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Lebanese Military Beat ISIS and Raise Spanish Flag

20 August 2017

In a display of solidarity after Thursday’s Barcelona attack, Lebanese soldiers raised a Spanish flag alongside their own on a Syrian-Lebanese border hill seized from the Islamic State militant group (ISIS). Lebanese military launched its operation in the Jurud Ras Baalbek and Jurud al-Qaa region early on Saturday on the country’s eastern border with Syria, [...]

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Jerry Lewis — comedian, actor and director — dies at 91

20 August 2017

Jerry Lewis, the manic, rubber-faced comedian who burst onto the post-World War II show-business scene with partner Dean Martin to form the hottest comedy team of their era before launching his own highly successful solo career a decade later, died Sunday. He was 91. Lewis died of natural causes in Las Vegas with his family [...]

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Schwarzenegger: There’s no two sides to hatred

19 August 2017

Former California governor blasts Trump for his comments on Charlottesville, recalls childhood in post-Nazi Austria in warning to white supremacists By Times of Israel staff Former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger lambasted US President Donald Trump on Thursday for his failure to unequivocally condemn participants in a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend. In [...]

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OpEd: President Trump is right, again

19 August 2017

Yaakov Menken President Trump was roundly criticized for failing to call out neo-Nazis or the KKK by name in his first statement on the tragic violence in Charlottesville last weekend. Even many others in the GOP, including Marco Rubio and Orrin Hatch, indicated that the President should have been specific. Yet the fact that the [...]

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I went to Robert E. Lee high shool

19 August 2017

Mark B. Toubin I attended Robert E. Lee High School in San Antonio, Texas from 1977 until 1981. The following is an open letter I penned to my classmates regarding the school’s namesake. Dear Classmates of Robert E. Lee High School’s Class of 1981, We graduated among 535 diverse members of a thriving high school [...]

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Rallying Nazis: Mentally Ill or Just Terrible People?

19 August 2017

The scores of people carrying flaming torches and chanting “Jews will not replace us” last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, bore the message of the “alt-right,” the name given to the white supremacist movement dedicated to eradicating religious and ethnic minorities from America. This racist uprising will be followed by at least nine rallies this weekend—ostensibly [...]

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Jew, Hindu in UK’s first lesbian interfaith wedding

19 August 2017

Miriam Jefferson of Texas and Kalavati Mistry of Leicester finally tie the knot after 20 years By Times of Israel staff A Jewish woman and her longtime Hindu female partner have married in a traditional Hindu ceremony that British media is reporting as apparently the UK’s first interfaith lesbian wedding. Miriam Jefferson of Texas met [...]

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Dick Gregory, groundbreaking comedian and civil rights activist, dies at 84

19 August 2017

Dick Gregory, who became the first black stand-up comic to break the color barrier in major nightclubs in the early 1960s, a decade in which he satirized segregation and race relations in his act and launched his lifetime commitment to civil rights and other social justice issues, died Sunday. He was 84. His death was [...]

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Trumps to skip Kennedy Center honors, citing ‘political distraction’

19 August 2017

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, will not attend the annual Kennedy Center honors — a traditional showcase of the nation’s arts — over concerns of a political distraction, the White House said Saturday. The announcement came the day after the entire 17-member White House arts council quit Friday in protest over [...]

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Police arrest five in raid after Finland stabbing spree

19 August 2017

Finnish police arrested five people in a Turku apartment overnight in their investigation into a stabbing rampage that left two people dead, they said Saturday. Police shot and wounded a knife-wielding suspect on Friday, arresting him minutes after an afternoon stabbing spree at a Turku market square. Police on Saturday raised the number of injured [...]

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Arthur Finklestein, master campaign strategist, dies at 72

19 August 2017

He was credited with bringing Benjamin Netanyahu to power for the first time in 1996 and a series of successful campaigns in the US and Israel By Times of Israel staff Arthur Finkelstein and Benjamin Netanyahu in March 10, 1999. (Flash 90) Arthur Finklestein, a conservative campaign strategist widely credited with bringing Prime Minister Benjamin [...]

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Jason Kessler, ‘Unite the Right’ organizer, calls slain protester’s death ‘payback time’

19 August 2017

Jason Kessler, the alt-right activist and organizer of last weekend’s deadly “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, tweeted that the woman who died protesting his event “was a fat, disgusting Communist” and called her death “payback time” – then walked back the remark and blamed it on drugs and alcohol. “Heather Heyer was a [...]

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Trump Tweets About Boston

19 August 2017

After all the criticism Donald Trump received last week when he failed to quickly condemn violent demonstrations in Charlottesville, Virginia, he was quick to tweet Saturday about Boston. The Massachusetts capital had been bracing for a Charlottesville-like clash between supporters of a so-called Free Speech Rally and counter-protesters, but the rally ended early as activists [...]

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Venezuela congress rejects what it denounces as government takeover

19 August 2017

CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuela’s opposition-controlled congress on Saturday rejected a government bid to usurp many of its powers, vowing to continue its legislative agenda and denouncing the move against it as a power grab by President Nicolas Maduro. “This is a parliament in resistance against an armed military dictatorship,” declared congressional Vice President Freddy Guevara. [...]

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