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Brussels – S&P’s Lowers Credit Rating On Belgium

November 25, 2011 at 02:28 PM
Brusseles - Standard & Poor's lowered its long-term sovereign credit rating for Belgium on Friday, citing the country's lack of a permanent government and a looming European recession that threatens the country's exports. In a sign that financial contagion is spreading across Europe, the agency cut Belgium's credit rating from AA+ to AA, a moved that sent shocked politicians immediately back...

Queens, NY – Thousands Of Rabbis Visit Spiritual Leader’s Gravesite

November 25, 2011 at 02:01 PM
Queens, NY - More than 4,000 Hasidic rabbis from around the world are gathering in the city this weekend. Today they are paying tribute to spiritual leader Rabbi Menachem Schneerson by visiting his gravesite at Old Montefiore Cemetery in Queens. The rabbi is credited with reinvigorating Jews after the devastation of the Holocaust. The visit is part of the annual Conference of Lubavitch...

East Brunswick, NJ – At Agudah Convention: Brooklyn Rabbi Proposes Kosher 24/6 Internet Centers (video)

November 25, 2011 at 01:04 PM
East Brunswick, NJ - A highly sought after Flatbush Rov who is prominent on the lecture circuit came out strongly against the dangers of technology yesterday on the opening day of 89th Annual Agudah Convention and suggested that the internet be banned in every Jewish home and replaced with tightly supervised internet centers that would be open around the clock, 24/6. Rabbi Avrohom Schorr, Rav...

Washington – CIA Officers Mark Death Of Spy With Rare Request

November 25, 2011 at 12:12 PM
Washington - CIA officers are asking people to mark the 10th anniversary of the death of the first American killed in the Afghan war by donating to help the children of their fellow fallen. Since the death in 2001 of CIA officer Mike Spann, a total of 23 stars have been added to the wall at the CIA's Langley, Va., headquarters that honors CIA operatives lost. Many were killed in the wars in...

Washington – Biden’s 2012 Targets: Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida

November 25, 2011 at 11:45 AM
Washington - A year from Election Day, Democrats are crafting a campaign strategy for Vice President Joe Biden that targets the big three political battlegrounds: Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida, states where Biden might be more of an asset to President Barack Obama's re-election campaign than the president himself. The Biden plan underscores an uncomfortable reality for the Obama team. A...

New York – Virgin America CEO Looks To Make Flying Fun Again

November 25, 2011 at 11:38 AM
New York - Virgin America CEO David Cush believes flying doesn't have to be painful. He remembers when boarding a plane was exciting and wants to bring back that joy. That is why every job applicant, including pilots, flight attendants and baggage handlers, takes a personality test. He wants employees who are hard-wired with positive outlooks on life. Virgin America, which is partly owned...

London – Businessman Asks High Court to Enforce Decision of Beth Din

November 25, 2011 at 10:30 AM
London - The High Court in London is being asked to enforce the decision of the Beth Din. The Beth Din awarded a businessman more than £1 million in December 2009, when it ordered company director to pay £920,550.43. They agreed to take their dispute to arbitration, and agreed to abide by the Beth Din's decision, a High Court claim says. But failing to pay the money ordered by the Beth...

London – Heathrow Predicts Massive Gridlock In UK Strike

November 25, 2011 at 10:30 AM
London - A nationwide public-sector strike next Wednesday in Britain threatens to paralyze operations at Heathrow, Europe's busiest airport. BAA, the airport's operator, said Friday 12-hour delays for arriving passengers are likely because the Nov. 30 strike will hit the U.K. Border Agency's ability to support normal operations. An estimated 2 million workers are expected to protest changes...

Berlin – German War Memorial Features Nazi Bell

November 25, 2011 at 10:05 AM
Berlin - A German state governor is asking a tiny town to remove a bell adorned with swastikas and Hermann Goering's name from its memorial to Germany's war dead. The bell was donated by Goering himself to the town — which once bore the deputy Nazi leader's name and is now called Tuemlauer-Koog. News magazine Der Spiegel reported Friday the bell, which had hung in the town's belltower...

Washington – Crowds Hit Stores For “Black Friday” Deals

November 25, 2011 at 09:52 AM
Washington - A few violent incidents broke out across the country on Black Friday as millions of shoppers rushed into stores that opened their doors several hours earlier than usual on the most anticipated shopping day of the year. Early signs point to bigger crowds at the nation's malls and stores as retailers like Macy's and Target opened their doors at midnight. Toys R Us and a few stores...

India – Mumbai Yahrtzeit To Be Observed Amid Continued Chabad Presence in the Area

November 25, 2011 at 09:30 AM
Mumbai, India - The third anniversary of the inexplicably brutal massacre that took place in Mumbai’s Nariman House will be commemorated this week with a series of shiurim on Shabbos for locals and guests at the current Chabad center and with an official program for dignitaries, both local and from abroad. The attack, which took place on November 26, 2008, took the lives of Chabad shluchim...

Washington – Lawmakers To Look At Corzine, Rating Firms’ Ties: Report

November 25, 2011 at 09:10 AM
Washington - U.S. lawmakers plan to look into the relationship between bankrupt mid-size brokerage firm MF Global Holdings Ltd's former CEO Jon Corzine and the major credit-rating agencies, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, citing a person familiar with the matter. MF Global's credit ratings were cut to junk in the days before its October 31 bankruptcy. A U.S. congressional...

London – Hitler’s Bed Linen Embroidered with Swastika Up for Auction

November 25, 2011 at 08:49 AM
London - Two pieces of Adolf Hitler's personalized bed linen, complete with swastikas and the Nazi leader's initials, are together expected to fetch up to 3,000 pounds at a sale in Bristol next week. A single white bedsheet and pillowcase embroidered with the image of an eagle perched on a swastika inside a circle, flanked by the initials, will be sold by auctioneers Dreweatts in Bristol on...

New York – Mandated Reporting

November 25, 2011 at 08:49 AM
New York - It is an issue stuck inside a larger issue. The larger issue is the fact that the scourge of abuse of young children exists at all within our community. Ours is a community that holds itself to a higher standard because of who we are and also because the world around us—sometimes for its own slanted reasons—expects more from us. On Sunday I listened to a recording of my old...

Manhattan, NY – Controversial Islamic Center Near Ground Zero Quietly Advances

November 25, 2011 at 08:27 AM
Manhattan, NY - If not for the police car constantly parked out front, the Islamic community center two blocks from the former site of New York’s World Trade Center would hardly be noticed. Inconspicuously named after its downtown location, “Park51″ occupies a 19th-century industrial building that formerly housed a coat factory. But what its developers envision is a $100 million...

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