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Ramallah, West Bank – Abbas: Israel Trying To Undermine Palestinian UN Move

November 16, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Ramallah, West Bank - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas accused Israel on Friday of launching an assault on the Gaza Strip to undermine his efforts to secure a diplomatic upgrade at the United Nations. Israel began its air offensive on Wednesday with the declared aim of stemming surges of rocket strikes by Islamist militants that have disrupted life in southern Israeli towns. Abbas, whose...

Jerusalem – Israel Seeks More Iron Dome Rocket Interceptors

November 16, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Jerusalem - Defence Minister Ehud Barak will seek cabinet approval for funds that could provide Israel with three new Iron Dome rocket interceptors, officials said on Friday as cross-border fighting surged in Gaza. Israel's military air defence corps has four Iron Dome batteries deployed and will receive a fifth from state-owned Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd after Barak rushed its...

Teaneck, NJ – Orthodox Shul Takes Rabbi To Task For Bashing Obama

November 16, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Teaneck, NJ - Congregation Bnai Yeshurun in Teaneck, New Jersey is home to some two thousand Modern Orthodox Jewish members. At its religious helm is Rabbi Steven Pruzansky, known for his right-wing opinions and his ability to seek out and stir up controversy, including referring to the Rabin administration as the “the Rabin Judenrat”. Haaretz reports (http://bit.ly/T5WkJN) that Rabbi...

Jerusalem – In Tel Aviv Many Stay Cool As Rockets Explode

November 16, 2012 at 02:03 PM
Jerusalem - Pleasure-loving, wheeler-dealer Tel Aviv withstood Saddam Hussein's Scud missiles 20 years ago and Palestinian suicide bomb attacks a decade later. The latest threat - Palestinian rockets from the Gaza Strip - is something new, but in a sense familiar. Some in the throbbing metropolis strung out along on Israel's sandy Mediterranean shores kept their cool on Friday, after sirens...

United Nations – UN Chief Ban Urges End To “Dangerous Escalation” In Gaza

November 16, 2012 at 12:54 PM
United Nations - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday called on Israel and Hamas to "stop this dangerous escalation" in the Gaza Strip to avoid further bloodshed in Israel and the Palestinian territories, Ban's spokesman said. "The Secretary-General is extremely concerned about the continued violence in Gaza and Israel, and deeply worried by the rising cost in terms of civilian lives,"...

Jerusalem – Israeli TV: Israel Taking Steps To Mobilise Up To 75,000 Reserve Troops For Gaza Campaign

November 16, 2012 at 12:43 PM
Jerusalem - - Defence Minister Ehud Barak sought government approval on Friday to mobilise up to 75,000 reserve troops for Israel's Gaza campaign, political sources said, in a sign of preparations for a possible ground offensive. The sources, speaking after Palestinian rockets were fired at Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, said ministers were being polled by telephone by the cabinet secretary to...

Khartoum, Sudan – Hamas Tells Sudan It Will Avenge Israeli Bombing Of Arms Plant

November 16, 2012 at 12:25 PM
Khartoum, Sudan - The exiled leader of Hamas told Sudan on Friday his Palestinian group would take revenge on Israel for the deadly bombing of an arms factory in Khartoum, state news agency SUNA reported. Treated as a star guest at an Islamist conference in Sudan, Khaled Meshaal used the meeting to rally support for Hamas's conflict against Israel in the Gaza Strip and told worshippers at...

Jersey City, NJ – New Videos Show Flooding From Sandy At PATH Stations

November 16, 2012 at 12:03 PM
Jersey City, NJ - Video released by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey shows how flooding from Sandy damaged a key commuter rail line. The video opens with water rising at the Exchange Place station in Jersey City. It then shows water over the turnstiles in Hoboken and a torrent of water flowing from an elevator, down stairs and along the tracks. Repairs continue with PATH...

Sofia, Bulgaria – Interpol To Restart Search For Bulgaria Bomber

November 16, 2012 at 11:21 AM
Sofia, Bulgaria - Interpol's chief says his office will restart the search for a bomber who killed five Israeli tourists and a Bulgarian bus driver in July. Interpol Secretary-General Ronald Noble said Friday that efforts would be focused on finding possible accomplices. He said the new search will involve sifting through Interpol's database and publishing the attacker's picture to get tips...

New York – Nadler Working To Fortify Flood Prone Areas Against Future Storms

November 16, 2012 at 10:59 AM
New York - As residents of the Coney Island peninsula, which includes Coney Island, Manhattan Beach, Seagate and Brighton Beach, attempt to put the pieces of their lives back together after Hurricane Sandy, one elected official has been redoubling his efforts to protect residents of the affected area. "We have been working on a whole beach protection project for almost twenty years and as of...

Washington – Petraeus Believed Terrorists Behind Libya Attack

November 16, 2012 at 10:25 AM
Washington - A congressman says David Petraeus (peh-TRAY'-uhs) is telling lawmakers he believed all along that the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya was a terrorist attack. The former CIA chief is testifying behind closed-doors before the congressional intelligence committees. It's his first Capitol Hill appearance since resigning last Friday over an extramarital...

Israel – Palestinian Rocket Aimed At Jerusalem For 1st Time

November 16, 2012 at 09:51 AM
Israel - Palestinian militants fired a rocket aimed at Jerusalem on Friday, setting off air raid sirens throughout the city and opening a new front in three days of fierce fighting between Israel and armed groups in the Gaza Strip. The Israeli campaign has been limited to airstrikes so far. But military officials say they are considering expanding it to a ground campaign. Lt. Col. Avital...

Moscow – Museum At Heart Of Russia’s Jewish Culture Revival

November 16, 2012 at 09:45 AM
Moscow - In czarist times, Geda Zimanenko watched her mother offer the local police officer a shot of vodka on a plate and five rubles every Sunday to overlook the fact that their family lived outside the area where Jews were allowed to live. Then came the Bolshevik Revolution and Zimanenko became a good Communist, raising her own son to believe in ideals that strove to stamp out distinctions...

Cairo – Iraq Envoy Says Arabs Should Use Oil To Press Israel Over Gaza

November 16, 2012 at 09:38 AM
Cairo - Iraq's envoy to the Arab League said it would invite Arab states to use oil as a weapon to press for a halt to Israeli attacks on Gaza, but later appeared to withdraw the remark, saying Baghdad would make no particular proposal to a League meeting. "The Iraqi representative to the Arab League Qais el-Azzawy denies that there is a proposal by Iraq to the Arab foreign ministers meeting...

Irving, TX – No More Drake’s, Twinkies, Wonder Bread: Hostess To Close; 18,500 Workers To Lose Job

November 16, 2012 at 09:32 AM
Irving, TX - Hostess Brands Inc. says it's going out of business after striking workers across the country crippled its ability to make its Twinkies, Ding Dongs and other snacks. The company had warned employees that it would file a motion with U.S. Bankruptcy Court Friday seeking permission to shutter its operations and sell its brands if plants hadn't resumed normal operations by a Thursday...
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