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W’s Wars: Is Jeb His Brother’s Keeper?

Jeb BushThe ex-president’s brother thinks he shouldn’t have to address all the bloodshed his brother caused. Sorry, Jeb: That’s insane.

I wouldn’t want to talk about the past either, if I were John Ellis Bush. I trust you caught that little moment last Friday, when he said, in response to questions about his “major foreign policy speech” coming this Wednesday, that running for president is not about “re-litigating anything in the past.”


Decades of Yeshiva Rapes Shock Aussies

Sexual abuses Australia YeshivaAided by a communal pressure not to go to secular authorities, some Orthodox Jewish boys in Australia say their sexual abuse has gone unpunished for years.

It is as disgusting as it is ironic that the mikveh—the ritual baths where Jews and converts to Judaism immerse to purify themselves—was one of the places Manny Waks says he was sexually abused as an Orthodox Jewish teenager in Melbourne. According to him, Shmuel David Cyprys, the head of security at Yeshivah Centre—the school Waks attended—instructed him to go to the mikveh with him in 1990.


300 Jewish Tombs Desecrated in France

300 Jewish tobs desecrated in FranceHundreds of Jewish gravestones have been knocked over and defaced with swastikas and Nazi slogans, French officials said.

An investigation had been launched after the desecration of some 300 tombs in a Jewish cemetery in the town of Sarre-Union.

"Every effort will be made to identify, question and bring to justice the person or persons responsible for this despicable act," Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said. President Francois Hollande called the incident "odious and barbaric," according to the AFP news agency, while Prime Minister Manuel Valls said via his Twitter feed that the "vile, anti-Semitic act" was "an insult to memory."


Winter storm expected to set new record low temperatures in parts of U.S.

Boston stormA major winter storm could drop up to 12 inches of snow from the south-central United States to the Mid-Atlantic coast, affecting more than 40 million Americans.

Disrupted power lines and dangerous traffic conditions are expected as temperatures could drop to single digits in the affected areas.  The winter storm is expected to cross the Appalachians and parts of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast.


Egypt launches attack on ISIL targets in Libya after beheadings

Egypt attacks ISISEgypt's military has said it carried out air strikes against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) targets in Libya, a day after the group released a video appearing to show the beheading of 21 Egyptians there.

In a statement aired on state television, the military said the attacks were carried out at dawn on Monday.

The attacks focused on ISIL camps, training sites and weapons storage areas across Egypt's border in Libya, where armed groups have thrived amid chaos, the statement said.


Hackers Steal Up To $1 Billion From Banks

100 banks hackedA hacking ring has stolen up to $1 billion from banks around the world in what would be one of the biggest banking breaches known, a cybersecurity firm says in a report scheduled to be delivered Monday.

The hackers have been active since at least the end of 2013 and infiltrated more than 100 banks in 30 countries, according to Russian security company Kaspersky Lab.

After gaining access to banks' computers through phishing schemes and other methods, they lurk for months to learn the banks' systems, taking screen shots and even video of employees using their computers, the company says.


Christian hostages beheaded in Islamic State video

Christians beheadedA video purporting to show the mass beheading of Egyptian Christian hostages was released Sunday by militants in Libya claiming loyalty to the Islamic State group.

The video shows a line of men dressed in orange jumpsuits forced onto their knees and beheaded.

The video was posted on social media. On Twitter, several accounts distributed links to the video carrying the title, "A Message Signed With Blood To The Nation Of The Cross."


Over 100 British Artists Announce Cultural Boycott of Israel

Roger WatersMore than 100 British artists announced that they have launched a cultural boycott of Israel.

“We will not engage in business-as-usual cultural relations with Israel. We will accept neither professional invitations to Israel, nor funding, from any institutions linked to its government,” the artists said in a letter to The Guardian newspaper on Saturday.


Former NHL defenseman Steve Montador found dead in his home

Steve Montador found deadFormer NHL player Steven Montador was found dead inside his Mississauga home early Sunday morning, according to Peel Regional Police.

Police said a female friend woke up at 2 a.m. to find Montador deceased. She contacted police and he was pronounced dead just after 2:30 a.m. at his residence.  "Foul play is not suspected, pending the outcome of an autopsy," said Const. Fiona Thivierge, a Peel police spokesperson.


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