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Extra! USA Says Bye-Bye David Letterman

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USA Today , May 20, 2015

USA Today dedicated most of its front page to David Letterman and the last episode of his Late Show slated for Wednesday night. Having hosted talk shows on NBC and CBS for more than 30 years, the affably sarcastic Indiana native has decided to retire.

To honor Letterman, USA Today changed its logo into his smiling face and the newspaper even used one of his most popular features, the Top 10 list, to tally the host's impact. American actor Bill Murray and singer Bob Dylan were the top guests on the penultimate show Tuesday night, with tonight's episode looking back on Letterman's career highlights.

Though always in a suit and tie, Letterman Introduced a new quirkier style to late-night television. His influence has spread around the world: We've made a video featuring eight international versions of Dave and his show .

ABOUT THE SOURCE: USA Today is a Virginia-based broadsheet newspaper founded in 1982.

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Turkey-Israel Relations? It's Complicated — But The Gaza War Is Different

Turkish President Erdogan has now called on the International Criminal Court to go after Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu for war crimes, as the clash between the two regional powers has reached a new low.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Elias Kassem

Since the arrival two decades ago of now President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s relationship with Israel has been a mix of deep ideological conflict and cover-your-eyes realpolitik .

On the one hand, Erdogan has positioned himself as a kind of global spokesman for the Palestinian cause . His Justice and Development Party has long publicly and financially supported Hamas, which shares similar roots in the 20th-century Muslim Brotherhood movement.

And yet, since 2001 when Erdogan first came to power, trade between Turkey and Israel has multiplied from $1.41 to $8.9 billion in 2022. Moreover, both countries see major potential in transporting newly discovered Israeli natural gas to Europe, via Turkey.

The logic of shared interests clashes with the passions and posturing of high-stakes geopolitics. Diplomatic relations have been cut off, then restored, and since October 7, the countries’ respective ambassadors have been recalled, with accusations flying between Erdogan and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Still, over the past 48 hours, Turkish-Israeli relations may have hit an all-time low.

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