Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan compared the cancellation of several rallies in Germany before a referendum in his nation to Nazi practices. "Your practices are not different from the Nazi practices of the past," Erdogan said Sunday in Istanbul at a campaign for the referendum. "I thought it's been a long time since Germany left [Nazi practices]. We are mistaken."

Abis Rizvi made a Bollywood action film about tigers. Leanne Nasser insisted on traveling from Israel, even though her father was worried about her safety. Haykal Mousallem, a fitness trainer, came from Lebanon with his wife to ring in the new year. Also there to celebrate was Nawras Assaf, who owned a lounge and bar in Jordan.

JERUSALEM — It’s no state secret that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, enjoy life’s little luxuries. Just in the past three years, Netanyahu has drawn withering front-page coverage for dipping into the state treasury for a $2,700-a-year gourmet ice cream habit. Or for ordering a double bed for a five-hour plane ride to London. That cost taxpayers $127,000.

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