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- Netanyahu skips Mandela memorial. Israelis say 'are you kidding?'
Apparently, no one told him that Mr. Netanyahu couldn't make it after all. While the Israeli leader's absence may have gone relatively unnoticed in South Africa, it has caused consternation in Israel. Detractors argue that missing the memorial of a man who championed freedom and brought down apartheid gives fresh fodder to critics who say Israel, too, has constructed an apartheid system and is insincere about reconciling with Palestinians after decades of conflict. "The anti-Israel lobby could not have wished for a better Christmas present," wrote Times of Israel blogger Neil Lazarus, author of "The 5 Rules of Effective Israel Advocacy."
- Obama shakes hands with Castro. Should he have snubbed Cuban leader?
We, too, must act on behalf of peace,” said Mr. Obama. But it was Obama’s own action that produced a flurry of quick news reports back in the US on Mr. Mandela’s memorial service. As he made his way down a line of world leaders gathered to honor the great anti-apartheid leader, Obama shook hands with Cuba’s Raúl Castro. Some noted that the taller Obama even seemed to bow to the shorter Raúl Castro.
- Obamas, Bushes, Hillary Clinton on Air Force One Create Unique Sleeping Arrangements
- 'Jupiter Ascending' Trailer: The Wachowskis Put Channing Tatum in Eyeliner
For their follow up to the convoluted Cloud Atlas, the Wachowski siblings have once again done something bold: they've made Channing Tatum look sort of ugly. In the first trailer for their Jupiter Ascending—which, frankly, doesn't look any less confusing than their previous work—the hero played by Tatum appears with a yellowish goatee and heavy eyeliner. Sean Bean is also in this, but probably not for the length of the entire movie. (Sorry, Sean.) Eddie Redmayne wears some sort of fancy collar thing. The plot has something to do with his involvement with Mila Kunis, who is important in some way or another, aside from the fact that she's Mila Kunis and looks great here. Seriously though, her character's name is Jupiter and though she has a lowly job scrubbing toilets "her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos." Tatum plays Caine, a "genetically engineered ex-military hunter."
- Yelling, threatening parents harm teens' mental health
By Allison Bond NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Threatening or screaming at teenagers may put them at higher risk for depression and disruptive behaviors such as rule-breaking, a new study suggests. "The take home point is that the verbal behaviors matter," Annette Mahoney, who worked on the study, said. She's a professor of psychology at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. "It can be easy to overlook that, but our study shows that the verbal hostility is really relevant, particularly for mothers who scream and hit, and for fathers who do either one," Mahoney told Reuters Health.
- Feral cats away in a meow-nger
A group of feral cats has taken over a nativity scene in Brooklyn, and not for the first time.
- Woman finds out there was a razor blade inside her Dunkin’ Donuts croissant the hard way
Last week Priscilla Salas made her almost-daily pilgrimage to a Dunkin’ Donuts in Windham, Connecticut to get herself a croissant. Then something bad happened.
- You are what daddy ate, study says
A father's diet influences the health of his offspring, according to a study published on Tuesday that suggests men, like women, should plan to eat and live healthily in the run-up to conception. Researchers led by Sarah Kimmins at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, looked at what happened when male lab mice had a diet that was poor in vitamin B9. B9, also called folate, is present in green leafy vegetables, cereals, fruit and meat. Women often take folic acid supplements, before and during pregnancy, to reduce the risk of miscarriage and birth defects in their offspring.