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Kutaisi, Georgia – Georgian President Personally Intervenes In Helping Injured Israelis To Get Back To Jerusalem

July 10, 2011 at 11:08 PM
Kutaisi, Georgia - The Boeing 737 organized by the Georgian government to transport the Israelis injured in an accident which took place near Kutaisi Sunday morning, landed at Ben Gurion International Airport in the small hours of Monday morning. Fourteen Israeli tourists traveling to Kutaisi, the second largest city in Georgia, were hurt when the minibus they were on crashed into a roving...

London – Murdoch’s Takeover of BSkyB Dead as Victims of 9/11 May Also Been Targeted

July 10, 2011 at 10:39 PM
London - Rupert Murdoch's takeover of BSkyB (British Sky Broadcasting) appeared to be dead in the water after proof emerged that executives at his British newspaper empire mounted a cover-up of the full scale of alleged criminal wrongdoing at the News of the World. In another extraordinary day in the phone-hacking scandal, Downing Street sources confirmed that Government lawyers were drawing...

New York, NY – Ticket Fixing Scandal Has Cops Issuing Fewer Summonses

July 10, 2011 at 09:31 PM
New York, NY - Dozens of Bronx cops have launched an unauthorized slowdown of sorts - dramatically cutting the number of tickets they issue for moving violations, sources said. Citywide, moving summons were down 18.1% for the 28-day period, the largest decrease in 10 years. They fell 22.3% for the week. It's been going on for about a month and is tied to the ongoing ticket-fixing scandal...

Mexico – Government Apologizes for Anti-Israel Bias in School Exam

July 10, 2011 at 08:47 PM
Mexico - An anti-Israeli question that appeared on a national exam in Mexico brought about protest from Mexico's Jewish community. A question on a geography test focusing on the economic reasons for the Israel-Palestinian conflict included the following answers: "The Jewish community used biased and racist methods against the Arab population when the State of Israel was founded", and "Israel...

New York – Wineries Want Feds to Speed Up Bottle Labeling

July 10, 2011 at 07:43 PM
New York - Wineries in New York complained that the federal government is hurting their business by taking too long to approve new labels for wine bottles. Sen. Charles Schumer headed to two wineries in New York's Finger Lakes on Friday to press the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau to clear what he called a bureaucratic logjam. "This wine labeling backlog has far too many New York...

New York – Independence Party Backs Weprin In Special House Race

July 10, 2011 at 06:22 PM
New York - Sources tell NY1 that the Independence Party is backing Democrat David Weprin in his special election bid to succeed Anthony Weiner in Congress. Weprin, a Queens Assemblyman, was picked by the Democrats last week to run in a September special election for the remainder of Weiner's term in the House of Representatives. The Republican and Conservative Parties have tapped Bob...

Cairo – Egypt Detains Kosher Food Delivery To Israeli Embassy

July 10, 2011 at 05:21 PM
Cairo - Israel's tense relations with Egypt were strained further recently, after Egyptian border guards stationed at the Taba Border detained vehicles transporting kosher food to the Israeli diplomatic staff stationed at the Cairo embassy, Ynet learned Sunday. The vehicles underwent an extensive security check, which included stripping them from their cargo, before they were allowed to cross...

Jerusalem – Vote Set On Israeli Settlement Boycott Bill

July 10, 2011 at 04:00 PM
Jerusalem - Israeli backers of a bill that would punish people for boycotting West Bank settlements said Sunday they will push forward with the proposal, despite accusations that it's an undemocractic slap at freedom of speech. In recent years, settlement opponents in Israel have joined boycotts of products made in the settlements. The Palestinians and most of the international community say...

New York, NY – Mighty Christine Quinn Looks Mayoral

July 10, 2011 at 03:17 PM
New York, NY - While Mr. Cuomo was suddenly being talked about as a 2016 presidential contender, Ms. Quinn, who announced an agreement on a $66 billion city budget, was looking mayoral—comfortably filling the shoes of the erstwhile front-runner for the city's top job, Anthony Weiner. Until recently, Ms. Quinn was regarded by many politicos as hamstrung by her alliance with Mayor Michael...

Jerusalem – Israel Expels 36 Pro-Palestinian Activists

July 10, 2011 at 02:16 PM
Jerusalem - Israel on Sunday expelled 36 foreign pro-Palestinian activists who were jailed over the weekend after being denied entry into the country, and said dozens of remaining detainees would be deported in the coming days. Interior Ministry spokeswoman Sabine Haddad said 13 Germans, 22 Belgians and a Spanish activist were placed on two flights Sunday. The timetable for expelling the 82...

Canberra, Australia – New Australian Law To Make Muslims Lift Veils

July 10, 2011 at 01:03 PM
Canberra, Australia - Muslim women would have to remove veils and show their faces to police on request or risk a prison sentence under proposed new laws in Australia's most populous state that have drawn criticism as culturally insensitive. A vigorous debate that the proposal has triggered reflects the cultural clashes being ignited by the growing influx of Muslim immigrants and the unease...

Washington – U.S. Suspends $800 Million in Pakistan Aid

July 10, 2011 at 12:22 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama's chief of staff confirmed that the U.S. is suspending $800 million in military aid to Pakistan. William Daley said the U.S. relationship with Pakistan is "difficult" and must be made "to work over time." But he told ABC television's "This Week" that until "we get through that difficulty, we'll hold back some of the money that the American taxpayers are...

Baghdad – Tug-of-War over Iraqi Jewish Trove in US Hands in Maryland

July 10, 2011 at 11:46 AM
Baghdad, Iraq - A trove of Jewish books and other materials, rescued from a sewage-filled Baghdad basement during the 2003 invasion, is now caught up in a tug-of-war between the U.S. and Iraq. Ranging from a medieval religious book to children's Hebrew primers, from photos to Torah cases, the collection is testimony to a once vibrant Jewish community in Baghdad. Their present-day context is...

Jerusalem – Seculars: Police Ignoring Haredi Attacks on Sabbath Traffic

July 10, 2011 at 10:41 AM
Jerusalem - Police are turning a blind eye to ultra-orthodox efforts to block traffic on a central Jerusalem street every Saturday, with hundreds of religious men often resorting to violence in a bid to prevent cars from desecrating Shabbat, secular activists reported on Sunday. "Neviim Street is the last road you can still drive on in the center of town, and now they are trying to close it...

Coney Island, NY – Synagogue’s Prayers Answered as Plug Pulled on Concert Series

July 10, 2011 at 09:48 AM
Coney Island, NY - It's going to be awfully quiet in Brooklyn's Asser Levy Park across the street from two synagogues, this summer. After a 20-year run, the Seaside Summer Concert Series that filled the nine-acre park every Thursday night from mid-July through August is moving on. The concrete band shell in the park between Coney Island and Brighton Beach, mere steps from the boardwalk, once...

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