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  • Egyptians Brewed Beer in Tel Aviv 5,000 Years Ago
    Egyptians Brewed Beer in Tel Aviv 5,000 Years Ago 1 hour 50 minutes ago

    Tel Aviv's reputation as a party city for expats might have started 5,000 years ago. During the Bronze Age, Egyptians were making beer in what is today downtown Tel Aviv, new archaeological evidence suggests. When archaeologists were conducting salvage excavations ahead of construction on new office buildings along Hamasger Street, they found 17 ancient pits that were used to store produce, according to an announcement from the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA). "On the basis of previously conducted excavations in the region, we knew there is an Early Bronze Age site here, but this excavation is the first evidence we have of an Egyptian occupation in the center of Tel Aviv at that time," Diego Barkan, an archaeologist who was conducting the excavation on behalf of the IAA, said in the statement. More »

  • Jerusalem Palestinian charged with trying to join IS
    Jerusalem Palestinian charged with trying to join IS 1 hour 57 minutes ago

    Israeli prosecutors Monday charged a Palestinian resident of east Jerusalem with allegedly trying to join the Islamic State jihadist group in Syria, the Shin Bet domestic security agency said. More »

  • Teva buying Auspex for $3.2 billion 2 hours 55 minutes ago

    Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. is buying Auspex Pharmaceuticals for about $3.2 billion in a move to strengthen its position on central nervous system condition treatments. Jerusalem-based Teva said ... More »

  • This Device Records Your Snores to Track Your Sleep
    This Device Records Your Snores to Track Your Sleep 3 hours ago

    Researchers in Israel developed an algorithm to analyze a person's recorded breathing sounds, in order to measure sleep duration and detect sleep disorders. More »

  • Teva to buy U.S. drug developer Auspex Pharma for $3.5 billion
    Teva to buy U.S. drug developer Auspex Pharma for $3.5 billion 3 hours ago

    Israel's Teva Pharmaceutical Industries said it would buy U.S. neurology drug company Auspex Pharmaceuticals Inc for an equity value of $3.5 billion to boost its portfolio of treatments for the central nervous system. Teva, the world's largest maker of generic drugs, will offer $101 per share in cash, representing a premium of 42.4 percent to Auspex's Friday closing price, the companies said on Monday. In February Teva - Israel's biggest company by market value and revenue - said it was ready to return to making acquisitions after a year focused on cutting costs under its new chief executive, Erez Vigodman. More »

  • Teva to buy U.S. drug developer Auspex Pharma for $3.5 bln
    Teva to buy U.S. drug developer Auspex Pharma for $3.5 bln 3 hours ago

    By Tova Cohen TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Israel's Teva Pharmaceutical Industries said it would buy U.S. neurology drug company Auspex Pharmaceuticals Inc for an equity value of $3.5 billion (2.36 billion pounds) to boost its portfolio of treatments for the central nervous system. Teva , the world's largest maker of generic drugs, will offer $101 per share in cash, representing a premium of 42.4 percent to Auspex's Friday closing price, the companies said on Monday. More »

  • Former Israeli Premier Olmert convicted in corruption case
    Former Israeli Premier Olmert convicted in corruption case 6 hours ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was convicted Monday of unlawfully accepting money from a U.S. supporter in a retrial on corruption charges, the latest chapter in the downfall of a man who only years earlier hoped to lead the country to a historic peace agreement with the Palestinians. More »

  • Ex-Israel PM Olmert found guilty in corruption retrial
    Ex-Israel PM Olmert found guilty in corruption retrial 6 hours ago

    A Jerusalem court found former Israeli premier Ehud Olmert guilty of corruption Monday in a retrial of allegations he received envelopes of cash from a US businessman, the verdict read. More »

  • Nuclear deal would reward Iran for Yemen 'aggression': Israel
    Nuclear deal would reward Iran for Yemen 'aggression': Israel 7 hours ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned world powers on Monday that any nuclear deal they strike with Iran would be seen as a reward for Tehran's alleged "aggression" in Yemen. More »

  • Israel charges Palestinian for fighting with Islamic State 8 hours ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — A Jerusalem district court has indicted a Palestinian from east Jerusalem on charges of traveling to Syria to join and fight with the Islamic State militant group. More »

  • Medieval Parasite-Filled Poop Found in Jerusalem Latrine
    Medieval Parasite-Filled Poop Found in Jerusalem Latrine 8 hours ago

    The excavation of a roughly 500-year-old latrine in Jerusalem has uncovered thousands of eggs from human parasites, including some that may have come from Northern Europe, a new study finds. The people who used the latrine may have been long-distance traders or on a pilgrimage, likely from Northern Europe, where these parasites were common, the researchers said. "While we will never know for sure why they made this journey, pilgrims and traders would be a plausible explanation," said the study's senior researcher, Piers Mitchell, a lecturer of biological anthropology at the University of Cambridge in England. Researchers originally found the latrine during an excavation in Jerusalem's Christian quarter in 1996. More »

  • Gaza in ruins: why money, cement, and leadership are scarce 9 hours ago

    Half the population’s homes were damaged or destroyed, and many here warn that frustration over the slow pace of reconstruction could prompt a fresh conflict with Israel. Everywhere in Gaza City one can hear the clip-clop of donkeys, pulling creaky carts laden with rubble to ad-hoc recycling centers. In short, Gaza reconstruction is moving at about 5 miles an hour. Not unlike during Gaza’s last interwar rebuilding phase, cement has become the most precious commodity at the center of the political struggle over the territory’s future. More »

  • Ex-Israeli PM Olmert convicted in another corruption case
    Ex-Israeli PM Olmert convicted in another corruption case 9 hours ago

    Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, already facing a six-year prison term after a corruption conviction, was found guilty on Monday in a separate case of accepting illegal payments from a U.S. businessman. The ruling in Jerusalem District Court reversed a 2012 acquittal of the veteran politician, who led Israel from 2006 to 2009. Last May, Olmert was sentenced in other proceedings to six years in jail for accepting $160,000 in bribes linked to a real estate deal in Jerusalem, when he served as the city's mayor. The district court found that Olmert accepted cash-filled envelopes from an American businessman who hoped to further his interests in Israel. More »

  • Ancient Egyptian brewery discovered at Tel Aviv construction site
    Ancient Egyptian brewery discovered at Tel Aviv construction site 9 hours ago

    An ancient Egyptian brewery has been discovered in Tel Aviv during excavations at a construction site. Excavation director Diego Barkan said: "We found seventeen pits in the excavations, which were used to store agricultural produce in the Early Bronze Age. "Among the hundreds of pottery shards that characterize the local culture, a number of fragments of large ceramic basins were discovered that were made in an Egyptian tradition and were used to prepare beer. Beer was a standard part of the ancient Egyptian diet – it was easily made and the low alcohol content meant it was safer than drinking contaminated water. More »

  • Holy Week: How Christians around the world celebrated Palm Sunday [Photos]
    Holy Week: How Christians around the world celebrated Palm Sunday [Photos] 10 hours ago

    Christians around the world marked Palm Sunday, the day the Bible says Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey to cheering crowds. More »

  • A look at former Israeli Premier Ehud Olmert's career
    A look at former Israeli Premier Ehud Olmert's career 11 hours ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli court has found former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert guilty on charges of fraud and breach of trust in a case involving allegations he accepted cash-stuffed envelopes from an American supporter. More »

  • Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert found guilty in retrial on corruption … 14 hours ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert found guilty in retrial on corruption charges. More »

  • Iran, powers explore nuclear compromises, Israel alarmed
    Iran, powers explore nuclear compromises, Israel alarmed 17 hours ago

    By Louis Charbonneau, John Irish and Parisa Hafezi LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - Iran and six world powers tried to break an impasse in nuclear negotiations on Sunday, but officials cautioned that attempts to reach a preliminary deal by a deadline in two days could yet fall apart. The two sides explored compromises in areas including numbers of centrifuges used to enrich uranium that Iran could operate, and its nuclear enrichment work for medical research. Foreign ministers from the six countries will hold ‎the first full meeting with Iran's foreign minister on Monday morning. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said there had been "some progress and some setbacks in the last hours". More »

  • Pro-Bedouin march winds up at Israel presidency
    Pro-Bedouin march winds up at Israel presidency Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    A four-day march led by Arab Israeli MPs in solidarity with Israel's impoverished Bedouin community wound up on Sunday at the Jewish state's presidency. More »

  • Israel installs solar panels at parliament to save energy Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel has installed solar panels on the roof of its parliament building, creating what it calls the largest solar field of any national assembly in the world. More »

  • 'Dangerous accord' with Iran worse than Israel feared: PM
    'Dangerous accord' with Iran worse than Israel feared: PM Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday denounced as "dangerous" a nuclear accord that world powers are negotiating with Iran, saying it goes beyond what his government had feared. More »

  • Israel premier expresses 'deep concern' on pending Iran deal
    Israel premier expresses 'deep concern' on pending Iran deal Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that he has "deep concern" over a pending nuclear deal the West appears close to signing with Israel's arch-enemy Iran. More »

  • Party like it's 3000 BC: Egyptian beer vessels unearthed in Tel Aviv
    Party like it's 3000 BC: Egyptian beer vessels unearthed in Tel Aviv Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    Fragments of ancient beer-brewing basins unearthed in Tel Aviv indicate that Egyptians more than 5,000 years ago had settled farther north than previously known and were imbibing in what is now Israel's most hard-partying city. Israel's Antiquities Authority said on Sunday the ceramic vessels, crafted in an Egyptian method that differed from local pottery-making at the time, would have held a thick, partially baked barley and water mixture left to ferment in the sun. The shards were found under an office construction site in downtown Tel Aviv in 17 pits used to store agricultural produce in the Early Bronze Age (3500-3000 BC), the Antiquities Authority said in a statement. Archaeologists in Israel have found evidence of Egyptian communities to the south, in the Negev and along its Mediterranean coast. More »

  • Ancient Egyptian beer making vessels discovered in Israel
    Ancient Egyptian beer making vessels discovered in Israel Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    Fragments of pottery used by Egyptians to make beer and dating back 5,000 years have been discovered on a building site in Tel Aviv, the Israeli Antiquities Authority said on Sunday. More »

  • Expected Iranian nuclear deal worse than Israel feared - Netanyahu
    Expected Iranian nuclear deal worse than Israel feared - Netanyahu Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    By Dan Williams JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned on Sunday the framework Iranian nuclear agreement being sought by international negotiators, saying it was even worse than his country had feared. Israel has mounted what it terms an "uphill battle" against an agreement that might ease sanctions on the Iranians while leaving them with a nuclear infrastructure with bomb-making potential. "This deal, as it appears to be emerging, bears out all of our fears, and even more than that," Netanyahu told his cabinet in Jerusalem as the United States, five other world powers and Iran worked toward a March 31 deadline in Lausanne, Switzerland. Netanyahu's campaigning against the nuclear negotiations crested on March 3 with his speech to the U.S. Congress at the invitation of its Republican speaker, John Boehner, that angered President Barack Obama and many fellow Democrats. More »

  • Israeli PM lashes out as Iran nuclear talks intensify
    Israeli PM lashes out as Iran nuclear talks intensify Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a dire warning Sunday about a possible nuclear accord with Iran as talks in Switzerland towards the outline of a deal intensified days before a deadline. More »

  • Israel's Joint List faces challenging road ahead
    Israel's Joint List faces challenging road ahead Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    Coalition of Arab parties is now the Knesset's third-largest bloc, but success hinges on its ability to form alliances. More »

  • Pope, on Palm Sunday, pays tribute to "today's martyrs"
    Pope, on Palm Sunday, pays tribute to "today's martyrs" Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis led the world's Roman Catholics in Palm Sunday celebrations by paying tribute to those killed for their faith, a reference to the victims of Islamic State militants. Francis, who earlier this month began the third year of his papacy, presided at a colourful procession in St. Peter's Square commemorating the day the Bible says people of Jerusalem welcomed Jesus days before he was crucified. In his homily during the Mass that followed, Francis, who last month denounced the killing of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians by Islamic State militants in Libya, paid tribute to those he said were being killed for their faith today. Francis has at times expressed alarm over the rise of Islamic State militants and the plight of Christians in the Middle East. More »

  • Kerry cancels trip in honour of Ted Kennedy as Iran talks intensify
    Kerry cancels trip in honour of Ted Kennedy as Iran talks intensify Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    By Louis Charbonneau, John Irish and Parisa Hafezi LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry cancelled plans to fly to Boston for a ceremony in honour of his late friend Edward Kennedy as talks on Iran's nuclear programme intensified in Switzerland, with two days left to a deadline. Kerry's spokeswoman said on Sunday he regretted missing the dedication ceremony for an institute named after the U.S. senator, who was a mentor to him. Officials close to the talks said the French and German foreign ministers, Laurent Fabius and Frank-Walter Steinmeier, were considering delaying a planned joint trip to Kazakhstan in order to focus on clearing the remaining hurdles to a deal. Iran denies charges from the West and Israel that it wants to build a nuclear weapon, and says its programme is purely peaceful. More »

  • 2-goal Bale leads Wales to 3-0 over Israel, top in Group B
    2-goal Bale leads Wales to 3-0 over Israel, top in Group B Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    BRUSSELS (AP) — Gareth Bale put Wales in prime position to qualify for its first major championship in over half a century by scoring twice and setting up another goal to help beat Israel 3-0 for first place in Group B on Saturday. More »

  • Egypt jails 2 on Israel spy charges
    Egypt jails 2 on Israel spy charges Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    A court in Egypt has sentenced a man and woman to lengthy jail terms and slapped them with large fines after convicting them of spying for Israel, a judicial official said Saturday. More »

  • Abbas says he doubts Israel vow to free Palestinian funds
    Abbas says he doubts Israel vow to free Palestinian funds Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas said Saturday he doubted Israel's willingness to unblock hundreds of millions of dollars in unpaid taxes a day after it promised to do so. More »

  • Addressing India's 'rape culture,' the toll of the Syrian war, voting … Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    “It is seldom that India gets coverage in the western media and when it does, it is often for negative news...,” writes Mrutyuanjai Mishra. If India and Indians do not protest against such documentaries [as the BBC’s documentary ‘India’s Daughter’] then we might see an increase in racism against persons of Indian origin. More »

  • Readers write: support for diplomacy with Iran, US shouldn't fight Mideast … Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    Recent events, such as Republican Sen. Tom Cotton’s letter to Iranian leaders, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s untimely address to Congress, and motions for legislation that would undermine the current negotiations, have created a huge controversy over the Iran deal. Instead of trying to sabotage the negotiation process, members of Congress should instead be working toward a comprehensive agreement with Iran before they become responsible for yet another crisis in the Middle East. I urge members of the Senate and Congress to support diplomacy with Iran and to abstain from voting on legislation that could compromise the negotiation process. This is the only chance we have to peacefully prevent a 10th nuclear weapons state. More »

  • After the fight, US eyes Netanyahu's next move
    After the fight, US eyes Netanyahu's next move Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    The White House has made clear its relationship with Israel has been fundamentally altered; what Benjamin Netanyahu does in government will determine if it can be saved. More »