes Store

FILE - This Sept. 15, 2012 file photo released by Point Foundation shows Robin Thicke performing at "Voices On Point" Concert & Gala in Los Angeles. Thisck's ?Blurred Lines," featuring T.I. & Pharrell was the top selling song on iTunes for the week ending June 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Point Foundation, Colin Young-Wolff)iTunes' Official Music Charts for the week ending November 3, 2014:




Jimmy Kimmel rolls out red carpet as Emmy host

áDon Mischer, executive producer of the 64tháPrimetime Emmy Awards, left, hostáJimmy Kimmel, center,áand 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.




Jewish family battles Spain museum over art looted by Nazis

This Sept. 22, 2014 photo made available by Professor Jonathan Petropolous shows Camille Pissarro's 1897 Impressionist masterpiece, "Rue Saint-Honore?, dans l'apre?s-midi. Effet de pluie," during an examination at the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid. In the 16-year battle over this priceless painting looted by the Nazis, there is one point on which all sides agree: When Lilly Cassirer and her husband fled Germany ahead of the Holocaust in 1939, the Jewish couple had to surrender their masterpiece in exchange for their lives. What they disagree on is who owns the painting now. Are the owners the descendants of Cassirer or the Spanish museum that acquired the painting decades ago in good faith. On Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, the case will be argued in a federal appeals court. (Jonathan Petropolous via AP)LOS ANGELES (AP) ? The latest step in a Jewish family's 16-year battle to reclaim a priceless painting their heirs surrendered in exchange for safe passage out of Nazi Germany moves to a Southern California courtroom on Monday.




Leftovers 'Moana,' 'Fantastic Beasts' rule box office again

This image released by Disney shows Moana, voiced by Auli'i Cravalho, in a scene from the animated film, "Moana." (Disney via AP)LOS ANGELES (AP) ? Audiences came back for a second helping of "Moana" and "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" this weekend. Both family-friendly films topped the post-Thanksgiving box office charts with "Moana" bringing in $28.4 million and "Fantastic Beasts" earning $18.5 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.






 Business


Fed official stands by Wall Street reforms, says must complete work

New York Fed President William Dudley takes part in a panel convened to speak about the health of the U.S. economy in New YorkThe United States "absolutely must" complete unfinished work ending the too-big-to-fail bank problem that helped plunge the global economy into recession eight years ago, an influential Federal Reserve policymaker said on Saturday. Dudley's comments, to a Group of 30 meeting of top world regulators, came a day after another powerful regulator at the U.S. central bank, Daniel Tarullo, also warned against "backsliding" after years of implementing the landmark 2010 Dodd-Frank financial-reform law. Challenges especially remain in regulators safely and smoothly handling the hypothetical failure of a massive bank with operations in multiple jurisdictions, Dudley said.




EU blames China for WTO environmental trade talks collapse

European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom holds a news conference at the EU Commission headquarters in BrusselsEurope's trade negotiator blamed China on Sunday for scuppering a global environmental trade deal by submitting impossible late demands at World Trade Organization talks aimed at scrapping import tariffs on exports worth more than $1 trillion. "China came in with their list, bringing in totally new elements of perspective, which was very late in the process," European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom told Reuters. European resistance to Chinese bicycle imports has also been a stumbling block, although Malmstrom said bicycles had become totemic for China and nobody else, and the agreement went far wider, adding that the EU had "quite cheap bicycles already".




No price like home: Big spenders reappear in China

A woman walks past a boutique of the Burberry luxury goods company in BeijingSHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) - China's wealthiest shoppers are spending at home again, roused from a three-year slumber by a weaker yuan, lower prices and a crackdown on overseas sales agents - a welcome boost for the world's luxury brands. China's rich make up almost a third of the world's luxury shoppers, up from only 2 percent around the turn of the millennium. For the past three years, a crackdown on corruption and ostentation by President Xi Jinping dampened sales: big names such as LVMH, owner of Louis Vuitton, shuttered stores, particularly in second- and third-tier cities.




Airbnb, New York City settle rental law lawsuit

A 3D printed people's models are seen in front of a displayed Airbnb logo in this illustrationBy Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - Airbnb Inc and New York City said on Friday they had resolved a lawsuit brought by the company challenging a law it argued could expose it to significant penalties for advertising short-term apartment rentals. Airbnb had contended that the law's ambiguous wording could allow New York authorities to apply it to online platforms like itself that host third-party listings, creating the risk of significant civil penalties and criminal liability. Under the terms of the settlement, New York City agreed that the law would not be enforced against the company and was instead aimed at individual violators, a spokeswoman for Mayor Bill de Blasio said.




 CBC Technology & Science


A planet's worth of human-made things has been weighed
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The collected weight of everything human beings have made ? from buildings to ballpoint pens ? is staggering.



Killer whales eating their way further into Manitoba
Churchill Orcas

The food chain in Hudson Bay is drastically changing as killer whales take advantage of less sea ice and eat their way into Manitoba, a researcher in Arctic mammal populations says.



Scientists gathering in Winnipeg to focus on 'complex' changing Arctic climate
Polar bears in Hudson Bay

The largest single gathering of scientists focused on the rapidly changing Arctic gets underway in Winnipeg on Monday.



Is chocolate really good for you? UBC scientists make new tool to measure antioxidants
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Every chocolate lover wants the headlines about antioxidants in chocolate to be true. And for better or for worse, determining just how much of the disease-fighting molecules are contained in this popular treat may be getting a little easier with a new tool created by UBC researchers.



 Netflix Top 10


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.

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.

Deadpool

Prone to ruthless violence, ex-mercenary Wade Wilson acquires superhuman healing powers in the wake of a failed research experiment that also leaves him disfigured. Taking on the alter ego Deadpool, he's determined to hunt down the man responsible.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

10 Cloverfield Lane

After being knocked out in an auto accident, a young woman awakens in a cellar with a stranger, who tells her that he's saved her from a chemical attack that has devastated the outside world. Unsure what to believe, she decides that she must escape.

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.

 Jewish World


Top Democratic donor Haim Saban: Keith Ellison is 'clearly an anti-Semite and anti-Israel'
The Israeli-American entertainment mogul delivered a scathing broadside of the leading candidate for DNC chair from the floor of the Saban Forum.

Keith Ellison on Israel in 2010: 'We can't allow another country to treat us like we're their ATM'
In full speech by DNC chairman frontrunner, snippets of which have already sparked a controversy, Ellison says Israel asks U.S. for money but won't stop settlement construction, urges Muslim Americans to organize like AIPAC.

U.S. Jewish organization, Azeri embassy to co-host Hannukah party at Trump's hotel
Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, calls the decision 'tone deaf at best, naked sycophancy at worst.'

Tribe of Dan: Sons of Israel, or of Greek mercenaries hired by Egypt?
Samson the Greek? 3,000-year-old finds at Tel Dan suggest that the Danites were Aegean soldiers hired by Canaan's Egyptian overlords to keep order.






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