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Lakewood, NJ – Thousands Throng To Lakewood For Azkara For R’ Aharon Kotler Zt’l (photos-video)

November 18, 2012 at 10:43 PM
Lakewood, NJ - Tens of thousands turned out to honor the fiftieth yahrtzeit of Reb Aharon Kotler at a special event that took place this afternoon in Lakewood and was the culmination of three days worth of commemorative programming. The program, which took place on Seventh Street and Private Way at the former location of Bais Eliyahu, began with Mincha followed by divrei Torah offered by ...

Yangon – Obama Arrives In Myanmar, First Visit By A US President

November 18, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Yangon - Barack Obama arrived in Myanmar on Monday, the first visit by a serving U.S. president to the Southeast Asian country, which is opening up after almost half a century of military rule. His plane landed at the airport in the former capital, Yangon, where he was due to meet President Thein Sein, who has led the political and economic reforms since taking office in March 2011, and Aung...

New Jersey – Railway Parked Trains in Sandy Flood Zone Despite Warnings

November 18, 2012 at 09:28 PM
New Jersey - New Jersey Transit's struggle to recover from Superstorm Sandy is being compounded by a pre-storm decision to park much of its equipment in two rail yards that forecasters predicted would flood, a move that resulted in damage to one-third of its locomotives and a quarter of its passenger cars. That damage is likely to cost tens of millions of dollars and take many months to...

Washington – US Republicans Say Party Needs Revamp After Romney Drubbing

November 18, 2012 at 08:28 PM
Washington - The Republican Party needs to stop insulting voters and broaden its appeal after Democratic President Barack Obama won re-election this month over Mitt Romney with overwhelming support from Hispanics, blacks and single women, top Republicans said on Sunday. Comments made by two leading Republican governors and an influential U.S. senator on Sunday reflected the soul-searching...

Gaza – Analysis: Hamas Finds Cause to Smile Under Israeli Assault

November 18, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Gaza - As Israel bombed Palestinian militant targets in the Gaza Strip for a fifth day, Ali Al-Ahmed took to the streets of Gaza city in his pyjamas on Sunday to buy eggs and chocolate for his three children. "Terrifying, that's how it feels," he said. "But they are also terrorized on the other side of the border," he added approvingly. "To be honest, I thought Hamas had forgotten about...

Gaza – Hamas Co-Opts Photos of Injured Syrians

November 18, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Gaza - Hamas has posted photographs from other conflicts on social media in recent days, claiming they are victims of Israeli actions in Gaza. On Thursday, the Izzadin Kassam tweeted a photograph of a weeping father with his dead, bloody child in his arms, while doctors look on. Soon after, Twitter followers pointed out that the photo was taken at the Dar al-Shifa Hospital in Aleppo, Syria...

Israel – After Hours of Quiet, Rocket Hits Home Near Kiryat Malachi

November 18, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Israel - After a few hours of relative quiet, a rocket fired from Gaza on Sunday evening hit a house near Kiryat Malachi. No injuries were reported, but the rocket caused damage to the house in a direct hit. A witness on the scene, Egal Goldberg, 17, described hearing a powerful blast as the rocket landed on his neighborhood home. "When we heard the siren we entered a safe room, the...

Bangkok – US, Britain Warn Israel of Risks of Ground War

November 18, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Bangkok - The U.S. and Britain on Sunday warned about the risks of Israel expanding its air assault on the Gaza Strip into a ground war, while vigorously defending the Jewish state's right to protect itself against rocket attacks. The remarks by President Barack Obama and Britain Foreign Secretary William Hague were part of a diplomatic balancing act by the West as it desperately seeks an end...

Jerusalem – Report: Israel Fears Hamas Preparing Chemical Weapons

November 18, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Jerusalem - Israeli special forces are deployed in Gaza searching for hidden rockets and weapons, the Sunday Times reported (behind a paywall) on Sunday, amid fears that a desperate Hamas might affix chemical weapons to its remaining long-range Fajr-5 missiles. According to the report in the London weekly, which was not attributed to any source, the commandos are looking for missiles hidden...

Rafah – Hundreds of Egyptian Activists Cross Into Gaza to Show Support

November 18, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Rafah - About 500 Egyptian activists have crossed into Gaza to deliver medical supplies and show support for Palestinians facing an Israeli offensive. The visit indicates a new Egyptian policy toward to Gaza following the ouster of longtime leader Hosni Mubarak and the rise to power of Islamists. Mubarak, Israel's longtime ally, had poor relations with Hamas and teamed up with Israel to...

Beersheba, Israel – Southern Israel Residents Scared But Determined

November 18, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Beersheba, Israel - After days of incessant rocket fire, the largest city in southern Israel has been turned into a ghost town. Schools are closed, stores are shuttered and normally bustling streets are empty. Aside from emergency errands, residents avoid the outdoors and hunker down in their homes around the clock. Yet they still insist the military should carry on with its offensive in Gaza...

New York – Bloomberg: NYC Gas Rationing Goes Through Holiday

November 18, 2012 at 02:17 PM
New York - Mayor Michael Bloomberg is extending the gas rationing system in New York City through the Thanksgiving holiday. He announced Sunday that the odd-even license plate system would be in effect through Friday. Bloomberg said that with 30 percent of stations still closed and a major travel week coming up, the extension would make sure there aren't the long lines that brought about...

Jerusalem – Tens Of Millions Of Hackers Target Israel Govt Websites

November 18, 2012 at 02:03 PM
Jerusalem - More than 44 million hacking attempts have been made on Israeli government web sites since Wednesday when Israel began its Gaza air strikes, the government said on Sunday. Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz said just one hacking attempt was successful on a site he did not want to name, but it was up and running after 10 minutes of downtime. Typically, there are a few hundred...

Washington – McCain: Send Bill Clinton To Negotiate Mideast Peace

November 18, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Washington - The United States needs to deploy a high-level envoy, like former President Bill Clinton, to help negotiate a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians, a top U.S. politician said on Sunday. Senator John McCain, the ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee who lost his 2008 presidential bid to President Barack Obama, said Washington needed to show it was...

Columbus, OH – Son Of Madoff’s Accountant Kills Himself In Ohio

November 18, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Columbus, OH - The son of Bernard Madoff's longtime accountant, who himself pleaded guilty to securities fraud in the scandal centered on the disgraced financier, has committed suicide in central Ohio, authorities said. Jeremy Friehling, 23, was found dead at his apartment of a self-inflicted gunshot wound Thursday in Columbus, where he was a second-year student at Ohio State's medical school...
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