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Washington – U.S. Officials Defend Kerry From Israeli Criticism

Monday, July 28th, 2014 Washington - Obama administration officials rallied to the defense of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday after withering criticism in Israel of Kerry's failed attempt to secure a ceasefire between Israelis and Palestinians. The critiques of Kerry centered around ideas that U.S. officials say were sent to Israeli officials, based on an Egyptian draft ceasefire proposal, that would...

Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia Quietly Worked Back Channels To Secure Bodies, Black Boxes

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 Kuala Lumpur - As Western leaders increasingly pointed the finger of blame at pro-Russian separatists, and Moscow itself, over the shooting down of a Malaysia Airlines plane in eastern Ukraine, the government in Kuala Lumpur said little. The reasons for that reticence - which had drawn criticism at home - became clear on Tuesday, when Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced shortly...

Paris – Defying Allies, France To Deliver First Warship To Russia

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 Paris - President Francois Hollande won broad domestic applause on Tuesday for defying allies Britain and the United States by confirming plans to deliver a helicopter carrier to Russia, with one backer dismissing their objections as hypocritical. Speaking on the eve of an EU meeting to discuss sanctions on Moscow over the downing of a civilian airliner over Ukraine, Hollande said late on...

Jerusalem – Despite Denial From UN Envoy Israeli Spokesman Says Still Cannot Rule Out Capture Soldier Claim By Hamas

Monday, July 21st, 2014 Jerusalem - Residents of the Gaza Strip, mostly house-bound and fearful after 13 days of Israeli bombardment, lit fireworks and chanted "God is great!" into the early morning darkness on Monday after Hamas said it had captured an Israeli soldier. Abu Ubaida, the masked and camouflaged spokesman of the Palestinian Islamist militant group's armed wing, announced that a soldier named as Shaul...

Hrabove, Ukraine – Monitors Try To Secure Ukraine Plane Crash Site As World Leaders Point To Putin

Saturday, July 19th, 2014 Hrabove, Ukraine - International monitors moved gingerly Saturday through fields reeking of the decomposing corpses that fell from a Malaysian airliner shot down over rebel-held eastern Ukraine, trying to secure the sprawling site in hopes that a credible investigation can be conducted. But before inspectors ever reach the scene, doubts arose about whether evidence was being...

Damascus – Syrian President Bashar Assad Is Sworn In For New 7-Year 3rd Term In Office

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014 Damascus - Proclaiming the Syrian people winners in a "dirty war" waged by outsiders, President Bashar Assad was sworn in on Wednesday, marking the start of his third seven-year term in office amid a bloody civil war that has ravaged the Arab country. Looking confident and self-assured, occasionally making jokes, Assad declared victory over "terrorism" and said countries that supported the...

New York – After Appeal, Jail In NYC Dead Sea Scrolls Case

Monday, July 14th, 2014 New York - A man convicted of using digital-age tools to impersonate and malign his father's academic rivals on the ancient subject of the Dead Sea Scrolls was sentenced Monday to two months in jail after the state's highest court tossed out some of his convictions — and with them, a state aggravated-harassment law. The sentencing of Raphael Golb, who also got three years' probation, came...

Jerusalem – Israeli Inventor Says Molecule-Scanner Will Be Next Google

Thursday, July 10th, 2014 Jerusalem - An Israeli inventor has created a scanner that he says could change the way we shop and take care of ourselves — by reading the chemical makeup of foods, drugs and other items we use. The tiny gadget is still limited to a few key applications. But creator Dror Sharon envisions a machine that will compile a massive collection of data that will allow users to analyze the physical...

Jerusalem – Sparks Fly In Cabinet Meeting Between Netanyahu, Liberman

Sunday, July 6th, 2014 Jerusalem - Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu traded sharp barbs at Sunday’s cabinet meeting with Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman, who over the weekend slammed what he said was Israel’s tepid response to the rocket fire from Gaza. Following days of rockets on the South and riots in Jerusalem and among segments of the Israeli-Arab population, Netanyahu opened the weekly cabinet meeting...

Tel Aviv – Israeli’s Chemical Scanner That Reads Chemical Makeup Of Foods, Could Change Shopping

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014 Tel Aviv - An Israeli inventor has created a scanner that he says could change the way we shop and take care of ourselves — by reading the chemical makeup of foods, drugs and other items we use. The tiny gadget is still limited to a few key applications. But creator Dror Sharon envisions a machine that will compile a massive collection of data that will allow users to analyze the physical...

Washington – Supreme Court: Obama Overstepped Power In Making Recess Appointments

Thursday, June 26th, 2014 Washington - The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday delivered a blow to President Barack Obama by cutting back the power of the White House to temporarily fill senior government posts without Senate approval. In a ruling that will constrain future presidents, the court held on a 9-0 vote that the three appointments Obama made to the U.S. National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in 2012 were unlawful...

Washington – Primary Showdowns In Miss., NY For Cochran, Rangel

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014 Washington - Six-term Sen. Thad Cochran struggled against a challenge from state Sen. Chris McDaniel in Mississippi's Republican primary runoff Tuesday, testing the appeal of decades of delivering federal largesse against conservative demands to slash government spending. The 76-year-old Cochran, the former Senate Appropriations Committee chairman who has steered billions of dollars back...

New York – Poll: New York Rep. Rangel Holds Strong Lead Ahead Of Primary

Thursday, June 19th, 2014 New York - Representative Charles Rangel of New York leads his challenger, State Senator Adriano Espaillat, 47 percentage points to 34 points ahead of the Democratic primary on Tuesday, according to a NY1/Siena College poll. Rangel, who has represented the district in Congress for 22 terms, has seen his lead among likely voters jump to 13 points from a 9-point lead in last month's Siena...

New York – Brooklyn Offers Urban Cool To 2016 Convention Bid

Sunday, June 15th, 2014 New York - Brooklyn, at long last out of the shadow of Manhattan, has become its own urban brand, emanating youthful energy, gritty cool and liberal politics, a combination backers hope will make it the edgy choice to host the 2016 Democratic convention. Brooklyn's rise as a national symbol of liberalism — embodied by Mayor Bill de Blasio, who calls the borough home — coincides with the...

Park City, UT – Romney: All US Fought For In Iraq Could Vanish

Friday, June 13th, 2014 Park City, UT - Republican Mitt Romney criticized President Barack Obama's handling of foreign policy, telling financial backers at his annual conference Friday that everything the nation fought for during the lengthy Iraq war could vanish. The 2012 Republican presidential nominee said at the start of his annual ideas summit at a luxurious Utah resort that the foreign policy agenda pushed by...
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