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Deadly shooting hits pub in Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv shootingA deadly shooting incident has killed at least two people in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv, leaving at least seven others injured, according to Israeli police.

The attack, which targeted a pub on Dizengoff Street in central Tel Aviv, took place on Friday afternoon, Micky Rosenfeld, Israeli police spokesman, told Al Jazeera by telephone.

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Israel gov't pulls book over ‘intermarriage’ fears

Israeli fears of intermarriageA battery of Israeli politicians and writers lambasted on Thursday a government decision to disqualify from high school curricula a book that depicts a love story between an Israeli and a Palestinian.

A battery of Israeli politicians and writers lambasted on Thursday a government decision to disqualify from high school curricula a book that depicts a love story between an Israeli and a Palestinian.

The Education Ministry announced that Israeli author Dorit Rabinyan’s “Gader Haya” (translated as “Borderlife” in English) had been rejected for inclusion.

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Kim Jong Un’s Top Aide Dies in Car Crash

Kim Jong Aide dies in crashA senior North Korean ruling party official and a top aide to leader Kim Jong Un has died in a car accident, the state news agency reported on Wednesday, the latest dramatic demise in the close circle of deputies to the country’s leader.

Kim Yang Gon, who was a secretary of the Workers’ Party and the head of its United Front Department, the unit that handles ties with South Korea, was Kim Jong Un’s “closest comrade, a solid revolutionary partner,” the KCNA news agency said.

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U.S. ties ex-Panamanian president to SAP software bribery scheme

Panama presidentA U.S. federal judge identified the former president of Panama, Ricardo Martinelli, as one of several alleged co-conspirators in a bribery scheme that helped SAP to sell millions of dollars in software to Panama, according to a document reviewed by Reuters.

The reference to Martinelli as a co-conspirator, which has not been previously reported, comes as the former president faces unrelated allegations of corruption and misconduct in Panama – accusations he has said are politically motivated.

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U.S. spying on Israel swept up members of Congress

US spying on Israel nets CongressmenU.S. spying programs scooped up communications between members of Congress and Israeli leaders, giving the White House insight into Israel’s lobbying of U.S. lawmakers against the Iran nuclear deal, current and former U.S. officials told The Wall Street Journal.

The article, published Tuesday afternoon, reports that the U.S. continued to spy on select leaders of allied nations despite President Barack Obama’s pledge to curb such surveillance two years ago, and that it was a top priority to maintain spying on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his government.

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South Korea, Japan reach deal over World War II sex slaves

Comfort womenAn apology from Japan's prime minister and a pledge of more than $8 million sealed a breakthrough deal Monday in a decades-long impasse with South Korea over Korean women forced into Japanese military-run brothels during World War II.

The accord, which aims to resolve the emotional core of South Korea's grievances with its former colonial overlord, could begin to reverse decades of animosity and mistrust between the two thriving democracies, trade partners and staunch U.S. allies. It represents a shift for Tokyo's conservative government and a new willingness to compromise by previously wary Seoul.

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Israel Ex-PM Sentenced for Bribery

Olmert sentencedFormer Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been ordered to serve 18 months in jail for bribery.  Olmert had been sentenced to six years by a lower court in 2014, but this was reduced by the Supreme Court.

The 70-year-old was convicted over a property deal that took place while he served as mayor of Jerusalem, prior to becoming prime minister in 2006.

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