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Toronto MP says he was just joking in crass remark made at Western Wall

TEL AVIV, Israel - Toronto-area MP Mark Adler says he was just joking when he made a crass comment as Prime Minister Stephen Harper visited the Western Wall in Jerusalem. Adler, situated behind barricades at the sacred site earlier this week, pleaded with one of Harper's aides to let him into the main event. "It’s the re-election! This is the million-dollar shot!" Adler said. The MP for York Centre scoffed at reporters on Wednesday when he was asked about the comments in Tel Aviv, where Harper was bestowed with an honorary doctorate from the University of Tel Aviv.

Philippines celebrates as carer wins Israel's X Factor

Celebrations broke out in the Philippines Wednesday after a Filipina who has spent nearly half her life as a carer overseas won Israel's first "X Factor" competition. Rose Fostanes, one of millions of Filipinos working abroad, won the television talent show late Tuesday with a rendition of Frank Sinatra's "My Way" that delighted fans in both countries.

Philippines celebrates as carer wins Israel's X Factor

Celebrations broke out in the Philippines Wednesday after a Filipina who has spent nearly half her life as a carer overseas won Israel's first "X Factor" competition. Rose Fostanes, one of millions of Filipinos working abroad, won the television talent show late Tuesday with a rendition of Frank Sinatra's "My Way" that delighted fans in both countries.

Israel unveils tribute to gay victims of Nazis

Israel unveiled Friday a memorial in Tel Aviv to remember the gay and lesbian victims of Nazi persecution, in a ceremony attended by Germany's ambassador. Members of Tel Aviv's gay community turned out to see the stone monument, modelled on the pink triangle Nazis made homosexuals wear in concentration camps during World War II, and features inscriptions in German, Hebrew and English.

Blast on Israel bus 'terrorist attack'

An explosion aboard an empty Israeli bus near Tel Aviv on Sunday that did not kill or wound anyone was a "terrorist attack," police said. "After examining the explosives retrieved from the scene, we have concluded that this was a terrorist attack," police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP. "An investigation has been opened and our forces have been deployed in the area to try to identify suspects." Police had said earlier that a sapper was examining a suspicious object found on the empty bus in the seaside town of Bat Yam when it exploded, but was unhurt.

Blast on Israel bus 'terrorist attack'

An explosion aboard an empty Israeli bus near Tel Aviv on Sunday that did not kill or wound anyone was a "terrorist attack," police said. "After examining the explosives retrieved from the scene, we have concluded that this was a terrorist attack," police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP. "An investigation has been opened and our forces have been deployed in the area to try to identify suspects," he added. Police had said earlier that a sapper was examining a suspicious object found on the empty bus in the seaside town of Bat Yam when it exploded, but was unhurt.

Blast on Israel bus 'terrorist attack'

An explosion aboard an empty Israeli bus near Tel Aviv on Sunday that did not kill or wound anyone was a "terrorist attack," police said. "After examining the explosives retrieved from the scene, we have concluded that this was a terrorist attack," police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP. "An investigation has been opened and our forces have been deployed in the area to try to identify suspects," he added. Police had said earlier that a sapper was examining a suspicious object found on the empty bus in the seaside town of Bat Yam when it exploded, but was unhurt.

Explosion on Israeli bus, no casualties

A suspicious object found on an empty Israeli bus near Tel Aviv exploded on Sunday but caused no casualties, police said. Spokeswoman Luba Samri said in a statement that a police sapper called to the scene in the seaside town of Bat Yam was examining the object when it exploded, but he was unhurt. sy-scw/srm

Low turnout, no major upsets mark Israel local polls

The mayors of Israel's major cities were returned to office on Wednesday after municipal elections marked by a low turnout of voters, who see local authorities as tainted by corruption. In Jerusalem, Nir Barkat beat Moshe Leon, who had the backing of the ultra-Orthodox Sephardic party Shas as well as that of the hardline Yisrael Beitenu party of Avigdor Lieberman. Ron Huldai retained his position as mayor of Tel Aviv in Tuesday's election, and Haifa mayor Yona Yahav won another five-year term.

Gay candidate blazes new trail in Israel mayoral race

By Allyn Fisher-Ilan TEL AVIV (Reuters) - As a candidate to become the Middle East's first openly gay mayor, Nitzan Horowitz is hoping his bid to run Israel's famously liberal city of Tel Aviv will help homosexuals across a region where they are widely frowned upon. The left-wing legislator is not predicted to defeat the incumbent, the well-established ex-fighter pilot Ron Huldai, in an October 22 municipal vote.
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