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Nouakchott, Mauritania – Gunmen Attack Israeli Embassy

January 31, 2008 at 11:37 PM
Nouakchott, Mauritania - Six gunmen opened fire on the Israeli Embassy in Mauritania's capital early Friday morning, trading fire with guards before fleeing screaming "Allah Akbar."The six men arrived by car and regrouped in front of a discotheque in the capital of the nortwestern African country that is just beside the embassy, said Hamza Ould Bilal, a taxi driver who was parked...

Winnipeg, Canada – OU Responds To A Story VIN News Coverd.

January 31, 2008 at 06:18 PM
Winnipeg, Canada - Products of Freshwater Fish Marketing Corporation (FFMC), located in Winnipeg, Alberta, Canada have been certified by the Orthodox Union for many years. This facility, which only processes kosher fish, has been carefully reviewed and accepted by many respected kosher certifying agencies worldwide. Recent irresponsible and false claims have been published [including at VIN...

Ashdod, Israel – 9/11 Victim Who Died Onboard United Airline Laid to Rest

January 31, 2008 at 05:59 PM
Ashdod, Israel - On Thursday, six year after the September 11 attacks, the remains of Ashdod resident Alona Avraham were laid to rest. Avraham was among the passengers onboard United Airlines flight 175, which crushed into the southern tower of the World Trade Center. Alona's mother, Miriam, said that she was informed about a month and a half ago that the remains of her daughter were...

Washington, DC – Nonprofit Security Grants to be Released

January 31, 2008 at 04:25 PM
Washington, DC - The U.S. Congress appropriates $15 million for 2008 Nonprofit Security Grants. The grant guidance will be released February 1st.The Department of Homeland Security plans to publish the initial guidance documents and hold an informational phone call on Friday, February 1, 2008.JCRC and UJA-Federation will hold a grant application training session on Wednesday, February 27th...

Manhattan, NY – Commission on Congestion Pricing Passes Plans for $8 Enter Fee

January 31, 2008 at 04:11 PM
Manhattan, NY - The commission in charge of creating a plan to deal with the chronic gridlock that plagues New York City has come up with its final recommendations, a scaled-down version of the original plan but one that still charges cars $8 to enter the most traffic-choked parts of Manhattan.The plan calls for an $8 toll for cars entering Manhattan below 60th Street from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on...

New York, NY – Wall Street Rallies.

January 31, 2008 at 04:07 PM
New York, NY - Wall Street rallied Thursday afternoon, with financial and homebuilder stocks leading the way, after bond insurer MBIA sought to reassure investors about its outlook, reassuring a skittish market at the end of a miserable month. The Dow Jones industrial average closed up 207 points at 12,650...

New York, NY – Arabic School Rivals Clash on Steps of City Hall

January 31, 2008 at 03:52 PM
New York, NY - A dispute over the city's new Arabic-language public school escalated, when a press conference on the steps of City Hall brought supporters and opponents of the school face to face.The school, the Khalil Gibran International Academy in Brooklyn, has drawn passionate protest and support since its creation last year, all centered on the school's mission to teach Arabic...

Australia – Animal Groups Demand Halt To ‘Shechitah’

January 31, 2008 at 03:38 PM
Australia - Animal welfare groups have called on federal Agriculture Minister Tony Burke to halt the slaughter by throat slitting of up to 4000 sheep a week at four Victorian abattoirs for new kosher exports, which began last month. The RSPCA and Animals Australia believe that killing without any form of electrical stunning of conscious sheep is illegal under the current industry standard and...

Bronx, NY – Police Discover Body in Suitcase

January 31, 2008 at 01:16 PM
Bronx, NY - A body has been discovered in the trunk of a stolen car in the Bronx.Police officers smelled a foul odor coming from the trunk of the parked car. Once the officers pried the trunk open they discovered an unidentified man's body in a suitcase.The medical examiner will determine how the man died. [amny...

Washington, DC – Big Boost to NYC Area Transit from DHS

January 31, 2008 at 12:48 PM
Washington, DC - NYC-area transit systems are expected to see a big increase in security dollars from the Department of Homeland Security, while the area's port security grants will increase slightly.Congressional aides told the AP that transit systems in New York, Connecticut and New Jersey will receive $151.2 million in new grant money. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff is...

Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY – NYPD Detective Accused Of Helping Run Cocaine Ring

January 31, 2008 at 11:39 AM
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY - An NYPD detective from Brooklyn's 90th precinct was arrested on charges of drug trafficking over a five-year period.Luis Batista, 34, helped run a cocaine ring that engaged in violence, the indictment read. Also charged in the case was Sgt. Henry Conde, who was arrested in July on charges of obstruction of justice and lying to the FBI.Conde is alleged to have...

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil – Judge Bans Carnival Float Depicting Naked Holocaust Victims

January 31, 2008 at 11:34 AM
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil - A judge issued an order today prohibiting a Rio samba group from parading during carnival with a float depicting naked bodies of Holocaust victims, as was reported here on VIN News. Judge Juliana Kalichszteim issued a response to a lawsuit by the Jewish Federation of Rio de Janeiro, which asked for the float be removed from this city's famed carnival parade next...

Monsey, NY – Former Assemblyman Arrested for DWI

January 31, 2008 at 11:26 AM
Monsey, NY - A former state Assemblyman from Rockland County has been arrested on a charge of driving while intoxicated. Ramapo Town Police have arrested Ryan Karben, 33, of Monsey late last night after his car struck a utility pole on Brick Church Road. Police said Karben managed to drive the car a short distance from the accident scene before stopping. He told officers that he hit the poll...

Hoboken, NJ – Large Fire Kills Man, Dozens Displaced

January 31, 2008 at 10:06 AM
Hoboken, NJ - The large fire yesterday at the five-story apartment building at 1203 Washington Street between 12th and 13th Streets, killed one person and injured his roommate.The 28-year-old Seth Dembowitz, a grandson of a rabbi raised in Cherry Hill, NJ, and a Bear Stearns employee, died in the fire, the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office said. Fiirefighters were able to save his roommate...

Moscow – Wave of attacks on Jews in Russia

January 31, 2008 at 09:52 AM
Moscow - Russia's Jewish community on Thursday reported three attacks in the last two weeks, including a raid on a synagogue and desecration of a memorial to Holocaust victims. In Ulyanovsk, a group of about a dozen young men painted swastikas Tuesday on the walls of a synagogue and cursed at members inside, the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia said. In Volgograd, anti-Semitic slogans...

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