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Tehran – Police Break Up Protest in Iran

June 12, 2011 at 10:14 PM
Tehran - Iranian police swinging clubs chased protesters and made arrests on Sunday to disperse hundreds of people who gathered in the capital to mark the second anniversary of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's disputed re-election, the opposition said. Claims of fraud in the June 2009 election sent waves of protesters into streets around the nation for months. The government responded with a...

New York – Comfort or Conflict: Earlier Down Syndrome Test

June 12, 2011 at 09:18 PM
New York - The results of the blood test revealed only a risk, but when she saw them, she still threw up. Now she had to find out for sure. So she lay on her back at a doctor's office while a needle was slipped into her belly. Erin Witkowski of Port Jervis, N.Y., was going to find out if the baby she was carrying had Down syndrome. For years, many women have gone through an experience...

Jerusalem – 36 Mikvehs to Recycle Their Water Will Save 26 Million Gallons

June 12, 2011 at 08:22 PM
Jerusalem - The water at the mikveh (ritual bath) of Pisgat Ze'ev in Jerusalem will soon be recycled thanks to an advanced system, the first of its kind in Israel. The move is expected to save more than a million gallons of water a year. The experimental recycling program has just recently received the approval of the Health Ministry, which stipulates that the water at a mikveh must be changed...

Washington – Rep. Anthony Weiner Finally Considering Resigning

June 12, 2011 at 07:04 PM
Washington - As a cache of embarrassing new photos appeared Sunday, Rep. Anthony Weiner finally began considering the possibility that he may have to resign. A source close to the congressman told the Daily News that Weiner had been adamant about keeping his seat - even as the Democratic leadership urged him to quit. But the unrelenting media coverage, the demands he step down from his...

Queens, NY – Foes, Supporters Stage Rally At Weiner’s Office

June 12, 2011 at 06:05 PM
Queens, NY - Foes and supporters of embattled Rep. Anthony Weiner yelled at each other in front of the New York Democrat's district office on Sunday as congressional leaders called on Weiner to resign because of his scandal. "He's not fit to be our congressman," said Jim Scott, 61, one of about two dozen constituents who rallied in front of Weiner's office in the Kew Gardens section of Queens...

Istanbul – Turkey’s Ruling Party Wins 3rd Term In Office

June 12, 2011 at 05:37 PM
Istanbul - Turkey's ruling party surged to a third term in parliamentary elections Sunday, setting the stage for the rising regional power to pursue trademark economic growth, assertive diplomacy and an overhaul of the military-era constitution. However, the Justice and Development Party of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan fell short of a two-thirds majority in parliament, a shortcoming...

New York – Investors Nervous As Stock Market Eyes Correction

June 12, 2011 at 05:33 PM
New York - Just six weeks ago, the stock market hit its highest point in three years. Then came mounting evidence that the economic recovery may have stalled. The Standard & Poor's 500 index has dropped 6.8 percent since April 29. Declining just as quickly: the hopes of many investors and economists for robust growth in the second half of the year. Industries likely to do well if growth is...

Los Angeles, CA – In Speech To Republican Jews Gingrich Looks to Restart Campaign

June 12, 2011 at 04:01 PM
Los Angeles, CA - Newt Gingrich is trying to reboot his troubled presidential bid. The former House speaker is giving a foreign policy address Sunday night in Los Angeles in which he charges the Obama administration with placing "political correctness above common sense" when it comes to global affairs. The speech to the Republican Jewish Coalition is Gingrich's first since his campaign was...

Washington – Court: Using Car to Flee Police Considered Violent Felony

June 12, 2011 at 03:49 PM
Washington - The Supreme Court says fleeing police custody in a vehicle can be considered a violent felony. The high court made its ruling in the case of Marcus Sykes. Sykes was convicted of being a felon in possession of a handgun in 2008. Officials said he was subject to a sentencing enhancement because of two previous felony convictions, one of which was fleeing the police in a car in...

Ramallah, West Bank – Palestinian PM Supports Israeli For IMF Job

June 12, 2011 at 02:20 PM
Ramallah, West Bank - Israel's central bank chief has a new and unexpected supporter in his bid to head the International Monetary Fund: the Palestinian prime minister. Salam Fayyad says Stanley Fischer would make a "great managing director" for the world financial body and is a "superb human being." The Palestinian Authority does not participate in the selection process, but Fayyad said if...

Boise, ID – Police Investigate Graffiti at Chabad Jewish Center

June 12, 2011 at 01:26 PM
Boise, ID - Police in Boise say they are investigating what is being described as a hate crime after finding graffiti at the Chabad Jewish Center of Idaho in Boise. Lt. Kent Lipple says the graffiti found on Saturday morning contained the message "Zionism (equals) Racism." Lipple tells the Idaho Statesman that he characterizes the graffiti as a hate crime because it's specific to...

New York, NY – News of Contractor Scandal Chipping Away at Bloomberg’s Public Image

June 12, 2011 at 12:54 PM
New York, NY - Mayor Michael Bloomberg landed his hard-fought third term in part by selling himself to voters as a savvy businessman and no-nonsense manager who could secure the city's finances in tough economic times. But with yet another city contractor accused of profiting off a payroll technology kickbacks scheme on the mayor's watch, and still more arrests in the pipeline, the steady...

Cairo – Egyptian Authorities Claim Arrest Of Mossad Agent

June 12, 2011 at 12:26 PM
Cairo - Egyptian authorities have detained an alleged Israeli agent and are interrogating him on suspicion of spying and trying to influence protesters during the popular uprising that toppled President Hosni Mubarak, a court official and the prosecution spokesman said Sunday. The prosecution spokesman Adel el-Said said the suspect was arrested Sunday and is interrogated by the state security...

New York – Presidential Hopeful Cain Says He Would Consider Releasing Pollard

June 12, 2011 at 12:07 PM
New York - Among the speakers at the June 5 Israel Day Concert/Rally in Central Park, was Herman Cain, a Georgia businessman, economist, and political activist. He is the former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza and is now a candidate in the Republican primary, hoping to face off against President Obama in the 2012 elections. Following his speech, The Jewish Star sat down with Cain. David F...

Israel – Education Ministry Claims 10,000 Yeshiva Students Fraudulently Received Monthly Stipends

June 12, 2011 at 11:37 AM
Israel - 10,000 haredi yeshiva students have allegedly defrauded the Ministry of Education of NIS 4.5 million in scholarships for classes they never took. A ministry audit discovered the fraud. The Ministry of Education told "Globes" that the yeshiva students fraudulently received monthly stipends of NIS 450 each for their studies. The ministry claims that its audit cut the number of yeshiva...

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