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Dhaka – Bangladesh Factory Collapse Toll Hits 1,021

May 9, 2013 at 11:59 PM
Dhaka - The death toll from a garment factory building that collapsed outside the Bangladesh capital has passed 1,000, as recovery workers continue pulling bodies from the wreckage more than two weeks after the disaster. Officials say 1,021 bodies have been recovered from the rubble of the fallen eight-story building as of Friday morning. It is not clear what the final toll will be from the...

Brooklyn, NY – IN PHOTOS-VIDEO: Thousands Attend Anti-Internet Rally

May 9, 2013 at 10:29 PM
Brooklyn, NY - A few Thousand Hasidim packed Thursday night Gravesend Park on 18th Ave and 57 St. in Brooklyn, NY, for a rally against the perceived dangers of the Internet. A Similar rally was also held tonight in Rockland County, NY at Provident Bank Park. and also in Lakewood, NJ Attendees say the event is a follow-up to a similar gathering held at Citi Field and Arthur Ashe Stadium last...

Iran – President Ahmadinejad Still A Force Even As His Era Ends

May 9, 2013 at 10:07 PM
Iran - When many struggling families in this eastern Iranian city take stock of outgoing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's legacy, it's not about the oratory full of bluster and menace or his tussles with Iran's ruling clerics that are known to much of the world. What matters more here are the dusty rows of government-subsidized, two-story apartment buildings on the outskirts of the...

Baltimore, MD – Rosh Yeshiva Publicly Retracts Statements Calling Lipman A “Rasha”

May 9, 2013 at 09:03 PM
Baltimore, MD - R' Aharon Feldman, Rosh Yeshiva of Ner Israel, issued an apology of sorts to Knesset member Rabbi Dov Lipman, after condemning Lipman for his remarks on revamping the Israeli chinuch system by adding English and math classes. As previously reported on VIN News, R' Feldman had been incorrectly told that Lipman had suggested closing any yeshiva that did not offer a basic secular...

Jerusalem – VIN Interview: Rabbi Lipman Clarifies Stance on Government Funding to Yeshivas, Secular Studies

May 9, 2013 at 08:08 PM
Jerusalem - An Israeli Knesset member who has been harshly criticized for his purported views on the funding of Israeli yeshivos responded to the maelstrom of fury and denigration being hurled against him, explaining that he had been misquoted. After being informed that MK Rabbi Dov Lipman of the Yesh Atid party had suggested shutting down any Israeli yeshiva that does not offer a secular...

Berlin – Nazi-Themed Opera Cancelled In Germany

May 9, 2013 at 07:39 PM
Berlin - A modern version of Richard Wagner's "Tannhauser" has been canceled in Germany after the opening-night audience complained about new scenes showing Jews being executed and dying in the gas chambers. A spokeswoman for Duesseldorf's opera house said there would only be concert performances without theatrical staging. Monika Doll said producer Burkhard Kosminski had refused to tone...

Toms River, NJ – Father Testifies, Says Brought Charges To Secular Court After Dissatisfaction How Rabbis Handled Kolko Case

May 9, 2013 at 06:44 PM
Toms River, NJ - A former yeshiva teacher is on trial in New Jersey on charges he sexually abused a socially awkward boy whose family members, prosecutors say, were ostracized by their Orthodox Jewish community for taking the allegations to civil authorities. Rabbi Yosef Kolko, 39, met the boy in 2007 at religious school-run summer camp in Lakewood where he was a counselor. The boy was 11 at...

London – Church Of Scotland Questioned Jews Rights To Israel

May 9, 2013 at 06:23 PM
London - Israel's ambassador to the U.K. has condemned a report by the Church of Scotland that questioned the divine right of Jews to the land of Israel. Daniel Taub says the document "negates and belittles the deeply held Jewish attachment to the land of Israel in a way which is truly hurtful." The 10-page discussion paper says that "promises about the land of Israel were never intended to...

Cleveland, OH – Prosecutor To Seek Death Penalty In Cleveland Kidnapping Case

May 9, 2013 at 05:38 PM
Cleveland, OH - An Ohio prosecutor said on Thursday that he intends to seek aggravated murder charges against accused Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro, and would evaluate whether to seek the death penalty against the former school bus driver. Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty said at a press conference that murder charges would be based on evidence from one of the women held captive...

London – Britain, U.S., Australia Hunt For Tax Evaders Yielding Leads

May 9, 2013 at 05:36 PM
London - A joint effort by Britain, the United States and Australia to track down people who conceal wealth in offshore tax structures has helped identify more than 100 individuals, the UK's tax authority said on Thursday. "The message is simple: if you evade tax, we're coming after you," said Britain's Finance Minister George Osborne. After a string of high-profile multinational companies...

New York – Sears Launches New Lease-To-Own Program

May 9, 2013 at 05:14 PM
New York - Sears Holdings Corp. is launching a program at its namesake department stores that will allow financially strapped shoppers unable to quality for credit to lease electronics, home appliances, furniture and mattresses. The program, which was tested last September in 10 stores, is being rolled out to all 900 stores starting this week. Sears is launching the program with leasing...

Boston – 7-Year-Old Bombing Victim Undergoes 11th Surgery

May 9, 2013 at 04:51 PM
Boston - The younger sister of the 8-year-old boy killed in the Boston Marathon bombings has undergone what her family calls a "milestone" 11th operation on her left leg, which she lost below the knee, they said in a statement Thursday. The surgery performed Wednesday on 7-year-old Jane Richard at Boston Children's Hospital closed the wound and will allow for the eventual fitting of a...

Queens, NY – Wire-Wearing Former Pol Sentenced In Fraud Case

May 9, 2013 at 03:43 PM
Queens, NY - A 74-year-old former New York State lawmaker who secretly recorded other politicians in a bid for leniency for her role in a corruption scandal has been sentenced to a year and a day in prison after she pleaded guilty to embezzling money. Shirley Huntley faced up to two years in prison when she was sentenced Thursday in Brooklyn federal court after pleading guilty to mail fraud...

New York – OpEd: Why Do Our Girls Learn Chumash The Right Way And Our Boys Barely Learn Chumash At All?

May 9, 2013 at 03:14 PM
New York - This week I was in filming my father’s school in Monsey, Ateres Bais Yaakov, for their annual dinner. I always swell with pride as I get an intimate look at this incredible school. It is remarkable how much the students love their school, their teachers, Torah, and learning. One of the highlights for me is always observing (and filming) a high school Chumash class. At Ateres, the...

New York – Tunisian Man Charged In NY In Terror Cell Plot

May 9, 2013 at 03:00 PM
New York - A Tunisian man has been arrested in New York and accused of trying to stay in the U.S. illegally to build a terrorism cell. Authorities say Ahmed Abassi came to the United States from Canada in mid-March, meeting regularly with an undercover FBI agent. They say he also met with another Tunisian citizen who was later arrested in Canada in a terrorist plot to derail a train. The...

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