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Darren Weir

Digital Journalist based in Ramat Gan, Israel, Israel. Joined on Jul 2, 2012

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Trick-or-treat, how much will you spend on Halloween?

Costumes, candy, home decorations, it all adds up when you are budgeting for Halloween. And a new survey has found that Halloween is the third most important retail season of the year, after Christmas and back-to-school.

Former teammates say Lance Armstrong at center of doping program

The US Anti-Doping Agency says it has evidence claiming that Lance Armstrong was at the center of the most "sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen."

Pussy Riot activist freed as band shortlisted for Sakharov Prize

As international accolades pour in for Russian punk band Pussy Riot, a Moscow court has released one of the three jailed activists, on probation.

Lady Gaga vomits on stage in Barcelona, keeps on dancing

Barcelona - Lady Gaga has become the latest performer to join an exclusive group after vomiting on stage during a performance in Barcelona on the weekend.

Israeli's Prime Minister calls early election over ailing economy

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced an early election, saying the vote should be held "as soon as possible."

Lindsay Lohan allegedly assaulted, choked in NYC hotel room

New York - Lindsay Lohan was allegedly assaulted in her New York hotel room by a man she met in a Chelsea nightclub early Sunday. The pair were arguing about some photos he took of the actress on his cell phone.

Omar Khadr is back home in Canada: Update

Omar Khadr is back in Canada from the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to finish serving out his prison term on home soil.

TSA under scrutiny after convicted agent blows whistle on thefts

The US Transportation Safety Administration says 381 officers have been fired for theft since 2003, 11 so far this year. And one convicted officer says a culture of indifference allows employees to steal from passengers without fear of getting caught.

Israeli PM's cartoon bomb at UN sparks Internet meme

It didn't take much time for the Internet to respond to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's bomb cartoon at the United Nations.

Google launches underwater Street View: Video

Have you ever wanted to explore the depths of the planet's oceans and seas but are afraid of deep sea diving? Google Maps has now unveiled a new Street View, with underwater panoramic virtual maps of the oceans.

Tori the smoking Orangutan gives birth after butting out

Jakarta - Two months after Tori, the smoking orangutan was moved to an isolated island at the Solo Zoo in Indonesia to force her to quit the habit, she has given birth.

Cyber-bullying victim wins partial victory, can remain anonymous

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that a 15-year old girl can pursue her cyber-bullies, without having to give up her identity. The court decided unanimously, the girl deserves to be protected from further victimization by having her name released.

Israel report says sanctions against Iran are working

On the same day Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a speech to the United Nations on Iran, a leaked government report could temper his message, saying western sanctions are having an impact.

Syrian authorities send rebels text message:'Game Over'

Damascus - Syrian rebels fighting the Assad regime, say they have received text messages on their mobile phones from authorities saying, "Game Over."

German mother accused of killing her five newborn babies

Flensburg - A 28-year old woman has been charged in Germany, with killing her five newborn babies after an infant's body was first discovered in 2006.

Monster 1000-lb Sturgeon caught in British Columbia river: Video

For the second time this year, a massive Sturgeon has been caught and released from BC's Fraser River weighing in at over one-thousand pounds.

Motion to reopen abortion debate in Canada goes down to defeat

Ottawa - Canadian Members of Parliament voted overwhelmingly to reject a motion that would have reopened the debate over abortion. But 10 Conservative cabinet ministers are under scrutiny for supporting the motion, including the minister for the Status of Women.

The Hazards of Yom Kippur in Israel

Yom Kippur is the high holiday for Jews around the world. In Israel, it's a day when everything shuts down; every school, business, and government office closes, there's no public transportation and nobody drives. But it also comes with its own hazards.

Rihanna tweets 'best wishes' to Chris Brown before court hearing

As Chris Brown prepared for a court hearing over a possible parole violation in connection with his assault on Rihanna in 2009, Rihanna sent him a message of good luck.

Facebook denies users private messages are showing up on timeline

If you have noticed private messages showing up on your Facebook timeline, you're not alone. But Facebook denies there is a privacy issue.
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