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Jerusalem – Netanyahu Praises China Upon Completing State Visit There

March 22, 2017 at 08:15 PM
Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu walked the Great Wall of China at the end of a state visit to China. During the visit, which ended Wednesday, the University of Haifa signed an agreement with the Hangzhou Wahaha Group, a Chinese conglomerate, and the Institute of Automation at the Chinese Academy of Sciences that will establish three joint artificial intelligence...

Albany, NY – De Blasio Urges NY Lawmakers To Increase Taxes On The Rich

March 22, 2017 at 08:01 PM
Albany, NY - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is urging state lawmakers to raise taxes on the state's wealthiest residents. The Democratic mayor traveled to Albany Wednesday to call on the Legislature to increase income taxes on millionaires — and authorize his proposal to tax the sale of high-end real estate in the city. De Blasio and several top Democrats in the Legislature say the...

Tel Aviv – Mobileye Deal To Fuel Investment In Late-stage Israeli Start-ups

March 22, 2017 at 07:27 PM
Tel Aviv - Intel's $15.3 billion acquisition of Mobileye has catapulted Israeli hi-tech into the global league, and is likely to stimulate investment in the sector's other late-stage startups, where funds are most needed. Fundraising in late-stage startups - more mature firms that are already selling products rather than just the bright but unexploited ideas of entrepreneurs - has begun to...

Washington – One In Three U.S. Muslims Fear For Safety In Trump Presidency: Poll

March 22, 2017 at 07:00 PM
Washington - More than one in three U.S. Muslims fear they could be targeted by white supremacist groups following President Donald Trump's election and 42 percent say their children have been bullied in school because of their faith, a survey found. That fear contributes to a lower-than-average rate of voting by adult Muslim citizens, according to a study released on Monday by the Institute...

London – Death Toll In London Attack Rises To Five: Police

March 22, 2017 at 06:47 PM
London - The number or people who died in an attack close to Britain's parliament on Wednesday has risen to five after the death of a third member of the public, police said. Previously, the death toll had stood as four, including the attacker and a police officer. Britain's top counter-terrorism police officer Mark Rowley told reporters that police believed the attacker was inspired by...

Washington – SEC Shortens Settlement Cycle For Securities Trades

March 22, 2017 at 06:29 PM
Washington - U.S. securities regulators moved on Wednesday to modernize regulations that require stock and bond trades to settle within three business days, a step the industry has urged the government to take for years. The Securities and Exchange Commission voted unanimously to shorten that timeframe to two business days, a change that aims to reduce credit and market risk, including the...

Washington – U.S. Existing Home Sales Fall From 10-year High

March 22, 2017 at 06:07 PM
Washington - U.S. home resales fell more than expected in February amid a persistent shortage of houses on the market that is pushing up prices and sidelining potential buyers. The National Association of Realtors said on Wednesday existing home sales declined 3.7 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.48 million units last month. January's sales pace was unrevised at 5.69...

Washington – Key Democrat Cites ‘Profound Doubt’ About Intelligence Panel Trump Probe

March 22, 2017 at 05:57 PM
Washington - The top Democrat on the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee said on Wednesday that actions by the committee's chairman cast "profound doubt" on its ability to conduct a reliable investigation of potential ties between President Donald Trump's campaign and Russia. "This is not how you conduct an investigation. You don't take information that the committee hasn't...

Colorado – Trump Children Get Message On Climate Change

March 22, 2017 at 05:39 PM
Colorado - Colorado lawmakers sent a message about climate change to the children of President Donald Trump during their visit to the ski resort town. The Aspen Daily News reports that the Pitkin County Commissioners placed full-page ads in both of Aspen's newspapers Tuesday that included a letter welcoming them to the area and focusing on the negative effects of climate change. It asked them...

San Francisco – Google Allows Users To Share Their Locations In Mapping App

March 22, 2017 at 05:11 PM
San Francisco - Alphabet Inc's Google announced on Wednesday that it will revamp its popular maps app to allow users to share their locations, in order to boost engagement on a product of increasing strategic importance to the search giant. Within the next week, users worldwide will be able to share where they are in real time on devices running both Google’s Android operating system and...

Schenectady, NY – Upstate New York Wannabe Jew Charged With Spray-painting Hate Graffiti On His Own Home

March 22, 2017 at 04:31 PM
Schenectady, NY - A man in upstate New York has been charged with spray-painting swastikas and hate messages on his own home. Jewish leaders in Schenectady also say that Andrew King, who was interviewed last month by the local media in front of his defaced home wearing a kippah, is not Jewish. He tried to convert several times but was rejected by at least two congregations, according to the...

London – UK Lawmaker Hailed As Hero For Helping Policeman Killed In Attack

March 22, 2017 at 04:08 PM
London - One British lawmaker was hailed by some as a hero in Wednesday's attack on the British Parliament. Conservative parliamentarian and Foreign Office minister Tobias Ellwood, whose brother was killed in the Bali terror attack in 2002, performed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on the police officer who was stabbed and later died. About 10 yards away was the attacker who was shot dead by...

Jerusalem – Israeli Ban Targeting Boycott Supporters Raises Alarm Abroad

March 22, 2017 at 04:00 PM
Jerusalem - A law barring foreigners from entering Israel if they back boycotts against the country is causing alarm among liberal American Jews and others who perceive an attempt to suppress critical political opinion. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing government has long campaigned against the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, describing it as...

Washington – Trump Says Feels ‘Somewhat’ Vindicated After Nunes Surveillance Intel Briefing

March 22, 2017 at 03:35 PM
Washington - Communications of Donald Trump's transition officials — possibly including the incoming president himself — may have been scooped up in legal surveillance but then improperly distributed throughout the intelligence community, the chairman of the House intelligence committee said Wednesday. In an extraordinary set of statements to reporters, Republican Rep. Devin Nunes said the...

New York – Security Tightened At UK Sites In New York After London Attack

March 22, 2017 at 03:25 PM
New York - New York police ramped up security at British sites across the city on Wednesday after an assailant stabbed a policeman outside Britain's parliament and was then shot by police. Heavily armed officers and explosives-detecting dogs were deployed to locations including the British Consulate and the British Mission to the United Nations in Manhattan, senior New York Police Department...

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