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New York – Helen Thomas Wants Apology from Obama, Reasserts Zionists Own White House

March 18, 2011 at 05:25 PM
New York - Nine months after anti-Semitic remarks forced her to resign from her post as a White House correspondent, Helen Thomas remains unrepentant, demanding an apology from President Barack Obama and defending her assertion that Zionists own the White House and Congress. Speaking at the annual spring convention of College Media Advisers in New York City on Tuesday, Thomas said, "I want an...

Washington – Obama: US Ready To Enforce Sanctions in Libya ;Will Use Military Force

March 18, 2011 at 02:42 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama demanded Friday that Moammar Gadhafi halt all military attacks on civilians and said that if the Libyan leader did not stand down the United States would join other nations in launching military action against him. However, Obama also said the United States "is not going to deploy ground troops into Libya." In a brief appearance at the White House, Obama...

Jerusalem – The Rising Stakes of Kashrus Certification

March 18, 2011 at 02:03 PM
Jerusalem - R., the manager of a large dairy, is a kibbutznik who sells milk to a big dairy conglomerate. Like her, the heads of the conglomerate are not Orthodox - but when Passover approaches, R.'s cows enjoy a kosher-for-Passover menu, following the special strictures of the holiday. "We install filters on the milk pumps to make sure no leavened food gets into the milk. The kashrut...

Tokyo – With No Progress In Sight Japan Weighs Need To Bury Nuclear Plant

March 18, 2011 at 01:49 PM
Tokyo - Why not just bury them? The idea of smothering and sealing Japan's overheated nuclear reactors in sand or concrete to stop the crisis is appealing. But experts say that it's too early for something that desperate and that it could be a big mistake that could make matters worse. Most urge continuing the current efforts to cool the radioactive material, and at least one suggested...

Beirut – Uprising in Syria: Syrian TV Says Security Forces, Protesters Clash

March 18, 2011 at 01:13 PM
Beirut - Syrian security forces dispersed protesters in two towns Friday, state media reported in the first official word of what appeared to be the gravest unrest in years in one of the Mideast's most repressive states. Amateur video footage posted on YouTube and Twitter showed large groups of protesters in several cities throughout Syria but its authenticity could not be immediately be...

New York – Crashes Put Scrutiny On Booming Low-Fare Buses

March 18, 2011 at 01:07 PM
New York - The past year has been one of exhilarating expansion, and deadly setbacks, for the fleets of inexpensive buses plying the highways of the Northeast. Lured by cheap fares, convenient routes and in some cases free wireless Internet, customers queue up daily from curbside pickups in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington. The industry is in the fifth year of a...

Jerusalem – Police Warn of Purim’s Explosive Dangers

March 18, 2011 at 12:30 PM
Jerusalem - The deafening explosion that tore through the testing ground of the Israel Police’s Jerusalem headquarters this week sounded like it came from a mortar shell. Not only did the blast shake the area and vibrate through stomachs, it also blew a hole through the clothes of a plastic doll representing a child, and left a large black scar on the doll’s upper leg – a first-degree...

London – Rabbi: Yeshivah Boys Should Only Drink on Purim in Moderation

March 18, 2011 at 11:34 AM
London - The Gateshead Rav, Rabbi Shraga Faivel Zimmerman, has banned yeshivah boys from drinking spirits on Purim. He said that they only should drink wine in moderation on the festival. In a public notice, Rabbi Zimmerman said the dangers of alcoholic consumption had been highlighted by life-threatening incidents in recent years. He also stated: “Alcoholic drinks and beverages must...

Sanaa, Yemen – Dozens Killed As Yemeni Snipers Open Fire On Protesters

March 18, 2011 at 10:25 AM
Sanaa, Yemen - Yemeni government snipers firing from rooftops and houses shot at tens of thousands of anti-government demonstrators on Friday, killing at least 31 people and injuring hundreds in the crowd demanding the ouster of the autocratic president. The protest in the central square was the largest yet in the popular uprising that began a month ago — and the harsh government response...

New York – NY Area Airports Screen Flyers for Radiation

March 18, 2011 at 10:03 AM
New York - Passengers arriving at New York-area airports from Japan are being screened for radiation as a precaution because of the nuclear crisis unfolding in that country. "It is possible that we will see passengers with detectable radiation levels in New York-area airports as travel from Japan continues," the New York City health department told NBC New York. "The contamination is...

Jerusalem – Netanyahu In CNN Interview: Concessions By Israel Leads To Nowhere

March 18, 2011 at 09:47 AM
Jerusalem - In an interview in Israel with CNN Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tells Piers Morgan how he and the Israelis can achieve peace with the Palestinians. Netanyahu also says that Israel has given up many teritoris in past many years and it lead to no resolution with the Palestinians, 'what more they need' asked the PM. Netanyahu also talks about Libya and Gadhafi, Mubarak...

Washington – Japanese Fallout Reportedly Reaches California

March 18, 2011 at 09:28 AM
Washington - A diplomat in Vienna says Japan's radioactive fallout has reached Southern California, but first readings are "about a billion times beneath levels that would be health threatening." The diplomat, who has access to U.N. radiation tracking, was citing readings Friday from one of its California-based measuring stations. He asked for anonymity Friday because the Comprehensive Test...

Jerusalem – Police Raise Level of Alert for Purim

March 18, 2011 at 09:17 AM
Jerusalem - The Israel Police has raised its level of alert to Operational Level C ahead of Purim, Insp.-Gen. David Cohen announced. "We are at a sensitive period filled with unusual events in the world and in the country," Cohen said. Police will beef up forces around open air celebrations, Purim parades, and costume parties. Police will increase deportations of Palestinians who enter...

New York – Parshas Tzav: Why Are The Laws of Korban Todah

March 18, 2011 at 09:02 AM
New York - Parshas Tzav introduces the laws of the Korban Todah [Thanksgiving offering] [Vayikra 7:12]. Rashi explains that a Todah offering is brought by "someone who experienced a personal miracle". Rashi gives as examples of such – one who traveled on the High Seas or one who traveled through the desert and safely reached his destination, one who was thrown in jail and then released, and one...

Tripoli – Libya Declares Cease-Fire After UN Vote

March 18, 2011 at 08:55 AM
Tripoli - Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa says Libya is declaring an immediate cease-fire and stopping all military operations. Friday's decision comes after the U.N. voted to authorized a no-fly zone and "all necessary measures" to protect the Libyan people, including airstrikes. Koussa says the cease-fire "will take the country back to safety" and ensure security for all Libyans. But he...

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