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Budapest – Work Started of Statue Diminishing Hungarian Role in Deportation of Jews During WWII

April 20, 2014 at 04:12 PM
Budapest - Despite beginning work on a controversial World War II memorial over the objections of the local Jewish community, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban declared his abiding respect for his “fellow Jewish countrymen” in a letter. The government began construction of the statue memorializing German occupation of the former Nazi ally in 1944, despite assuring the Federation of...

Manhattan, NY – It’s A Bird. It’s A Plane. It’s A Large Balloon Above NYC

April 20, 2014 at 02:29 PM
Manhattan, NY - The New York Police Department says a large balloon is being unleashed above the city for two days to measure the heights of the city’s buildings. The police department said the balloon will remain aloft for about nine hours on Sunday in lower Manhattan and more than 13 hours on Monday in midtown. Police said the balloon will be about 800 feet in the air as it collects...

West Bank – Israeli And Palestinian Teens Accused Of Throwing Stones Face Different Fates

April 20, 2014 at 01:39 PM
West Bank - The boys were both 15, with the crackly voices and awkward peach fuzz of adolescence. They lived just a few minutes away from one another in the West Bank. And both were accused of throwing stones at vehicles, one day after the other. But there was a crucial difference that helped to shape each boy's fate: One was Israeli, and the other Palestinian. The tale of the two teens...

Hampton Bays, NY – Man Arrested For Setting Fire To $34M Mansion Owned By Orthodox Philanthropist

April 20, 2014 at 12:42 PM
Hampton Bays, NY - Police said that they have arrested a homeless man in connection with a suspicious fire that heavily damaged a Multimillion Dollar Mansion in Water Mill, early Saturday. On April 19 5:49 AM, Fire Departments from Bridgehampton, Southampton, East Hampton, Sag Harbor, Amagansett, North Sea and Hampton Bays responded to a heavily engulfed house fire at 187 Dune Road, and...

Tehran – Report: Next Iran Nuclear Talks To Be In New York

April 20, 2014 at 12:30 PM
Tehran - Iran's state news agency is reporting that the next round of expert-level talks over its contested nuclear program will be held in New York. The report Sunday by the official ISNA news agency quotes Iran's senior nuclear negotiator Abbas Araghchi as saying the talks will be held along the sidelines of a meeting about the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty in May. This would be the...

New York – Fox Executive Fired Over Flight 370 Charity Email

April 20, 2014 at 12:28 PM
New York - A veteran Fox executive who used her company email account to plan aid for loved ones of the missing Malaysian airplane's passengers has been fired. Darlene Tipton, who was vice president of standards and practices for the Fox Cable Networks Group, said Saturday she had wanted to arrange swift financial aid to families and other loved ones, sparing them lengthy court fights. She...

Omaha, NE – Democrats Criticize TV Ad Where Wannabe Nebraska Governor Beat Up Obama Doll

April 20, 2014 at 12:00 PM
Omaha, NE - Nebraska Democrats are calling for a Republican candidate for governor to pull a televised campaign ad showing him knocking a Barack Obama doll off a fence post while criticizing the president's health care law. The ad, which began airing this week, shows Omaha state Sen. Beau McCoy standing next to the fence post with the bobblehead-like doll atop the post. In the ad, McCoy...

Tehran – Iran Vice President Says Row Over Reactor Resolved

April 20, 2014 at 11:33 AM
Tehran - Iran will redesign its Arak heavy water reactor to greatly limit the amount of plutonium it can make, the country's vice president said Saturday, marking a major concession from the Islamic Republic in negotiations with world powers over its contested nuclear program. The comments by Vice President Ali Akbar Salehi come as the talks face an informal July 20 deadline to hammer out a...

Nikolayev – Caught On Video: Ukrainian Synagogue Firebombed

April 20, 2014 at 10:55 AM
Nikolayev - The firebombing of A Chabad Synagogue in the southeast of Ukraine early Saturday morning, was caught on video. Around 2:00 AM two Molotov cocktails were thrown at the synagogue’s door and window. The footage was posted on YouTube by Yisroelik Gottleib, son of the Chabad Rabbi Sholom Gottleib. Gottleib told Shturem.org that a person passing by the Synagogue extinguished the...

New York – How Google Scans Your Emails For Advertisers

April 20, 2014 at 10:39 AM
New York - Google Inc. updated its terms of service informing users that their incoming and outgoing emails are automatically analyzed by software to create targeted ads. The revisions more explicitly spell out the manner in which Google software scans users’ emails, both when messages are stored on Google’s servers and when they are in transit, a controversial practice that has been at...

Washington – US Envoy Tells Young Israelis: You Are Welcome In America

April 20, 2014 at 10:18 AM
Washington - Young Israelis are welcome in the United States, and the State Department is making efforts to permit as many of them into the country as is possible, Dan Shapiro, the US ambassador to Israel, said on Sunday. In a statement posted on his Facebook account, Shapiro was responding to a report over the weekend indicating that the US government is hesitant to waive the requirement for...

Washington – Special Report: How The U.S. Made Its Putin Problem Worse

April 20, 2014 at 10:02 AM
Washington - In September 2001, as the U.S. reeled from the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Vladimir Putin supported Washington's imminent invasion of Afghanistan in ways that would have been inconceivable during the Cold War. He agreed that U.S. planes carrying humanitarian aid could fly through Russian air space. He said the U.S. military could use airbases in...

Washington – U.S. Ground Troops Going To Poland, Defense Official Says

April 20, 2014 at 09:44 AM
Washington - The United States is considering deploying about 150 soldiers for military exercises to begin in Poland and Estonia in the next few weeks, a Western official said Saturday. The exercises would follow Russia's buildup of forces near its border with Ukraine and its annexation last month of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said earlier this week that the...

Jerusalem – Palestinian Rock Throwers Arrested At Holy Site

April 20, 2014 at 09:27 AM
Jerusalem - Israeli police entered the compound of Jerusalem's holiest site to disperse Palestinians who were throwing rocks at them on Sunday, as thousands of tourists packed the Old City for the Easter and Passover holidays. The compound, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, is the holiest site in Judaism. Known to Muslims as the "Noble Sanctuary," it is Islam's third-holiest site. It is one...

Washington – ObamaCare Care Site Flagged In Heartbleed Review, Password Change Urged

April 20, 2014 at 09:10 AM
Washington - Americans with accounts on President Barack Obama's health insurance enrollment website, HealthCare.gov, were advised that their passwords had been reset to guard against the "Heartbleed" bug, in a message posted on the site on Saturday. The warning marks the latest fallout from the widespread security bug, which surfaced this month and allows hackers to steal data online without...