While You Were Sleeping: 5 stories you might have missed, Nov 24 edition

Israel cabinet votes to enshrine 'Jewish state' in law

Israel's government on Sunday endorsed a proposal to anchor in law the country's status as the national homeland of the Jewish people, drawing fire from critics who said it weakened democracy.

"The cabinet today approved a draft basic law: 'Israel the national state of the Jewish people'," said a statement from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party, one of whose MPs was a sponsor.

Netanyahu also announced a separate initiative to strip Arabs of their residency and welfare rights if they or their relatives take part in unrest.

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Western New York braces for flooding as heavy snow melts

The area around Buffalo, New York braced for potential flooding as warming temperatures began to melt up to 2 metres of snow that fell in a record snow storm last week in which 13 people died.

More than 650 members of the New York National Guard were in Erie county and Buffalo to help with snow removal and flood prevention, and hundreds of volunteers fanned out over the city to help dig out homes still buried in snow.

Recent rain compacted high banks of snow and made it heavy to dig out.

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Football: Last-gasp Christian Eriksen goal sees Spurs past 10-man Hull

Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen scored an excellent last-minute winner as Tottenham Hotspur snatched a 2-1 victory over 10-man Hull City in the Premier League on Sunday.

Former Spurs midfielder Jake Livermore gave Hull an early lead at the KC Stadium, but the hosts lost their way after Gaston Ramirez was sent off in the 50th minute for lashing out at Jan Vertonghen.

Harry Kane equalised just after the hour before Eriksen drove home the winning goal to give Spurs only a third win in 10 league games and lift Mauricio Pochettino's side into the top half of the table.

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Band Aid celebrity Christmas song remake to aid fight against Africa Ebola crisis tops British charts

Band Aid 30's reworked version of Do They Know it's Christmas, a song intended to raise money to fight the spread of Ebola in Africa, went straight to the top of Britain's single charts on Sunday, the Official Charts Company said.

The track was inspired by a celebrity song of the same name with different lyrics which was recorded in 1984 and raised millions of pounds to fight famine in Africa. Bob Geldof, former lead singer of the Irish rock band the Boomtown Rats, helped mastermind the track, as he did the original.

The new song, which sold over 200,000 copies in the last week to become the fastest-selling single of the year, has drawn criticism from some Africans and other recording artists who say it is patronising and perpetuates unhelpful myths about the continent's problems.

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Hunger Games tops US chart with US$123 million on opening weekend

The third instalment of the blockbuster Hunger Games action movie series starring Jennifer Lawrence tallied US$123 million (S$160 million) in ticket sales to top weekend box office charts, according to studio estimates.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 scored the year's biggest US opening and added a further US$152 million at overseas box offices for a global tally of US$275 million.

Walt Disney's animated action film Big Hero 6 was second, with ticket sales of US$20.1 million for the three days from Friday through Sunday pushing its three-week total to US$135.7 million.

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