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Israel – ‘Kosher’ Ethical Code for Interior Ministry Workers

March 28, 2011 at 11:37 PM
Israel - The Interior Ministry is going kosher – ethically – by preparing a guideline to workers dealing with moral questions, such as whether preferential treatment should be given to the handicapped. The code of ethics is the first to be implemented in the modern State of Israel, said Interior Minister Eli Yishai (Shas) and parallels similar codes in the United States and...

Annapolis, MD – Holocaust Bill OKd after Compromise with Railroad

March 28, 2011 at 10:47 PM
Annapolis, MD - One French rail company's work transporting tens of thousands of Jews to Nazi concentration camps during the Holocaust would be laid bare online, under a bill moving through the Maryland General Assembly. Keolis Rail Services America — a majority of which is owned by the French National Railroad SNCF — has been seeking a contract to run the commuter rail service on two MARC...

Washington – After Criticism, Obama Says U.S. and Allies Have ‘Stopped Gaddafi’

March 28, 2011 at 09:29 PM
Washington - Vigorously defending the first war launched on his watch, President Barack Obama declared Monday night that the United States intervened in Libya to prevent a slaughter of civilians that would have stained the world's conscience and "been a betrayal of who we are" as Americans. Yet he ruled out targeting Moammar Gadhafi, warning that trying to oust him militarily would be a mistake...

Berlin – German Woman Devoted to Consistently Work Against the Nazis

March 28, 2011 at 08:49 PM
Germany - Irmela Mensah-Schramm stopped abruptly at the crudely sprayed swastika on the wall of a pedestrian underpass. Whipping out a can of spray paint from her cotton tote bag, she quickly made short work of it, turning the neo-Nazi symbol into a nondescript black splotch. For the 65-year-old retiree, it's all in a day's work. "I scratched off the first sticker in 1986, at a bus stop in...

Washington – Obama Says Too Much Testing Makes Education Boring

March 28, 2011 at 07:59 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama said Monday that students should take fewer standardized tests and school performance should be measured in other ways than just exam results. Too much testing makes education boring for kids, he said. "Too often what we have been doing is using these tests to punish students or to, in some cases, punish schools," the president told students and parents at a...

Albany, NY – NY Attorney General: Lack Of Fire Safety At Indian Point Nuke Plant

March 28, 2011 at 07:25 PM
Albany, NY - The state attorney general says federal regulators should take action against nuclear plants in the New York suburbs for what he called failure to comply with fire safety regulations. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed a petition with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which has granted Indian Point several exemptions involving fire safety. He said Monday that compliance...

Egypt – Mubarak and Family Under House Arrest

March 28, 2011 at 06:10 PM
Egypt - Ousted president Hosni Mubarak and his family are under house arrest, Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces said on its website Monday, denying that the former leader had fled to Saudi Arabia. "There is no truth to reports that former president Hosni Mubarak has left Egypt for Tabuk in Saudi Arabia," the country's military rulers said in a statement on Facebook. "He is under...

Havana – Carter Arrives In Cuba Amid Dispute Over Jewish Contractor

March 28, 2011 at 05:48 PM
Havana - Former President Jimmy Carter arrived in Cuba Monday to discuss economic policies and ways to improve Washington-Havana relations, which are even more tense than usual over the imprisonment of a U.S. contractor on the island. Carter was scheduled to meet with Jewish leaders — suggesting that his visit will deal at least partly with the case of Alan Gross, who was arrested in...

Geneva – Shimon Peres: Arab Uprising Could Benefit Israel

March 28, 2011 at 04:50 PM
Geneva - Israeli President Shimon Peres expressed hope Monday that popular revolutions in the Middle East could improve relations between his country and its Arab neighbors, if they end up becoming more democratic and prosperous. Changes in government would need to be accompanied by greater economic freedom and development, he said, as poverty and oppression in the region had fed resentment...

Jerusalem – In Photos: Thousands Attend Mass Prayer To Bury Remains Of Ancient Bones From Jaffa

March 28, 2011 at 04:41 PM
Jerusalem - Thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews participated today at the funeral of ancient bones uncovered near Andromeda Hill in Jaffa March 28 2011. Watch below photo presentation. ...

Ramallah, West Bank – Report: Abbas Willing To Give Up US Aid To Unite Palestinian-Hamas

March 28, 2011 at 03:59 PM
Ramallah, West Bank - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is making a heavy push for reconciliation with Hamas and is willing to give up hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S. aid if that's what it takes to forge a Palestinian unity deal, a top aide said Monday. The comments were the latest sign that Abbas is giving up on stalled peace talks with Israel and prefers to pursue unity with Gaza's...

Brooklyn, NY – Greenfield Says Senior Centers Saved In Final New York Budget

March 28, 2011 at 03:37 PM
Brooklyn, NY - After weeks of leading a vigorous advocacy campaign, Councilman David G. Greenfield, Chair of the New York City Council Senior Center Subcommittee, praised Governor Cuomo and state lawmakers for restoring $27 million in Title XX funding to New York City's senior centers in the state's final budget, which was announced yesterday. The elimination of Title XX would have shuttered 105...

Brooklyn, NY – JRunners Three Mile Run To Raise Funds For ‘Our Place’ Gaining Momentum

March 28, 2011 at 03:18 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Hundreds of additional runners have signed up for Sunday’s 5K JRunners race to raise funds for Our Place, the financially troubled facility offering food recreation, counseling and more to over 750 troubled teens. Registration closes tomorrow for the race which will be held in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park is expected to draw hundreds of people including runners, their...

Jerusalem – First Observant Jew to be Chosen as Shin Bet Chief

March 28, 2011 at 03:17 PM
Jerusalem - Israel's premier has chosen a veteran agent of the Shin Bet internal security service as the next head of the agency. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appointed Yoram Cohen to replace outgoing director Yuval Diskin. Netanyahu said Monday, "Yoram was the spearhead of activity in the agency over the past few years." Netanyahu said Cohen is "a real field man." The Shin Bet...

Tunisia – Tunisia Decries Israeli Call For Jews To Emigrate

March 28, 2011 at 03:11 PM
Tunisia - Tunisia's Foreign Ministry is condemning a call by Israeli officials for Tunisian Jews to emigrate to Israel over concerns about possible economic hardship ahead in the North African country. The ministry says the "ill-disposed" call amounts to meddling in Tunisia's domestic affairs and "an attempt by Israel to tarnish the post-revolutionary image of Tunisia." Monday's statement...

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