North Carolina

Pollard, who spied for Israel, to be released

Jonathan Pollard, the Navy intelligence analyst whose 1985 arrest for selling secrets to Israel set off a sensational spy saga, will be released from a federal prison in Butner next week, marking the end of a three-decade conflict between the allies. Pollard, 61, had been serving a life sentence, but was granted parole this year. His lawyers said that he had lined up a job and housing in the New York area. He must remain in the U.S. for five years.

Washington, D.C.

Federal workers' political views unplugged

Federal workers wishing to blast their political views on the 2016 elections on social media are now barred from doing so at the workplace and during work hours, according to new rules from the U.S. Office of Special Counsel. The rules require federal employees to leave workplaces during break times to tweet or Facebook about campaign news, even from personal cellphones.

Israel

Two Israelis killed in West Bank shooting

Two Israelis were killed in a shooting attack near the West Bank city of Hebron. Israel's military said the two were killed when a gunman opened fire on their vehicle. Israel forces deployed roadblocks and were searching the area for the assailant, who reportedly fled by car. The victims were identified as a 40-year-old man and his 18-year-old son.

Russia

Egypt's national airline barred from Russia

Russia's state aviation agency banned Egypt's national carrier from flying to Russia. The ban is effective starting Saturday. The move followed Russian President Vladimir Putin's decision to suspend all Russian flights to Egypt after the Oct. 31 crash of a Russian passenger jet in Egypt that killed 224 people.

Switzerland

Anne Frank's diary gains a co-author

The Swiss foundation that holds the copyright to "The Diary of Anne Frank" is alerting publishers that her father, Otto Frank, is not only the editor but also the co-author of the book. The move extends the copyright from Jan. 1, when it is set to expire in most of Europe, to the end of 2050. Anne Frank died 70 years ago at a concentration camp and Otto Frank died in 1980. Extending the copyright blocks others from being able to publish the book without paying royalties or receiving permission.

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