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Khan Younis, Gaza Strip – Qatari Crisis Could Spell New Trouble For Embattled Hamas

Thursday, June 8th, 2017 Khan Younis, Gaza Strip  - Qatar, one of the few foreign backers of Hamas, faces massive pressure from its Gulf neighbors to cut ties with the Islamic militant group. If it does, the result could be disastrous for Hamas-ruled Gaza. Qatar has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in roads, housing and a major hospital in the tiny territory. Its infrastructure projects are one of the few...

Gaza Strip – After Hamas Decade, Gaza Short On Freedom, Jobs, Electricity

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017 Gaza Strip - Grim records mark the 10th anniversary of Hamas rule in Gaza — the longest-ever daily electricity and water cuts, 60 percent youth unemployment, and a rising backlog of thousands waiting for a rare chance to exit the blockaded territory. Unable to offer a remedy, the Islamic militant group has been doubling down on oppression. It has jailed the few who dare complain publicly...

Washington – White House Tries To Regroup, But Trump Isn’t Helping

Monday, June 5th, 2017 Washington - In its effort to regain control of its message, the White House has curtailed press briefings, redirected questions on the Russia investigation to an outside lawyer and planned a major infrastructure policy rollout for this week. But as long as President Donald Trump has a smartphone, no White House strategy is safe. The sun was still rising Monday when Trump upended best-laid...

Washington – For President Trump, Decisions Accompanied By Drama

Friday, June 2nd, 2017 of debate with aides arguing opposing positions. But there was, in the end, little ambiguity to Trump's pronouncement. "I cannot in good conscience support a deal that punishes the United States," Trump told a packed audience in the sunny garden as well as those watching on TV. "We're getting out. But we will start to negotiate and see if we can get a better deal. If we can, great. If we...

Washington – Trump Declines To Move US Embassy To Jerusalem, For Now

Thursday, June 1st, 2017 Washington - Stepping back from a campaign promise and incurring Israeli ire, President Donald Trump acted Thursday to keep the U.S. Embassy in Israel in Tel Aviv for now instead of moving it to Jerusalem, a cautious move aimed at bolstering prospects for an Israeli-Palestinian peace accord. Trump avoided a step that threatened to inflame tensions across the Middle East and undermine a push...

New York – Hannity Says Liberal Fascists After Sponsors; 1 Is Leaving

Thursday, May 25th, 2017 New York - Sean Hannity says a media watchdog is guilty of “liberal fascism” for targeting advertisers on his Fox News Channel show, as one company announced Wednesday that it would no longer hawk its wares there. The Chicago-based Cars.com said that it had been “watching closely” and recently decided to suspend its backing of Hannity. Hannity, the sole survivor from Fox’s once...

Zaatari Refugee Camp, Jordan – At Refugee Camp, Trump Envoy Haley Vows More Aid For Syrians

Sunday, May 21st, 2017 Zaatari Refugee Camp, Jordan - His skull and jaw wrapped in bandages, the young Syrian refugee stared nonchalantly into a small black box at a supermarket in this sprawling, dust-swept refugee camp. The box scanned his iris to identify him, charged his account and sent him on his way. If the boy noticed U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley watching intently from just a few feet...

Beirut – Syria Says US Airstrike Killed Several Soldiers Near Jordan

Friday, May 19th, 2017 Beirut - A Syrian military official said Friday that an aerial "aggression" by the U.S.-led coalition on a government military position near the border with Jordan the day before killed several soldiers and caused material damage. The strike was the first such close confrontation between U.S. forces and fighters backing President Bashar Assad and the development is likely to increase tensions...

Washington – Trump Supporters Blame Leaks, Conspiracy For His Woes

Thursday, May 18th, 2017 Washington - To the White House and its supporters, the big story in Washington isn't the investigation into possible Trump campaign ties to Russia. It's about leakers working to undermine the president. "SABOTAGE," read the subject line of emails sent out by President Donald Trump's re-election campaign and the Republican Party, which pointed to "people within our own unelected bureaucracy...

New York – Trump Loyalists Pay Little Heed To Revelations Rocking DC

Thursday, May 18th, 2017 New York - President Donald Trump's loyal backers say they don't know, don't believe or don't care about the explosive revelations that forced the Justice Department to appoint a special counsel to investigate possible collusion between Russia and the Republican campaign. From the quiet streets of New York's working-class Staten Island to small-town Denison, Iowa, and even smaller Rutledge...

Washington – Trump Visit Seen As Long Shot To Revive Israeli-Palestinian Peacemaking

Thursday, May 18th, 2017 Washington - Just four months after taking office, Donald Trump will make the earliest foray into Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking by any U.S. president next week. But with mounting obstacles at home and abroad, he faces long odds of succeeding where more experienced predecessors have failed. Even as last-minute changes are being made to Trump's ambitious Middle East itinerary, the trip has...

Boston – Throwing Shade: Boston Common Friends Knock Skyscraper Plan

Thursday, May 4th, 2017 Boston - A proposed skyscraper is threatening to throw shade on two of America's most treasured parks, Boston Common and the neighboring Public Garden, in exchange for a windfall payday for the city. At issue is whether developers of a proposed $1 billion, 775-foot tower — what would become Boston's third-tallest building — should be allowed to violate a state law banning buildings from...

New York – NYC Mayor Announces Plan For Free Preschool For 3-year-olds

Sunday, April 30th, 2017 New York - Free preschool for 4-year-olds was a signature issue that helped New York City's mayor win office in 2013. Now up for re-election, Bill de Blasio wants to add thousands of classroom seats for 3-year-olds, too. His initiative, which could eventually enroll up to 62,000 kids, would be among the largest public investments in preschool in the United States for children that...

Jerusalem – Archaeologists Restore Ancient Roman Temple In Israeli Port

Thursday, April 27th, 2017 Jerusalem - Archaeologists in Israel have begun work to restore a once-towering ancient-Roman temple in the modern-day Mediterranean city of Caesaria. As part of a $27 million project that aims to triple tourist numbers, scores of workers have erected scaffolding, cleared rubble and begun excavations around the more than 2000-year-old ruins. Caesaria was a vibrant Roman metropolis built in...

Washington – Trump’s Reversals Come After Crash Course On The Issues

Friday, April 14th, 2017 Washington - President Donald Trump is abruptly reversing himself on key issues. And for all his usual bluster, he's startlingly candid about the reason: He's just now really learning about some of them. "After listening for 10 minutes, I realized it's not so easy," the president said after a discussion with Chinese President Xi Jinping that included his hopes that China's pressure could...
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