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Netherlands – International Criminal Court Opens Probe Into Israel’s 2010 Gaza flotilla raid

May 18, 2013 at 11:43 PM
Netherlands - The International Criminal Court's prosecutor said she would open a preliminary examination into the events surrounding the 2010 Israel Navy raid on a Turkish-flagged aid flotilla to the Gaza Strip. Nine Turkish citizens died during the raid on the Mavi Marmara vessel, part of a flotilla which set out from Turkey to the Gaza. The International Criminal Court is the permanent war...

Washington – IRS Targeted Tea Party But Ignored Most Influential Groups

May 18, 2013 at 11:09 PM
Washington - There's an irony in the Internal Revenue Service's crackdown on conservative groups. The nation's tax agency has admitted to inappropriately scrutinizing smaller tea party organizations that applied for tax-exempt status, and senior Treasury Department officials were notified in the midst of the 2012 presidential election season that an internal investigation was underway. But the...

Israel – Livni: No Chance Israel Can Reach Peace Deal With Hamas

May 18, 2013 at 10:38 PM
Israel - There is no chance that Israel could reach a peace agreement with Hamas, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni said Saturday evening in an interview with Army Radio. Livni - the minister responsible for peace talks - was referring to remarks made by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday that Fatah-Hamas reconciliation is imperative to the Israeli-Palestinian peace...

Paris – France Detains Suspect In Toulouse Killings Investigation

May 18, 2013 at 10:16 PM
Paris - French anti-terror judges ordered the detention on Saturday of a man on suspicion he aided an Al-Qaida-inspired gunman prepare for a shooting spree last year, a judicial source said. Mohamed Merah killed four Jews and three soldiers in and around the southern city of Toulouse in March 2012 before he was shot dead by police. Anti-terror judges have put the unnamed 25-year-old...

Israel – Yair Lapid Working To Pass Gay Marriage In Israel

May 18, 2013 at 10:02 PM
Israel - Finance Minister Yair Lapid is working to build a “coalition within the coalition” to create a civil alternative to religious marriage in Israel, including gay marriage. In a question and answer session on his Facebook page Thursday night, Lapid told a questioner that he was "definitely" planning on advancing the civil marriage issue. "I'm a big supporter of civil marriage,"...

Fairfield, CT – Broken Rail Eyed In Conn. Train Crash That Send 72 To Hospitals

May 18, 2013 at 09:46 PM
Fairfield, CT - The commuter train derailment and collision that left dozens injured outside New York City was not the result of foul play, officials said Saturday, but a fractured section of rail is being studied to determine if it is connected to the accident. National Transportation Safety Board member Earl Weener said Saturday the broken rail is of substantial interest to investigators and...

Des Moines, IA – Last-Minute Fortune Seekers Buy Powerball Tickets

May 18, 2013 at 09:38 PM
Des Moines, IA - It's all about the odds. With the majority of possible combinations of Powerball numbers in play, someone is almost sure to win the game's highest jackpot during Saturday night's drawing, a windfall of hundreds of millions of dollars — and that's after taxes. The problem, of course, is those same odds just about guarantee the lucky person won't be you. The chances of...

New York – Mega Millions Jackpot Ticket Sold In Va., Will Split $190M With Holder Of Winning NJ Ticket

May 18, 2013 at 09:36 PM
New York - A Mega Millions ticket sold in Farmville matched all six numbers in the latest drawing and will split the estimated $190 million jackpot with the holder of another winning ticket bought in New Jersey, Virginia Lottery officials said Saturday. Lottery spokesman John Hagerty said one of the winning tickets from Friday night’s drawing was bought at the Farmville Food Lion. The winner...

New York – Assemblyman Vito Lopez Reverses Course, Will Resign Monday

May 18, 2013 at 09:31 PM
New York - A New York assemblyman accused of sexually harassing young female staffers for years says he will resign before he’s expelled from the Legislature. Assemblyman Vito Lopez informed leaders on Saturday he will resign effective Monday morning. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver had planned a rare expulsion proceeding against Lopez beginning Monday. Lopez was once a powerful...

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