The top 8 headlines you may have missed / Haaretz Newsline, May 31
From Madonna's premier show of her new world tour to satellite images allegedly showing Iran destroying evidence at a nuclear facility, Haaretz rounds up the top news from Israel, the Jewish World and the Middle East.
The Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) published on its website satellite images which it said increased concerns that Iran was trying to "destroy evidence" of suspected past research relevant for developing a nuclear weapons capability.
Israel transferred to Palestinian authorities on Thursday the bodies of 91 Palestinian militants, saying it hoped the move would help restart peace efforts.
Madonna will kick of her MDNA world tour at the Ramat Gan Stadium on Thursday night. Some 4,000 tourists have arrived in Israel just for the show. The international pop star donated 600 tickets to her show members of the Israeli and Palestinian peace camps.
The interim results of a new Israeli study found that transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy has a 40-percent success rate in breaking the smoking habit. In treatments using this method the subject, who is fully conscious during the process, dons a kind of metal helmet that transmits magnetic waves to the brain. These weak electrical pulses stimulate the nervous system.
In related news, the self-reported cigarette-smoking rate for Israelis aged over 21 reached a record low in 2011-2012, to just 20.6 percent. But overall cigarette consumption rose 0.1 percent from the previous year.
Two new Israel Supreme Court justices were sworn in Thursday morning: Prof. Daphne Barak-Erez, former dean of Tel Aviv University Law School, and Tel Aviv District Court Judge Uri Shoham.
Two U.S. tourists were kidnapped by gunman in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula on Thursday, said a security official, in the latest such incident in the area. The kidnappers had stopped a car that was carrying the two to a hotel and took them to a mountainous area, according to the official.
Dozens of protesters gathered on Wednesday near the central bus station in south Tel Aviv demanding the deportation of African migrants from Israel. An Israeli citizen of Ethiopian origin was assaulted during the protest, when he was mistaken for a migrant.
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