Pink Floyd tribute band pulls out of Israel shows

Al Jazeera

A British Pink Floyd cover band has scrapped three of its concerts in Israel after Roger Waters, cofounder of the legendary rock band, called for their cancellation. The UK Pink Floyd Experience was scheduled to perform in the Israeli cities of Tel Aviv, Haifa and Beersheba in early January. Waters, a British singer and songwriter who performed with Pink Floyd from 1965 until 1985, routinely calls for boycotts of Israel during his own performances. Taking to Facebook on Friday, Waters said he was "aghast" the cover band were planning to perform in Israel and posted a picture of the tribute act alongside an image of a wounded child. "To sing my songs in front of segregated audiences in Israel, and contribute to the cultural whitewashing of the racist and apartheid government of that country, would be an act of unconscionable malice and disrespect," Waters said.


Netanyahu displays document trove he claims proves Iran lied about its nuclear arms program

The Japan Times

JERUSALEM – Israel's prime minister on Monday unveiled what he said was a "half ton" of Iranian nuclear documents collected by Israeli intelligence, claiming the trove of information proved that Iranian leaders covered up a nuclear weapons program before signing a deal with the international community in 2015. In a speech delivered in English and relying on his trademark use of visual aids, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed that the material showed that Iran cannot be trusted, and encouraged President Donald Trump to withdraw from the deal next month. "Iran lied big time," Netanyahu declared. Netanyahu's presentation, delivered on live TV from Israeli military headquarters in Tel Aviv, was his latest attempt to sway international opinion on the nuclear deal. The agreement offered Iran relief from crippling sanctions in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program.


Artificial Intelligence: Apply for positions at Google's research centre to be launched in Accra JBKlutse

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In a recent blog post and tweet, Google announced that it'd be launching a new Artificial Intelligence research centre to be opened later this year in Accra, Ghana. We're continuing to expand our @GoogleAI teams around the world. We'll be opening our first research center in Africa in #Ghana later this year! If you're a machine learning researcher interested in working in Accra, Ghana, apply: https://t.co/YgntDigTJt With this, Accra will be the first African city to join the likes of New York, Montreal, Tokyo, San Francisco, Paris, Beijing, Zurich, Toronto, Seattle, Cambridge/Boston, and Tel Aviv/Haifa, in hosting Google AI centres.


Israel Says Shoots Down Drone Over Golan Heights Frontier With Syria

U.S. News

FILE PHOTO: A Patriot anti-missile battery is deployed in the northern city of Haifa, Israel August 29, 2013. JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel shot down a pilotless aircraft that tried to enter its airspace at its Golan Heights frontier with Syria on Tuesday, the Israeli military said. Israeli media said a Patriot interceptor missile was used in the incident. Not all U.S. presidents are missed once they leave the White House. In four years, number of students with access to high-speed internet has increased tenfold.


Exiled Saudi friend of Jamal Khashoggi sues Israeli surveillance firm over compromising phone spyware

The Japan Times

JERUSALEM – A Saudi dissident has filed a lawsuit against an Israeli surveillance company, claiming its sophisticated spyware targeted him and helped lead to the killing of his friend, Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The suit, filed in a Tel Aviv court on Sunday, follows others previously filed against the company. But because of its links to the international outrage over the killing of Khashoggi, it is likely to shine a larger spotlight on the company and the Israeli government, which licenses the export of the surveillance technology. The company called the lawsuit "completely unfounded," saying it shows "no evidence that the company's technology was used." Israel's Defense Ministry declined comment on its export policies.