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Pro-Russian rebels in east Ukraine hold more than 12 towns

Times of Israel - Saturday May 3, 2014
Several million residents of Ukraine live under control of armed separatists believed backed by Moscow

IDF deploys Patriot missile battery next to Eilat

Times of Israel - Saturday May 3, 2014
Ahead of upcoming national holidays, army imposes general closure on West Bank, beefs up aerial defenses in south

Al-Jazeera reporter held in Egypt appeals to judge

Times of Israel - Saturday May 3, 2014
Judge wishes journalists ‘happy’ World Press Freedom Day before denying them bail, returning them to jail

Elderly woman attacked over $1 succumbs to wounds

Times of Israel - Saturday May 3, 2014
Matana Levi, 78, dies two days after neighbor struck her in the head with a hammer, saying she owed him 5 shekels for cleaning the stairs

Iran denies inspectors access to suspected nuclear facility

Times of Israel - Saturday May 3, 2014
Atomic energy chief says operations at Arak heavy water reactor to continue; thousands protest nuclear deal in Tehran

Band of IDF vets rock out to overcome traumatic past

Times of Israel - Saturday May 3, 2014
Israeli group Nine Lives, whose PTSD sufferers find a form of therapy through their music, launches first album on iTunes

Kerry to Russia: End backing of Ukraine insurgents

Times of Israel - Saturday May 3, 2014
US secretary, speaking to Lavrov, urges de-escalation of situation after 42 people killed in Odessa Friday

Race to succeed President Peres heats up

Times of Israel - Saturday May 3, 2014
Campaign for top ceremonial post rife with mudslinging by top three candidates; Netanyahu hasn’t backed a contender

Olive trees uprooted in West Bank ‘price tag’ attack

Times of Israel - Saturday May 3, 2014
Meretz MK calls right-wing violence ‘racist cancer’ as police investigate latest attack in Nahalin

US officials: Even if Israel doesn’t like it, Palestinians will get state

Times of Israel - Saturday May 3, 2014
In anonymous briefing to top columnist, members of Kerry’s team slam Netanyahu, empathize with Abbas, warn Palestine will rise ‘whether through violence or via int’l organizations’

Egyptian court jails 102 Islamists for 10 years

Times of Israel - Saturday May 3, 2014
Criminal court sentences Muslim Brotherhood supporters for arms possession, rioting after Morsi’s ouster

Al-Qaeda says US colluded with Egypt in coup

Times of Israel - Saturday May 3, 2014
Spokesman urges Muslims around the world to fight the United States

Ex-Mossad Chief: Israel doesn’t keep its own laws

Times of Israel - Saturday May 3, 2014
Shabtai Shavit slams leaders’ handling of ‘price tag’ attacks; former Shin Bet head: There’s no ‘can’t’ find culprits, only ‘won’t’

Actor and director Assi Dayan, son of Israeli icon Moshe Dayan, dead at 68

Heebonics - Thursday May 1, 2014
Sad news out of Israel today as filmmaker and actor Assi Dayan, the son of the late IDF general and former defence minister Moshe Dayan, was found dead in Tel Aviv.

He was 68 and had reportedly suffered from serious health problems.

The younger Dayan appeared in some 50 Israeli films and television series, and directed at least 16 films, including some considered Israeli classics.

In recent years, he starred in the popular TV drama B’Tipul or In Treatment, which was adapted for U.S. television.

He began his acting career in the 1967 film He Walked Through the Fields. Among the films he directed were Halfon Hill Doesn’t Answer, Life According to Agfa, and An Electric Blanket Named Moshe.

He received a lifetime achievement award at the Jerusalem International Film Festival in 1998.

NASA honours original Captain Kirk

Heebonics - Thursday May 1, 2014
Canadian William Shatner, best known as Captain James T. Kirk of the USS Enterprise on the classic sci-fi TV series Star Trek, received a distinguished public service medal earlier this week from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Shatner was presented with the space agency's highest civilian honour at his annual Hollywood Charity Horse Show, which raises money for children in need.

He was recognized "for outstanding generosity and dedication to inspiring new generations of explorers around the world, and for unwavering support for NASA and its missions of discovery," NASA said.

"William has been so generous with his time and energy in encouraging students to study science and math, and for inspiring generations of explorers, including many of the astronauts and engineers who are a part of NASA today," NASA spokesman David Weaver said on stage at Shatner's event. "He's most deserving of this prestigious award."

The venerable actor has had a longstanding relationship with NASA and its programs, stretching back to when the original Star Trek aired in the 1960s. In the last three years, Shatner has voiced the introductions to, and hosted, a series of NASA video productions.

Shatner was deeply moved by the honour and tweeted his appreciation thusly:

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