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8,000 smokers die in Israel each year, report says

Sunday May 31, 2015
700 killed by secondhand smoke, according to Health Ministry; overall, habit is on the decline

World powers said to agree on ‘snapback’ sanctions mechanism

Sunday May 31, 2015
Proposal, which is not explained in detail, is pending Tehran’s approval

A year on, father of slain teen seeks to ‘translate pain into something positive’

Sunday May 31, 2015
Ofir Shaer speaks of brutal killings of son Gil-ad, Naftali Fraenkel and Eyal Yifrach, as families’ foundation to award unity prize in their memory

Deputy health minister moves to restore water fluoridation

Sunday May 31, 2015
Previous minister slams the move, asks, ‘Why must we force people to take medication against their will?’

Hamas condemns dropped FIFA bid as missed opportunity

Sunday May 31, 2015
PA can’t be trusted after giving up on effort to oust Israel from world soccer, terror group says; soccer chief Rajoub mocked on social media

Iranian official slams France over military site inspections

Sunday May 31, 2015
Aide to supreme leader maintains Paris ‘does not play any determining role on the international scene,’ has little influence on nuke talks

Anti-logos shame FIFA sponsors

Saturday May 30, 2015
Amid corruption scandal, logos of famous brands photoshopped to imply they condone human rights violations

The growing pains of Beit Shemesh

Saturday May 30, 2015
As the demographics of this burgeoning city skew more religiously rightward, residents fret over what the future will bring

US paid $20 million in benefits to ex Nazis, state watchdog finds

Saturday May 30, 2015
Social Security Administration report details millions paid out to 130 suspected Nazi war criminals

Beau Biden, son of US vice president, dies of cancer

Saturday May 30, 2015
Family of Joe Biden says it is ‘saddened beyond words’ after oldest son succumbs to brain disease at 46

Jihadists destroy Syria’s infamous Palmyra prison

Saturday May 30, 2015
Islamic State boasts of demolishing symbol of regime’s repression; at least 71 killed in barrel bombing on rebel-held area

Facing medical bills, physicist Lederman sells Nobel for $765k

Saturday May 30, 2015
After dementia diagnosis, laureate credited with coining term ‘God particle’ auctions off 1988 prize, fetching fourth highest price ever paid for medal

Country-wide drill to prepare for massive three-front rocket attack

Saturday May 30, 2015
Army, police, medics and others to hold annual exercise imagining missile barrage from Gaza, Syria and Lebanon; sirens to sound twice on Tuesday

Americans reportedly taken hostage by Yemen rebels

Saturday May 30, 2015
Attempts to rescue four US citizens being held by Iran-backed Houthis in Sanaa failed, according to Washington Post

Hungary’s far-right Jobbik looks to rehab image in bid to lead

Saturday May 30, 2015
Party, once seen as fringe, anti-Semitic faction, seeks to tone down rhetoric as it sets sights on taking power in 2018 election

Over 30 killed in Nigeria suicide bombing, grenade attack

Saturday May 30, 2015
Boko Haram believed to be behind lethal attacks in restive city of Maiduguri

The nuclear option: Could unhappy West give FIFA a red card?

Saturday May 30, 2015
After Blatter clinches fifth term as head of soccer federation tainted by corruption probe, some speak of boycotting World Cup and putting on alternative ‘Clean Cup’

Liberman: Government ‘burying head in the sand’ on Gaza

Saturday May 30, 2015
As Hamas builds border road it says will help fight Israel, former FM says Netanyahu ‘insists on remaining deaf’ to terror group’s threats

Israel okays Qatari-funded Gaza reconstruction projects

Saturday May 30, 2015
Doha envoy says building is progressing ‘very well,’ with Israel allowing materials into Strip in a timely manner

Almost colleagues, coaches Kerr and Blatt are rare rookies in NBA finals

Saturday May 30, 2015
Retired player and celebrated Israeli coach struck an immediate friendship when they met last year. Now they will face each other on the basketball court

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