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Washington – Al-Qaida in Yemen Adapts to Evade US

April 16, 2011 at 11:29 PM
Washington - In 2009, intelligence officials anxiously monitored dozens of al-Qaida members as they gathered for a meeting in southern Yemen. The U.S. and Yemen had stepped up airstrikes and raids the week before, and al-Qaida was regrouping under one roof to figure out how to retaliate. With the right timing and a little luck, the U.S. could kill the group's leadership in a single...

Japan – After the Quake: Pesach in Tokyo

April 16, 2011 at 11:01 PM
Japan - Recovery is still a rarely-talked about concept in Japan, but with Pessah approaching, members of the devastated nation’s small Jewish community are making plans to celebrate the holiday’s signature Seder meals in Tokyo. “People are starting to come back slowly,” said Chabad-Lubavitch of Japan Director Rabbi Mendy Sudakevich. “Their jobs are here.” Sudakevich and his...

Israel – Sharp Drop Seen in Matzah Exports

April 16, 2011 at 10:31 PM
Israel - Are Diaspora Jews buying less matzot? Israel's matzah exports totaled some $13 million in 2010 – an 18.5% drop compared to 2009, according to figures released by the Israel Export and International Cooperation Institute (IEICI). The IEICI data also reveal that matzah exports from December 2010 to January 2011 – the main export months ahead of Passover – totaled $6.7 million, a...

Phoenix, AZ – New Bill Will Require Birth Proof for Candidates, Amid Obama questions

April 16, 2011 at 10:00 PM
Phoenix, AZ - Arizona, a state that has shown little reluctance in bucking the federal government, is again plowing controversial political ground, this time as its Legislature passed a bill to require President Barack Obama and other presidential candidates to prove their U.S. citizenship before their names can appear on the state's ballot. If Gov. Jan Brewer signs the proposal into law...

Tehran – Iran: Israel Behind Computer Worm

April 16, 2011 at 09:59 PM
Tehran - A senior Iranian military official involved in investigating a mysterious computer worm targeting Iranian nuclear facilities and other industrial sites said Saturday the malware could have caused large-scale accidents and loss of life. It first emerged in September that Iran was battling a powerful computer worm known as Stuxnet, which has the ability to send centrifuges — used in...

Sanford, NC – Lowe’s Dept. Store Flattened In North Carolina By Major Storm (Photos)

April 16, 2011 at 09:56 PM
Sanford, NC - A brutal spring storm raged across North Carolina on Saturday, flattening businesses and homes, leaving officials with an unknown number of casualties from a system that was already blamed for killing 17 people in four states. North Carolina officials said there were multiple fatalities and they were working to confirm the exact number. In South Carolina, a church with six people...

New York, NY – Powerful Storm Moves In

April 16, 2011 at 09:34 PM
New York, NY - A powerful storm system moved over the tri-state Saturday, bringing with it drenching rains and strong wind. Clouds thickened over the tri-state Saturday afternoon as powerful winds kicked up around the region. By evening, rain will spread over much of the area. The chilly rain will be heavy at times and a few gusty thunderstorms are likely Saturday night along with 1 to 2...

Israel – Rabbi asks Arabs Not to Sell Chametz to Non-Observing Jews

April 16, 2011 at 09:28 PM
Israel - Akko's Chief Rabbi Yosef Yashar has asked the imam of the al-Jazar Mosque, Sheikh Samir Asi, to instruct Arab business owners in the Old City to avoid selling chametz (leavened food) to Jews during the Passover holiday. The sheikh has agreed to do so. "I believe that if a Muslim cleric issues this request as an authoritative religious decree, the Arabs will honor it and won't sell...

Jerusalem – Israel Thanks US For Funding Rocket Defense System

April 16, 2011 at 09:22 PM
Jerusalem - Israel's prime minister has thanked President Obama and the U.S. Congress for $205 million in aid to develop a new Israeli-made missile defense system. The aid was approved Friday. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Saturday that the assistance reflects "America's unshakable commitment to Israel in critical times." Israel first used its Iron Dome defense system last week...

Washington – Passover: Seder at White House Monday; Obama’s Holiday Greeting

April 16, 2011 at 09:14 PM
Washington - President Obama sent a Passover holiday greeting--Chag Sameach--to Jews worldwide who will celebrate Passover starting with the first seder on Monday night. Obama will host his third White House seder on Monday. From Obama: My family and I send our warmest wishes to all those celebrating the sacred festival of Passover. On Monday evening, Jewish families and their friends in...

Cuba – Jailed US Jewish Contractor Appeals 15-Year Sentence

April 16, 2011 at 08:59 PM
Cuba - A US contractor jailed in Cuba for distributing laptop computers has filed an appeal of his 15-year prison sentence, the head of the court said on Saturday. Alan Gross, 61, was convicted last month of "acts against the independence or territorial integrity" of Cuba, in a case that strained already delicate relations between the United States and Cuba's communist government. "An...

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