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Washington – U.S., Switzerland Strike Bank Deal Over Tax Evasion

September 1, 2013 at 11:52 PM
Washington - The United States and Switzerland have struck a deal to allow some Swiss banks to pay fines to avoid or defer prosecution over tax evasion by their U.S. customers, moving closer towards ending a long-running dispute. The deal will apply to about 100 second-tier Swiss banks, which could have to disclose some previously hidden information and face penalties of up to 50 percent of...

Israel – Agriculture Ministry Raids Farm For Illegal Slaughter

September 1, 2013 at 11:19 PM
Israel - The Agriculture Ministry announced on Sunday that inspectors had raided a lower Galilee farm and found that it was conducting illegal poultry slaughter in poor conditions. The raid occurred on Thursday, the ministry said, after intelligence information revealed that the slaughterhouse was conducting schita shechura (“black slaughter”) – an illegal slaughter of animals for human...

London – Britain’s New Chief Rabbi Sworn In Replacing Long-Serving Sacks

September 1, 2013 at 10:24 PM
London - Former Irish chief rabbi Efraim Mirvis, 57, officially replaced Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks on Sunday as the chief rabbi of the United Kingdom on Sunday. Mirvis was invested in his new office during a ceremony at the St. John’s Wood Synagogue in London attended by high-ranking British officials, including Prince Charles. Opposition leader Ed Miliband and Archbishop of Westminster...

Damascus – Amid Civil War, Syria’s Remaining Jews To Celebrate High Holy Days

September 1, 2013 at 09:49 PM
Damascus - The few remaining Syrian Jews, concentrated in the center of the capital city of Damascus, have been living under the protection of the Assad regime, according to Aleph, a source in contact with representatives of the community. Aleph, who asked that he not be identified in print to protect his identity as well as those with whom he corresponds, told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday...

Washington – USS Nimitz Carrier Group Rerouted For Possible Help With Syria

September 1, 2013 at 09:13 PM
Washington - The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz and other ships in its strike group are heading west toward the Red Sea to help support a limited U.S. strike on Syria, if needed, defense officials said on Sunday. The Nimitz carrier strike group, which includes four destroyers and a cruiser, has no specific orders to move to the eastern Mediterranean at this point, but is moving...

Israel – Half Of Israelis Will Cut Down On Yom Tov Shopping

September 1, 2013 at 08:29 PM
Israel - Close to half of Israelis - 46 percent - will be forced to cut down on shopping for the holidays this year due to financial constraints, according to a survey released by the Shahaf Foundation, which works to “develop and promote a national movement of young socially active communities” in Israel, ahead of Rosh Hashanah. According to the survey, which included 500 respondents and...

Havana – Nyad Makes It Through 1st Night Of Cuba-Fla. Swim

September 1, 2013 at 07:45 PM
Havana - U.S. long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad forged ahead in the Florida Straits on Sunday on the second day of her latest bid to become the first person to swim from Cuba to the United States without a shark cage. Nyad, 64, was "swimming strong" on Sunday afternoon and "getting a little favorable push from the current," according to blog updates on her website (www.diananyad.com). The...

Damascus – Syria Dismisses Obama As Confused, Moves Troops

September 1, 2013 at 07:15 PM
Damascus - Syria on Sunday derided President Barack Obama's decision to hold off on punitive military strikes, but also took precautions by reportedly moving some troops and military equipment to civilian areas. The Obama administration countered that its case for military action against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad is getting stronger, saying it now has evidence that the toxic...

Greenburgh, NY – 4 Die When Car Jumps Guardrail, Catches Fire In NY

September 1, 2013 at 07:01 PM
Greenburgh, NY - Four young people were killed on a highway north of New York City when their car drifted from the road, traveled 100 yards on a grassy shoulder then slammed into a bridge abutment and caught fire. State Police Investigator Joseph Becerra said the accident occurred about 5:20 a.m. Sunday on the Sprain Brook Parkway in Greenburgh, about 20 miles north of New York City. The cause...

Germany – Merkel And Challenger Clash In Only Live Election Debate

September 1, 2013 at 06:37 PM
Germany - Chancellor Angela Merkel's challenger in this month's German election accused her in a television debate on Sunday of crushing southern European countries with austerity, declaring her euro crisis strategy a failure. Merkel, who is seeking a third term in the September 22 vote, hit back, pointing out that rival Peer Steinbrueck's Social Democrats (SPD) had supported her euro policies...

Moscow – Analysis: Putin Sees Chance To Turn Tables On Obama At G20

September 1, 2013 at 05:19 PM
Moscow - Less than three months after Vladimir Putin was cast as a pariah over Syria at the last big meeting of world leaders, the Russian president has glimpsed a chance to turn the tables on Barack Obama. The U.S. president's dilemma over a military response to an alleged poison gas attack in Syria means Obama is the one who is under more pressure going into a G20 summit in St Petersburg on...

Washington – Report: White House Told Netanyahu About Syria Strike Delay Before Announcement

September 1, 2013 at 04:32 PM
Washington - The White House informed Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu of US President Barack Obama's decision to seek the authorization of Congress for a Syria strike prior to the public announcement of the move in order to prevent public Israeli criticism of the move, Channel 2 reported on Sunday. Channel 2 quoted Israeli cabinet ministers as saying that Obama's response to Syria's use of...

Cairo – Egypt’s Mursi To Stand Trial Over Violence

September 1, 2013 at 03:58 PM
Cairo - Deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Mursi is to stand trial on charges of committing and inciting violence, a state prosecutor decided on Sunday, an escalation of the army-backed authorities' crackdown on his Muslim Brotherhood. The prosecutor, Hesham Barakat, referred Mursi and 14 other Brotherhood members to a Cairo criminal court on charges of "committing acts of violence, and...

West Bank – PA Prime Minister: 2nd Group Of Prisoners Could Be Released September

September 1, 2013 at 03:20 PM
West Bank - Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said Sunday that a second group of Palestinian security prisoners could be released by Israel by the end of September. Israel released a first group of 26 Palestinian prisoners on August 13 as a gesture to the Palestinians ahead of the renewal of peace talks. The cabinet voted to release a total of 104 Palestinian prisoners in stages...

Sanna – Yemen’s Prime Minister Escapes Assassination Attempt

September 1, 2013 at 02:29 PM
Sanna - Unidentified assailants opened fire on the motorcade of Yemen's prime minister on Saturday, an aide said, in an apparent assassination attempt that underscored the volatility of the U.S.-allied Arab country. Ali al-Sarari, an adviser to Prime Minister Mohammed Salem Basindwa, said no one was hurt in the attack which happened in the evening in Sanaa while the premier was returning home...

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