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Israel – The Interplay of Intelligence, Law During War

November 15, 2012 at 11:48 PM
Israel - How relevant are a terrorist’s past terror acts to the legality of a targeted killing? When Israel announced the targeted killing of Hamas military commander Ahmed Jabari on Wednesday, most of the focus was on him having a long history of “blood on his hands.” Obviously, the debate surrounding killing terrorists has enormous moral and public relations components that make how...

Israel – Signs Mount of Possible Israeli Invasion of Gaza

November 15, 2012 at 11:14 PM
Israel - Israeli aircraft pummeled the rocket arsenals of Gaza militants on Friday and signaled a ground invasion might be growing near as troops, tanks and armored personnel carriers massed near Israel's southern border with the Palestinian territory. Fighting between the two sides escalated sharply Thursday with a first-ever militant attack on the Tel Aviv area, menacing Israel's heartland...

Washington – Post Office Reports Record Loss of $15.9B for Year

November 15, 2012 at 10:33 PM
Washington - The struggling U.S. Postal Service on Thursday reported an annual loss of a record $15.9 billion and forecast more red ink in 2013, capping a tumultuous year in which it was forced to default on billions in payments to avert bankruptcy. The financial losses for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30 were more than triple the $5.1 billion loss in the previous year. Having reached its...

San Francisco – Feds Probe FedEx, UPS over Online Drug Shipments

November 15, 2012 at 10:08 PM
San Francisco - FedEx and UPS have disclosed they are targets of a federal criminal investigation related to their dealings with online pharmacies, which are at the center of an international crackdown on prescription drug abuse. The shipping companies made the disclosures in regulatory filings over the last several weeks. FedEx spokesman Patrick Fitzgerald confirmed the probe in a prepared...

Secaucus, NJ – Kosherfest Wows Yet Again, While Helping Sandy Victims (video-photos)

November 15, 2012 at 08:02 PM
Seacacus, NJ - Kosherfest, the world's largest kosher food show took on a new face this year, as the annual event not only showcased a dizzying array of kosher products, both innovative and traditional, but also became a vehicle to provide food to the many victims of Hurricane Sandy. Approximately $200,000 worth of leftover food from the show, which took place this past Tuesday and Wednesday...

Washington – Violence in Israel Challenges US-Egypt Ties

November 15, 2012 at 06:42 PM
Washington - The Obama administration struggled Thursday to deal with the biggest flare-up in Israeli-Palestinian violence in years, unable to call on its old ally, former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, to negotiate an end to rocket attacks on the Jewish state. Instead, the administration relied on Egypt's untested Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, who — like the Gaza Strip's rulers...

New York – Man Indicted in Plot to Bomb Federal Reserve

November 15, 2012 at 05:11 PM
New York - A Bangladeshi man has been indicted on charges of attempting to blow up the New York Federal Reserve Bank last month with what he believed was a 1,000-pound bomb, court papers made public Thursday show. The grand jury indictment charges Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, 21, with one count of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and one count of attempting to provide...

Washington – CIA To Investigate David Petraeus

November 15, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Washington - The CIA on Thursday said it had opened an "exploratory" investigation into the conduct of its former director David Petraeus, who resigned last week over an extramarital affair. "At the CIA we are constantly reviewing our performance. If there are lessons to be learned from this case we'll use them to improve," a CIA spokesperson said in a statement. "But we're not getting ahead...

Jerusalem – Israel And Hamas Battle On Social Media As Well

November 15, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Jerusalem - The hostilities between Israel and Hamas have found a new battleground: social media. The Israeli Defense Forces and Hamas militants have exchanged fiery tweets throughout the fighting in a separate war to influence public opinion. Shortly after it launched its campaign Wednesday by killing Hamas' top military commander Ahmed Jabari, the Israeli military's media office announced...

Paris – French President In Talks With Israel To End Gaza Fighting

November 15, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Paris - French President Francois Hollande has made contact with the leaders of Israel and Egypt to try to prevent an escalation of fighting in the Gaza Strip, Prime Minister Jean-Francois Ayrault said on Thursday. The killing of a Hamas militant commander in an Israeli air strike on Wednesday has sparked a wave of reciprocal attacks between Israel and the Islamist Hamas, which rules Gaza. A...

Jerusalem – Kiryat Malachi Rocket Attack Victims Mourned by Friends and Family (photos)

November 15, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Jerusalem - Details are beginning to emerge about the three victims who died in this morning's rocket attack in the southern Israeli municipality of Kiryat Malachi. The three, 25 year old Mina Scharf, 49 year old Aharon Smadja and 27 year old Itzik Amsalem lost their lives when a rocket fired from Gaza destroyed apartments on the top two floors of the building where all three victims lived, as...

Jerusalem – Israel Moves Troops Toward Gaza

November 15, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Jerusalem - Israel has begun moving troops toward the Gaza Strip and authorized the call-up of reservists for a possible ground invasion of the Palestinian territory. At least a dozen trucks carrying tanks and armored vehicles were seen late Thursday moving toward the border area, while buses ferried soldiers. Defense Minister Ehud Barak announced that he had authorized the army to draft...

Washington – Schumer Announces He Will Hold Statewide Internet Lottery For Tickets To President Obama’s Second Inauguration

November 15, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Washington - U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that his office will be conducting a statewide lottery to distribute inaugural tickets to New Yorkers who request them. The office has received requests for tickets from constituents across New York City and Long Island who are trying to experience a piece of American history by seeing President Obama sworn in for his second term as...

Washington – Petraeus Says No Classified Info Shared In Affair, Probe Continues

November 15, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Washington - In his first public remarks since resigning as CIA director last Friday over an extramarital affair, retired General David Petraeus said he did not share any classified documents with his mistress and biographer, Paula Broadwell. Petraeus also told a reporter for the HLN television network that it was the affair, not any questions over the CIA's role during the September 11...

New York – Obama Views Sandy Recovery In Aerial Tour Of NYC

November 15, 2012 at 01:33 PM
New York - President Barack Obama got his first look Thursday at the devastation that Superstorm Sandy waged on New York City, with a helicopter tour above flood-ravaged and burned-out sections of Queens and Staten Island. Two and a half weeks after the massive East Coast storm displaced New Yorkers, thousands of whom remain without power, Obama took an aerial tour that included Breezy Point...
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