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A long article in the New York Times this week is headlined "Bernie Sanders Is Jewish, but He Doesn’t Like to Talk About It." The premise is simple: Sanders is not Jewish enough, or not overtly Jewish enough, for those Jews who want all Jews to wear a metaphorical yellow star. But it's not only Jews and it's not only Americans who want their politicians to put their religion front and centre - and to define a country with reference to the criteria set by those same outspoken groups. Are we seeing the death of the separation of Church and State?

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AdBlock Plus, by eyeo.com, is by far the leading add-on for internet browsers whose users want to prevent the display of unwanted ads. AdBlock Plus is open that it allows certain companies to be "whitelisted" upon payment of a fee. There is absolutely nothing hidden or underhand. However, the choice of companies has, for a year, been the source of many complaints with one "promoted content" provider being the prime suspect. Taboola is the provider that has become especially hated, not because of what it does but because of who it does it for - and for some of its tech practices.

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I should, I suppose, feel a little sorry for the senior management of Pantai Holdings Berhad: they own some fine hospitals that provide excellent care. Unfortunately, someone there has chosen some seriously dodgy characters to undertake their telephone canvassing.

<b>Nigel Morris-Cotterill</b> documents an afternoon stolen by unprofessional and, arguably, criminal canvassers - and the harm it can cause a company that has worked hard to build its reputation.

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Mr Hiroshi Nakaso, Deputy Governor of the Bank of Japan spoke at the Japan Society in New York, New York City on the 12 February 2016. He says that his primary goal is to overcome deflation and that this can be done by increasing the both the demand and the supply side of the economy, in particular by encouraging more women into the workforce. It works in Sweden, he says. He also wants all fit and healthy elderly people to work.

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The BBC needs revenue and that revenue has to come from advertising and sponsorship. Indeed, although in the UK its services are commercial free, its external broadcasts have long been advertisement-supported. Today it crossed into dangerous territory.

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Whether you call the black and gold cars Lotus after their sponsor or Renault after the tech, they still have their engine manufacturer's logo proudly displayed. Caterham (which has the right to the name Team Lotus but doesn't use it) also carry Renault branding. But for the Korean GP, that's going to change and almost no one outside Korea will know why

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There are those who misguidedly think that the world would be better off without lawyers. The UK legal profession's problem is that it has for so long abandoned its long-standing principles that it's become utterly rotten from within. Add in the deliberate destruction of the profession by successive governments and it's no surprise that there is a crisis from which few will emerge unscathed.

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It would be the most anticipated mobile phone launch - bar none - if Samsung wasn't such a media tart that it places PR stories across the spectrum of press and lazy bloggers pounce on their every word, "revealing" "leaks" and providing fodder for indiscriminate search engines that these days are seemingly just as likely to be seeing requests for information on the company's products as they are for porn.

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On 18th February 2011, when Nokia announced that it would hitch its operating system wagon exclusively to Microsoft's mobile Windows, we said "What Nokia has now done is to become fiscally dependent on Microsoft. MS have got a phone company with a huge market share without paying a penny for it. And as Nokia declines, as many expect it to do, it will - ultimately - prove a potential takeover target for Microsoft." We had an opinion on whether it was a good idea. Has anything changed?

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The actions of terrorists are always unacceptable. But history shows that changing attitudes accept the results of terrorism and, in some cases, see the results as worthy of the action. As we come up to two weeks before the 12th anniversary of 11 September 2001, it is clear some, perhaps unintended, consequences may prove to be beneficial to the entire world, including Muslims.

A contentious thought: please set aside emotional considerations when reading.

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Cairo is becoming a place not to be. With snatch squads picking people up from the street and the British Embassy trying without much success to find out who's been caught up in the trawl and a raft of problems from other factions, this is starting to have all the hallmarks of a very dangerous situation.

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The USA is to close embassies and consulates over Hari Raya / Eid (the end of Ramadan / Muslim new year). It's a PR snafu.

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Last week, a spokesman for the UK's Sky TV told his own news channel that the company would continue with 3D TV. But increasingly, that's an isolated stance. The basic problem is that consumers don't want a new TV as often as they want a new phone.

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My personal experience with IKEA is never happy, but things are getting worse. It's about time things were told as they are.

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Author Jefferson Galt gives a personal view of the weekend's wheeled sport including the Tour de France, F1's British Grand Prix at Silverstone, MotoGP at Assen and World Superbikes at Imola.

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