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Thousands protest in Manila against Duterte regime

Protests against Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s regime have erupted in Manila, a day after the arrest of one of the leader’s biggest critics. On the 31st anniversary of the fall of Ferdinand Marcos’ corrupt and brutal regime, demonstrators marched through the island nation’s capital to protest Duterte’s war on drugs – which has claimed close […]

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Why are we attracted to violence?

By Natasha Josefowitz, Ph.D. LA JOLLA, California –Humans have always been attracted to acts of graphic violence. In Roman times, the Coliseum was filled with people ready to be entertained by gladiators fighting to the death or Christians being eaten by hungry lions. A few centuries later, public beheadings were a popular entertainment—Marie Antoinette and […]

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Surge in Chinese tourists take in Israel’s rich history and culture

The Western Wall and Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem. Photo provided to China Daily As the number of Chinese outbound tourists grows, Israel is cashing in on the lucrative market. Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics show 76,400 Chinese tourists went to Israel between January and November last year, a massive 60 percent increase from […]

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Airlines caught by Trump travel ban forced to adjust on the fly

LOS ANGELES — The travel ban imposed by President Donald Trump has had a minor impact on U.S.-based airlines but has forced foreign airlines to scramble, even prompting one carrier to switch out a flight crew to comply with the action. Trump’s executive order to temporarily bar travelers from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Yemen, Somalia […]

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8 Things To Know About Miss Universe 2017 Winner

A new Miss Universe 2017 was crowned in the Philippines with the title going to Iris Mittenaere from France. The beauty queen edged out the representatives from Haiti and Colombia, the two Latinas that were left in the competition. What do we know about the new pageant winner? Read these fun facts about her here: […]

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Culture and weather in London, Paris, Jerusalem

By Dorothea Shefer-Vanson MEVASSERET ZION, Israel — ‘He who tires of London has tired of life,’ wrote Samuel Johnson, and I dare say he had a point. Even in the dead of winter, when the bone-chilling cold really does chill every inch of bone in your body, the place has its pleasures provided you are suitably […]

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Money Maven: Saving for a rainy day

By Sheryl Rowling SAN DIEGO — Q:  My New Year’s resolution was to start a savings account, but I can’t seem to do it! How can I save money? A:   Saving money, like many goals, is more easily accomplished when you have a plan. First, decide how much you want to save. Next, develop […]

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Alaska Airlines kicks woman off flight for berating Trump supporter

Alaska Airlines confirmed Monday that a woman was kicked off a flight from Baltimore to Seattle on Saturday after videos posted on social media showed her harassing a pro-Donald Trump passenger. The Trump supporter, Scott Kotesky, posted a video of the incident on Facebook, which racked up nearly 4 million views by Monday morning. “She […]

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Wilshire Grand Centre skyscraper in Los Angeles set to defy earthquakes

An iconic skyscraper will be one of the tallest in the world when it’s completed in the next few months. But it’s already making headlines not just for its height but also for it’s state-of-the-art earthquake proofing. The 73-storey Wilshire Grand Centre in Los Angeles rises 338 metres towards the sky. The 1.2 billion dollar […]

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First freight train from China to London completes maiden journey

video video video A train traveling all the way from Yiwu on China’s east coast arrived in London’s Barking station on Wednesday afternoon, becoming the first direct freight train to link the UK and China, crossing the deserts, fields and mountains of Eurasia and ducking under the English channel on its epic 18-day, 12,451 km […]

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A grim day out: Germany’s WWII tourist attractions

Berlin (dpa) – Germany’s thriving tourism industry attracts seas of selfie sticks and entire wardrobes of novelty merchandise, particularly in the buzzing capital Berlin. But behind the crowds lie historical sites for reflection, marking the country’s dark and tumultuous 20th century: THE TOPOGRAPHY OF TERROR This museum lies on the grounds of the former Gestapo […]

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Search for missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 ends after nearly 3 years

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Nearly three years after Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 disappeared over the Indian Ocean, Australia, China and Malaysia on Tuesday called off the underwater search, saying “no new information has been discovered” to solve what has become one of aviation’s greatest mysteries. A statement by the Joint Agency Coordination Center in Australia, which […]

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Four weddings, one marriage

By Jenn Lindsay ROME, Italy — Two weeks after I met the man who would become my husband, we were sitting on the moonlit front porch of a house in Umbria, breathing in the fresh air of the Italian countryside. If we had been from the same country, we might have been nervous about our […]

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In battle with my tooth, dentist was painful victor

By Dorothea Shefer-Vanson MEVASSERET ZION, Israel — In order to spare the feelings of anyone who might happen to read this I am not posting a photo of my face. I look like something out of a horror movie. The sight would be too horrifying for most people. Especially anyone who knows what I look like normally. […]

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