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Miami – 2 Charged for Plotting to Use Weapon of Mass Destruction

December 1, 2012 at 11:31 PM
Miami - Two South Florida men of Pakistani descent have been charged with plotting to provide material support to terrorists and to use a weapon of mass destruction within the U.S., federal prosecutors said Friday. The men were identified as brothers Sheheryar Alam Qazi, 30, and 20-year-old Raees Alam Qazi. Both are naturalized U.S. citizens originally from Pakistan and both were arrested in...

Albany, NY – Gov. Cuomo to Make Pitch for $42B Federal Aid to Obama, Congress

December 1, 2012 at 11:01 PM
Albany, NY - An official in New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's (KWOH'-mohz) administration says the governor is headed to Washington on Monday to make his pitch for about $42 billion in federal aid to help the state recover from Superstorm Sandy. The official spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity Friday because Cuomo's official schedule hadn't been released. Cuomo is asking...

Washington – Clinton Says U.S. Open To Bilateral Talks If Iran Is Ever Ready

December 1, 2012 at 10:28 PM
Washington - The United States is open to bilateral talks about Iran's nuclear program if Tehran is "ever ready," U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Friday. Responding to a question, Clinton called Iran the hardest issue she has dealt with as secretary of state "because of the dangers that its behavior already poses and the geometrically greater danger that a nuclear-armed Iran...

Berlin – German Chancellor Merkel Reaffirms Support For Israel After U.N. Vote

December 1, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel reassured Israel of her country's support on Saturday, two days after Berlin disappointed the Jewish state by abstaining in a U.N. vote on the Palestinians' status. Germany, which will host Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and many of his ministers next week, abstained in Thursday's vote in the U.N. General Assembly which provided de facto...

New York, NY – Mayor Says Rebuilt Boardwalk in Rockaways Won’t Be Wooden

December 1, 2012 at 09:30 PM
New York, NY - New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is pledging to rebuild the miles of beach boardwalks destroyed by Superstorm Sandy - but he says the new models aren't going to be made of wood. For years now, city officials have talked about wanting to replace the hardwood in the boardwalks with more durable and environmentally friendly materials, like concrete and plastic...

West Bank – PA Official: ‘Israel Behind Increase in Palestinian AIDS Cases’

December 1, 2012 at 08:59 PM
West Bank - Israel is responsible for the increase in the number of AIDS patients in the Palestinian territories, As'ad Ramlawi, director of Primary Heath Care in the Palestinian Authority, claimed Saturday. Ramlawi's allegation was reported by the PA's official new agency Wafa. Ramlawi was speaking during an event organized by the PA Ministry of Health in Jenin, marking the United Nation's...

Gaza – Hamas Complains To Egypt After Israeli Army Kills Gazan

December 1, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Gaza - Hamas accused Israel on Saturday of violating the shaky, Egyptian-brokered Gaza truce of November 21 after Israeli troops killed a Palestinian taking part in a protest at the enclave's border fence. Medical officials said the 21-year-old man had been among six Palestinians wounded by gunfire during Friday's demonstration near southern Rafah, and had later died in hospital. The...

California – U.S. Judge Refuses to Order Anti Muslim Film Off YouTube

December 1, 2012 at 08:04 PM
California - An actress who said she was duped into appearing in an anti-Islam film that stoked violent protests against the United States across the Muslim world lost on Friday her second legal bid to force the video off YouTube. Denying a request by actress Cindy Lee Garcia for a court order requiring the popular online video site to remove the crudely made 13-minute clip, a federal judge...

Brooklyn, NY – Men Arrested In Connection With Taking Photos In Court Arraigned On Shabbos

December 1, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Brooklyn, NY - The four Orthodox Jewish men arrested on Thursday night for allegedly snapping photographs in court of the 17-year-old accuser of Nechemya Weberman, 54, were arraigned Friday night after sundown. DNAinfo.com reports (http://bit.ly/VbZLvW) that Williamsburg residents Joseph Fried, Yona Weisman, Lemon Juice, and Abraham Zupnick were all arrested, with the charges against Zupnick...

Newark, NJ – Attorney General Visits Mosque After NYPD Surveillance Flap

December 1, 2012 at 07:03 PM
Newark, NJ - New Jersey Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa quietly visited a Newark mosque Friday that had been listed in a secret report by the New York Police Department, and he reassured worshippers that New Jersey officials do not believe certain groups of citizens have lesser rights than others. Chiesa attended prayer services at Masjid Ibrahim, a modest, single-story mosque set up inside a...

Finland – Finish Politician: Jews Control Money, Media In US

December 1, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Finland - Finland’s Vice Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee Pertti  Salolainen asserted on Thursday that American Jews have vast control over the wealth and media in the United States and that impedes the US government from remaining neutral toward the Palestinians. Pertti Salolainen’s remarks sparked sharp criticism from the Simon Wiesenthal Center, an international human rights...

Gaza – Hamas Leader Mashaal Set To Visit Gaza For First Time

December 1, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Gaza - The leader of Gaza's ruling Hamas group will visit the Palestinian territory for the first time, an official said Saturday, a sign of increasing boldness of the Islamic militant movement after it held its own against an Israeli military offensive. Khaled Mashaal was set to arrive in the Gaza Strip next week by crossing the border from Egypt to mark Hamas' 25th anniversary and...

Washington – White House Not OK With Israel’s New West Bank Settlement Construction

December 1, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Washington - The White House said on Friday a new Israeli settlement expansion plan was "counterproductive" and could make it harder to bring Israel and the Palestinians back to the negotiating table. "We reiterate our longstanding opposition to settlements and East Jerusalem construction and announcements," White House spokesman Tommy Vietor said. Israel plans to build thousands of new...

Mineola, NY – LIPA Chairman Resigns In Wake Of Sandy Criticism

December 1, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Mineola, NY - Long Island Power Authority chairman Howard Steinberg has resigned from the board of directors. His exit Friday is the latest in a string of departures following criticism of LIPA's (LY'-puhz) performance in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. Newsday (http://bit.ly/VjVcFN ) reports that Steinberg resigned in a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. He said his work as a private-sector...

North Carolina – Pollard Collapses in Prison Cell, Rushed to Hospital

December 1, 2012 at 05:57 PM
North Carolina - Imprisoned Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard was rushed to a North Carolina hospital on Friday after having collapsed in his jail cell. Pollard's wife Esther was informed of his hospitalization, but the severity of his condition was not initially known. Pollard, who marked the 27th anniversary of his arrest two weeks ago, was last hospitalized in April after suffering from...

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