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 2020-07-02 04:47 

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Biden election campaign out-raises Trump for second straight month...

Democrat White House challenger raised $141 million in June, $10 million more than Republican president; during second quarter of the year both campaigns see record haulsDemocrat White House challenger raised $141 million in June, $10 million more than Re...

 2020-07-02 03:42 

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'Curb Your Enthusiasm' coming back for 11th season...

'One day I can only hope that HBO will come to their senses and grant me the cancellation I so richly deserve,' says Larry David'One day I can only hope that HBO will come to their senses and grant me the cancellation I so richly deserve,'...

 2020-07-02 03:12 

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Trump says he looks like Lone Ranger in a mask and likes it...

'I'm all for masks. I think masks are good,' says US president, who has long resisted being photographed wearing one; still thinks virus is a nuisance that will go away'I'm all for masks. I think masks are good,' says US president,...

 2020-07-02 02:32 

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Movement for Black Lives plans virtual national convention...

Thousands of Black activists will gather Aug. 28, via livestream to produce new political agenda to build on protests that followed George Floyd's deathThousands of Black activists will gather Aug. 28, via livestream to produce new political agenda to...

 2020-07-02 01:52 

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Ice Cube raps Jake Tapper for tweet calling Farrakhan 'vile' anti-Semite...

Rapper also denies report he ordered entourage to beat up a rabbi, issues a cease-and-desist order against journalists Charles Nash of Mediaite and Marlow Stern of the Daily BeastRapper also denies report he ordered entourage to beat up a rabbi, issues a ...

 2020-07-02 01:10 

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YouTube removes 25,000 pages for hate speech...

French comedian Dieudonne, White supremacist Richard Spencer and former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke among those taken downFrench comedian Dieudonne, White supremacist Richard Spencer and former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke among those taken down...

 2020-07-02 00:33 

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How the ADL went from working with Facebook to leading a boycott against it...

Facebook 'has allowed some of the worst elements of society into our homes and our lives,' says Jonathan Greenblatt as social network continue to tolerate Holocaust denial on siteFacebook 'has allowed some of the worst elements of society into...

 2020-07-01 23:30 

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Mondaire Jones, Nita Lowey's presumed successor, says he'll be friend to Israel...

The 33-year-old progressive, Black, gay candidate is determined to defy stereotypes and 'be an independent voice,' forging strong connections to large, diverse Jewish communitiesThe 33-year-old progressive, Black, gay candidate is determined to de...

 2020-07-01 22:36 

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Vatican summons Israeli, US ambassadors to protest annexation plans...

Holy See calls on Israel and the Palestinians to return to dialogue; France also warns that unilateral Israeli steps would have 'consequences9;Holy See calls on Israel and the Palestinians to return to dialogue; France also warns that unilateral Is...

 2020-07-01 21:31 

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Health experts find little evidence that protests spread coronavirus in US...

Researchers believe that if the mass demonstrations following the death of George Floyd had a big impact on cases, stronger signs would be apparent by nowResearchers believe that if the mass demonstrations following the death of George Floyd had a big imp...

 2020-07-01 21:13 

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Closures in Lod, Ashdod as cases near 1,000 a day; new restrictions considered...

Ministers to discuss limiting gatherings at restaurants, event halls to 50 people; Netanyahu: 'Numbers are rising and there is nothing to stop them if we don't act immediately'Ministers to discuss limiting gatherings at restaurants, event hall...

 2020-07-01 20:34 

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Knesset approves law allowing Shin Bet virus tracking to resume for 3 weeks...

Plenum approves stopgap motion 58-38, giving security agency limited powers to use its tech to aid in coronavirus contact tracing, as legislators work on more permanent methodsPlenum approves stopgap motion 58-38, giving security agency limited powers to ...

 2020-07-01 20:10 

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Russian voters back reforms letting Putin stay in power until 2036...

Kremlin critics and election observers question turnout figures that in some regions were as high as 90%; president says step needed to avoid distractions of leadership contestKremlin critics and election observers question turnout figures that in some re...

 2020-07-01 19:59 

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Annexation? Residents of Ariel settlement prefer that old time status quo...

Move would have no impact, say shrugging locals of major West Bank settlement, as start date for planned Israeli extension of sovereignty passesMove would have no impact, say shrugging locals of major West Bank settlement, as start date for planned Israel...

 2020-07-01 19:58 

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Activist mom of teen killed in 1994 NY terrorism votes 'no' to defunding NYPD...

Devorah Halberstam changed laws to have son Ari's murder classified as a terrorist attack. Today she advises NYPD and FBI, while fighting stereotypes at Jewish Children's MuseumDevorah Halberstam changed laws to have son Ari's murder classifie...

 2020-07-01 19:21 

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Joining Israeli terror victims, families of slain US troops seek Jordan aid cuts...

Relatives of 3 special forces urge Congress to penalize kingdom unless Jordanian gunman, and woman who organized bombing of Jerusalem pizzeria in 2001, are extradited to USRelatives of 3 special forces urge Congress to penalize kingdom unless Jordanian gu...

 2020-07-01 19:17 

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State prosecution said probing deletion of folder with Netanyahu case files...

According to TV report, officials suspect someone may have intentionally infiltrated the system and erased secret folder; files have apparently been restoredAccording to TV report, officials suspect someone may have intentionally infiltrated the system an...

 2020-07-01 19:16 

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Russia, Iran, Turkey say Israeli strikes in Syria are 'destabilizing'...

Leaders condemn Jewish state for violating 'territorial integrity' of its Arab neighbor, pan US recognition of Golan Heights as IsraeliLeaders condemn Jewish state for violating 'territorial integrity' of its Arab neighbor, pan US recognit...

 2020-07-01 18:47 

Times of Israel

Pfizer reports encouraging, very early vaccine test results...

Study of 45 people shows patients developed immune responses expected to be protective; 15 other candidate vaccines being tested in humans worldwideStudy of 45 people shows patients developed immune responses expected to be protective; 15 other candidate ...

 2020-07-01 18:28 

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980 new virus cases diagnosed over 24 hours in highest daily tally yet...

Netanyahu calls emergency meeting of top ministers, reportedly to discuss applying restrictions in hotspot areas as infection rates leapNetanyahu calls emergency meeting of top ministers, reportedly to discuss applying restrictions in hotspot areas as inf...

 2020-07-01 17:37 

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Disinformation on coronavirus 'massive,' new European report says...

From quack cures to conspiracy theories and false claims about the origins of the virus, fake news on pandemic ballooned in Europe in recent monthsFrom quack cures to conspiracy theories and false claims about the origins of the virus, fake news on pandem...

 2020-07-01 17:21 

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France confirms restitution of Pissarro looted from Jewish collector in WWII...

Court rules American couple who bought the painting in 1995 must return it to Simon Bauer's family; they say they will appeal to European courtCourt rules American couple who bought the painting in 1995 must return it to Simon Bauer's family; they...

 2020-07-01 17:14 

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PA to reinstate West Bank lockdown on Friday as virus cases surge...

With 280 infections announced by 11 a.m. on Wednesday after several days of increasing infections, Palestinians announce five-day closureWith 280 infections announced by 11 a.m. on Wednesday after several days of increasing infections, Palestinians announ...

 2020-07-01 16:33 

Times of Israel

With deficit rising, Finance Ministry considers major cuts to public sector...

Israel Katz says he's not seeking mass layoffs; according to some reports, as much as NIS 45 billion could be cut from workers' salaries, benefits over 3-year periodIsrael Katz says he's not seeking mass layoffs; according to some reports, as ...

 2020-07-01 16:24 

Times of Israel

German parliament warns against annexation, but doesn't threaten sanctions...

Non-binding motion proposed by ruling parties says unilateral move would 'jeopardize Israel's identity as a Jewish and democratic state'; far-right AfD signals tacit supportNon-binding motion proposed by ruling parties says unilateral move wou...

 2020-07-01 16:21 

Times of Israel

Palestinians demonstrate against annexation in Gaza, West Bank...

Thousands gather for Hamas-led protest in Gaza City while small, muted rallies held across the West BankThousands gather for Hamas-led protest in Gaza City while small, muted rallies held across the West Bank...

 2020-07-01 16:05 

Times of Israel

Harvey Weinstein reaches tentative $19m deal with accusers...

If approved by federal judges, settlement enables claims of $7,500-750,000; attorneys for some of the women slam proposal as a 'sell-out' as director's studio will foot billIf approved by federal judges, settlement enables claims of $7,500-750...

 2020-07-01 15:46 

Times of Israel

As annexation start date comes and goes, Netanyahu presses on with US talks...

Prime minister calls meeting with top security officials, plans more discussions in coming days on extension of sovereignty to parts of West BankPrime minister calls meeting with top security officials, plans more discussions in coming days on extension o...

 2020-07-01 15:32 

Times of Israel

Hamas says it tested rockets in Gaza to warn Israel over annexation plan...

Terror group claims it fired volley into the sea early Wednesday; Israeli military not aware of any launches carried out in the StripTerror group claims it fired volley into the sea early Wednesday; Israeli military not aware of any launches carried out i...

 2020-07-01 15:13 

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Auschwitz museum reopens to visitors after virus lockdown...

Official says 1,000 people booked tours on first day as site of former Nazi concentration camp aims to pull itself out of financial crisis brought on by virus restrictionsOfficial says 1,000 people booked tours on first day as site of former Nazi concentr...

 2020-07-01 15:02 

Times of Israel

Blowing bubbles, Israeli physicists accidentally make breakthrough on light...

Technion researchers demonstrate branched flow, a 'beautiful' process that scientists have written about for years, but never seenTechnion researchers demonstrate branched flow, a 'beautiful' process that scientists have written about for ...

 2020-07-01 15:00 

Times of Israel

Netanyahu backs ally Miki Zohar for chair of Likud's global branch...

PM says firebrand MK will 'greatly strengthen' party in Zionist institutes; Zohar seeks to hold the post while also remaining coalition chairmanPM says firebrand MK will 'greatly strengthen' party in Zionist institutes; Zohar seeks to hold...

 2020-07-01 14:51 

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Knesset says no to surrogacy for gay men, but minister vows it will happen...

Before opposition proposal is defeated, Justice Minister Nissenkorn pledges to advance government-supported legislation to grant equal right to parenthood by end of the yearBefore opposition proposal is defeated, Justice Minister Nissenkorn pledges to adv...

 2020-07-01 14:31 

Times of Israel

Iran says there's 'no military solution' for Syria, only political deal...

In talks with Russia and Turkey, Rouhani says Tehran backs 'inter-Syrian dialogue' and fight against 'terrorism' in the war-torn countryIn talks with Russia and Turkey, Rouhani says Tehran backs 'inter-Syrian dialogue' and fight ag...

 2020-07-01 14:00 

Times of Israel

LISTEN: ToI takes you to a unique excavation deep under Jerusalem's Old City...

Join IAA archaeologist Barak Monnickendam-Givon on a jaw-dropping guided audio tour spanning two millennia some 7 meters under the Western Wall plazaJoin IAA archaeologist Barak Monnickendam-Givon on a jaw-dropping guided audio tour spanning two millennia...

 2020-07-01 13:28 

Times of Israel

Infect me: Keren, 29, volunteers to catch coronavirus to help end pandemic...

US-born ex-soldier, engineering student one of 61 worldwide signed up for 'challenge trial' to advance vaccine research, despite risk of 'death and very unpleasant complications'US-born ex-soldier, engineering student one of 61 worldwide s...

 2020-07-01 13:25 

Times of Israel

Court convicts Israeli for saying it's okay to kill cop during settlement razing...

Accepting state's appeal, judges finds Yitzhar resident guilty of inciting violence, insulting a public servant for identifying 'religious dog' officer who took part in demolitionAccepting state's appeal, judges finds Yitzhar resident guil...

 2020-07-01 13:23 

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Weedkiller to stay on Israeli shelves despite $10.9 billion cancer claim deal...

Without admitting liability, chemical giant Bayer settles 95,000 US lawsuits claiming that herbicide Roundup -- widely used in Israel -- causes non-Hodgkin's lymphomaWithout admitting liability, chemical giant Bayer settles 95,000 US lawsuits claiming...

 2020-07-01 13:16 

Times of Israel

Ombudsman: Judiciary acted 'improperly' in failing to clear Mandelblit's name...

Complaints commissioner says failure to state reason behind shutting 2010 Harpaz case led to stain on attorney general's reputationComplaints commissioner says failure to state reason behind shutting 2010 Harpaz case led to stain on attorney general&#...

 2020-07-01 12:23 

Times of Israel

I don't think you're ready for this July: 5 things to know for July 1...

Annexation day arrives, with plenty of apathy and no expectations that anything will actually happen, though the next month may still prove critical in the race for 30 percentAnnexation day arrives, with plenty of apathy and no expectations that anything ...

 2020-07-01 11:54 

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Netanyahu ally confirms delays in West Bank annexation plan...

Ofir Akunis says Israeli officials still working out final details with their American counterparts, but he expects controversial move to take place later this monthOfir Akunis says Israeli officials still working out final details with their American cou...

 2020-07-01 11:49 

Times of Israel

British Jewish deaths more than double same period last year, amid pandemic...

Board of Deputies of British Jews says 811 buried from March to May, compared to 358 in 2019; figures show Jews suffered 2.5 times the COVID-19 death rate of non-JewsBoard of Deputies of British Jews says 811 buried from March to May, compared to 358 in 2...

 2020-07-01 11:05 

Times of Israel

US interfaith group lobbies to stop clubs using Buddhist, Hindu statues as decor...

Representatives of Buddhist, Hindu, Jain, Jewish, Christian traditions say 'symbols of faith shouldn't be mishandled'Representatives of Buddhist, Hindu, Jain, Jewish, Christian traditions say 'symbols of faith shouldn't be mishandled&#...

 2020-07-01 10:58 

Times of Israel

Iran police question 4 after deadly Tehran blast...

Those being probed are director general and 3 other officials from health clinic where explosion killed 19; police chief denies incident could have been result of sabotageThose being probed are director general and 3 other officials from health clinic whe...

 2020-07-01 10:19 

Times of Israel

IDF cuts mandatory military service for men to 2.5 years...

Ex-defense minister Bennett warns move will hurt military's fighting abilityEx-defense minister Bennett warns move will hurt military's fighting ability...

 2020-07-01 09:40 

Times of Israel

2 settler leaders assail Netanyahu as annexation date arrives sans announcement...

Samaria Regional Council head says PM has been all talk, unlike Menachem Begin with the Golan; Yesha Council chairman says blaming stalemate on Gantz a 'pathetic excuse'Samaria Regional Council head says PM has been all talk, unlike Menachem Begin...

 2020-07-01 09:26 

Times of Israel

859 new virus cases confirmed, in highest 24-hour tally since outbreak started...

10 more people in serious condition over past day; ministry said to trace clusters of cases to weddings and other celebrations, particularly in cities considered for lockdown10 more people in serious condition over past day; ministry said to trace cluster...

 2020-07-01 09:22 

Times of Israel

Gas company reports high prices, massive debt; no benefit for the state in sight...

In first quarter report, Delek Drilling discloses $444.4 million in assets, $84.3 million in profits, a $2 billion deficit, $3.4 billion of loans to repay over next 18 monthsIn first quarter report, Delek Drilling discloses $444.4 million in assets, $84.3...

 2020-07-01 08:40 

Times of Israel

Israeli AI-based tech to help UK pathologists better detect prostate cancer...

Tel Aviv-based Ibex Medical Analytics will work with UK pathology firm LDPath to roll out software for England's National Health Service in bid to weed out misdiagnosesTel Aviv-based Ibex Medical Analytics will work with UK pathology firm LDPath to ro...

 2020-07-01 08:23 

Times of Israel

El Al said to ground all flights amid labor dispute, financial crisis...

Israeli national carrier reportedly scraps passenger, cargo flights after talks with pilots committee blow up; CEO said to order all planes back, including those mid-tripIsraeli national carrier reportedly scraps passenger, cargo flights after talks with ...

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