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Arpaillargues-et-aureillac – France’s Sole Kosher Vineyard Aims High Despite Bottlenecks

December 22, 2014 at 11:42 AM
Arpaillargues-et-aureillac - It was a visit to Jerusalem that inspired Frenchman Alexandre Sartene to start the world's third kosher vineyard outside Israel which, despite a rocky start, now exports as far as Brazil. "I find the idea of kosher wine divine," says a proud Sartene, with a touch of the same humour that has seen him nickname his domain in southern France, his "kibbutz". And his...

Paris – Prosecutor: No Terror Link In France Car Rampage

December 22, 2014 at 11:00 AM
Paris - The prosecutor in the French city of Dijon says the driver who ran down 13 pedestrians in the city has a long history of severe mental illness and no links to terrorism. The man, who is 40, has admitted his role in the attack, said prosecutor Marie-Christine Tarrare. She said he had been hospitalized 157 times for psychiatric problems since 2001, most recently this fall. She said...

New York – Lawmakers Call For Bullet-Proof Police Car Windows

December 22, 2014 at 10:39 AM
New York - Four state lawmakers are proposing that all police cars in New York state be retrofitted with bullet-proof glass after two New York City officers were gunned down in their car. The bill is being drafted by Assembly members Jim Tedisco and Nicole Malliotakis and senators Phil Boyle and Marty Golden, all Republicans. According to a news release Sunday, the legislation to be introduced...

London – Glasgow Pedestrians Killed When Truck Veers Out Of Control

December 22, 2014 at 10:38 AM
London - Police in Scotland said a number of people were killed and injured Monday when a garbage truck crashed into a group of pedestrians in downtown Glasgow. Superintendent Stewart Carle of Police Scotland said the truck hit a number of pedestrians as it veered out of control along a crowded road in the city center. He said the incident was "a road traffic accident, nothing more...

Phoenix – Ariz. Sheriff Heading To Court To Stop President Obama’s Immigration Changes

December 22, 2014 at 10:15 AM
Phoenix - A gadfly attorney and an Arizona county sheriff want to halt President Barack Obama's immigration order in the first courtroom battle over an initiative designed to spare nearly 5 million people from deportation. On Monday, lawyer Larry Klayman will try to convince a judge nominated by Obama that the immigration system isn't really broken — contrary to what the president...

Baghdad – The Isis Reality TV Show — Victims Confront Terrorists On Controversial Iraqi TV Show

December 22, 2014 at 09:45 AM
Baghdad - Haider Ali Motar was convicted of terrorism charges about a month ago for helping to carry out a string of Baghdad car bombings on behalf of the Islamic State extremist group. Now, the 21-year old is a reluctant cast member in a popular reality TV show. "In the Grip of the Law," brings convicted terrorists face-to-face with victims in surreal encounters and celebrates the country's...

New Delhi – India Considering Changing Policy Of Automatic Support For Palestinians At UN’

December 22, 2014 at 09:39 AM
New Delhi - In what would be a huge diplomatic coup for Israel, India is considering changing its automatic support for the Palestinians at the United Nations and abstaining on those votes, according to a report Monday in The Hindu daily. The paper cited two Indian government sources as saying that a change in India's voting pattern was being considered, something the report said would be...

Beijing – China Condemns Cyberattacks, But Says No Proof North Korea Hacked Sony

December 22, 2014 at 09:22 AM
Beijing - China said on Monday it opposed all forms of cyberattacks but there was no proof that North Korea was responsible for the hacking of Sony Pictures, as the United States has said. North Korea has denied it was to blame and has vowed to hit back against any U.S. retaliation, threatening the White House and the Pentagon. The hackers said they were incensed by a Sony comedy about a...

New York – Police Departments On Alert Across America After Cop Killings

December 22, 2014 at 09:02 AM
New York - Big-city police departments and union leaders around the country are warning the rank and file to wear bulletproof vests and avoid making inflammatory posts on social media in the days after a man ambushed two officers and shot them to death inside their patrol car. The slayings of Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu on Saturday afternoon in Brooklyn heightened fears about the...

Seoul – South Korea Nuclear Plant Operator Says Hacked, Raising Alarm

December 22, 2014 at 09:01 AM
Seoul - Computer systems at South Korea’s nuclear plant operator have been hacked, the company said on Monday, sharply raising concerns about safeguards around nuclear facilities in a country that remains technically at war with North Korea. The Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Co Ltd (KHNP) and the government said only "non-critical" data was stolen by the hackers, and that there was no risk...

Jerusalem – Finance Committee Approves Funding For Settlements Despite Objections

December 22, 2014 at 08:40 AM
Jerusalem - Right-wing members of the Knesset Finance Committee approved NIS 12.8 million for a visitor center in the Barkan Industrial Park located in the West Bank, in-spite of the legal objections raised by left-wing politicians. “This is absolutely illegal,” yelled out Left-wing committee members as their peers held up their hands to vote the matter on Sunday morning, in spite of the...

Tel Aviv – WikiLeaks: CIA Trains Agents To Avoid Security Screening At Ben-Gurion Airport

December 22, 2014 at 08:13 AM
Tel Aviv - Security agents at Ben-Gurion Airport use tough, lengthy screening measures against suspicious passengers, a newly released CIA-sanctioned document claims. WikiLeaks, a website that has uncovered classified documents gleaned from the secret files of the US government, released a guide used by the CIA to train its agents to avoid detection at Ben-Gurion Airport. The document...

Gaza – Hamas Conducts Rocket Tests In Gaza, Drawing The Attention Of The Israeli Military

December 22, 2014 at 07:53 AM
Gaza - The IDF said it detected rocket experiments in the Gaza Strip on Monday. During the experiments, Hamas fired rockets from Gaza towards the Mediterranean Sea. Hamas fires rockets into the sea every few days, as part of its weapons program. The launches are used by Hamas arms designers to experiment with various projectile models. The experiments naturally have attracted the attention...

West Bank – Palestinian Man Arrested After Foiled Attack On Soldier

December 22, 2014 at 07:31 AM
West Bank - The Israel military says a Palestinian man has been arrested after a foiled attack on a soldier in the West Bank. The army says other soldiers intervened to stop the unidentified Palestinian from stabbing his intended victim in the town of Tulkarem on Monday. The attack comes amid high tensions between Israelis and Palestinians, mostly over the longstanding impasse in the Middle...

East Rutherford, NJ – Jets Players Speak Out On Murdered NYPD Officers

December 22, 2014 at 12:32 AM
East Rutherford, NJ - Sheldon Richardson was stunned when he heard the news Saturday that two New York City police officers were killed in the line of duty. The New York Jets defensive lineman who has been critical of law enforcement in the past spoke out Sunday in support of Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, who were murdered in Brooklyn. "Some innocent blood was spilled," Richardson...