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Is it beyond the World Union for Progressive Judaism to mourn the death of a Palestinian toddler?

The World Union for Progressive Judaism, an international umbrella organization of the Reform, Liberal, Progressive and Reconstructionist movements, has issued a statement condemning the recent attacks on the Dawabshe family in the West Bank village of Duma and on the Jerusalem Gay Pride parade. However, from the statement it seems clear where the organization's sympathies lie.

Israel vs the Violin

This past semester Tom Suarez was the violin and viola teacher at the Gaza branch of Palestine’s National Conservatory of Music—"though I never met my students, because Israel blocked me from entering the coastal strip. So I taught by Skype from the West Bank as best I could"

Syrian warplane crash in residential area kills at least 27 people

Government air raids in a northwestern town in Syria and a subsequent crash by a Syrian warplane that slammed into a residential area there killed at least 27 people on Monday, activists said. The raids on the town of Ariha came amid intense clashes between government forces and insurgents in the northwestern province of Idlib […]

Berri backs PM Salam and refuses to vote for Aoun

Lebanese parliament Speaker Nabih Berri said  that he would not vote for Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun  and  he backs  Prime Minister Tammam Salam  whom he  considers  to be one of the best prime ministers who have reached office in Lebanon. In remarks to As Safir newspaper published on Monday, Berri expressed surprise at Aoun’s […]

Bitcoin: The hottest game for Chinese gamblers

Bitcoin trading is the hottest game in China. The digital currency has been embraced by Chinese users who like to take a gamble: It’s all “about trading, about volatility, about making a profit — buy low, sell high,” said Bobby Lee, CEO of BTCChina, the world’s largest Bitcoin exchange. Bitcoin was created in 2009 by […]

Asian stocks near 2015 lows on China worry, dollar steadies

An index of Asian shares outside Japan fell close to this year’s lows on Monday thanks to a deepening selloff in commodities and fresh concerns over slowing growth in China, while the dollar held its ground against a basket of currencies. In line with weaker Asian stocks, financial spreadbetters expected a slightly lower open for […]

Mullah Omar’s family rejects Mullah Mansoor as new Taliban leader

Mullah Abdul Manan, brother of deceased Taliban supremo Mullah Omar, on Sunday rejected the election of Mullah Akhtar Mansoor as the new chief of the orthodox militia and refused to pledge allegiance to him. In a related development, senior Taliban cadres formally launched their own Shura, or council, saying Mansoor has been “elected by a […]

Former trader gets 14 years prison for LIBOR manipulation

Judge slams the "integrity" of ex-Citibank and UBS trader Tom Hayes, who manipulated key global interest rate; Hayes claims scapegoatting

Behind the success of National Geographic photos

Jim Richardson explains what it takes for a photographer to get his or her piece selected in the National Geographic Traveler photo contest

Winners of National Geographic Traveler photo contest revealed

They're images that capture the wonder of life, capture spontaneous moments and introduce you to cultures all but forgotten

Man dies while being smuggled into Spain in suitcase

27-year-old man suffocated inside a suitcase that was in the trunk of a car on a ferry crossing, official says

Hungary builds fence to keep migrants out of EU

80 percent of people who flee to Hungary come from war zones like Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan; most keep heading west

Report: 1 in 3 Olympic track and field medals possibly tainted by doping

IOC responds after report shows one-third of medals in endurance races were won by athletes who recorded suspicious blood tests

2015 National Geographic Traveler photo contest winners revealed

A 27-year-long tradition invites readers to send in their most remarkable images

Monsoon rains kill more than 100 in India

Cyclone forces more than 200,000 people to take shelter in state-run relief camps

Searchers scour beaches to "find another piece" of missing Flight 370

Debris found on Reunion Island coast that may bed from doomed airliner has arrived in France for examination by experts

Zimbabwe links second American to separate lion killing

Dr. Jan Seski is accused of illegally killing the lion this spring, three months before the death of Cecil

Reputation of another U.S. trophy hunter ravaged online

Zimbabwe wildlife officials accuse Jan Seski, well-known doctor in Pittsburgh area, of illegally killing lion in April, three months before Cecil's death

Greek stock market reopens to huge losses

Trading resumes on Athens Stock Exchange after it closed over a month ago during nation's financial crisis

Nigerian army says it has rescued nearly 200 from Boko Haram camps

Over half of those freed were children, but none of the 219 schoolgirls abducted over a year ago was among those rescued

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