Campaign photo diary
September 12, 2012

President Obama makes a surprise visit to a campaign office in Port St. Lucia, Fla., on Sept. 9, and makes a couple phone calls to startled supporters. But before Obama got on the phone, he had a little trouble operating it. First, a staffer handed Obama an iPhone, which he struggled to dial. "Hold on, hold on," the "befuddled commander-in-chief said. "I can do this. See, I still have a BlackBerry." Eventually the call went through. For the next call, a staffer handed Obama a pre-dialed flip phone. The Week Staff

meanwhile in israel
8:22 a.m. ET
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A gaining global boycott against Israel has many world leaders worried — including presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton.

The movement, called BDS or "boycotts, divestment, and sanctions" against Israel, was begun by a group of Palestinian activists in 2005, as inspired by peaceful anti-apartheid movements in South Africa. The group has since gained an enormous global following, to the point that Israel has now identified it as a threat akin to Palestinian militant groups or the Iranian nuclear program, The Associated Press reports.

“Israel is a vibrant democracy in a region dominated by autocracy, and it faces existential threats to its survival,” Hillary Clinton recently wrote to donor Haim Saban and other leaders in a letter dated July 2. “Particularly at a time when anti-Semitism is on the rise across the world — especially in Europe — we need to repudiate forceful efforts to malign and undermine Israel and the Jewish people.” She called on both Democrats and Republicans to "make countering B.D.S. a priority."

However, organizers and supporters of BDS deny accusations of anti-Semitism; rather, their goals include ending Israel's occupation of territories captured in 1967, ending discrimination against Arabs, and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees by returning family properties lost in the war of 1948.  Jeva Lange

that's a lot of years
8:01 a.m. ET

The world's oldest man died at the age of 112 in a nursing home in Tokyo, officials reported Tuesday. Sakari Momoi, who was crowned the world's oldest man by Guinness World Records in August 2014 at the age of 111, died from kidney failure. Momoi was born on Feb. 5, 1903, and was a teacher and a high school principal in Japan.

Momoi's successor as the world's oldest man is reportedly another Japanese man, 112-year-old Yasutaro Koide, who was born a little over a month after Momoi. However, a woman still clenches the title for the oldest person on Earth. That honor goes to 116-year-old Susannah Mushatt Jones of Brooklyn, New York. Becca Stanek

Grexit Watch
6:38 a.m. ET
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Eurozone leaders gathered in Brussels on Tuesday to decide how to respond to a Greek referendum that overwhelmingly rejected austerity on Sunday. With the country's banks expected to run out of cash over the next few days, there are signs that the Greek government is preparing a more conciliatory bailout proposal. European leaders are reportedly divided, with Germany advocating a hardline approach to Greece's debt and France pushing for reconciliation. "The French government will do everything to keep Greece in the eurozone," French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said. Read more at The Washington Post. Nico Lauricella

This just in
1:43 a.m. ET

One person was killed and four others injured after ice caves in Washington's Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest partly collapsed on Monday.

Authorities say it was the second day in a row that the ice caves collapsed; no one was hurt during Sunday's incident. The Big Four Ice Caves can only be reached via a narrow, 26-mile road, NBC News reports, and the main cave is almost 100 feet deep and 25 feet wide, making it a popular hiking destination. Authorities say the caves are dangerous, especially when temperatures rise and they fall apart. Washington is experiencing a heat wave, and on Monday, temperatures in the area reached 80 degrees.

Three of the injured were brought to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, with the two male patients suffering from head lacerations and leg and pelvis fractures, a spokeswoman for the hospital said. A 25-year-old man is in critical condition, while a 35-year-old man is in serious condition. A female patient, 35, is in satisfactory condition. Catherine Garcia

1:14 a.m. ET
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After missing a deadline to pay a $200,000 sanctioning fee, the World Boxing Organization stripped Floyd Mayweather of the welterweight world title he won after defeating Manny Pacquiao in May.

The WBO requires that boxers pay 3 percent of their purse to fight for a world title, up to a maximum of $200,000, AFP reports. Mayweather earned a reported $220 million from the fight against Pacquiao. Another WBO rule prohibits champions to hold belts in other weight divisions; Mayweather is currently the WBC and WBA champion at junior middleweight and welterweight.

In a statement, the WBO said it has received "no response" from Mayweather or his legal representatives, and is "allowed no other alternative but to cease to recognize" Mayweather as the WBO Welterweight Champion of the World. The WBO is expected to name American Timothy Bradley, who beat fellow American Jessie Vargas for the WBO interim welterweight belt on June 27, the new champion. Catherine Garcia

can i get an amen?
12:50 a.m. ET

For those who find Facebook too worldly, there's now Facegloria.

Evangelical Christians in Brazil launched the social media site in June, and it already boasts 100,000 members, the BBC reports. On Facegloria, swearing and erotic content are banned, and instead of "liking" something, you click the "Amen" button. Also, don't expect to see any profile pictures with rainbow filters — gay material is forbidden. "On Facebook, you see a lot of violence and pornography," web designer Atilla Barros told AFP. "That's why we thought of creating a network where we could talk about God, love, and to spread His word."

There's a similar site for Muslims called Ummaland, which launched in 2013 and has 329,000 members. It offers "extended privacy settings" for women and shares Islamic inspirational quotes every day. Facegloria is only in Portuguese at the moment, but the company is hoping to soon be available everywhere. "Our network is global," Acir dos Santos, an investor in Facegloria, said. "We have bought the Faceglory domain in English and in all possible languages. We want to take on Facebook and Twitter here and everywhere." Catherine Garcia

Bill Cosby
12:02 a.m. ET
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Lawyers representing some of the women who have accused Bill Cosby of sexual misconduct are speaking out, following Monday's release of a deposition in which the comedian admits that he acquired quaaludes and intended to give them to women he wanted to have sex with.

The previously sealed testimony was from a 2005 deposition, and was part of a lawsuit filed by a former Temple University employee against Cosby. More than two dozen women have accused him of sexual misconduct, including several who say he drugged and raped them. Attorney Gloria Allred said she would like to use the testimony in other cases against Cosby. "This confirms the allegations of numerous victims who have alleged that he had used drugs to sexually assault them," she told The Associated Press. She added, "The admission is one that Mr. Cosby has attempted to hide from the public for many years and we are very gratified that it is now being made public."

Model Janice Dickinson said that Cosby raped her in 1982, and filed a defamation suit in May after his lawyers denied the accusation. In a statement, her attorney, Lisa Bloom, said "now we know why" Cosby did not show up at a deposition for her lawsuit. "How dare he publicly vilify Ms. Dickinson and accuse her of lying when she tells a very similar story," she said. "It is time for Mr. Cosby to stop hiding behind his attorneys and publicists and to publicly apologize to Ms. Dickinson and the 46 other women who have publicly accused him of sexual assault." Cosby has never been criminally charged. Catherine Garcia

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