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Eurovision Contestants 2015: Ireland

Ireland rocks at Eurovision. With seven wins since the birth of the most over-the-top singing contest, the country is actually the most successful at it. So, congrats...?

But Ireland has lost its Euro-mojo, as it's failed to reach the top five since 1997. Will this year's contestant Molly Sterling — at 16 years old, the youngest ever participant for Ireland — get the country back on track?

We're a little confused by the meaning of her song "Playing With Numbers" — and apparently so is she: "I was playing with the numbers and I didn't know what it meant." Come on Molly, TELL US WHAT THE NUMBERS MEAN!

Our guesses:

- The song is about an amnesic accountant;

- or about someone who bought a Euromillion ticket but then forgot;

- or about trying to become a math teacher in China;

- or about misplacing a large sum of money (which would coincidentally explain why Molly is now singing alone in a shitty warehouse).

Our vote:

Does it make you want to visit that country? 1.75/10

Was there enough glitter? 2.25/10

Ok to quit your day job? 1.5/10


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FOCUS: Israel-Palestine War

Wartime And Settlements: Preview Of Israel's Post-Netanyahu Era

Heated debate in Israel and abroad over the increase in the budget for settlements in the occupied West Bank is a reminder that wartime national unity will not outlast a deep ideological divide.

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A July photo of Jewish settlers in Nablus, West Bank.

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Pierre Haski


PARIS — During wartime, the most divisive issues are generally avoided. Not in Israel though, where national unity does not prevent ideological divisions from breaking through into the public space.

Benny Gantz, a longtime Benjamin Netanyahu nemesis, who became a member of the War Cabinet after October 7, criticized the government's draft budget on Monday. It may sound trivial, but his target was the increased spending allocated for Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank. Gantz felt that all resources should go towards the war effort or supporting the suffering economy — not the settlers.

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The affair did not go unnoticed internationally. Josep Borrell, the European High Representative for Foreign Policy, said that he was "appalled" by this spending on settlers in the middle of this war.

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