2020-10-29 01:57:39 58346690 U.S. Supreme Court denies fast, new look at Pennsylvania ballot deadline None Associated Press https://www.ynetnews.com/article/S1MoBwDuv Wed, 28 Oct 2020 23:42:42 +03:00 The U.S. Supreme Court said Wednesday it would not grant a quick, pre-election review to a new Republican appeal to exclude Pennsylvania absentee ballots received after Election Day. But the court's order left open the possibility that the justices could take up and decide after the voting whether a three-day extension to receive and count absentee ballots ordered by the state's high court was proper. The issue would take on enormous importance if Pennsylvania turns out to be the crucial state in next week's election and the votes received between Nov. 3 and Nov. 6 are potentially decisive. message 58346480 Prosecutors close case against 2 suspected of harassing AG None Tova Tsimuki https://www.ynetnews.com/article/Hyqbkwvuw Wed, 28 Oct 2020 23:19:24 +03:00 Prosecutors have dropped the investigation into two people suspected of harassing and making threats against Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit and his wife. The two incidents took place a week apart, in the aftermath of Mandelblit's decision to indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on corruption charges late last year. message 58346250 France to enact second lockdown to put brakes on COVID-19 surge None Reuters https://www.ynetnews.com/article/S1119kIw00v Wed, 28 Oct 2020 22:9:4 +03:00 France will go back into a nationwide lockdown starting this week to try to contain the COVID-19 epidemic that is again threatening to spiral out of control, French President Emmanuel Macron said in an address to the nation on Wednesday. The new measures he announced - which come into force on Friday and will last until Dec. 1 - will mean people have to stay in their homes except to buy essential goods, seek medical attention, or use their daily one-hour allocation of exercise. Anyone leaving their home will have to carry a special document justifying being outside, which can be checked by police, Macron said. message 58346140 Iran's leader tests Twitter's policy on Holocaust denial None i24NEWS https://www.ynetnews.com/article/HJMHUrwOw Wed, 28 Oct 2020 21:29:44 +03:00 Just two weeks after social media giant Twitter said it was going to start removing posts that deny the Holocaust, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei tested its new policy Wednesday. Following the republication of caricatures displaying the Prophet Mohammed by French magazine Charlie Hebdo, Khamenei took to Twitter, equating insults against the prophet to Holocaust denial. “The next question to ask is: why is it a crime to raise doubts about the Holocaust? Why should anyone who writes about such doubts be imprisoned while insulting the Prophet (pbuh) is allowed?” the Iranian leader tweeted. message 58345890 13-year-old boy among 3 hurt by gunfire in Kafr Qassem None Hassan Shaalan https://www.ynetnews.com/article/rkEerNPOw Wed, 28 Oct 2020 20:14:39 +03:00 Three people were moderately injured by gunfire in Kafr Qassem, including a 13-year-old boy. They were evacuated to Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva. Two other men were lightly injured by shrapnel. message 58345800 Albania hosts online forum against anti-Semitism None Associated Press https://www.ynetnews.com/article/HyxWpXwuv Wed, 28 Oct 2020 19:41:7 +03:00 Albania held an online forum against anti-Semitism Wednesday, the first time such a meeting has been staged in the Balkans, with Prime Minister Edi Rama calling anti-Semitism "a threat to our own civilization." The Balkans Forum Against Anti-Semitism was organized by Albania's Parliament in partnership with the New York-based Combat Anti-Semitism Movement (CAM) and the Jewish Agency for Israel. It was held online due to the virus pandemic. "We need to continue and fight any form of anti-Semitism, which is a threat to our own civilization, upon which our common future is being built," Rama said. message 58345460 Settler leaders boycott a meeting with PM None Elisha Ben Kimon https://www.ynetnews.com/article/SJm3lmDuD Wed, 28 Oct 2020 18:52:26 +03:00 More than a dozen West Bank council heads boycotted a meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, after the prime minister failed to include the chairman of the Jordan Valley Regional Council David Elhayani, and the chairman of the Shomron Regional Council Yossi Dagan - both of whom attacked the prime minister over his willingness to waiver West Bank annexation plans as part of the UAE normalization agreement. message 58345290 Health Ministry, Treasury officials fail to reach agreement on reopening shops None Adir Yanko https://www.ynetnews.com/article/SyHEufDdw Wed, 28 Oct 2020 18:15:51 +03:00 A meeting between representatives of the Finance and Health ministries over the reopening of stores ends without agreement. The Finance Ministry is demanding that stores be allowed to resume operations in the next phase of easing lockdown measures, which will go into effect on Sunday. Representatives of the Health Ministry, however, oppose such a move and want stores to only reopen in the next phase, which will take place at least two weeks later. message 58345140 Top rabbi recovered from coronavirus, doctors say None Kobi Nachshoni https://www.ynetnews.com/article/Byxn611Ddw Wed, 28 Oct 2020 17:33:43 +03:00 The doctors for Rabbi Haim Kanievsky said on Wednesday that the 92-year-old head of the Lithuanian Haredi community has recovered from the coronavirus, and does not need to remain in isolation. message 58345130 Czech parliament classifies Hezbollah as terror group None i24NEWS https://www.ynetnews.com/article/HJ6eCZDOD Wed, 28 Oct 2020 17:32:5 +03:00 The Czech Parliament on Wednesday moved to classify the Lebanese militia group Hezbollah as a terrorist organization, the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem said.  Foreign Minister Gadi Ashkenazi hailed the move made by Israel's longtime ally and urged other countries in the EU bloc to adopt the unequivocal classification.  "I call [on] the European Union and additional countries to recognize Hezbollah in all its forms as a terrorist organization," Ashkenazi said.  message 58345000 Education Ministry extends in-school classes for first and second grades None Ynet https://www.ynetnews.com/article/SJfTUbvuP Wed, 28 Oct 2020 16:57:55 +03:00 The Education Ministry says that first and second graders will return to school for four days each week instead of three, following pressure from parents and local authorities. The children will study in groups of 18 while in the classroom and study from home for the other three days of the school week. Education Minister Yoav Galant says that schools can even bring those students back for five days if they are equipped to do so. message 58344740 Ahead of U.S. poll, Trump ends a U.S. restriction applying to Israeli settlements None Reuters https://www.ynetnews.com/article/HkXJ9eDdv Wed, 28 Oct 2020 16:2:24 +03:00 The Trump administration lifted a decades-old ban on Wednesday that had prohibited U.S. taxpayer funding for Israeli scientific research conducted in Jewish settlements in occupied territory, drawing Palestinian condemnation. With Tuesday's U.S. election approaching, President Donald Trump's move was praised by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and could resonate with evangelical Christian voters who support Israeli settlement in the West Bank. message 58344670 Gamzu urges Arab sector to get tested, warns restrictions at hand for certain communities None Adir Yanko https://www.ynetnews.com/article/Bkr3XlD00w Wed, 28 Oct 2020 15:39:6 +03:00 Outgoing coronavirus czar Prof. Ronni Gamzu urged the Arab sector to go get tested over a decrease in testing. "Enough already! Go get tested. We must protect our home," he said during a press conference Wednesday. Gamzu also warned that certain Arab communities have shown rising virus morbidity that might lead to localized restrictions. "800 new infections a day is not the full picture. The real numbers are in the thousands, there is covert morbidity," he said. message 58344390 Saudi Arabia reports budget deficit of nearly $11 bln None Reuters https://www.ynetnews.com/article/B1BhiJwuw Wed, 28 Oct 2020 15:1:54 +03:00 Saudi Arabia posted a 40.768 billion riyal ($10.87 billion) budget deficit in the third quarter this year, the ministry of finance said on Wednesday. Revenue amounted to 215.577 billion riyals and expenditure at 256.345 billion riyals in the three months to the end of September, it said. message 58344150 Netanyahu: I'm working day and night to get a vaccine for Israel None Moran Azulay https://www.ynetnews.com/article/B1KLPAIOw Wed, 28 Oct 2020 13:38:3 +03:00 Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Wednesday noted that there is a global race to procure a vaccine for the coronavirus, saying that he is "working day and night" to get it for Israel. According to him, Israel is working through three avenues to get this vaccine: self-production by the Israel Institute for Biological Research, talks between the Health Ministry and pharmaceutical companies and direct talks with global leaders. message 58344100 Netanyahu: IDF continues to develop military capability despite pandemic None Moran Azulay https://www.ynetnews.com/article/S1nV8CUOP Wed, 28 Oct 2020 13:33:45 +03:00 Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday that the IDF is continuing to develop its military capabilities despite the coronavirus pandemic. "These state of the art technological a scientific developments bolster our strength against Hezbollah or any other enemy - which they should take note of," he said at a ceremony for the extension of the scientific accords between Israel and the U.S. into the West Bank settlements. message 58343990 Turkey to take legal, diplomatic steps against French caricature of Erdogan None Reuters https://www.ynetnews.com/article/rJQZpaIdv Wed, 28 Oct 2020 12:50:55 +03:00 Turkey said on Wednesday it will take legal and diplomatic steps in response to a caricature of President Tayyip Erdogan in the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, which officials called a "disgusting effort" to "spread its cultural racism and hatred". Turkish anger at the caricature added fuel to a row between Turkey and France about cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad, which flared after a teacher who had shown pupils the cartoons in a lesson on freedom of speech was beheaded in France this month. The cartoon on the cover of Charlie Hebdo showed Erdogan sitting in a white T-shirt and underpants, holding a canned drink along with a woman wearing an Islamic hijab. message 58343740 Iran parliament speaker contracts coronavirus None Associated Press https://www.ynetnews.com/article/Bk5Bi3Uuv Wed, 28 Oct 2020 11:35:41 +03:00 Iran's parliament speaker said Wednesday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus, joining a growing list of top Iranian officials infected in the Middle East's worst outbreak. Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf tweeted that he received the news after one of his colleagues tested positive for the virus. He said he would continue to carry out his duties from self-quarantine. Earlier this month, he was on state TV visiting a coronavirus ward in one of capital's overwhelmed hospitals to show support. "I decided to appear in the hospital to see problems from a close distance," Ghalibaf told local media from the ward in Tehran. "Supervising is the main duty of parliament." message 58343710 Egypt's Sisi says freedom of expression stops at offending more than 1.5 billion people None Reuters https://www.ynetnews.com/article/H1w11i2Ldw Wed, 28 Oct 2020 11:34:6 +03:00 Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said on Wednesday freedom of expression should stop at offending more than 1.5 billion people, following the display of images in France of the Prophet Mohammad that Muslims see as blasphemous. Sisi also said he firmly rejects any form of violence or terrorism from anyone in the name of defending religion, religious symbols or icons. message 58343490 Israel says second round of sea border talks with Lebanon under way None Reuters https://www.ynetnews.com/article/Bkul4hL00w Wed, 28 Oct 2020 11:3:59 +03:00 Israel and Lebanon on Wednesday launched a second round of U.S.-mediated talks over their disputed sea border, an Israeli statement said. Delegations from the long-time foes reconvened at a UN peacekeeper base to "assess the possibility of reaching an agreement on demarcating the maritime border ... in a manner enabling the cultivation of natural resources in the area," Israel's Energy Ministry said. The two sides held their first round of talks on Oct. 14 and are expected to hold another round on Thursday, the statement said. message 58342870 Border Police arrest East Jerusalem teen suspected of throwing Molotov cocktail None Elisha Ben Kimon https://www.ynetnews.com/article/SknHicUOP Wed, 28 Oct 2020 9:19:6 +03:00 Border Police arrested a 17-year-old from the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat on Wednesday on the suspicion that he threw a Molotov cocktail at a security station in the area. message 58342730 IDF begins to test teachers for coronavirus ahead of return to schools None Yoav Zitun https://www.ynetnews.com/article/SJma11qIOw Wed, 28 Oct 2020 8:38:40 +03:00 The IDF, in cooperation with hospitals and clinics, has begun testing teachers and school staff on Wednesday to prepare for the return of grades one through four to school next week. The tests are expected to be completed by Saturday. message 58342650 U.S. accuses Syria of delaying constitution ahead of election None Associated Press https://www.ynetnews.com/article/HJsVnYLdD Wed, 28 Oct 2020 8:15:18 +03:00 The United States and several Western allies on Tuesday accused the Syrian government of deliberately delaying the drafting of a new constitution to waste time until presidential elections in 2021, and avoid UN-supervised voting as called for by the UN Security Council. U.S. deputy ambassador Richard Mills urged the Security Council to “do everything in its power” to prevent Bashar Assad’s government from blocking agreement on a new constitution in 2020. The Trump administration believes Assad's hope is to “invalidate the work” of UN special envoy Geir Pedersen who has been trying to spearhead action on a constitution, and the council's call for a political transition. message 58342610 Israel says U.S. will now fund Israeli research projects in West Bank, Golan None Reuters https://www.ynetnews.com/article/rJuM5K8dD Wed, 28 Oct 2020 8:6:37 +03:00 Israel said on Tuesday the United States is effectively lifting a ban on U.S. funding of Israeli scientific research projects conducted in the West Bank and Golan Heights, areas Israel captured in the 1967 Six-Day War. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the U.S. ambassador to Israel will sign amended scientific cooperation agreements at a "special ceremony" in a Jewish settlement in the West Bank on Wednesday, Netanyahu's office said in a statement. The revised agreements "will expand scientific cooperation between Israel and the United States to Judea and Samaria and the Golan Heights," the Israeli statement said, using the biblical names for the West Bank. message 58342560 Israel records 844 new cases in past day None Yaron Drukman https://www.ynetnews.com/article/S1kX8t8uP Wed, 28 Oct 2020 7:54:6 +03:00 The Health Ministry o Wednesday said 844 new coronavirus cases were confirmed on Tuesday after 38,840 tests conducted showing a positivity rate of 2.2%. There are 453 patients in serious condition being treated in hospitals with 196 of them on ventilators. After 24 people succumbed to the virus on Tuesday alone, the death toll from the virus has reached 2,483. There are currently 12,768 Israelis fighting COVD-19. message 58342550 U.S. early voting tops 70 million, continuing historic pace None Reuters https://www.ynetnews.com/article/rk11kvF8OD Wed, 28 Oct 2020 7:51:59 +03:00 More than 70 million Americans have cast ballots in the U.S. presidential election, over half the total turnout of the 2016 election with one week to go until Election Day, according to a Tuesday tally from the U.S. Elections Project. message 58341220 Health Ministry: 24 Israelis died of COVID-19 since midnight None Yaron Druckman https://www.ynetnews.com/article/SJj3311LOv Tue, 27 Oct 2020 23:11:47 +03:00 The Health Ministry reported Tuesday evening that 24 more Israelis have passed away after contracting coronavirus, bringing the national death toll to 2,483 fatalities since the onset of the pandemic in Israel. message 58341200 Comedian Jon Stewart to return to TV on Apple's streaming service None Reuters https://www.ynetnews.com/article/HyP0sb8dD Tue, 27 Oct 2020 23:6:44 +03:00 Former "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart will host and produce a new current affairs series for Apple Inc's streaming television service, the company announced on Tuesday. The multi-season series on Apple TV+ will bring the comedian back to TV on a regular basis for the first time since he ended his Emmy-winning run as host of "The Daily Show" in 2015. No debut date for the untitled series was announced. Apple said in a statement that each one-hour episode would address a single issue and explore topics related to current events and Stewart's advocacy work. message 58341130 NXIVM head Keith Raniere sentenced to 120 years in prison None Associated Press https://www.ynetnews.com/article/HJbpXW8dv Tue, 27 Oct 2020 22:32:23 +03:00 Disgraced self-improvement guru Keith Raniere, whose NXIVM followers included millionaires and Hollywood actors, was sentenced to 120 years on Tuesday for turning some adherents into sex slaves branded with his initials. U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis handed down the sentence in federal court in Brooklyn after a lengthy hearing featuring statements by victims of a sex-trafficking conspiracy that resulted in Raniere's conviction last year. Prosecutors had sought life in prison while defense lawyers said he should face 15 years behind bars. message 58340850 Dozens of children rescued in Ohio anti-trafficking crackdown None Reuters https://www.ynetnews.com/article/Hk50GeUOv Tue, 27 Oct 2020 21:20:41 +03:00 More than 100 human-trafficking victims - many of them missing children - were rescued in a sweeping operation involving state and federal law enforcement agencies in Ohio, the state's attorney general's office said in a statement. Dubbed "Operation Autumn Hope", the sex-trafficking crackdown also led to 179 arrests, including 22 people who were charged for seeking sex with a minor - among them a pastor, Monday's statement said. Seventy-six of the 109 victims were missing children who were referred to social services upon their rescue. message 58340730 Trump supporters rally at U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem None Associated Press https://www.ynetnews.com/article/rJIASJ800P Tue, 27 Oct 2020 20:25:27 +03:00 A convoy of cars decorated with American flags and Trump 2020 banners on Tuesday drove from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, holding a rally outside the U.S. Embassy in support of the American president ahead of next week's election. Some two dozen vehicles joined the procession, which was organized by Republicans Overseas Israel. Most of the people in Tuesday's convoy appeared to be American immigrants, though there were also some activists from Netanyahu's Likud party. message 58340640 Likud MK to be indicted on tax evasion charges None Tova Tzimuky, Gilad Morag https://www.ynetnews.com/article/HJB5e1Ldw Tue, 27 Oct 2020 20:6:36 +03:00 The State Prosecutor's Office announced on Tuesday Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit indents to indict Likud MK Haim Katz on tax evasion charges. Katz is suspected of failing to report or reporting late around NIS 2.2 million in income. message 58340330 Israel sees coronavirus infection rate drop below 2% None Ynet https://www.ynetnews.com/article/ByF4bCBdP Tue, 27 Oct 2020 18:59:44 +03:00 The Health Ministry reported on Tuesday evening that Israel's coronavirus infection rate has dropped below 2% for the first time in weeks. The ministry said since midnight Tuesday 480 tested positive for COVID-19 after more than 26,000 tests had been conducted, putting the contagion rate at 1.8%. message 58340200 Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower in Paris evacuated in security alerts-police None Reuters https://www.ynetnews.com/article/Hy8MyRrOP Tue, 27 Oct 2020 18:47:59 +03:00 The areas around the Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower in central Paris were evacuated on Tuesday following a bomb alert and discovery of a bag of bullets, police told Reuters. Subway lines in the area Arc de Triomphe area were also being evacuated. Police said that the Paris Champ de Mars park around the Eiffel Tower had been evacuated briefly following the discovery of a bag filled with ammunition. message 58340010 Hamas senior member found positive for coronavirus None Elior Levy https://www.ynetnews.com/article/rk5vu6rOw Tue, 27 Oct 2020 18:21:34 +03:00 Hamas senior member Musa Abu Marzook has reportedly contracted the coronavirus. Several other senior members of the Palestinian terrorist organization have been reportedly infected with the virus in recent weeks, including the organization's deputy leader Saleh al-Aruri, who has apparently recovered, as well as senior Hamas figure Husam Badran, who is still believed to be sick. message 58339880 UN watchdog: Iran building at underground nuclear facility None Associated Press https://www.ynetnews.com/article/SyQaW6HOP Tue, 27 Oct 2020 17:50:40 +03:00 Inspectors from the U.N.'s atomic watchdog have confirmed Iran has started building an underground centrifuge assembly plant after its previous one exploded in what Tehran called a sabotage attack over the summer, the agency's head told The Associated Press on Tuesday. Iran also continues to stockpile greater amounts of low-enriched uranium, but does not appear to possess enough to produce a weapon, Rafael Grossi, director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, told the AP in an interview in Berlin. message 58339760 Turkish court sentences U.S. consulate employee over aiding terrorist organisation None Reuters https://www.ynetnews.com/article/B1LD5hBuP Tue, 27 Oct 2020 17:19:16 +03:00 An Istanbul court on Tuesday sentenced a local U.S. consulate employee to jail for aiding the network Ankara accuses of attempting a 2016 coup, in a verdict that could further strain ties between Turkey and the United States. Nazmi Mete Canturk, a Turkish security officer at the Istanbul consulate, was ordered to be jailed for five years and two months. The court did not arrest Canturk, meaning he will be free pending appeal. message 58339740 Gantz: Hezbollah is Lebanon's problem, not Israel's None Ynet https://www.ynetnews.com/article/H1DkO3BOD Tue, 27 Oct 2020 17:12:10 +03:00 Defense Minister Benny Gantz on Tuesday said the Iran-backed, Lebanese terror group Hezbollah is "Lebanon's problem, not Israel's." Speaking at the northern border, where the IDF is holding its biggest military exercise of the year, Gantz said that Lebanon "will ultimately pay the price for any aggression" coming out of the country, including that initiated by the Shi'ite terror group. message 58339480 Health minister: slow lockdown exit meant to protect the economy None Ahiya Raved https://www.ynetnews.com/article/BkANciB00D Tue, 27 Oct 2020 16:12:34 +03:00 message 58339330 Yemen's Houthis want to strengthen Iran ties, minister tells Tehran's new ambassador None Reuters https://www.ynetnews.com/article/r1KhgiBdD Tue, 27 Oct 2020 15:29:37 +03:00 Yemen's Houthis want to strengthen bilateral ties with Iran in various fields, the foreign minister for the Houthi administration that runs north Yemen told Iran's new ambassador to the country on Tuesday, Houthi-run Saba Net news reported. Iranian ambassador Hassan Eyrlo said Iran would make every effort to achieve peace in Yemen, in a meeting with Foreign Minister Hesham Sharaf Abdallah during which Eyrlo presented his diplomatic credentials. message 58339250 Report: U.S. bill drafted to provide Israel with bunker busters None Ynet https://www.ynetnews.com/article/H1v76cH00v Tue, 27 Oct 2020 15:16:10 +03:00 U.S. legislators are reportedly expected to introduce bipartisan legislation this week that would seek to provide Israel with the largest non-nuclear bomb in the U.S. arsenal. The measure would require the U.S. Department of Defense to confer with Israeli officials and report to Congress on Israel’s deterrence abilities, as well as the strategic benefits of a transfer. message 58339120 Prominent Saudi women's rights activist on hunger strike in detention, says family None Reuters https://www.ynetnews.com/article/BJ3Id5Hdw Tue, 27 Oct 2020 14:54:3 +03:00 Prominent Saudi women's rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul, held in Saudi Arabia since 2018, began a new hunger strike on Monday over the conditions of her detention, her family said. Hathloul's sister Lina told Reuters that the main demand was to be allowed regular contact with her family. In late August Hathloul went on a six-day hunger strike after authorities at Riyadh's al-Hair prison cut off contact for over four months. Hathloul, 31, who was arrested along with at last a dozen other women's rights activists, had since March only been permitted limited contact with her family, her sister said, including a March 23 visit, a phone call on April 19 and a visit on Aug 31. message 58339110 Police break up mass wedding in Qalansawe None Hassan Shaalan https://www.ynetnews.com/article/SkDtP5BdP Tue, 27 Oct 2020 14:51:45 +03:00 Police on Tuesday broke up a wedding attended by dozens of people at the central Arab town of Qalansawe. The groom's father was fined NIS 5000. message 58339100 Gantz: Lebanese must understand Hezbollah is their enemy - not Israel None Ahiya Raved https://www.ynetnews.com/article/rJC58qSdv Tue, 27 Oct 2020 14:50:4 +03:00 Defense Minister Benny Gantz said Tuesday that the Lebanese must understand that its enemy is Hezbollah and not Israel. Touring the IDF positions along the northern frontier as part of a massive exercise, Gantz warned the Iran-backed terror group that if it were to act against the Jewish State - Lebanon will pay the price. "There are also positive voices within Lebanon talking about peace and diplomatic relations with Israel," he said. message 58338500 NXIVM sex cult leader Keith Raniere to face sentencing None Reuters https://www.ynetnews.com/article/SywV4dHuv Tue, 27 Oct 2020 12:19:51 +03:00 Keith Raniere, the founder of a cult-like group where women were kept on starvation diets, branded with his initials, and ordered to have sex with him, faces possible life in prison when he is sentenced on Tuesday in Brooklyn for crimes of which he maintains his innocence. Federal prosecutors say they want Raniere, 60, to remain behind bars for life as punishment for the "immeasurable damages" to victims he exploited as head of NXIVM, a purported self-help group headquartered near Albany, New York. Raniere has remained defiant. In a court filing last month, his lawyers said Raniere maintained his "complete innocence," and viewed his conviction as the result of a "media campaign involving witnesses who were motivated to testify falsely" at "an unfair trial." message 58338390 UAE, Israel soccer leagues sign MOU to bolster cooperation None Reuters https://www.ynetnews.com/article/Sk8wy00Sdw Tue, 27 Oct 2020 11:59:14 +03:00 The soccer leagues of the United Arab Emirates and Israel signed remotely on Monday a memorandum of understanding to bolster cooperation, the state-run Emirati agency WAM reported on Tuesday. The two countries agreed to normalize relations in August. message 58338150 Former IDF surgeon general named as Israel's next coronavirus czar None Ynet https://www.ynetnews.com/article/B1ykIDH00v Tue, 27 Oct 2020 11:21:29 +03:00 Prof. Nachman Ash, former IDF surgeon general Division of Medicine director at Maccabi Healthcare Services, was named Tuesday as the future replacement for current coronavirus czar Prof. Ronni Gamzu. message 58338050 Health Ministry nom. 2: allowing after-school program to open was a compromise None Ynet https://www.ynetnews.com/article/HJfxMPB00w Tue, 27 Oct 2020 11:10:48 +03:00 Deputy Health Minister Yoav Kisch said during a Ynet interview on Tuesday, that the allowing after-school programs to open was a compromise on the ministry's part "We made a compromise here," said Kisch. "There is an epidemiological harm here, but the Health Ministry was told that without after-school programs there is no point in opening the first and second grades. This is a constraint imposed on us by the authorities and the Education Ministry." message 58338030 Ultra-Orthodox Bnei Brak turns green after morbidity drops None Itay Blumenthal https://www.ynetnews.com/article/S1rPxPSOD Tue, 27 Oct 2020 11:5:43 +03:00 The predominately ultra-Orthodox city of Bnei Brak has on Tuesday, seen a drop in new coronavirus cases now fits the required specifications of a green city. Bnei Brak has been hard hit by the virus not least for allowing religious institutions and schools to operate in contradiction of health regulations adding to the criticism of the Haredi community by many Israelis for failing to adhere to directives. According to the municipality, the positivity rate in the city is 3%. message 58337770 High Court to hear if Netanyahu can be forced to resign as alternate PM None Yael Friedson https://www.ynetnews.com/article/Sk8UELHuD Tue, 27 Oct 2020 10:4:41 +03:00 The High Court of Justice will hear arguments on Tuesday about whether Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu can be forced to resign due to his pending corruption trial once he becomes Alternate Prime Minister in November 2021 as part of his rotation deal with Blue & White leader Benny Gantz. message