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New York – Stocks Close Huge Week With Rally; Dow up 168

July 1, 2011 at 04:35 PM
New York - Stocks are closing their best week since the bull market began in March 2009. An unexpected rebound in U.S. manufacturing surprised investors Friday, sending the Dow Jones industrial average up nearly 170 points. Indexes were also lifted by a bounce back in auto sales last month. The Dow is closing up 168 points Friday, or 1.4 percent, to 12,583. The S&P 500 is up 19, or 1.4...

New York – NY Special Elections Set For Assembly, Congress

July 1, 2011 at 03:50 PM
Albany, NY - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has set special elections for former Rep. Anthony Weiner's congressional seat and six vacant seats in the state Assembly for Sept. 13, coinciding with statewide primaries. The 9th Congressional District includes parts of Brooklyn and Queens. The Assembly seats are in Oneida County, Erie County, Brooklyn, Manhattan and two in Queens. Weiner resigned...

Argentina – Bolivia President Apologized for Iranian Visit

July 1, 2011 at 01:30 PM
Buenos Aires, Argentina - A leader of an Argentine Jewish group says that Bolivian President Evo Morales has apologized for meeting Iran's defense minister. Aldo Donzis says Morales met with members of his group and said it was "a mistake" to have met with Ahmad Vahidi. That's because Vahidi is wanted in Argentina for allegedly helping plot the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in Buenos Aires...

Switzerland – Anti-Semitic Poster Shocks Geneva Jews

July 1, 2011 at 12:02 PM
Switzerland - A poster showing a Jewish figure shot by an arrow is spurring outrage in Geneva. The ad for a Swiss national day party planned for Aug. 1 by the extremist group GNC shows a doll wearing a skullcap and an Israeli flag with an arrow in its forehead, evoking the legend of William Tell, with the slogan, "Save Switzerland: Shoot Straight!" in French. "This is a call for the murder...

Athens – Greece Bars Boats Leaving Greek Ports For Gaza

July 1, 2011 at 11:29 AM
Athens, Greece - Greek authorities issued a ban Friday on Greek and foreign-flagged ships heading to the Gaza Strip from leaving Greek ports. A flotilla of nine vessels and several hundred activists have said they want to break Israel's sea blockade and deliver aid to the Palestinian territory. Greece's Civil Protection Ministry said coast guard authorities had been ordered to take "all...

Jerusalem – Thousands Attend Funeral For American Rosh Yehivah Of Telz

July 1, 2011 at 11:08 AM
Jerusalem - Thousands attended the levaya today in Israel for Rav Chaim Stein zt'l, the Rosh Yeshiva of Telz who passed away in Cleveland, Ohio, last Wednesday night. Rav Stein was 99 years old at the time of his petira. Numerous rabbonim and roshei yeshiva attended the levaya, which was held in the Mirrer Yeshiva in Yerushalayim, with hespedim by R' Nosson Tzvi Finkel and R' Shmuel Yaakov...

New York – Ex-IMF Boss Released

July 1, 2011 at 11:03 AM
New York - Former International Monetary Fund leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn walked out of court free on bail Friday after prosecutors said an extensive background investigation of the hotel housekeeper gave them pause. Strauss-Kahn had been under pricey house arrest for weeks in a ritzy Manhattan loft on $6 million in cash and bond. The charges, which include attempted rape, have not been...

Brooklyn, NY – Mishpacha This Week: Chasidic Badchen Yonasan Schwartz

July 1, 2011 at 09:57 AM
Brooklyn, NY - For Reb Yonason Schwartz, being a badchan is not about fun and games. Loosely translated as a “jester,” a chassid knows that it’s anything but. At a chassidic wedding, the badchan is the link between heaven and earth, weaving his lyrical verse as he summons the honored relatives to the mitzvah tantz — a dance that, according to tradition, joins the souls of the...

Romania – Meeting in Bucharest on the Holocaust Mass Graves in Eastern Europe

July 1, 2011 at 09:53 AM
Romania - Dozens of scholars and historians from across Europe and the U.S. attended a symposium Friday on Holocaust mass graves in Eastern Europe to raise awareness in countries where little information on the subject was available under communism. Paul Shapiro from the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum said well over 1 million Jews were murdered in...

New York – Powerball To Become Easier To Win, But Tix Will Cost More

July 1, 2011 at 09:15 AM
New York - The people who run the Powerball Lottery want to give away bigger jackpots, and they want it to give players better odds at winning. How on earth can they accomplish that? By reducing the numbers in the Powerball group from 39 to 35, but doubling the cost of the tickets. Starting January 15, 2012, four numbers come out of the Powerball group but each chance in the drawing will cost...

Caracas, Venezuela – Chavez Reveals He Is Fighting Cancer After Surgery

July 1, 2011 at 08:44 AM
Caracas, Venezuela - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez revealed that he is fighting cancer after having a tumor removed in Cuba, raising uncertainty about his political future even as he assured his country he expects to fully recover. Chavez was noticeably thinner and paler as he appeared on television Thursday night, reading from a prepared speech with a serious and at times sad expression...

London – Hatzolah Member Helps In Rescue Of Muslim Toddler From Burning House

July 1, 2011 at 08:21 AM
London - A woman risked her life to enter a blazing building and rescue a two-year-old boy. CCTV footage shows the unidentified woman rushing into a blazing house in Tottenham to save Arafat Hassan, who was stranded inside. The toddler was fighting for his life today in intensive care after suffering severe burns when the blaze swept through his family's terrace home in Antill Road...

Israel – Rabbi Ovadia Yosef Urges President Obama to Free Pollard

July 1, 2011 at 08:11 AM
Israel - Interior Minister Eli Yishai delivered a message from Shas mentor Rabbi Ovadia Yosef to US ambassador James Cunningham on Thursday, urging him to persuade US president Barack Obama to commute the life sentence of Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard. The rabbi wrote the president that Pollard's case was one of Pikuach Nefesh (saving a life) and that he should release him as a "humanitarian...

New York, NY – Law Requiring New Security Storefront Gates Goes Into Effect

July 1, 2011 at 07:41 AM
New York, NY - A new law to phase out solid, roll-down security gates on storefronts goes into effect Friday. Queens Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. drafted the legislation that requires newly installed or replacement gates to allow for at least 70 percent visibility. He said the new gates will improve safety conditions, allowing police officers or firefighters to clearly see into a...

Paris – Doubts in Strauss-Kahn Case Rock French Politics

July 1, 2011 at 07:30 AM
Paris - Dominique Strauss-Kahn's allies are hoping that new doubts about the New York chambermaid who accused of him of assault can help revive his 2012 French presidential bid. New York prosecutors have serious questions about the housekeeper's credibility and will seek a substantial reduction Friday in Strauss-Kahn's bail, a person familiar with the case said. Investigators have come to...

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