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Jerusalem – Zionism Debate At Heart Of Bitter Israeli Vote

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015 Jerusalem - What is Zionism? The ideological question, rooted in the 19th century, has gained surprising urgency in an Israeli election campaign that seems more open than had been expected. Seeking to take votes from the nationalistic right of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the relatively liberal opposition has rebranded itself as the Zionist Union -- sparking a debate about a concept that...

Kiev – Chief Rabbi Calls On Separatists To Cease Fighting As Ukrainian Jewish Center Hit By Rockets

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015 Kiev - A building housing a Jewish social welfare center in eastern Ukraine was hit by rockets on Tuesday during a barrage that has killed at least seven people in the government held city. Two rockets hit the nine story building housing the city’s local Hesed branch but failed to explode, according to the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, which runs the network of community...

Beirut – Hezbollah Faces Hard Choices Between Fighting Israel, Sunnis

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015 Beirut - Hezbollah's ambitions are spreading far beyond its Lebanon home as the militant Shiite movement appears increasingly bent on taking on Sunni foes across the Middle East. It has sent thousands of its fighters into Syria and senior military advisers to Iraq, helped Shiite rebels rise to power in Yemen and threatened Bahrain over its abuse of the Shiite majority. But the regional...

West Bank – Abbas Orders Probe Into Palestinian Cartoon Of Prophet Mohammad

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015 ‎West Bank - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has ordered an investigation into a cartoon apparently depicting the Prophet Mohammad in an official Palestinian newspaper. The move came less than a month after Abbas joined world leaders in a march for free speech in Paris following a deadly attack by Islamist gunmen on the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, which had caricatured...

Glendale, AZ – Brady Rallies Patriots To 28-24 Super Bowl Win Over Seahawks

Sunday, February 1st, 2015 Glendale, AZ - Tom Brady and the Patriots made this Super Bowl all about football, not footballs. Clutch football, spiced by a sensational fourth-quarter rally and a goal-line, game-saving interception. The record-setting Brady threw for four touchdowns, including a 3-yarder to Julian Edelman with 2:02 remaining Sunday night, as New England rallied from a 10-point deficit to beat Seattle...

Des Moines, IA – As Romney Weighs ’16 Bid, His Past Donors Commit To Jeb Bush

Thursday, January 29th, 2015 Des Moines, IA - Closing in on a decision about whether to again run for president, Mitt Romney is finding that several past major fundraisers and donors in key states have defected to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. The donors, in interviews with The Associated Press, said they see in Bush what they liked about Romney in 2012, namely what they believe it takes to serve successfully as...

Israel – Netanyahu Blasts Iran for Hezbollah Attack on Lebanon Border

Thursday, January 29th, 2015 Israel - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday said that Iran is to blame for a deadly flare-up along the Israeli-Lebanese border the previous day, the deadliest escalation in the disputed zone since the 2006 war between Hezbollah and Israel. The violence erupted when the Lebanese militant Hezbollah group on Wednesday fired a salvo of anti-tank missiles at an Israeli military convoy in...

Damascus – Syria Slams Turkey Over Paris Attacker Wife Crossing Border

Monday, January 12th, 2015 Damascus - The Syrian government has accused Turkey of allowing "terrorists" to freely cross the border after Ankara said the common-law wife of one of the Paris attackers entered Syria from Turkey earlier this month. Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Monday that the woman, Hayat Boumedienne, arrived in Turkey from Madrid on Jan. 2 before crossing into Syria on Jan. 8, the day...

Jerusalem – Netanyahu Crushes Danon To Retain Likud Chairmanship In Party Primary

Thursday, January 1st, 2015 Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won the backing of his hard-line Likud party in its primary and will lead it into general elections this March, Israeli media reported Thursday. With about 20 percent of the ballots cast Wednesday counted, Israeli media said Netanyahu had won the support of about 75 percent of electors, giving him an unassailable lead over challenger Danny...

Saudi Arabia – Oil Chief Says There’s No Conspiracy Behind Drop In Oil Prices

Sunday, December 21st, 2014 Saudi Arabia - Saudi Arabia's oil chief on Sunday dismissed allegations that his kingdom conspired to bring down oil prices in order to harm other countries and told a summit of Arab energy leaders that he was confident the market would stabilize. The kingdom, which is dependent on oil revenues, is able to weather lower oil prices due to large reserves built up over the years. Non-OPEC member...

Washington – Bush Announcement Makes Path To White House Tougher For Romney, Rubio

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014 Washington - Jeb Bush's move toward a 2016 presidential bid makes the path to the White House tougher for potential Republican rivals, including 2012 nominee Mitt Romney. Multiple Romney donors said on Tuesday the former Massachusetts governor is less likely to run now that Bush has entered the fray, since they would compete for the same Republican donors and supporters. Bush has already...

Russia – Gorbachev Calls For U.S.-Russia Summit To Defrost Ties

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 Russia - Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev called on Wednesday for a U.S.-Russia summit to be convened to prevent a deep freeze in Moscow's relations with the West over the Ukraine crisis. Gorbachev, whose policy of "perestroika" (restructuring) played a role in ending the Cold War, warned of potentially dire consequences if tensions were not reduced. "This is extremely dangerous, with...

Washington – Senate GOP Block Sweeping Overhaul Of NSA Surveillance Reform Program

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014 Washington - A bill to end the National Security Agency's bulk collection of telephone records failed on a procedural vote in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday after senior Republicans said it would benefit enemies of the United States, including Islamic State militants. The "USA Freedom Act" was supported by an unusual coalition of Democrats and conservative Republicans concerned about Americans'...

Albany, NY – Job Growth A Key Issue In NY Governor’s Race

Sunday, October 26th, 2014 Albany, NY - Gov. Andrew Cuomo says New York has more jobs than ever and that upstate New York is rebounding. Republican Rob Astorino talks about people fleeing to states with lower taxes and higher employment. It's as if they live in two very different New Yorks: One a state where government is helping dairy farms and high-tech startups reverse decades of decline, the other a once-mighty...

Washington – Expelled Nazis Got Millions In Social Security From US

Sunday, October 19th, 2014 Washington - Former Auschwitz guard Jakob Denzinger lived the American dream. His plastics company in the Rust Belt town of Akron, Ohio, thrived. By the late 1980s, he had acquired the trappings of success: a Cadillac DeVille and a Lincoln Town Car, a lakefront home, investments in oil and real estate. Then the Nazi hunters showed up. In 1989, as the U.S. government prepared to strip him...
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