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Jerusalem – Israel Has One of the World’s Highest Life Expectancy

November 24, 2011 at 11:14 PM
Jerusalem - A new report released by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) reveals encouraging figures about the health care situation in Israel. Israeli life expectancy is among the highest in the world, and fifth among OECD countries, infant mortality rate is among the lowest in the world, and a significant improvement has been recorded in the treatment of chronic...

Jerusalem – Charedi Zealot Arrested In Jerusalem

November 24, 2011 at 10:05 PM
Jerusalem - Man in extremist ultra-Orthodox group is nabbed on suspicion of vandalism, assaulting police officer and causing public disturbance. Yosef Meir Hazan, a member of the Sikrikim (Sicarii) extremist ultra-Orthodox group, was arrested this week in the capital’s Geula neighborhood as part of a special operation by the Jerusalem Police. According to police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld...

Amsterdam – Anne Frank’s Other House Open to Public for 1 Day

November 24, 2011 at 09:36 PM
Amsterdam - The apartment where Jewish diarist Anne Frank lived with her family before they went into hiding from Nazis during World War II will be opened to the public for one day next month, the housing corporation that owns it said Thursday. The Ymere corporation bought the apartment on Merwedeplein, a street in southern Amsterdam, in 2004 and restored it to 1930s style with the help of the...

Iowa City, IA – This Thanksgiving ‘Todah’ To Hashem For ‘Divine Intervention’ In Son’s Health Says Rabbi

November 24, 2011 at 08:03 PM
Iowa City, IA - Menachen Mendel Blesofsky and his family will not be celebrating Thanksgiving in the sense of the traditional holiday. As Orthodox Jews, the Blesofskys, of Iowa City, give thanks in prayer three times a day. And at just 3 years old, Mendel already has quite a few reasons to be thankful. Mendel was born with an interrupted aortic arch, a congenital heart defect present at...

Albany, NY – Gov. Cuomo says 90% of His Agenda is Already Completed

November 24, 2011 at 07:34 PM
Albany, NY - A reflective Cuomo looked back with satisfaction at his first year in office, saying he’s already gotten 90% of his four-year legislative agenda accomplished. “We did make a lot of progress,” he said, even while admitting New York is not yet “bumping up against perfection.” Cuomo delivered an on-time budget that cut spending and didn’t raise taxes. He delivered the...

Paris – French President: My Remarks About Netanyahu ‘Taken Out of Context’

November 24, 2011 at 06:37 PM
Paris - French President Nicolas Sarkozy met for lunch on Thursday in with leaders of the French Jewish community, and said that his description of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a liar "was taken out of context." The meeting was held at the the Élysée Palace in Paris. "I cannot bear Netanyahu, he's a liar," Sarkozy told Obama during a frank exchange where the U.S. president...

Manhattan, NY – Things Heat Up at Thanksgiving Meal in Zuccotti Park

November 24, 2011 at 05:45 PM
Manhattan, NY - Police showed up and shouting ensued as about 500 protesters gathered for a Thanksgiving meal at the Occupy Wall Street camp in lower Manhattan. Things heated up for about 15 minutes on Thursday afternoon when police told drummers at Zuccotti Park to stop playing. About 200 of the protesters surrounded a group of about 30 officers and began shouting. A van rolled up with...

New York – Ed Koch Hopes for Michael Bloomberg Presidential Run

November 24, 2011 at 04:33 PM
New York - The former New York City mayor — who said in September that he's "on board" with Barack Obama's reelection campaign, said that he hopes Michael Bloomberg will enter the 2012 race and address the “lack of leadership” in Washington. “I believe there is a major chance of a third party winning and I would like to see him pursue it for 2012,” Koch said. “What I believe he...

Washington – Congressmen Ask For Probe Into Palestinian’s Use Of U.S. Funds

November 24, 2011 at 03:05 PM
Washington - Congressmen Ted Deutsch (D-FLA) and Steve Israel (D-NY) have asked US Comptroller-General Gene Dodaro to investigate the Palestinian Authority’s use of American funding, three weeks after MK Moshe Matalon (Israel Beiteinu) sent a letter informing the budget committees of the US Senate and House of Representatives of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s policy to pay...

Lisbon – More Economic Trouble In The World: Portugal Lowered To Junk Status

November 24, 2011 at 02:23 PM
Lisbon - Portugal's efforts to climb out of its economic crisis suffered a double setback Thursday as its credit rating was downgraded to junk status and a major strike gave voice to broad public outrage over austerity measures that have squeezed living standards. Portugal's deepening plight underlined Europe's difficulties in finding a way out of the continent's government debt crisis which...

Albany, NY – New Yorkers Face 8% Hike in Health Insurance Costs

November 24, 2011 at 01:26 PM
Albany, NY - New Yorkers face an average hike in health insurance premiums exceeding 8 percent next year, more than twice the inflation rate, according to state data, and many policyholders are set to pay double-digit increases. Rate increases affecting more than 2 million policyholders are now subject to state approval under a 2010 law. The measure was meant to slow the rapid rise in premiums...

Oslo – Palestinian PM, Norway Decry Israeli Fund Freeze

November 24, 2011 at 12:31 PM
Oslo - The Palestinian Authority is "fast approaching the point of being completely incapacitated" by Israel's refusal to hand over tax revenues belonging to the authority, Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad said. Israel's freeze on the taxes and fees it collects for the Palestinian Authority at borders has deprived the government of two-thirds of its normal revenue since November 1...

Millersburg, OH – Amish In 3 States Arm Themselves Over Fear Of Beard Cutting Attacks

November 24, 2011 at 12:06 PM
Millersburg, OH - Members of the Amish community in three states have been frightened by recent hair-cutting attacks in Ohio, making fearful calls to authorities and arming themselves with pepper spray and shotguns, a sheriff said. Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla said Amish in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Indiana were concerned about the attacks that led federal authorities on Wednesday to...

Cairo – Arab League Gives 24 Hour Ultimatum To Syria, Or Face Action

November 24, 2011 at 11:27 AM
Cairo - An Arab League committee has given Syria 24 hours to agree to allow an observer mission into the country or it could face sanctions. Thursday's threat comes as international pressure mounts on President Bashar Assad to stop the brutal crackdown on an uprising against his regime. The U.N. says 3,500 people have been killed in the crackdown since March. The Cairo-based Arab League...

Brooklyn, NY – Jewish Groups Say Hate Crime Charge Against Shuchat Unwarranted

November 24, 2011 at 10:32 AM
Brooklyn, NY - One week after an Israeli court approved Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes’ request to extradite a former Crown Heights resident to the United States in order to face charges of a 2008 bias attack, people are rallying to his support, calling the district attorney’s campaign politically motivated and a miscarriage of justice. Yitzchak Shuchat, who now lives outside of...

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