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1. A rocket carrying an Israeli communications satellite exploded on its launchpad at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Thursday, destroying the $85 million device.
Read more: Israeli satellite explodes on rocket in Cape Canaveral
2. The isolationist policies of US President Barack Obama are likely to continue after he leaves office in January, Deputy Minister Michael Oren (Kulanu) reportedly said this week.
Read more: Obama may be out, but 'Obamaism' is here to stay, Israel's Oren reportedly says
3. Milan Chatterjee, former UCLA student president and recipient of the American Jewish Committee's inaugural Campus Courage Award, informed UCLA on Aug. 24 that he would be leaving the university due to a "hostile and unsafe campus climate" created by pro-BDS organizations.
Read more: UCLA student president leaves due to pro-BDS harassment
4. A family of five from northern Israel, that moved to Syria to join ISIS last year, has arrived in Turkey in an attempt to return to Israel, Channel 2 news reported Wednesday.
Read more: Israeli family that joined ISIS attempts to return to Israel
5. Israel Air Force (IAF) jets, transport planes, and refuellers landed back in Israel on Wednesday night, after taking part in the 11-day Exercise Red Flag hosted by the US Air Force held at Nellis Air Base, Nevada from August 15 to 26.
Read more: 'Israeli Air Force takes part in US drill with Pakistan, United Arab Emirates'