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Revered Composer/Conductor Pierre Boulez Dies at 90

BoulezPierre Boulez, the former principal conductor of the New York Philharmonic who moved between conducting, composition and teaching over a long career that made him one of the leading figures in modern classical music, has died at age 90.

A spokesman for the Paris Philharmonic, Hamid Si Amer, confirmed that Boulez had died in Baden-Baden, Germany.


IDF soldier who ‘spied’ for Jewish extremists gets 45 months

IDF soldier spied for extremistsAn IDF soldier from the Etzion Brigade was sentenced Tuesday to three years and nine months in prison for leaking classified information to Jewish extremists in the West Bank.

Corporal Elad Sela, a resident of the West Bank settlement of Bat Ayin, passed information regarding future IDF operations to “price tag” hate criminals, helping them evade authorities and continue their attacks.


Israeli-Arab and Palestinian abandon plane after passenger complaints

Israelis shout Arabs off planeTwo passengers with Israeli documents left an Aegean Airlines flight after other Israelis protested about their presence, the company has said.

Israeli media identified the two as an Israeli-Arab and a Palestinian, and said the protesting passengers were Jewish. The incident occurred on Sunday night, delaying the flight from Athens to Tel Aviv by more than 90 minutes.


Germans Shaken By Mass Attacks On Women In Cologne At New Year

Germans attack women in CologneAbout 90 women have reported being robbed, threatened or sexually molested at New Year celebrations outside Cologne's cathedral by young, mostly drunk, men, police said on Tuesday, in events they have described as 'a new dimension in crime'.

Cologne police chief Wolfgang Albers told a news conference officers described the men as looking as if they were from "the Arab or North African region" and mostly between 18 and 35 years old. "We have one complaint that represents a rape," he added.


British Parliament to debate banning Donald Trump

UK partliament o debate banning Donald TrumpParliament debates in Great Britain are often lively, and this one may be especially so: Whether or not to ban Donald Trump from the United Kingdom over his comments about Muslims.

A House of Commons committee in London announced Tuesday that the members will debate the Trump issue on Jan. 18, in response to a petition calling for a ban on the Republican presidential candidate over his proposal to suspend the entry of Muslims into the United States.


Bahrain and Sudan sever diplomatic ties with Iran

BahrainBahrain and Sudan said Monday they are severing diplomatic ties with Iran, one day after Saudi Arabia announced it was cutting ties with Tehran.

Iranian diplomats have been asked to leave Bahrain, an ally of Saudi Arabia, within 48 hours, the Bahrain News Agency reported. Sudan's Foreign Ministry said the decision to sever ties with Iran will take effect immediately.


Four dead, 100 injured in 6.8 Earthquake in India

India earthquakeFour people have been killed and 100 severely injured in an earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale in Northeast India early Monday.

The quake's epicenter was just over 20 miles from the city of Imphal, in the mostly remote region of Manipur state, near the India-Myanmar border. Tremors were also felt in various parts of Northeast India.


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