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Jerusalem – Netanyahu: Hamas leaders are legitimate targets, no one is invincible

August 20, 2014 at 02:30 PM
Jerusalem - Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday night during a televised address that "Operation Protective Edge is not over." He continued and said this his main priority at this time was to protect the citizens of Israel and keep them safe. He said the fight against terror, including international terror organizations, is Israel's biggest challenge. "This is the hardest...

Jerusalem – Israeli Premier: ‘We Will Not Stop’ Gaza Operation

August 20, 2014 at 02:01 PM
Jerusalem - Israel's prime minister says he will press forward with a military operation in the Gaza Strip until rocket fire out of the Palestinian territory is halted. Benjamin Netanyahu made the comments in a nationwide address Wednesday, a day after talks aimed at ending Israel's monthlong war against Hamas militants collapsed in failure. Netayahu's tough words signal a protracted period...

Donetsk – Ukraine’s Rebel Capital Seeks Ersatz Normality

August 20, 2014 at 01:58 PM
Donetsk, Ukraine - It has been weeks since Donetsk last had a traffic jam. The regular rumble on the edge of this besieged city in eastern Ukraine is a constant reminder of the government's effort to shell armed pro-Russian separatists out of their stronghold. Rebels give as good as they get, blindly lobbing shells back at an unseen foe. As fighting edges closer to the center, hundreds of...

Edgartown, MA – Obama: Today The Entire World Is Appalled By The Murder Of Jim Foley

August 20, 2014 at 01:21 PM
Edgartown, MA - President Barack Obama says the United States will continue to confront Islamic State extremists despite the brutal murder of journalist James Foley. Obama says the entire world is "appalled" by Foley's killing. The president says he spoke Wednesday with Foley's family and offered condolences. Obama says the Islamic State abducts women and children, and tortures, rapes...

Gaza – Hamas Warns Foreign Airlines Against Flying Into Tel Aviv

August 20, 2014 at 12:46 PM
Gaza - The armed wing of Hamas warned foreign airlines on Wednesday against flying into Tel Aviv, threatening to step up its six-week conflict with Israel after a 24-hour truce collapsed. "We are warning international airlines and press them to stop flying into Ben Gurion airport from 6 am (0300 GMT) Thursday," said Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades spokesman Abu Obeida in a televised speech...

Manhattan, NY – Macy’s To Pay $650,000 In Shopper-Profiling Probe

August 20, 2014 at 12:44 PM
Manhattan, NY - Macy's has agreed to pay $650,000 to settle allegations of racial profiling at its flagship store in Manhattan's Herald Square. Under the agreement signed Tuesday with New York's attorney general, the retailer will adopt new policies on police access to its security camera monitors and against profiling, further train employees, investigate customer complaints, keep better...

Kennebunkport, Maine – George W. Bush Takes Ice Bucket Challenge (video)

August 20, 2014 at 12:31 PM
Kennebunkport, Maine - Former President George W. Bush took the ice bucket challenge then nominated former President Bill Clinton to do it next. The challenge has caught on with notable figures participating in the campaign to raise money for the fight against ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease. In a video posted Wednesday on Bush's Facebook page, he says: "To you all who challenged me, I do not...

Tehran – Iran’s Parliament Votes Out Moderate Minister For Being Pro-Western

August 20, 2014 at 12:19 PM
Tehran - In a move led by hard-line lawmakers, Iran's parliament dismissed the country's science minister on Wednesday over his alleged support for pro-Western voices at universities, dealing a blow to moderate President Hassan Rouhani. The no-confidence vote against Science, Research and Technology Minister Reza Faraji Dana was a sharp rebuke of Rouhani, who was elected last year on promises...

Jeruslaem – Deif: Hamas Military Chief And Israel’s Most Wanted

August 20, 2014 at 11:45 AM
Jerusalem - Hamas's top military commander Mohammed Deif, whose wife and son were killed in an air strike in Gaza, is Israel's most wanted man who has defied assassination attempts for years. In the war between Israel and Hamas, Deif has been a shadowy if hardline presence, refusing to countenance a truce until Israel ends its eight-year blockade of the Palestinian enclave. Born in the Khan...

Iraq – Islamic State Warns It Has Sleeper Cells In The West, Raises The Stakes With Beheading Of American

August 20, 2014 at 11:31 AM
Iraq - It seems clear that Islamic State is raising the stakes, aware that the gruesome death of an American and the image of another one at the mercy of an executioner who is taunting a US president could invite retaliation - heavier air strikes at least. But the United States and other Western powers may now be diverting their attention away from the Sunni insurgents in northern Iraq to what...

New York, NY – NYC Mayor Declares ‘Al Roker Appreciation Day’

August 20, 2014 at 11:08 AM
New York, NY - Al Roker didn't have this honor in his forecast. Mayor Bill de Blasio surprised the beloved "Today Show" weatherman on his 60th birthday Wednesday and declared it Al Roker Appreciation Day across the city. De Blasio presented Roker with a mayoral proclamation featuring a photograph of the home where Roker grew up in St. Albans, Queens. De Blasio's appearance came during...

Gaza City – Hamas Says Military Chief Deif Alive, Calling Shots In Gaza War

August 20, 2014 at 10:30 AM
Gaza City - Hamas said on Wednesday its military commander Mohammed Deif was alive and still calling the shots in the ongoing war with Israel in and around Gaza. "The head of the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades Abu Khaled is still alive and leading the military operation," a source close to the Islamist movement told AFP, using Deif's nom-de-guerre. His remarks were made after an Israeli air...

Albany, NY – Poll: Cuomo Maintains Big Lead In NY Gov Race

August 20, 2014 at 10:30 AM
Albany, NY - A new poll shows Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo continues to maintain a 2-to-1 advantage over his Republican challenger in New York's gubernatorial race. The Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday gives Cuomo a 56 to 28 percent lead over Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino. That's essentially unchanged from Quinnipiac's poll in May. Cuomo has been dogged recently by...

Northern Gaza Strip – Thousands Shout Revenge As They Mourn Slain Wife, Baby Of Hamas Commander

August 20, 2014 at 10:15 AM
Northern Gaza Strip - Several thousand mourners on Wednesday joined the funeral procession for the wife and baby son of Hamas's military commander Mohammed Deif, angrily demanding revenge against Israel. Firing Kalashnikovs into the air, they carried the bodies of 27-year-old Widad and her seven-month-old son Ali, who were among at least four people killed in a deadly air strike on Gaza City...

Pyongyang – North Korea Insults John Kerry Over His Looks: A Wolf With A “Hideous Lantern Jaw”

August 20, 2014 at 10:04 AM
North Korea - In its latest personal attack on a prominent official from a rival country, North Korea on Wednesday called U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry a wolf with a "hideous lantern jaw." North Korea has unleashed a slew of crude insults against leaders in Washington and Seoul this year, calling President Barack Obama a monkey and South Korean President Park Geun-hye a...