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Washington – Envoy’s Anti-Semitism Remarks a Problem for Obama

December 7, 2011 at 11:10 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama's ambassador to Belgium has given Republicans heavy fodder for criticism by linking Israeli government policy with rising anti-Jewish sentiment among Europe's Muslims — an argument that has angered Jewish groups and given the Obama administration a new headache as it seeks to counter Republican claims that it is anti-Israel. Ambassador Howard Gutman...

London – Lawmaker Sorry for Saying Jewish Ambassador ‘Disloyal’ to UK

December 7, 2011 at 10:33 PM
London - The Labour MP Paul Flynn has apologized for questioning the loyalty of the British ambassador to Israel because he is Jewish. Mr Flynn said: "Clumsily expressed remarks of mine have caused anger and upset. "I greatly regret the interpretation that has been placed on them and I fully understand why offence was given. Some of the interpretations of these words were exaggerated...

Jerusalem – Ancient Stone Markings Baffles Archaeologists

December 7, 2011 at 10:03 PM
Jerusalem - Mysterious stone carvings made thousands of years ago and recently uncovered in an excavation underneath Jerusalem have archaeologists stumped. Israeli diggers who uncovered a complex of rooms carved into the bedrock in the oldest section of the city recently found the markings: Three "V'' shapes cut next to each other into the limestone floor of one of the rooms, about 2 inches...

Washington – Spy Drone May Provide Little Intelligence To Iran

December 7, 2011 at 09:32 PM
Washington - The Iranian capture of a high-tech, stealth U.S. drone shines a light on the American spying mission there, but probably doesn't tell Tehran much that it didn't already know, a senior U.S. official said. The RQ-170 Sentinel was providing surveillance over Iran and didn't just accidentally wander away from the Afghanistan border region, as first suggested. The official said...

New York – FOX: Kiss the MF Global Money Goodbye, Sources Say

December 7, 2011 at 08:17 PM
New York - Investigators looking into the disappearance of customer funds during the implosion of MF Global last month are coming to the conclusion that the money is likely gone for good, sources with direct knowledge of the matter tell the FOX Business Network. What they don’t know is just how much money is missing. That is likely to change as early as Friday, when bankruptcy trustee...

Israel – Court Demands Gov’t to Explain Continued Kollel Payments

December 7, 2011 at 07:53 PM
Israel - The High Court of Justice on Wednesday demanded that the government explain within 90 days why it continues to pay income support allotments to married men studying full time in institutes for full-time, advanced study of the Talmud and rabbinic literature (kollels). In June 2010, the High Court ruled that the government could not continue providing allotments only to ultra-Orthodox...

Des Moines, IA – Romney Marriage Ad Contrasts With Rising Gingrich

December 7, 2011 at 07:15 PM
Des Moines, IA - Republican Mitt Romney is emphasizing his 42-year marriage in a new ad airing in early-voting states, inviting a clear contrast with thrice-married Newt Gingrich, who leads in Iowa and is closing on Romney in New Hampshire. The commercial marks a new phase in the GOP presidential nomination campaign, one focused more on character issues than their policy...

San Antonio – Big Promise Is Seen In 2 New Cancer Drugs

December 7, 2011 at 07:05 PM
San Antonio - Breast cancer experts are cheering what could be some of the biggest advances in more than a decade: two new medicines that significantly delay the time until women with very advanced cases get worse. In a large international study, an experimental drug from Genentech called pertuzumab held cancer at bay for a median of 18 months when given with standard treatment, versus 12...

New York – NYC Sidewalks Are Getting More Crowded

December 7, 2011 at 06:51 PM
New York - New York City sidewalks are becoming more crowded. According to The New York Times, (http://nyti.ms/tvU0HC ) the city started gauging foot traffic at 50 busy intersections five years ago. The "pedestrian volume index" has climbed steadily. The exception is from 2008 to 2009, possibly because of the recession. One study found 350,000 pedestrians a day in Times Square. There...

New York – ADL: Israeli Chief Rabbinate Should Denounce Ultra-Orthodox Practice of Spitting at Christians

December 7, 2011 at 05:22 PM
New York, NY - The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has called on the Chief Rabbinate of Israel to publicly denounce the repulsive decades-old practice by ultra-Orthodox Jews of spitting at Christian clergymen they encounter in the street. "This repulsive practice is a hateful act of persecution against another faith group and a desecration of God's name according to Jewish law," said Abraham H...

New York, NY – Leaders Applaud Decision to Save Non-Public Schools $8 Million Annually in Taxes‏

December 7, 2011 at 05:15 PM
New York, NY - Councilman David G. Greenfield (D-Brooklyn) was joined by Councilman Eric A. Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), Rev. Msgr. Kiernan E. Harrington, Vicar for Communications for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, Rabbi Mordechai Besser, Principal of Manhattan Day School, and Sam A. Sutton, Co-President, TEACH NYS, on the steps of City Hall on Wednesday to applaud the decision to exempt...

New York – DA: 94 People Charged In NYC Check-Fraud Ring

December 7, 2011 at 05:05 PM
New York - New York City prosecutors say nearly 100 people formed a well-organized check fraud ring that exploited a banking loophole to steal more than $450,000 by depositing bogus checks and withdrawing the money before they bounced. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. announced Wednesday that 94 people had been indicted on various charges. Vance says the group opened savings...

Washington – CNN/TIME/ORC Poll: Gingrich Posts Massive Gains in Key Early States

December 7, 2011 at 04:37 PM
Washington - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, once given up for dead in the Republican presidential primary, picked the right moment for a dramatic comeback. With less than a month to go until voting begins, Gingrich now leads the field of GOP contenders in Iowa, South Carolina and Florida and is within striking distance of the lead in New Hampshire according to a new CNN/TIME/ORC poll...

Jerusalem – Sikrikim Extremist Released to House Arrest

December 7, 2011 at 04:33 PM
Jerusalem - Yosef Meir Hazan, a prominent militant in the extremist ultra-Orthodox Sikrikim (Sicarii) group, was released from imprisonment to house arrest at a hearing on Wednesday in the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court. Hazan, 21, was indicted last Thursday and charged with one count of aggravated assault, one count of aggravated assault against a police officer, and rioting. Hazan will...

Vienna – Austria Donates $8 Million to Auschwitz Fund

December 7, 2011 at 04:17 PM
Vienna - Austria's parliament has authorized a donation of €6 million ($8 million) toward helping to renovate a memorial to Holocaust victims who died at Auschwitz. The death camp in Poland was the most infamous of the string of death camps set up by Germany's Nazis. More than 1 million people, most of the Jews, died there, the majority in gas chambers. Many Austrians supported Hitler and...
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