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Updated: November 28, 2022 @ 1:18 pm
JERUSALEM (AP) — Former Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has struck a coalition deal with a small ultranationalist faction leader known for homophobic rhetoric and disparaging remarks about non-Orthodox Jews, a sign of the prospective government’s hardline makeup.
Netanyahu’s Likud party announced Sunday that the agreement names Noam faction leader Avi Maoz as a deputy minister whose portfolio includes an office bolstering Jewish identity among Israelis.
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Former Germany forward Sandro Wagner is under fire for a disparaging remark he made about Qatari men’s traditional attire while commentating on Germany and Spain’s World Cup game. Wagner said he thought one end of the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor was full of German fans. He told German broadcaster ZDF, “Only then did I realize that they are the Qatari bathrobes.” Wagner was referring to the thaub, the traditional white full-length robes with long sleeves worn by many men in the region.
Early in-person voting for the nation’s last U.S. Senate seat is underway statewide in Georgia. In a runoff election, Sen. Raphael Warnock and the Democrats are looking to get a jump on challenger Hershel Walker as Republicans put less emphasis on advance voting. After winning a state lawsuit to allow Saturday voting after the Thanksgiving holiday, Warnock spent the weekend urging his supporters not to wait until the Dec. 6 runoff. Trying to leverage his role as pastor of Martin Luther King Jr.’s church and Georgia’s first Black U.S. senator, Warnock concentrated his efforts Sunday among Black communities in metro Atlanta. About 200,000 ballots had been cast by the end of the weekend. Early voting continues through Friday.
The United States and Iran play Tuesday with the Americans needing to win to advance into the knockout stage of the World Cup. The match is one of the most politically charged in World Cup history and a rematch of the 1998 game when memories of the 1979 Islamic Revolution were still fresh for both countries. Both teams were peppered with questions about political tension ahead of the match instead of the actual game. England will try to knock British neighbor Wales from the tournament, Ecuador faces Senegal and host nation Qatar plays its final game of the World Cup against the Netherlands. Qatar was eliminated after two games in group play.
CHICAGO — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot filed her petitions to run for a second term on Monday as Chicago’s election cycle enters a bare-knuckle period when candidates for local office try to knock each other off the ballot.
DALLAS — Jury selection is due to begin Monday in the murder trial of former Fort Worth police officer Aaron Dean, following death of defense attorney Jim Lane.
Scores of environmental groups have issued a joint appeal for the European Union to drop carbon removal methods from its climate plans. They argued Monday that some of those methods rely on untested technology while others may not absorb as many greenhouse gas emissions as claimed. The EU’s executive Commission has proposed creating a system for certifying so-called offsets — carbon absorbed through nature or with technological means — which could be bought by polluters to reduce their emissions balance. But some 170 groups argue that plans to use fields, forest or machines for future large-scale removal of carbon from the atmosphere are a “greenwashing fantasy.” They’ve instead called for the Commission to commit to gross cuts in emissions.
Cameroon staged an impressive comeback in a 3-3 draw against Serbia at the World Cup despite dropping its goalkeeper at the last minute. Andre Onana, who plays for Italian club Inter Milan, wasn’t in Cameroon’s lineup or even at the stadium to watch the Group G match. Coach Rigobert Song said he dropped his starting goalkeeper for “disciplinary reasons,” but didn’t give any specifics. Cameroon was down 3-1 but second-half substitute Vincent Aboubakar turned the game with a goal and an assist. Cameroon plays Brazil in its last group-stage match while Serbia faces Switzerland.
The Pakistani Taliban on say they have ended a monthslong cease-fire with the government in Islamabad, ordering its fighters to resume attacks across the country, where scores of deadly attacks have been blamed on the insurgent group. In a statement Monday, the outlawed Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan said it decided to end the 5-month-old cease-fire after Pakistan’s army stepped up operations against them in former northwestern tribal areas and elsewhere in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, which borders Afghanistan. Pakistan and the TTP had agreed to an indefinite cease-fire in May after talks in Afghanistan’s capital. There was no immediate comment from the government or the military.
Fidelity Charitable, the nation’s largest grantmaker, is getting into NFTs or nonfungible tokens despite a torrent of bad news about cryptocurrency companies. NFTs are digital images that are registered on the blockchain. In a raffle that will end Tuesday, participants can claim one of the NFTs. Fifty people will also win $1,000 to donate through a donor advised fund at Fidelity. Donor advised funds allow donors to claim a tax credit for charitable donations before they actually make a donation to an eligible nonprofit. Amy Pirozzolo, head of donor engagement for Fidelity Charitable, said they are running the promotion to reach a new generation of potential philanthropists.
A memorial service will be held this weekend for Betty Ray McCain. She was a longtime North Carolina Democratic Party activist and counselor to former four-time Gov. Jim Hunt who died last week at age 91. McCain was the first woman to chair the state Democratic Party in the 1970s. Hunt named McCain secretary of the Department of Cultural Resources in 1993. She also served multiple terms on the University of North Carolina Board of Governors and on many boards and commissions. Current Gov. Roy Cooper called McCain a “trailblazer for women and a powerful force for good in the arts, education and public service.”
PHILADELPHIA — With HBO’s Mare of Easttown and other big-budget productions taking most of Pennsylvania’s film subsidies, small-budget independents felt left out. Few taxpayer subsidies were available for them. So they applauded over the summer when state lawmakers fattened the film tax cred…
The head of the European Central Bank says she doesn’t believe inflation has peaked after reaching the highest levels on record. She also says the bank isn’t through raising interest rates to combat those price spikes. ECB President Christine Lagarde told European lawmakers Monday that there’s too much uncertainty to know whether inflation would come down soon in the 19 countries that use the euro currency. Annual price increases in the region hit a record in October at 10.6%. Lagarde said ECB policymakers expect to raise rates further. The ECB has joined the U.S. Federal Reserve and other central banks around the world in rapidly raising rates to combat inflation.
Business groups are increasing the pressure on lawmakers to intervene and block a railroad strike before next month’s deadline in the stalled contract talks. A coalition of more than 400 business groups sent a letter to Congressional leaders Monday urging them to step in because of fears about the devastating potential impact of a strike that could force many businesses to shut down. Congressional leaders and the White House have said they are monitoring the talks closely. Four rail unions are back at the table after rejecting their deals with the railroads trying to work out new agreements before the Dec. 9 deadline. Eight other rail unions have ratified their deals that include 24% raises and $5,000 in bonuses.
Local media reports say a court in the Indian Ocean island of Comoros sentenced former President Ahmed Abdallah Sambi on Monday to life in prison for illegally selling off Comoros passports. Sambi was president of the archipelago of less than 1 million people from 2006-2011. The Court for State Security also handed down sentences of up to 20 years in prison for other officials convicted over the scheme. Local media said the passports were sold to stateless people in Gulf countries, and that Sambi was accused of embezzlement. His defense lawyers denied that and said the trial was politically driven.
The most vicious, masterful street-rap album of the year was written by a 45-year-old Virginia dad who can’t wait to get home to his family after work.
Gunfire broke out before dawn across the Mexican border city of Nuevo Laredo, prompting the cancellation of classes and an advisory from the U.S. Consulate to shelter in place. The gunfire broke out early Monday at several points in the city across from Laredo, Texas. Bus services stopped running. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador says the shootings are in response to the arrest of a cartel leader, but he hasn’t specified who. The city has long been dominated by the Northeast cartel, an offshoot of the old Zetas gang. In videos posted on social media, bursts of gunfire can be heard in the pre-dawn hours.
Ukraine’s first lady says Russian soldiers must be held accountable for raping Ukrainian women and committing other acts of sexual violence during Russia’s war in Ukraine. Olensa Zelenska is in London to attend an international conference on preventing sexual violence in conflicts. She told the summit that sexual violence was being perpetrated “systematically and openly” as the war in Ukraine drags on. She said phone recordings have shown Russian soldiers openly discussing rape with their relatives at home. Zelenska then visited Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s official residence at No. 10 Downing Street. She was greeted by Sunak’s wife, Akshata Murty. Zelenska is expected to address British lawmakers on Tuesday as part of her U.K. visit.
An Atlanta-area woman has been arrested on murder charges after investigators say she killed one of her twin 4-year-old daughters and set fire to her apartment to conceal the death. The second twin was injured in the fire. East Point investigators say 27-year-old Nicole Jackson told them her daughter was already dead, but didn’t say how they believe the girl died. The other daughter was burned on her hands, arms and parts of her face. Jackson remains jailed Monday in Atlanta with no bail set. She’s charged with malice murder, felony murder, two counts of first degree cruelty to children and criminal attempt to commit a felony.
Authorities say they rescued two people from a small plane that crashed into a Maryland electricity tower. Officials say the crash Sunday evening in the Washington, D.C., suburb of Montgomery Village temporarily knocked out power to about 120,000 customers and left the plane dangling 10 stories above the ground. Montgomery County Fire Chief Scott Goldstein says responders were able to safely remove the pilot and passenger early Monday after electricity crews made it safe to attempt a rescue. He says both suffered serious injuries and were taken to hospitals. Authorities say the plane departed from White Plains, New York, and that the pilot is from Washington and the passenger is from Marrero, Louisiana.
British health authorities have recorded 50 cases of diphtheria this year among recently arrived asylum seekers. One was a man who died after falling sick at a crowded migrant center. The U.K. Health Protection Agency said Monday that the infected people likely caught the disease in their countries of origin or during their journeys to the U.K. It said a similar increase had been seen elsewhere in Europe. Diphtheria affects the nose, throat and sometimes skin and can be fatal if not treated quickly. The outbreak comes amid criticism of the government over conditions for people who arrive in the U.K. across the English Channel in small boats.
The U.S. Census Bureau’s chief is defending a new tool meant to protect the privacy of people participating in the agency’s questionnaires against calls to abandon it by prominent researchers and demographers. The researchers claim the tool jeopardizes the usability of numbers that are the foundation of the nation’s data infrastructure. U.S. Census Bureau Director Robert Santos said in a letter last week that the method known as differential privacy “was selected as the best solution available” against efforts by outside groups to piece together the identities of participants in the bureau’s censuses and surveys by using third-party data and powerful computers.
Russia and the U.S. put off a new round of talks under the New START treaty this week, in what would have been the first such discussions since the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February.
Authorities in El Salvador are warning residents near the Chaparrastique volcano in the eastern part of the country to be alert as it begins to erupt. The Environmental Ministry’s observatory reported explosions Monday in the central crater of the volcano about 83 miles east of the capital. The ministry says the eruption’s intensity was a 1 on a scale from 0 to 8. The eruption began Sunday when the volcano launched rock and ash to areas surrounding the crater. No injuries have been reported. Civil Defense Director Luis Alonso Amaya says three municipalities are on alert.
Authorities in Germany say they have issued a new arrest warrant in separate cases for a German man who is also suspected in the disappearance of British toddler Madeleine McCann in Portugal 15 years ago. The suspect is currently serving a seven-year prison sentence in Germany for a rape he also committed in Portugal in 2005. His prison term is scheduled to end in September 2025. Concerned that he might be released before standing trial again, prosecutors in the northern city of Braunschweig announced last month that they had charged the 45-year-old in five separate cases involving sexual offenses allegedly committed in Portugal between 2000 and 2017.
The judge who presided over the trial of Darrell Brooks, who was convicted of killing six people during the Waukesha Christmas parade, says she will decide whether to run for the Wisconsin Supreme Court “in the coming days.” Waukesha County Circuit Judge Jennifer Dorow’s comments to WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee are the first public remarks she has made about a potential run for the state Supreme Court. She has been considering getting into the race for weeks, after she garnered national attention while presiding over the Brooks trial. There are three other announced candidates for the Supreme Court race, which will be decided in the April 4 election.
Protesters have gathered in front the home of Poland’s ruling party leader to voice anger at what they regard as an erosion of women’s rights under his conservative government and a recent remark about women using alcohol. Protesters who gathered in front of Jaroslaw Kaczynski’s house Monday vented their frustrations at a near total ban on abortion pushed by the Law and Justice party that took effect last year as well as policies that discourage in-vitro fertilization procedures. But Women’s Strike, a prominent women’s rights movement, only called for Monday’s demonstration after Kaczynski earlier this month blamed Poland’s low birthrate partly on young women drinking too much alcohol.
The lights at Stadium 974 briefly dimmed dramatically just before halftime during a World Cup match between Brazil and Switzerland. Brazil was about to take a corner when the lights at the temporary stadium dimmed enough that the play stopped. The full lights came back on within seconds and play quickly resumed. Stadium 974 is named for Qatar’s international telephone code and also the number of shipping containers lining the facade of the arena. The stadium near the Doha Port area will be dismantled after the tournament.
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Hawaii’s Mauna Loa, the most active volcano on Earth, erupted for the first time in nearly four decades, prompting local officials to issue ash-fall advisories and open emergency shelters.
French lawmakers have condemned Iran’s crackdown on anti-government demonstrators and called on European governments to put more pressure on Iran to investigate the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman who died in police custody in Tehran. Legislators in France’s National Assembly unanimously approved a non-binding resolution supporting the protesters, by a vote of 149-0. Activists also planned a demonstration Monday outside the Assembly. Rights monitors say hundreds have been killed since Iran’s anti-government protests started in September, and more than 18,000 people detained. The French resolution also denounces Iranian restrictions on the rights of women and minorities. It calls for the release of seven French citizens detained in Iran, too.
Just when they thought they were out — they pull them back in! And that’s not such a bad thing. The gang that solved scores of heinous crimes for 15 seasons on “Criminal Minds” is back.
Cryptocurrency lender BlockFi is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as the fallout from the collapse of FTX continues. BlockFi said Monday that it was filing for bankruptcy protection to stabilize its business and give it the chance to perform a restructuring. The company said its restructuring will include recovering all obligations that it is owed by its counterparties, including FTX and associated corporate entities. BlockFi said it anticipates recoveries from FTX will be delayed.
The Biden administration says Russia has abruptly postponed the scheduled resumption of arms control talks this week. The State Department said Monday that Russia had “unilaterally postponed” a meeting of the Bilateral Consultative Commission that was scheduled to begin Tuesday in Egypt. The commission hammers out details of U.S. and Russian inspections of each others’ military sites under the terms of the New START treaty, the last major arms control pact between Washington and Moscow. It has not met in more than a year, initially because of the COVID-19 pandemic but has since languished due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The meeting in Cairo had been aimed at showing the two sides remain committed to arms control and keeping open lines of communication despite other differences.
ATLANTA — Gunfire scattered a crowd of mourners gathered outside a DeKalb County, Georgia, apartment complex Sunday night to remember an 18-year-old killed Friday in a shooting.


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