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Washington – Republican Christie Criticizes High Court’s Gay Marriage Ruling

July 5, 2015 at 03:00 PM
Washington - U.S. Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie said on Sunday Supreme Court justices of his liking would not have legalized same-sex marriage and would have struck down a key provision of a national health care law. The two landmark rulings last month angered many conservative Americans and several Republican presidential candidates have condemned the...

Athens, Greece – Greeks Vote To Reject Aid Package In Referendum: Official Projection

July 5, 2015 at 01:58 PM
Athens, Greece - Greece faced an uncharted future as its interior ministry predicted Sunday that more than 60 percent of voters in a hastily called referendum had rejected creditors' demands for more austerity in exchange for rescue loans. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who was gambling the future of his 5-month-old left-wing government on the vote, insisted that a "no" vote would strengthen...

Western Galilee, Israel – Ancient Jewish Town, Site Of The Sanhedrin Named To UNESCO World Heritage List

July 5, 2015 at 01:00 PM
Western Galilee, Israel - An ancient Jewish town laden with tombs and sarcophagi is joining the ranks of eight other Israeli sites on the World Heritage List of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, following World Heritage Committee approval on Sunday morning. Beit She'arim, located in the Western Galilee about 20 km. southeast of Haifa, contains a necropolis...

Uruguay – Police: Fired Israeli Embassy Worker Suspected In Planting Fake Bomb

July 5, 2015 at 12:06 PM
Uruguay - Police in Uruguay named an Israeli embassy security worker as the main suspect in planting a fake bomb on June 17 outside the Montevideo World Trade Center building which houses the Israeli Embassy. According to a report in local newspaper El Observador, the suspect has been an Israeli embassy security worker for the past eight years and also has performed similar security work...

Jerusalem – Greek Foreign Minister Visits Israel Amid Crisis At Home

July 5, 2015 at 11:37 AM
Jerusalem - Israel is welcoming the Greek foreign minister for a three-day visit as his country faces a financial crisis at home, with Greeks voting on a referendum about their country's future. Emmanuel Nahshon, Israel's Foreign Ministry spokesman, said Sunday that the visit from Greek Foreign Minister Nikolaos Kotzias would have an "economic emphasis" but would not elaborate. Kotzias is...

Jerusalem – Kashrut Law Causing Serious Coalition Tensions Between Shas And Kulanu

July 5, 2015 at 11:13 AM
Jerusalem - Shas’s controversial bill for amending the current laws on kashrut is scheduled to be brought before the Constitution, Law and Justice Committee on Sunday despite the strong opposition of coalition partner Kulanu. Officials in Kulanu stated that the party is considering either voting against the bill in the ministerial committee or appealing it, meaning that it would need the...

Romulus NY – Prison Escapee David Sweat Returned To Prison

July 5, 2015 at 10:34 AM
Romulus NY - The surviving escapee from a prison break and three-week manhunt will spend 23 hours a day in a maximum-security cell, much more confined than he and a fellow murder convict were in the prison from which they managed a getaway, officials said Sunday. David Sweat, who was shot and wounded during his June 28 capture, was taken early Sunday from Albany Medical Center to the infirmary...

Vienna – Top US, Iranian Diplomats Locked In Nuclear Talks

July 5, 2015 at 10:01 AM
Vienna - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif are locked in negotiation with just two days left before their latest deadline for a comprehensive nuclear pact. Kerry and Zarif met for 1 ½ hours Sunday morning in Vienna before a short break. By early afternoon, they were in discussions again. World powers and Iran are hoping to clinch a deal by...

Jerusalem – Major Victory For Haredi Parties; Government Cancels Conversion Reform In Cabinet Vote

July 5, 2015 at 09:49 AM
Jerusalem - The government on Sunday reversed the conversion reform law passed just seven months ago, marking a significant victory for the haredi political parties and religious establishment against the decentralization efforts of moderate national-religious groups. Yisrael Beytenu chairman Avigdor Liberman strongly denounced the reversal of the conversion reforms adopted by the last...

Modi’in, Israel – Chief Detective Commits Suicide In Wake Of Rabbi Pinto Bribery Allegations

July 5, 2015 at 09:11 AM
Modi'in, Israel - Police announced on Sunday the suicide of police National Fraud Squad head Asst.-Ch. Ephraim Bracha, 55, who had served in the police force for more than 30 years.  Bracha was found Sunday morning after having shot himself in his car in Modi'in, where he resided. The top police detective was previously alleged of involvement in the recent bribery case against Rabbi...

Jerusalem – Benjamin Netanyahu: What’s Happening In Iran Talks Is A Breakdown, Not A Breakthrough

July 5, 2015 at 08:51 AM
Jerusalem - Israel's prime minister says each day that passes brings greater Western concessions toward Iran in talks over its nuclear program. Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday the progressing talks in Vienna do not represent a "breakthrough but rather a breakdown." Western diplomats are trying to reach a deal before an extended July 7 target date. Any deal would result in an end to longstanding...

Tehran – Iran Deploys New Home-Built Long-Range Radar

July 5, 2015 at 08:30 AM
Tehran - Iran says it has deployed a new domestically built long-range radar system, signaling a strengthening of its air defenses as it holds what may be the final days of talks on a nuclear deal with world powers. Brigadier General Farzad Esmaili, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps' (IRGC) air defense force, unveiled the Ghadir phased-array radar in Ahwaz city in...

Washington – Bush Says He Takes Trump’s Immigration Remarks Personally

July 5, 2015 at 02:00 AM
Washington - Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush says he is personally offended by rival Donald Trump's recent remarks about Mexico and immigrants and calls the remarks far outside the mainstream of Republican thought. "I don't think he represents the Republican Party, and his views are way out of the mainstream of what Republicans think," Bush told reporters after marching in Fourth of...

Washington – Obama: Freedom Is Paid For By Men And Women Of US Military

July 5, 2015 at 01:15 AM
Washington - President Barack Obama says U.S. service members make it possible to enjoy the "greatest blessings" in the greatest country on earth. He says "freedom is not free" but is paid for by all the men and women of the military, including those who blanketed the White House South Lawn for a concert in their honor by Bruno Mars. Obama spoke minutes before the annual Fourth of July...

Daytona Beach, FL – NASCAR Distances Itself From Donald Trump After Remarks

July 5, 2015 at 12:50 AM
Daytona Beach, FL - NASCAR is the latest corporation to distance itself from Donald Trump. On the same day one of its top sponsors called on NASCAR to take a stance against Trump, the motorsports series said it will not hold its season-ending awards ceremony at the Trump National Doral Miami. "We looked at everything we saw coming down and what we heard from our sponsors and our partners...

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