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 2020-06-07 03:22 

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Knesset virus restrictions keep public out of sight and out of mind...

While pools, beaches and bars reopen, parliament remains steadfastly closed to advocacy groups and media, even as it prepares to pass the most important budget bill in decadesWhile pools, beaches and bars reopen, parliament remains steadfastly closed to a...

 2020-06-07 02:23 

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US researchers eye tech wearables as virus early warning system...

Scientists say they've developed app that uses artificial intelligence to forecast the onset of COVID-19 symptoms with over 90% accuracyScientists say they've developed app that uses artificial intelligence to forecast the onset of COVID-19 sympto...

 2020-06-07 01:31 

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Locked down? Open up to... eclectic singer-songwriter Riff Cohen...

With North African heritage and a Tel Aviv upbringing, this vocalist doesn't follow the typical female popstar formula. Check out her groovy joie de vivreWith North African heritage and a Tel Aviv upbringing, this vocalist doesn't follow the typic...

 2020-06-07 01:00 

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Park officials to investigate after hikers turn natural spring into bubble bath...

Authorities say they'll clean up Lifta pool on outskirts of Jerusalem; witness says area also strewn with garbage, urges Israelis to keep reserves cleanAuthorities say they'll clean up Lifta pool on outskirts of Jerusalem; witness says area also s...

 2020-06-06 23:52 

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'Time for a change': Anti-racism protesters march across US...

Tens of thousands join peaceful demonstrations from coast to coast, with largest rally in Washington; participants hope it's a turning point in US historyTens of thousands join peaceful demonstrations from coast to coast, with largest rally in Washing...

 2020-06-06 23:35 

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As US protests expand, Trump creates alternate reality on Twitter...

US president claims no tear gas used on demonstrators, boasts baselessly about virus testing and problematically about black economic progress, AP fact check findsUS president claims no tear gas used on demonstrators, boasts baselessly about virus testing...

 2020-06-06 23:01 

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UK's AstraZeneca 'on track' to roll out virus vaccine in September...

British pharma giant is partnering with Oxford University, which began trials with hundreds of volunteers in April, and is now expanding them to 10,000 participantsBritish pharma giant is partnering with Oxford University, which began trials with hundreds...

 2020-06-06 22:33 

Times of Israel

Dozens wounded as supporters and opponents of Hezbollah clash at Beirut rally...

Anti-government protest in Lebanon turns violent, with skirmishes also reported between police and demonstratorsAnti-government protest in Lebanon turns violent, with skirmishes also reported between police and demonstrators...

 2020-06-06 22:03 

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Former Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader Ramadan Shalah dies at 62...

Terror operative, wanted by US since 1995, was in a coma for three yearsTerror operative, wanted by US since 1995, was in a coma for three years...

 2020-06-06 21:25 

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3 more virus deaths bring Israel's toll to 295; over 100 schools shuttered...

Health Ministry reports 46 new COVID-19 cases since Saturday morning; graduation ceremonies to be limited amid renewed outbreakHealth Ministry reports 46 new COVID-19 cases since Saturday morning; graduation ceremonies to be limited amid renewed outbreak...

 2020-06-06 20:40 

Times of Israel

Protesters pour into DC for city's largest demonstration yet...

Authorities estimate protest will attract up to 200,000 people; other demonstrations over George Floyd's death taking place across US and in major cities around globeAuthorities estimate protest will attract up to 200,000 people; other demonstrations ...

 2020-06-06 19:51 

Times of Israel

Netanyahu, Gantz said to form mini-security cabinets to discuss annexation, Iran...

Report says more exclusive forum to be created due to concerns the full cabinet is too large to effectively debate sensitive issues; each bloc expected to get equal representationReport says more exclusive forum to be created due to concerns the full cabi...

 2020-06-06 19:41 

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In first, Israeli judge rules that binary options victims were 'defrauded'...

In civil judgement that could set precedent for future lawsuits from overseas victims of years of fraud, Haifa judge orders B4binary.com owner Shabtay Yaacobi to repay $600,000In civil judgement that could set precedent for future lawsuits from overseas v...

 2020-06-06 18:49 

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Thousands rally in Tel Aviv against Netanyahu's annexation plans...

Meretz MK says move would 'replace an occupation... with an apartheid'; Joint List chief: Jews, Arabs who want peace must oppose extending Israeli sovereignty to parts of West BankMeretz MK says move would 'replace an occupation... with an apa...

 2020-06-06 17:23 

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Police suspect man tried to murder his wife, then jumped from apartment window...

Investigation opened into suspected murder-suicide attempt in Modi'in Illit settlement; both husband and wife hospitalized in serious conditionInvestigation opened into suspected murder-suicide attempt in Modi'in Illit settlement; both husband and...

 2020-06-06 16:57 

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Thousands gather at Rabin Square to protest Netanyahu's annexation plan...

Organizers from left-wing Meretz and Hadash parties call on demonstrators to follow social distancing guidelines as police warn that they'll cap gathering at 2,000Organizers from left-wing Meretz and Hadash parties call on demonstrators to follow soci...

 2020-06-06 16:44 

Times of Israel

Rare 'strawberry moon' lights up sky in Israel and around world...

Earth comes between sun and moon, casting a shadow on the latter and causing a penumbral lunar eclipse Friday nightEarth comes between sun and moon, casting a shadow on the latter and causing a penumbral lunar eclipse Friday night...

 2020-06-06 16:43 

Times of Israel

Police seemingly working to block release of video from shooting of autistic man...

Judge grants request to place gag order on minutes of court session regarding appeal filed by family of Iyad Halak, who was shot dead by cops in Jerusalem's Old CityJudge grants request to place gag order on minutes of court session regarding appeal f...

 2020-06-06 16:15 

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2 NY cops charged with assault for shoving elderly protester...

Buffalo police officers plead not guilty, are released without bail after being filmed pushing 75-year-old man, who then cracked his head on the pavementBuffalo police officers plead not guilty, are released without bail after being filmed pushing 75-year...

 2020-06-06 14:37 

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3 men trapped in Galilee cave while treasure hunting...

Rescue teams extract the Nazareth residents from cave near northern town of Iksal; 2 of them require hospitalizationRescue teams extract the Nazareth residents from cave near northern town of Iksal; 2 of them require hospitalization...

 2020-06-06 14:27 

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Outgoing health chief warns fresh virus outbreak of unknown scope underway — TV...

Moshe Bar Siman-Tov denies making remark during one of his last meetings in post, insists 'second wave' not inevitable if public takes proper cautionsMoshe Bar Siman-Tov denies making remark during one of his last meetings in post, insists 'se...

 2020-06-06 13:58 

Times of Israel

Zuckerberg promises policy review amid criticism for not barring Trump posts...

In move seemingly aimed at quelling internal uproar, Facebook chief tells employees the company will look at its 'policies allowing discussion and threats of state use of force'In move seemingly aimed at quelling internal uproar, Facebook chief te...

 2020-06-06 12:00 

Times of Israel

9 virus cases found at nursing home as part of test program to catch outbreaks...

3 staff and 6 residents found to carry pathogen at Or Yehuda assisted living facility as part of random testing scheme; one person hospitalized, remainder are asymptomatic3 staff and 6 residents found to carry pathogen at Or Yehuda assisted living facilit...

 2020-06-06 10:50 

Times of Israel

3 men killed in drive-by shooting near central city of Lod...

Police say they have opened an investigation into the incident; Hebrew media reports they were all previously known to law enforcement and were shot at close rangePolice say they have opened an investigation into the incident; Hebrew media reports they we...

 2020-06-06 10:06 

Times of Israel

In reversal of position, WHO tells public to wear masks if unable to distance...

World Health Organizations says governments should encourage people to cover their mouths and noses if there is widespread transmission or social distancing is difficultWorld Health Organizations says governments should encourage people to cover their mou...

 2020-06-06 09:34 

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Following in Trump's footsteps, Brazil's Bolsonaro threatens to quit WHO...

Brazilian president says will pull out of health organization unless it works 'without ideological bias,' as death toll rises to more than 35,000, the third-highest in the worldBrazilian president says will pull out of health organization unless i...

 2020-06-06 08:52 

Times of Israel

The loneliest of D-Day remembrances is marked amid pandemic...

Small ceremony held a year after tens of thousands came to Normandy beaches to cheer the dwindling number of veterans and celebrate liberation from Nazi oppressionSmall ceremony held a year after tens of thousands came to Normandy beaches to cheer the dwi...

 2020-06-06 08:14 

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PA said to tell ICC that Oslo Accords are void along with all other Israel deals...

Palestinian Authority answers query from judges on Mahmoud Abbas's declaration last month voiding all agreements with Israel, ahead of a ruling on jurisdiction for war crimes probePalestinian Authority answers query from judges on Mahmoud Abbas's ...

 2020-06-06 06:45 

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Israeli composer gurgles, hums and howls at coronavirus; then his friends join...

As Milan resident Yuval Avital rides out the pandemic in a tiny Italian village, his seclusion produces a raw expression of sound that grows into an online musical collaborationAs Milan resident Yuval Avital rides out the pandemic in a tiny Italian villag...

 2020-06-06 06:44 

Times of Israel

144 new infections reported over past day as coronavirus cases continue to rise...

One person dies as a result of the pathogen, taking toll to 292; 16,133 tests carried out on FridayOne person dies as a result of the pathogen, taking toll to 292; 16,133 tests carried out on Friday...

 2020-06-06 06:20 

Times of Israel

Tel Aviv rally against annexation plan to go ahead after police backtrack on ban...

Law enforcement want participants at Saturday evening protest limited to 2,000 although unclear how it would be enforced; Joint List chief says won't attend due to virus quarantineLaw enforcement want participants at Saturday evening protest limited t...

 2020-06-06 05:34 

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Biden formally clinches Democratic US presidential nomination...

Former VP pulls together delegates needed after 7 states and District of Columbia hold primaries; has effectively been party leader since Sanders dropped out of race in AprilFormer VP pulls together delegates needed after 7 states and District of Columbia...

 2020-06-06 05:17 

Times of Israel

US gears up for weekend protests amid anger at new police abuses...

Massive street demonstrations are set for Saturday, with tens of thousands expected in Washington, as controversy builds over use of force against largely peaceful demonstratorsMassive street demonstrations are set for Saturday, with tens of thousands exp...

 2020-06-06 04:46 

Times of Israel

Facebook removes US hate group accounts pushing armed members to go to protests...

Social media giant says deleted around 190 accounts, also on Instagram, tied to right-wing extremists the Proud Boys and the American GuardSocial media giant says deleted around 190 accounts, also on Instagram, tied to right-wing extremists the Proud Boys...

 2020-06-06 04:00 

Times of Israel

A radical settler wages war against annexation — but he is far from alone...

For Ira Rappaport, who was a member of the Jewish Underground terror group in the 1980s, the Trump plan is a disaster; his misgivings are emblematic of growing alarm among settlersFor Ira Rappaport, who was a member of the Jewish Underground terror group ...

 2020-06-06 03:40 

Times of Israel

NYC's Celebrate Israel parade — virtual this year — delayed over Floyd protests...

After being moved online due to the coronavirus pandemic, organizers have now postponed the event from June 7 to June 21, will hold conversation on racism insteadAfter being moved online due to the coronavirus pandemic, organizers have now postponed the e...

 2020-06-06 03:35 

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Israeli BDS activist seeking asylum in Canada will be deported back to Israel...

Authorities rejected Gilad Paz's claims he faces political persecution if he returns to the Jewish stateAuthorities rejected Gilad Paz's claims he faces political persecution if he returns to the Jewish state...

 2020-06-06 02:51 

Times of Israel

Black cops feel pain of Floyd's death, duty to their uniform...

African American members of the force have often found themselves torn in recent days between their identification with their community and their obligation to uphold law and orderAfrican American members of the force have often found themselves torn in r...

 2020-06-06 01:22 

Times of Israel

'We have to be there': US Jews on taking part in the George Floyd protests...

As race protests rile US, many Jewish Americans are involved both individually and as community representatives, including in New York, Los Angeles, Boston and WashingtonAs race protests rile US, many Jewish Americans are involved both individually and as...

 2020-06-06 01:16 

Times of Israel

Meet the violent right-wing extremists who (mostly) don't hate Jews...

The Boogaloo Bois, a nascent group pursuing an uprising against the state, wants to start a new civil war -- and all ethnicities are welcomeThe Boogaloo Bois, a nascent group pursuing an uprising against the state, wants to start a new civil war -- and al...

 2020-06-06 01:03 

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What makes a superspreader? And how central are they to COVID-19's growth?...

A patient's biology, environment and behavior can greatly affect their potential to infect; studies show a small percentage of the sick may be responsible for majority of casesA patient's biology, environment and behavior can greatly affect their ...

 2020-06-06 00:09 

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Twitter, Facebook disable Trump campaign's Floyd video tribute over copyright...

Companies say they received a claim against campaign clip; Instagram also removes the video, though it remained available on YouTube on Friday nightCompanies say they received a claim against campaign clip; Instagram also removes the video, though it rema...

 2020-06-05 23:47 

Times of Israel

As US protests calm, demonstrators vow to sustain momentum until change happens...

With rallies entering a more subdued phase, activists are working to convert anger and grief into long-term actionWith rallies entering a more subdued phase, activists are working to convert anger and grief into long-term action...

 2020-06-05 23:06 

Times of Israel

Iran FM throws ball back in Trump's court on nuclear deal...

After US leader hails successful prisoner swap as sign diplomacy can work, Zarif says it's up to the president to fix the broken international accordAfter US leader hails successful prisoner swap as sign diplomacy can work, Zarif says it's up to t...

 2020-06-05 22:42 

Times of Israel

US circles proposal to extend Iran arms embargo among Security Council members...

Russia has said Moscow will oppose any US attempt to extend the embargo, which expires on October 18, and reimpose UN sanctionsRussia has said Moscow will oppose any US attempt to extend the embargo, which expires on October 18, and reimpose UN sanctions...

 2020-06-05 22:22 

Times of Israel

US still working to bring Palestinians to the table on peace plan, diplomat says...

Amid Israel's annexation push, envoy to UN Kelly Craft says Trump proposal 'not set in stone,' but 'until we have dialogue, there's going to be nothing'Amid Israel's annexation push, envoy to UN Kelly Craft says Trump proposal ...

 2020-06-05 21:23 

Times of Israel

UN seeks meeting of Mideast mediators on Israel-Palestinians as annexation looms...

United Nations' envoy to region wants urgent summit of so-called Quartet before Netanyahu moves ahead with West Bank sovereignty bidUnited Nations' envoy to region wants urgent summit of so-called Quartet before Netanyahu moves ahead with West Ban...

 2020-06-05 20:25 

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Dozens of rabbis call for mourning Floyd, autistic Palestinian killed by police...

Religious figures in Israel, US declare day of grieving, fasting for George Floyd and Iyad Halak, citing 'danger of the diminishing and destruction of human morality'Religious figures in Israel, US declare day of grieving, fasting for George Floyd...

 2020-06-05 20:14 

Times of Israel

'Hoping for better days': Tiny Moroccan Jewish community grapples with virus...

Local Jews, whose number has greatly dwindled since Israel's creation, suffered hard blow with 12 deaths out of Muslim country's total of 206; 'We are grieving,' says local rabbiLocal Jews, whose number has greatly dwindled since Israel...

 2020-06-05 19:54 

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Prominent British Jews urge Israel not to annex West Bank lands...

Letter says move would have grave implications for Israel's international standing and alienate large numbers of Diaspora JewsLetter says move would have grave implications for Israel's international standing and alienate large numbers of Diaspora...

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