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Montreal – Missing Canadian Teens Believed Headed To Fight With Islamic State

February 26, 2015 at 11:45 PM
Montreal - Canadian authorities believe four young men and two women who disappeared from Quebec in January have traveled to the Middle East to fight with Islamic State, media reported on Thursday. The Globe and Mail newspaper said at least four of the young people studied at Montreal’s College de Maisonneuve as recently as last fall. Global News said it had confirmed that the group of...

Sidon – Lebanese Synagogue’s Second Life As Home For Destitute

February 26, 2015 at 11:17 PM
Sidon - In an alleyway in the Old City of Lebanon's southern city of Sidon, a run-down synagogue that once served a vibrant Jewish community now houses destitute Syrian and Palestinian families. There are only a handful of signs that the building -- abandoned as Lebanon's Jews fled the country in the last decades -- was once a house of worship. The sun shining on the blue paint peeling from...

Jerusalem – Christian Groups Recognized For Aiding Ukrainian Jews

February 26, 2015 at 10:28 PM
Jerusalem - The Jewish Agency for Israel honored several Christian groups for their role in aliya operations from Ukraine during a ceremony in Jerusalem on Wednesday. Groups honored for assisting the Jewish Agency include The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem, Ebenezer International, Ebenezer Hilfsfonds Deutschland, Ezra International, Christians for Israel, the Patmos Foundation, One...

Tehran – Iranian Military Chief Threatens To ‘Wipe Tel Aviv Off The Map’

February 26, 2015 at 10:00 PM
Tehran - A senior Iranian official on Thursday threatened to “wipe Tel Aviv and Haifa off the map” in the event of an Israeli attack on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear installations. General Mustafa Yazdi, the assistant chief of staff of the Iranian armed forces, warned that “Iran will flatten Tel Aviv and Haifa if Israel perpetrates an attack on our country.” The Lebanese...

London – British Media Unmask Killer ‘Jihadi John’ With First Schoolboy Photograph

February 26, 2015 at 09:40 PM
London - The "Jihadi John" killer who fronted Islamic State beheading videos was unmasked publicly for the first time on Friday by British media which published a photograph showing Mohammed Emwazi as a smiling schoolboy. The black-clad militant brandishing a knife and speaking with an English accent was shown in videos released by Islamic State (IS) apparently decapitating hostages including...

Israel – Benjamin Netanyahu Exempted From Criminal Probe Into Alleged Scandals At His Residence

February 26, 2015 at 08:59 PM
Israel - Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein late Thursday night ordered a criminal investigation into the affairs surrounding the Prime Minister’s Residence, but specifically exempted at this stage Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from criminal suspicion. A Justice Ministry statement said that most of the investigation and the announcement of its findings would wait until after the election...

Washington – DC Leaders Legalize Pot Despite Threats From Congress

February 26, 2015 at 08:16 PM
Washington - Defying threats from Congress, the District of Columbia legalized possession of marijuana for recreational purposes on Thursday, becoming the first place east of the Mississippi River with legal pot. The new law took effect at 12:01 a.m., despite last-minute maneuvers by Republican leaders in Congress and threats that city leaders could face prison time. Democratic Mayor Muriel...

Baghdad – Islamic State Fighters Destroy Priceless Iraq Antiquities

February 26, 2015 at 07:30 PM
Baghdad - Hardline Islamist militants in northern Iraq have destroyed a collection of priceless statues and sculptures dating to the ancient Assyrian era, according to a video published online. The Islamic State video showed men attacking the artefacts, some of them identified as antiquities from the 7th century BC, with sledgehammers or drills, saying they were symbols of idolatry. "The...

Oxon Hill, MD – Carly Fiorina Ramps Up Hillary Clinton Attacks At C-PAC

February 26, 2015 at 07:04 PM
Oxon Hill, MD -Former technology executive Carly Fiorina, the only woman known to be contemplating a Republican presidential bid, is ramping up attacks on likely Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. The former Hewlett-Packard CEO on Thursday challenged Clinton to name a single accomplishment from her time as secretary of state. "Like Mrs. Clinton, I too have traveled the...

New York – No Thanks! Companies Reject “Shark Tank” Deals, Still Thrive

February 26, 2015 at 06:36 PM
New York - With the cameras rolling, Daniel and Stephanie Rensing accepted an offer from a "Shark Tank" investor. But after they had time to think about it, they changed their minds. Annual revenue for their company, The Smart Baker, is close to $1 million, up from $130,000 before their March 2012 appearance on the ABC reality TV show. "Not doing the deal and having that exposure was...

Jerusalem – As Address To U.S. Congress Nears, Netanyahu Treads A Thinning Line

February 26, 2015 at 06:00 PM
Jerusalem - When Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accepted an invitation to address the U.S. Congress two weeks before an Israeli election, there appeared to be little downside. As the appointment draws near, the potential pitfalls are growing. The primary objective was to warn U.S. lawmakers about the risks of a deal on Iran's nuclear program and keep alive the possibility of further...

New York – Employer: Man Accused In IS Group Plot Was About To Quit Job

February 26, 2015 at 05:33 PM
New York - The employer of one of three men charged with plotting to help the Islamic State group says the suspect was about to quit his restaurant job. Zakarya Khan is the owner of Gyro King in New York City. He says Abdurasul Hasanovich Juraboev (ahb-DEWR'-ahl-suhl hah-SAHN'-oh-vich jur-AH'-boh-ehv) was first a customer at his restaurant, then started working there slicing lettuce. Khan says...

Oxon Hill, MD – Christie Tells CPAC Crowd He Shouldn’t Be Counted Out

February 26, 2015 at 05:00 PM
Oxon Hill, MD - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie sold himself to a room of conservative activists Thursday as a fighter who shouldn't be counted out as he mulls a run for president in 2016. The Republican, who has struggled in recent weeks to gain momentum, was interviewed by talk show host Laura Ingraham onstage at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland. The three-day...

Chicago – Stiff Sentence Sought For Arab Activist Who Hid Israel Bombing Role

February 26, 2015 at 04:29 PM
Chicago - Federal prosecutors in Detroit are seeking at least five years in prison for a Chicago activist who didn't tell U.S. immigration officials about her conviction decades ago for bombings in Israel. The government is even invoking the Islamic State extremists in its recommendation to a judge, saying a light sentence for Rasmieh Odeh would send a signal that "there's not much risk" in...

Washington – Capitol Hill Buzz: Pelosi Teases Reid With Dark Glasses

February 26, 2015 at 04:01 PM
Washington - Comedy on Capitol Hill — the intentional kind, anyway — is pretty rare. But House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi got chuckles Thursday when she started a news conference by donning dark glasses, a teasingly sympathetic gesture to the man standing next to her, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid. "I brought my glasses to be like Harry, but he switched on me," Pelosi said...
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