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Israel – MK Seeks To Annul Bill That Requires Parents And Adopted Kids To Share Same Religion

June 17, 2012 at 11:26 PM
Israel - Meretz MK Nitzan Horowitz is working to push forward a bill seeking to cancel a law requiring an adopted child and his parents to be of the same faith. At present, parents must be the same religion as the child they adopt. In most cases, this means that the child being adopted must be converted to Judaism, which is carried out by a special rabbinical court for the conversion of...

Cairo – Islamist Claims Victory In Egypt President Vote

June 17, 2012 at 11:04 PM
Cairo - The Muslim Brotherhood declared early Monday that its candidate, Mohammed Morsi, won Egypt's presidential election, which would be the first victory of an Islamist as head of state in the stunning wave of protests demanding democracy that swept the Middle East the past year. But the military handed itself the lion's share power over the new president, sharpening the possibility of...

Borough Park, NY – Hundreds Mourn Israeli Teen That Captivated Online Fans With His Musical Talent

June 17, 2012 at 10:02 PM
Borough Park, NY - Hundreds of people thronged to the Skver Beis Medrash today in Borough Park to attend the levaya of the fourteen year old Israeli boy whose beautiful middos and golden voice captured the hearts of countless listeners including superstars Avraham Fried and Lipa Schmeltzer. Dovid Hill passed away this past Friday afternoon at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital in Manhattan...

New York – The Yiddish You Speak: A Clue To Who You Are?

June 17, 2012 at 09:08 PM
New York - Talk with my fifty-something friend Alysa, and you’ll hear her lace her conversation with Yiddish words like plotz (burst), oy vey iz mir (woe is me), schlep (drag), nudnik (pest), meshuga (crazy) and schmooze (chat). Our friend Judy tends to run on the softer side, embracing words like mamma sheyna (beautiful little lady), kinderlach (children), nachas (joy), kvell (revel in...

New York – Phones Gain Ability to Learn by Touching

June 17, 2012 at 08:49 PM
New York - There's a form of extra-sensory perception called psychometry, whose practitioners claim to learn things about objects by touching them. Smartphones set to be released this month by Samsung and Sony will have some of that ability: they'll learn things when you touch them to pre-programmed "tags." For example, you can program a tag with your phone number, and stick it on your...

Iran – President Ahmadinejad to Leave Politics When Term Ends

June 17, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Iran - A German newspaper is reporting that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says he will end his political career when his second term ends next year. Ahmadinejad was quoted on Saturday as saying in an interview with Germany's Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung that he plans to return to academia. He said that, though he might engage in political activity at a university, "I will not...

New York – Market Moving Journalist Dan Dorfman Dies

June 17, 2012 at 06:36 PM
New York - Financial journalist Dan Dorfman, known for moving stock prices in the 1990s with his comments on CNBC, has died. He was 82. According to the family, he died Saturday in New York of cardiogenic shock, a heart condition. Dorfman's market comments on the cable financial news channel could propel and sink stocks. He worked there until 1996. That same year, he was fired as a Money...

New York – Facebook Says Nasdaq Glitches Led to Decline

June 17, 2012 at 05:41 PM
New York - Facebook is suggesting that trading problems at the Nasdaq Stock Market contributed to a sharp drop in the company's stock price after its initial public offering. In laying out a defense against dozens of lawsuits from disgruntled shareholders, Facebook and the banks overseeing the IPO also insist that nothing about its IPO process was illegal or even out of the ordinary. The...

Washington – Why Obama’s Jewish Support Is Slipping

June 17, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Washington - Anyone wondering why President Barack Obama’s 30-point lead over Mitt Romney among Jews in New York has shrunk to just eight points need look no further than the president’s meeting last week with a delegation of Jewish leaders. According to the latest survey by the Siena College Research Institute, one of the top polling agencies covering New York State, Obama’s previous...

Manhattan, NY – Marchers Protest NYPD’s Stop-And-Frisk Tactics

June 17, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Manhattan, NY - Thousands of protesters from civil rights groups have marched down New York City's Fifth Avenue in total silence to demand the city's police department end its "stop-and-frisk" tactics. Members of almost 300 groups on Sunday quietly strolled down Manhattan from Harlem to Mayor Michael Bloomberg's blocked off town house on the Upper East Side where they shouted "no justice, no...

Cairo – Al-Qaida Urges Egypt To Cancel Peace Treaty With Israel

June 17, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Cairo - Al-Qaida's leader has urged Egypt to cancel its peace treaty with Israel and to establish Islamic rule, according to an audio message released Sunday. He said the goal was to stop Israel from turning Jerusalem into a Jewish city. Ayman al-Zawahri, an Egyptian, issued his 10th message to Egypt since taking over al-Qaida's leadership after founder Osama bin Laden was killed in an...

Israel – Wave Of Arson Attacks Hits South Jerusalem

June 17, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Jerusalem - A rash of suspected arson attacks in open areas around southeast Jerusalem has firefighters scrambling to find a way to stop the fires, believed to have been set by area youths. In the month of May, firefighters dealt with 1,759 blazes in open areas around that part of the capital, according to Jerusalem Fire and Rescue Services spokesman Asaf Abras. Considering that the Jerusalem...

Monticello, NY – Fire Destroys 2 Story Bungalow at Sunshine Estates

June 17, 2012 at 12:42 PM
Monticello, NY - A three-alarm fire early Sunday destroyed a two-story summer bungalow at Sunshine Estates on Ranch Road in Thompsonville. A next door neighbor woke up to see the flames shooting out of the house and called 911. During the operations, an eyewitness saw one firefighter being carried away from the building. ...

Los Angles, CA – Rodney King, Key Figure In LA Riots, Dead At 47

June 17, 2012 at 11:22 AM
Los Angles, CA - Rodney King, the black motorist whose 1991 videotaped beating by Los Angeles police officers was the touchstone for one of the most destructive race riots in the nation's history, died Sunday. He was 47. King's fiancé called 911 at 5:25 a.m. to report that she found him at the bottom of the swimming pool at their home in Rialto, Calif., police Lt. Dean Hardin...

Jerusalem – Israel Starting Deportation Of Unauthorized African Migrants

June 17, 2012 at 10:59 AM
Jerusalem - Israel was forcing 120 South Sudanese to leave the country on Sunday, starting what was to be a mass deportation of thousands of unauthorized African migrants who have poured into the Jewish state. Some 60,000 impoverished Africans, most from Eritrea and Sudan, have slipped into Israel across its southern border with Egypt since 2005, fleeing repressive regimes and seeking work...

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