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Jerusalem – Israeli Official: Cooperation Strong With Egypt

January 11, 2017 at 04:30 PM
Jerusalem - An Israeli defense official says the country has developed a new policy in recent years to allow Egypt to quickly beef up its forces in the volatile Sinai peninsula as part of a shared struggle against Islamic militants. The official's comments Wednesday came days after Egyptian President Abdel-Fatteh el-Sissi said there are about 25,000 Egyptian troops operating in Sinai. It was...

New York – New York City Traffic Deaths Dropped To Record Low In 2016

January 11, 2017 at 04:01 PM
New York - Traffic deaths in New York City have declined for the third straight year, dropping to a record low of 229 in 2016. Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday that the downward trend in traffic deaths shows his Vision Zero traffic-safety campaign is working. The 229 traffic fatalities were pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and people in cars. The number fell from 234 in 2015. City...

Petah Tikva – Jewish-American Pros Look To Boost Baseball In Israel

January 11, 2017 at 03:27 PM
Petah Tikva - Israel has just one baseball-specific field, and most Israelis know little about the game. Yet the country has emerged as a potential spoiler in the upcoming World Baseball Classic thanks to quirky regulations that allow it to pack its squad with American pro players of Jewish descent. Major leaguers Ike Davis, Sam Fuld and Ryan Lavarnway were among 10 team members who visited...

Tallinn, Estonia – Lithuanian TV Apologizes For Nazi Gestures By Actress

January 11, 2017 at 03:00 PM
Tallinn, Estonia - Lithuania's public television apologized Wednesday for a live show in which a popular actress made gestures to represent Adolf Hitler's moustache while raising her arm in a Nazi-style salute. Virginija Buneviciute, a spokeswoman for Lithuanian National Radio and Television LRT, told The Associated Press the contract with the production company behind the popular "Guess the...

New York – Trump Says Pharmaceutical Companies ‘Getting Away With Murder’

January 11, 2017 at 02:32 PM
New York - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday said pharmaceutical companies are "getting away with murder" in what they charge the government for medicines, and promised that would change. After his remarks, the Ishares Nasdaq Biotech ETF dropped 4 percent at its session low and was on track for its largest daily percentage drop since late June. Trump has blasted other industries...

Paris – 72 Countries To Attend Mideast Peace Summit In Paris

January 11, 2017 at 02:01 PM
Paris - French authorities are expecting 72 countries to attend Sunday's Middle East peace conference in Paris — but not Israel or the Palestinians. Government spokesman Stephane Le Foll said Wednesday both Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have been invited to come to France after the conference to be informed of its conclusions. Netanyahu has...

New York – CNN Says Its Reports On Trump Intel Documents Different From Buzzfeed’s

January 11, 2017 at 01:29 PM
New York - CNN, the news division of Time Warner Inc , said on Wednesday that its decision to publish "carefully sourced reporting" on unverified intelligence documents concerning Donald Trump is "vastly different than BuzzFeed's decision to publish unsubstantiated memos." CNN's statement came after President-elect Trump called the news outlet "fake news" and refused to take a CNN reporter's...

New York – Trump Says Won’t Wait For Negotiations With Mexico Before Starting Wall

January 11, 2017 at 01:26 PM
New York - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would not wait for negotiations with Mexico to be completed before starting to build a wall along the two countries' border. "I could wait about a year and a half until we finish our negotiations with Mexico which will start immediately after we get into office, but I don't want to wait," Trump said at a news conference. He...

Washington – Obama Makes Final Air Force One Trip As President

January 11, 2017 at 12:45 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama didn't just say farewell to the nation. He said goodbye to Air Force One, too. Obama's roundtrip to his Chicago hometown, where he delivered the speech, marked the 445th time that he's flown aboard the familiar, eye-catching blue and white U.S. government airplane with the presidential insignia emblazoned on the side, according to White House press secretary...

New York – WATCH: Trump Refuses To Take Question From CNN Reporter

January 11, 2017 at 12:45 PM
New York - President-elect Donald Trump lashed out at a reporter from CNN, refusing to take a question from him and calling his news organization and Buzzfeed "fake news." CNN reporter Jim Acosta pushed back at Wednesday's news conference, demanding an opportunity to ask a question. "I am not going to give you a question, you are fake news," Trump said. A U.S. official says top...

Cairo – Islamic State Supporters Post Video Of German Hostage Believed Kidnapped

January 11, 2017 at 12:28 PM
Cairo - Islamic State supporters posted a video on Wednesday showing an elderly German man believed to have been kidnapped by Filipino Islamist Abu Sayyaf rebels last November. The video shows the German man in an orange jumpsuit standing in a freshly dug grave as black-clad. Masked militants behind him held assault rifles and, speaking Arabic, threatened the German government in English while...

New York – Trump Denies, Denounces Reports On Russia Ties: ‘A Disgrace’

January 11, 2017 at 12:05 PM
New York - A defiant President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday adamantly denied reports that Russia had obtained compromising personal and financial information about him, calling it a "tremendous blot" on the record of the intelligence community if such material had been released. The incoming president, in his first news conference since late July, firmly chided news organizations for...

Washington – Lawyer: Trump Separating From Business To Avoid Conflict Concerns

January 11, 2017 at 11:37 AM
Washington - President-elect Donald Trump is separating himself from his far-flung global business empire by transferring all assets into a trust and putting his two sons in charge, a Trump lawyer said on Wednesday. Along with plans to hire an ethics adviser, Trump is taking the steps to avoid inevitable questions about a potential conflict of interest between his businesses and the office of...

Washington – Russia Friend Tillerson Adopts Tough Line On Moscow

January 11, 2017 at 11:35 AM
Washington - Donald Trump's pick for secretary of state, Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson, adopted a tough new line on Russia on Wednesday, calling it a "danger" to the United States and saying he would have recommended a muscular response to Moscow's 2014 annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region. Both assertions appeared to contradict the views of the president-elect, who has repeatedly spoken of...

Jerusalem – High Court: Israel Must Explain Lack Of Access To Holy Site

January 11, 2017 at 11:00 AM
Jerusalem - Israel's Supreme Court has given the government a month to explain why it prevents women from praying from a Torah scroll at a key Jewish holy site. In the court's ruling Wednesday, it also suggested that an alternative site for women to pray at Jerusalem's Western Wall was insufficient and ordered that searches of visiting women be halted. Israel's government agreed in January...

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