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Netanyahu steers clear of U.S. politics

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday he believed either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump would maintain strong support for Israel if elected, steering clear of U.S. politics after meeting both candidates.

The master fruit carver of Tyre 

Lebanese University geography professor Dr. Youssef Hijazi never expected to become a master fruit carver, turning fruit and vegetables into artistic pieces, but his 15-year hobby has led him to some interesting places.

Lebanon moves to regulate apple, potato imports 

Agriculture Minister Akram Chehayeb announced Monday a decision that would block companies from importing certain produce without prior approval, in an apparent response to demands by local farmers struggling to sell their products.

Lebanon moves to regulate apple, potato imports 

Agriculture Minister Akram Chehayeb announced Monday a decision that would block companies from importing certain produce without prior approval, in an apparent response to demands by local farmers struggling to sell their products.

Saudis, Iran dash hopes for Algeria deal

Saudi Arabia and Iran Tuesday dashed hopes that OPEC oil producers could clinch an output-limiting deal in Algeria this week as sources said the group and nonmember Russia were still trying to bridge differences between the kingdom and Tehran.

U.S. stocks advance as banks rebound

U.S. stocks advanced following the first presidential debate, as banks rebounded and retailers gained after a jump in consumer confidence, overshadowing a selloff in crude oil that dragged energy shares lower.

Garnett says 'farewell' after 21 NBA seasons

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett is calling time on his NBA career after 21 seasons, posting a video on Instagram saying "farewell" and "thank you" to fans who have backed him since 1995

McGregor fights Alvarez for lightweight title

Ireland’s featherweight champion Conor McGregor will get the chance to become the first fighter to hold two UFC belts at the same time when he takes on Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight title in Madison Square Gardens on Nov. 12.

Marquez extends lead with Aragon GP win

Marc Marquez extended his lead in the MotoGP world championship as he beat out title rivals Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo to claim victory at the Aragon Grand Prix Sunday.

Hoffman and Dench, Emmy nominees

Dustin Hoffman and Judi Dench have received International Emmy nominations for their roles in the BBC One TV movie “Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot.”

Dylan to release 36-CD set of electric tour

Bob Dylan is releasing a 36-CD box-set of his 1966 world tour, a landmark yet controversial series of concerts that followed the folk great's shock decision to go electric.

Hubble spots evidence of water plumes on Europa

Astronomers said Monday they have spotted evidence of water vapor plumes rising from Jupiter’s moon Europa, a finding that might make it easier to learn whether life exists in the warm, salty ocean hidden beneath its icy surface.The apparent plumes detected by the Hubble Space Telescope shoot about 200 kilometers above Europa’s surface before, presumably, raining material back down onto the moon’s surface, NASA said. Europa, considered one of the most promising candidates for life in the solar system beyond Earth, boasts a global ocean with twice as much water as in all of Earth’s seas hidden under a layer of extremely cold and hard ice of unknown thickness. While drilling through the ice to test ocean water for signs of life would be a daunting task, sampling plumes water might be simpler. “If the plumes are real, it potentially gives us easier access to the ocean below … without needing to drill into miles of ice,” said lead researcher Williams Sparks of the Space Telescope Science Institute. Europa is 3,100 kilometers in diameter, smaller than Earth’s moon. Among Jupiter’s four largest moons, Europa is the second-closest to the biggest planet in the solar system. The telescope observed the plumes three times in 2014, mostly around Europa’s southern polar region, scientists told a conference call with reporters. On Earth, life is found everywhere where there is water, energy and nutrients, so scientists have a special interest in places in the solar system, like Europa, with similar characteristics, said Paul Hertz, director of NASA’s astrophysics division. The findings, which will be published in The Astrophysical Journal, follow an initial Hubble sighting of a water vapor plume over Europa’s south pole in December 2012. Scientists got their first hint that bright, icy Europa, which is crisscrossed by dark bands and ridges, contains an underground ocean from NASA’s twin Voyager probes, which flew by Jupiter in 1979. The follow-on Galileo spacecraft, which circled around and through Jupiter’s system from 1995 to 2003, detected a magnetic field that likely was triggered by a salty, global ocean beneath Europa’s surface. Two more missions are in development to visit Europa. A NASA spacecraft, targeted for launch in the mid-2020s, would make more than 40 close flybys of the moon and possibly sample material in any plumes shooting out from its surface. Jupiter has 67 known moons, plus many smaller ones that have not yet been named. – Reuters

MBC to launch Project Runway Middle East 

Fashionista Hadia Sinno took the style world by storm with a unique combination of expertise and avant-garde style, rising to become one of the most preeminent voices on all things fashion.

WHO: Air pollution affects 92 percent of people

More than nine out of 10 people worldwide live in areas with excessive air pollution, contributing to strokes, heart disease, lung cancer and other problems, the World Health Organization said Tuesday.

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