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Jerusalem – Israel Swears In New President Amid Gaza War

July 24, 2014 at 01:26 PM
Jerusalem - Israel's lawmakers on Thursday swore in Reuven Rivlin from the hard-line Likud party as the country's new president, replacing Nobel Peace laureate Shimon Peres who had promoted peace throughout his long political career but whose term ended as Israel is fighting a war against Hamas in Gaza. At a ceremony in parliament, the 90-year-old Peres bid farewell to an office he...

New York, NY – Ex-Sen. Lieberman To Teach At Yeshiva University

July 24, 2014 at 01:05 PM
New York, NY - Former U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman has been appointed a professor at Yeshiva University for the coming school year. The private New York university named him the Joseph Lieberman Chair in Public Policy and Public Service. He'll teach an undergraduate course and give three public lectures on topics ranging from Judaism and public service to the Middle East. Lieberman...

Washington – House Committee Authorizes Lawsuit Against Obama

July 24, 2014 at 01:03 PM
Washington - Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday took a step toward authorizing a lawsuit against President Barack Obama, claiming he has overstepped his executive powers. In a partisan vote of 7-4, the House Rules Committee approved the legislation, setting it up for consideration by the full House. The legislation already has spawned a bitter debate between...

Xixi, Taiwan – Taiwan Searches Plane Wreckage For Clues On Crash

July 24, 2014 at 12:36 PM
Xixi, Taiwan - Firefighters uncovered ID cards and body fragments as they picked through wreckage Thursday for evidence to identify the victims of a plane crash that killed 48 people on a Taiwanese island. Hydraulic cranes, meanwhile, lifted twisted chunks of the aircraft from a narrow alley in a village to help about 100 criminal investigators, police and soldiers sort through the rubble for...

Turkey – Jewish Group Wants Turkish PM To Return Award

July 24, 2014 at 12:15 PM
Turkey - A Jewish American group is asking Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to return an award it gave him in 2004, accusing the Turkish leader of "dangerous rhetoric" and "inciting violence against the Jewish people." In an open letter to Erdogan Thursday, Jack Rosen, the chairman of the Jewish American Congress, said Erdogan had become "arguably the most virulent anti-Israel...

Albany – NY Times Editorial Slams Cuomo Says Gov. Reneged On Promise To Root Out Corruption In Albany

July 24, 2014 at 12:03 PM
Albany - Saying that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is now "looking as bad as the forces he likes to attack," the New York Times on Wednesday published a scathing editorial, saying Cuomo reneged on his promise to "root out" corruption in Albany. In their NYTIMES.com (http://nyti.ms/1nwtQsb) editorial titled "Gov. Cuomo's Broken Promises," the Times points out the hollowness of Cuomo's 2013...

Berlin – German Prosecutors Criticized In Philadelphia Nazi Probe

July 24, 2014 at 11:44 AM
Berlin - A lawyer for families of alleged victims of a suspected Nazi death camp guard who died this week before he could be extradited for trial says German investigators should have acted more quickly to bring charges. Thomas Walther, who represents seven members of victims' families, said Thursday that Johann Breyer's death in Philadelphia "clearly demonstrates the devastating effects of a...

Kiev – Ukrainian Prime Minister Announces Resignation

July 24, 2014 at 11:10 AM
Kiev - Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has announced his resignation following turmoil in government. Yatsenyuk made the announcement from the dais of the parliament after two parties said they would pull out of the governing coalition. "I am announcing my resignation in connect with the collapse of the coalition," Yatsenyuk said. He said the parliament could no longer do its...

Washington – IMF Says Israel-Gaza Conflict Already Having Economic Costs

July 24, 2014 at 11:05 AM
Washington - Israel and Gaza are already facing economic costs from the fighting between them that has raged for the past two weeks, a spokesman from the International Monetary Fund said on Thursday. The fiscal cost to Israel is estimated at 0.2 percent of its gross domestic product, though that number could increase if the fighting continues for long, IMF deputy spokesman William Murray...

Cairo – British Foreign Minister Says Hamas Must Agree To Ceasefire Without Conditions

July 24, 2014 at 10:55 AM
Cairo - Hamas must agree to a humanitarian ceasefire without conditions, British Foreign Minister Philip Hammond said at news conference in Cairo on Thursday, as Egypt tries to mediate a truce between Israel and Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. ...

Cape Charles, VA – Possible Tornado Storm Kills Two, Injures 20 At Virginia Campground

July 24, 2014 at 10:40 AM
Cape Charles, VA - A fierce storm packing powerful winds and rain toppled trees and flipped campers Thursday at a Virginia campground Thursday, killing at least two people and sending at least 20 more to hospitals, officials said. The injured were being taken to area hospitals, Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said. Geller also confirmed the deaths. The storm slammed into...

Vienna – Austrians Investigate Disturbance At Israeli Game

July 24, 2014 at 10:18 AM
Vienna - Federal and local law enforcement agencies in Austria are investigating an incident in which pro-Palestinian protesters stormed the pitch during a football match between an Israeli club and a French team. Players and protesters clashed on the field late Wednesday in Bischofshofen, near Salzburg, in a pre-season friendly late Wednesday between Maccabi Haifa and French side Lille. No...

Paris – French Jews Living In Fear, Minister Says

July 24, 2014 at 10:00 AM
Paris - Many members of France's Jewish community are living in fear after pro-Palestinian protests in recent weeks were marred by violence and use of anti-Semitic language, the country's foreign minister said on Thursday. France has both the largest Jewish and Muslim populations in Europe and flare-ups in the Middle East have often in the past added to tensions between the two...

New York, NY – New Video Surface Shows Subway Scofflaw In NYPD Chokehold

July 24, 2014 at 09:45 AM
New York, NY - A newly released video shows an NYPD officer holding a New York City subway scofflaw in a chokehold during a farebeating takedown in East Harlem just three days prior to the alleged use of a chokehold in Staten Island that left a 43 year-old father of six dead. NBCNEWYORK.com (http://bit.ly/UuSv5f) reports that the video of incident, which took place on July 14 inside the 125th...

Jerusalem – Netanyahu: Israel Is Continuing Gaza Operation With Full Force

July 24, 2014 at 09:41 AM
Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Thursday that Israel will continue Operation Protective Edge in Gaza with full force, giving no indication that a cease-fire was in the offing. Speaking ahead of a special cabinet meeting, the prime minister said that the IDF has delivered a powerful blow to Hamas infrastructure over the course of the 17 day operation. "We are...