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The Atid Echad ("One Future") party informed Central Elections Committee Chairman Elyakim Rubinstein that it is withdrawing its candidacy from Tuesday's general election. Yehzkel Schetlzer, the party's chairperson, was also its sole Knesset candidate.

The party's platform focused on battling online pornography, which it dubs "the new drug." After the party's withdrawal, the number of parties vying for a seat in Israel's 19th Knesset on Tuesday's election is 32. (Telem Yahav)

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The British government has rejected proposals for an automatic block on online pornography. It feared that an "opt-in" system under which people would have to request that their internet connection give them access to adult material could create "a false sense of security" because it would not screen out all harmful content.

There were also concerns that it could have blocked websites that gave children access to "helpful information on sexual health or sexual identity".

David Cameron ordered a consultation on an automatic blocking system after MPs said internet service providers needed to do more to protect children from harmful images. Campaigners, led by Claire Perry, a Tory MP, handed a petition of 115,000 names into Downing Street demanding an opt-in system for pornography.

However, the Government's consultation response on Friday said it would instead rely on the voluntary co-operation of internet companies to strengthen controls on pornography and promote awareness. It will now urge the companies to "actively encourage parents, whether they are new or existing customers, to switch on parental controls".

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After several months of consultation with internet service providers and other experts, the UK government will soon propose new measures it hopes will shield children from online pornography. Prime Minister David Cameron has led efforts to develop these new safeguards, a filter-based system that will query internet users as to whether or not they have children in the house. A positive reply will result in parents being led through the installation of these "anti-porn" filters, with a further subset of questions determining how strictly they will be implemented. According to The Telegraph, protection mechanisms include timed access to explicit content and the ability to block visits to social networks like Facebook where it's difficult to monitor everything underage youths are exposed to.

ISPs will also bear some responsibility, as they'll be urged to take age validation steps to ensure any person setting these controls is in fact over 18. Reports also indicate that service providers are being asked to make existing customers aware of the new measures rather than just applying the rules to new signups. Attempting to skirt around the new regulations could result in legislative repercussions. Set to be unveiled later this month, the government's proposals fall short of disabling porn access by default for all internet subscribers — an idea that drew no shortage of censorship concerns. Nonetheless we expect concerns to persist, particularly since mobile carriers have been found to be applying such parental controls too liberally.

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CORTLAND, N.Y. — A district attorney in upstate New York has admitted that he acted in pornographic movies in the 1970s, then lied when questioned about it during his second campaign.

Mark Suben, the DA in Cortland County near Syracuse since 2008, held a news conference Friday to say he had lied about his past in the days before this year's election.

"Recently materials have been circulated alleging that I was involved in the adult film industry about 40 years ago in New York. Those allegations are true," he said. "I was an actor in adult films for a short period in the early '70s. I was also an actor in other venues including off-Broadway, soap operas and commercial advertisements."

He apologized for his actions and said he used "bad judgment" by acting in pornography and by lying about it. He wouldn't take questions, including whether he should resign. On his way out of the news conference, several people said, "You lied to me, Mark."

Suben's spokeswoman, Aimee Milks, said Suben will not resign.

It was quite an extraordinary sight. Bedfordshire is hardly a hotbed of political activism, so what was it that made several hundred people turn out onto its streets?

It was objections to plans for a lap dancing club in the town of Ampthill.

This display of solidarity from the genteel folk of this picturesque town was disarming.

Better known for for its historical associations with Catherine of Aragon than sleaze, they demonstrated where they draw the line.

A petition with 2,000 signatures, asking for the club's licence to be reconsidered, has also been handed to Central Bedfordshire Council.

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