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Dhaka – Bangladesh Garment Factory Fire Kills 120

November 24, 2012 at 11:45 PM
Dhaka - At least 120 people were burnt to death as a fire swept through a garment factory on the outskirts of Bangladesh's capital, the chief of the fire brigade said on Sunday. The fire at the nine-story factory in the Ashulia industrial belt started on the ground floor late on Saturday and quickly spread, trapping hundreds of workers. "This morning we have recovered 120 dead bodies and...

New York, NY – City Plans Small Business Grants for Storm Recovery

November 24, 2012 at 11:39 PM
New York, NY - New York City is stepping up efforts to help small businesses struggling after Superstorm Sandy. Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a new $5.5 million grant program on Saturday. He also noted that banks have pledged another $5 million to what was already a $10 million emergency loan fund. The new grant program is designed to complement the loans. Businesses that have been...

New York – Powerball Numbers Drawn; Jackpot Was At $325M

November 24, 2012 at 11:20 PM
New York - Lottery officials say the winning Powerball jackpot numbers have been drawn, and they are 22-32-37-44-50 and Powerball 34. The estimated Powerball jackpot was at $325 million, the fourth-largest in the game's history. Under that amount, a single winner's cash payout would be nearly $213 million before taxes. Recent Powerball winners include an Iowa couple that won a whopping...

Washington – Analysis: Israel Wins U.S. Support On Gaza But Differences Remain

November 24, 2012 at 11:03 PM
Washington - As conflict erupted in Gaza last week, Israel's officials and supporters embarked on what proved a successful diplomatic and media campaign to ensure the United States remained right behind them. Israel's ambassador to Washington Michael Oren became a regular fixture on cable news channels and talk shows. Pro-Israel lobby groups such as the American Israel Public Affairs Committee...

Washington – Obama On Shopping Trip Promotes Small Business Saturday

November 24, 2012 at 10:33 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama, in a bid to show support for small businesses, took his daughters on an early Holiday shopping trip on Saturday as the U.S. retail sector swings into high gear this holiday season. Promoting "Small Business Saturday," the third annual event that encourages consumers to support independently-owned local shops, Obama took his daughters Sasha and Malia to "One...

Jerusalem – Analysis: With Eye On Iran, Gaza Conflict Reassures Netanyahu

November 24, 2012 at 10:06 PM
Jerusalem - Both on the diplomatic and military front, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will draw some comfort from his offensive against Gaza as he switches his gaze once more to his main strategic challenge -- Iran. Israel views Iran's nuclear program as an existential threat in a totally different league to the problems posed by the Islamist group Hamas, which runs the Gaza...

Qatar – After Sandy, Obama Re-Election, World Hopes For Greater Climate Leadership From U.S.

November 24, 2012 at 09:27 PM
Qatar - During a year with a monster storm and scorching heat waves, Americans have experienced the kind of freakish weather that many scientists say will occur more often on a warming planet. And as a re-elected president talks about global warming again, climate activists are cautiously optimistic that the U.S. will be more than a disinterested bystander when the U.N. climate talks resume...

New Jersey – NJ Governor Estimates Sandy Will Cost State $29.4 Billion

November 24, 2012 at 08:59 PM
New Jersey - Superstorm Sandy caused at least $29.4 billion in overall damage in New Jersey, according to a preliminary analysis released by Governor Chris Christie's office Friday. The estimate of the damage caused by the storm, which ravaged the Northeastern U.S. coastline late last month, includes personal property, business, infrastructure and utility damage, Christie said in a...

Israel – Fatah: We Also Fought Against Israel in Pillar of Defense

November 24, 2012 at 08:45 PM
Israel - Several armed groups belonging to Fatah in the Gaza Strip claimed Saturday that they had also fired various types of rockets and missiles at Israel during Operation Pillar of Defense. A spokesman for the groups, which are affiliated with Fatah’s armed wing, the Aksa Martyrs’ Brigade, told reporters that his men fired 516 rockets and missiles at Israel during the conflict. The...

New York – Houses Damaged During Sandy Looted Over Thanksgiving

November 24, 2012 at 08:31 PM
New York - Some residents of a New York City neighborhood that suffered fire and flooding during Superstorm Sandy say thieves looted their damaged houses over Thanksgiving. The New York Post reports (http://bit.ly/QgcssM ) that thieves struck at least three homes in the Breezy Point section of Queens. One couple lost a $25,000 coin collection along with jewelry and watches. The break-ins...

New York, NY – Neighbors: Triple-Murder Suspect Posed As Retired Cop

November 24, 2012 at 08:02 PM
New York, NY - Neighbors of the man charged with murdering three New York shopkeepers of Middle Eastern descent described him on Friday as a self-styled "tough guy" who affected a fake Italian accent and claimed to be retired detective. "He was the kind of guy who you could tell had watched 'The Godfather' too many times,'' said Ben Elchonen, who lives in the same Queens apartment building...

Cairo – Egypt’s Mursi Faces Judicial Revolt Over President’s Powers Decree

November 24, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Cairo - Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi faced a rebellion from judges who accused him on Saturday of expanding his powers at their expense, deepening a crisis that has triggered violence in the street and exposed the country's deep divisions. The Judges' Club, a body representing judges across Egypt, called for a strike during a meeting interrupted with chants demanding the "downfall of the...

Dubai – Ahmadinejad: Gaza Conflict Shows Israel Must “Bow” To Palestinian Rights

November 24, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Dubai - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told the head of the Hamas government in Gaza on Saturday that eight days of cross-border fighting showed that Israel had no choice but to "bow" to Palestinian rights, according to Iran's IRNA news agency. The Iranian-backed Hamas has basked in what it called a victory against Israel after an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire on Thursday ended the...

West Bank – Arafat To Be Exhumed Tuesday In Poison Probe

November 24, 2012 at 06:57 PM
West Bank - The remains of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat will be exhumed Tuesday as part of a renewed investigation into his death, a Palestinian investigator said Saturday. Arafat died in November 2004 in a French military hospital, a month after suddenly falling ill. Palestinian officials claim he was poisoned by Israel, but have not presented evidence. Israel has denied such...

Caracas – Police Posted At Venezuela Synagogue After Protest

November 24, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Caracas, Venezuela - Police have been posted outside a synagogue in Venezuela's capital to step up security after an anti-Israel protest during which Jewish community leaders say demonstrators hurled fireworks and shouted anti-Semitic slogans. David Bittan is the president of the Venezuelan Confederation of Israelite Associations. He says more than 10 national police officers were sent to...

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