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Tel Aviv – Apple to Sell iPhone 5 in Israel from December 14

December 4, 2012 at 11:19 PM
Tel Aviv - Apple Inc. announced Tuesday that it will begin selling the iPhone 5 in Israel on Friday, December 14, as part of a worldwide launch in 50 countries. The iPhone 5 is already on sale in 47 countries. The new iPhone will be on sale throughout the country by Israel's major mobile carriers, and the smartphone can already be purchased in private stores for about NIS 5,000. The new...

Toronto – Canada To Continue Aid To Palestinians

December 4, 2012 at 10:17 PM
Toronto - Canada will continue to provide millions of dollars in humanitarian aid to the Palestinians despite saying last week it would assess its whole relationship with the Palestinian Authority after the U.N. General Assembly voted to recognize the Palestinians as a non-member observer state Canada, a staunch ally of Israel, strongly opposed the Palestinians' successful effort last week to...

Ramallah, West Bank – Palestinians: Settlement Expansion Means 1 State

December 4, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Ramallah, West Bank - The Palestinians will ask the U.N. Security Council to call for an Israeli settlement freeze, President Mahmoud Abbas and his advisers decided Tuesday, as part of an escalating showdown over Israel's new plans to build thousands more homes on war-won land in and around Jerusalem. Such construction will destroy any lingering hopes of setting up a Palestinian state, Abbas...

New York – Man Pleads Guilty Of Plotting To Blow Up New York Synagogue

December 4, 2012 at 08:30 PM
New York - One of two New York men charged last year with plotting to blow up synagogues and churches in Manhattan pleaded guilty on Tuesday and faces a decade in prison. Ahmed Ferhani, 27, admitted to conspiring to attack the biggest synagogue in Manhattan as well as churches to send a message of violence to non-Muslims. Ferhani, who was arrested in May 2011, entered the plea in New York...

Doha – Extreme Weather is New Normal, U.N.’s Ban Tells Climate Talks

December 4, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Doha - Extreme weather is the new normal and poses a threat to the human race, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday, as he sought to revive deadlocked global climate change talks. Ban's intervention came as efforts to agree a symbolic extension of the U.N. Kyoto Protocol, a treaty that obliges about 35 developed nations to cut their greenhouse gas emissions, looked to be...

United Nations – Palestinian War Crimes Case Faces Long Road

December 4, 2012 at 07:03 PM
United Nations - Days after winning upgraded status at the United Nations, the Palestinians are threatening to join the world's first permanent war crimes court and pursue charges against the Israelis. Although the Palestinians say that any decision is still a long ways off, the mere threat has unnerved Israel. But pressing a case may not be so simple and could potentially leave the...

New York – Terrorist Attacks More Than Quadrupled in the Decade Since 9/11

December 4, 2012 at 06:27 PM
New York - The number of terrorist attacks each year has more than quadrupled in the decade since September 11, 2001, a study released on Tuesday said, with Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan the most affected. The number of annual deaths in attacks, however, peaked in 2007 -- the height of the Iraq conflict -- and has been falling ever since. The survey reported 7,473 fatalities in 2011, 25...

New York – NYC Mayor Knocks Reports He Eyed Clinton To Run

December 4, 2012 at 05:58 PM
New York - New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is lashing out at reports that he encouraged Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to run to succeed him. The mayor was asked Tuesday about the reports, which cite anonymous sources. He responded — quote — "Did you hear me say that?" He went on to praise expected mayoral candidate City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who stood by his...

Jerusalem – Blunt Israeli Diplomat Dropped From Election List

December 4, 2012 at 05:33 PM
Jerusalem - Israel's foreign minister has dropped his deputy, known for international incidents, from his list of candidates for Israel's January 22 election. Danny Ayalon made headlines during a diplomatic spat with Turkey in 2010, when he forced the Turkish ambassador to sit on a low stool as an insult, and saw to it that the scene was televised. The maneuver worsened the crisis between the...

New York – Suspect Being Questioned In Deadly NYC Subway Push

December 4, 2012 at 05:28 PM
New York - New York City police are questioning a suspect in the death of a subway rider who was shoved onto the tracks. New York Police Department spokesman Paul Browne says investigators recovered security video showing a man fitting the description of the assailant working with street vendors near Rockefeller Center. Police went there Tuesday and took him into custody. Ki-Suck Han of...

New Haven, CT – NY Trader Charged In Conn. With $1B Apple Scheme

December 4, 2012 at 05:05 PM
New Haven, CT - Federal prosecutors say a trader from New York has been charged in a scheme that involved the unauthorized purchase of about $1 billion of Apple stock and wound up costing his Connecticut-based employer $5 million. The U.S. attorney's office in Connecticut said Tuesday that David Miller was charged with wire fraud. Authorities say Miller worked as an institutional sales...

New York – Brooklyn DA Addresses Satmar Rebbe Over Remarks On Williamsburg Abuse Case

December 4, 2012 at 03:55 PM
New York - In an audio interview obtained by VIN News, to be aired on Zev Brenner’s Talkline program tonight, Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes makes the unprecedented move of taking the Satmar Rebbe to task for his recent comments on the Weberman case, calling the Rebbe’s words “inappropriate.” According to reports that have been circulating for the past few days, which were...

Cairo – Protest At Egypt President’s Palace Turns Violent

December 4, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Cairo - A protest by at least 100,000 Egyptians outside the presidential palace in Cairo turned violent on Tuesday as tensions grew over Islamist President Mohammed Morsi's seizure of nearly unrestricted powers and a draft constitution hurriedly adopted by his allies. Crowds around the capital and in the coastal city of Alexandria were still swelling several hours after nightfall. The large...

Washington – Report: Hagel On Short List For Obama’s Next Defense Secretary

December 4, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Washington - Former Republican senator Chuck Hagel is on President Barack Obama's short list for possible nomination as his next defense secretary, a senior administration official said on Tuesday. Hagel, whose appointment would give Obama's reshuffled cabinet a bipartisan cast, is believed to have met Obama this week to discuss a possible post on his national security team. But there was no...

Brussels – NATO: Syria May Be Preparing To Use Chemical Arms

December 4, 2012 at 02:36 PM
Brussels - NATO allies expressed "grave" concern on Tuesday about reports that the Syrian government may be preparing to use its chemical weapons, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said. The military alliance agreed on Tuesday to deploy Patriot surface-to-air missiles to Turkey to protect it from any spillover of the civil war in neighboring Syria. "The NATO ministers unanimously...
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