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Haifa – Study: ‘Male Holocaust Survivors Have Longer Life Expectancy’

July 29, 2013 at 11:12 PM
Haifa - The drive to survive was so powerful among male Holocaust survivors that decades later, they showed a longer life expectancy than those who did not suffer during the Nazi era. That is the central finding of a new study at the University of Haifa and Leiden University (the Netherlands) that examined more than 55,000 Polish Jewish men who immigrated to Israel before and after World War...

Israel – Hospitals Join ‘Meatless Monday’ Movement

July 29, 2013 at 10:31 PM
Israel - Hospitals across the country are individually joining the international movement for “Meatless Mondays.” The initiative looks to promote good health, improve the environment and save money by reducing the amount of meat consumed globally. In some hospital kitchens and cafeterias, doing without red meat once a week is an option, but in a growing number, it is a mandatory...

Washington – IRS Watchdog: Worker Or Contractor? U.S. Businesses Get It Wrong

July 29, 2013 at 10:05 PM
Washington - U.S. businesses are avoiding millions of dollars a year in federal tax payments by improperly listing employees as independent contractors, despite an Internal Revenue Service program designed to resolve the uncertainty, the agency's watchdog said in a report on Monday. Businesses do not pay employment taxes for independent contractors, such as consultants and freelancers, who are...

Jerusalem – Caught On Video: Noted Brooklyn Child Molester Beaten In Israel

July 29, 2013 at 09:48 PM
Jerusalem - Avrohom Mondrowitz, a notorious fake rabbi and child psychologist who fled US arrest warrants for child molestation in 1984, was attacked and beaten by an unknown vigilante assailant last week in Jerusalem, according to cellphone video footage of the incident released exclusively to The Algemeiner. “Isaac,” a 22-year old American studying in Jerusalem who recorded the scene...

West Bank – Abbas Wants ‘Not A Single Israeli’ In Future Palestinian

July 29, 2013 at 09:32 PM
West Bank - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas laid out his vision on Monday for the final status of Israeli-Palestinian relations ahead of peace talks due to resume in Washington for the first time in nearly three years. Abbas said that no Israeli settlers or border forces could remain in a future Palestinian state and that Palestinians deem illegal all Jewish settlement building within the...

Albany, NY – Commissioner Resigns NY Ethics Board

July 29, 2013 at 08:29 PM
Albany, NY - One of the most respected members of New York's ethics board is resigning after serving during the board's rocky two-year start. Patrick J. Bulgaro (buhl-GAR'-oh) will announce he's leaving the position he was appointed to by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver as early as Tuesday's meeting. The resignation has been confirmed by Silver's office. The Joint Commission on Public...

Israel – Analysis: Mideast Peace Deal Seems Far Off

July 29, 2013 at 07:32 PM
Israel - The contours of Israeli-Palestinian peace are clear, experts say: If only the sides summon up the will, the inevitable outcome is two states roughly along the pre-1967 borders, with Jerusalem as a shared capital and a finessing of the Palestinian refugee issue. The notion of a virtually preordained eventual result has been around for decades. And Secretary of State John Kerry believes...

Sofia, Bulgaria – Report: Hezbollah Suspect Behind Burgas Attack Active On Facebook

July 29, 2013 at 06:16 PM
Sofia, Bulgaria - The Lebanese-Australian Hezbollah suspect Meliad Farah, who is sought by the Bulgarian authorities for his role in a deadly terrorist bombing of an Israeli tour bus last July, may be active on the social media outlet Facebook. The US-based website The Long War Journal first reported on Monday the usage of at least three Facebook accounts by a man named Meliad Farah, including...

Brooklyn, NY – 4th Annual Bike4Chai Set To Kickoff Wednesday; Cyclists Help Rake In $2.4M For Sick Kids

July 29, 2013 at 05:30 PM
Brooklyn, NY - With the 4th annual Bike4Chai two-day charity bike event set to kickoff Wednesday, Brooklyn cyclists, aided the generosity of Brooklyn's Orthodox Jewish community, have already helped raise over $2.4M for Camp Simcha, the Glen Spey, NY overnight summer camp that specializes in meeting the medical and social needs of teens with cancer and other serious illnesses. The NEW YORK...

New York – Poll: Quinn Leads, De Blasio, Thompson Tied For Second; Weiner Drops To 4th Place

July 29, 2013 at 04:39 PM
New York - A new poll says Anthony Weiner has slipped to fourth place in the Democratic race for New York City mayor. The poll was conducted by Quinnipiac University amid the fallout of his latest sexting scandal. Weiner was in first place in a Quinnipiac poll released five days ago and conducted before the scandal broke. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is in first place with 27...

New York – eBay Auction Of Schindler’s List Closes Without Receiving A Single Bid

July 29, 2013 at 04:19 PM
New York - Ten days after bidding opened, the auction for one of four known original versions of "Schindler's List" closed without securing a single bid. ABC NEWS (http://abcn.ws/1aTldQM) is reporting that the version up for auction, which was listed by Gazin Auctions and was open only to bidders who passed a vetting process pre-qualifying them to meet the list's $3M opening bid price, had...

New York – Cuomo, Head Of NY Dem Party, Won’t Advise On Weiner’s ‘Political Comedy’

July 29, 2013 at 03:11 PM
New York - Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the head of New York state's Democratic party, said Monday it isn't up to him to tell scandalized mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner to exit stage left what he calls a political comedy. "This is summer political theater in New York," Cuomo said Monday, continuing to refuse to substantively comment on Weiner's race. "We laugh because if we didn't laugh, we would cry...

Lausanne – Swiss TV: Police Say 44 Injured In Train Collision

July 29, 2013 at 02:06 PM
Lausanne - At least 44 people were injured, four of them seriously, in a head-on collision of two trains in western Switzerland late Monday, Swiss television reported, citing police. Public TV station SRF quoted Vaud canton (state) police spokesman Pierre-Olivier Gaudard as saying that one person had yet to be recovered from the wreckage. News website 20min.ch quoted Patricia Claivaz of the...

Washington – Obama Welcomes Middle East Talks, Says Hard Choices Remain

July 29, 2013 at 01:24 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama welcomed Israeli-Palestinian talks starting in Washington later on Monday but cautioned that a tough path lies ahead. "This is a promising step forward, though hard work and hard choices remain ahead," Obama said in a statement. "I am hopeful that both the Israelis and Palestinians will approach these talks in good faith and with sustained focus and...

Tehran – Iran’s Rouhani To Pack Cabinet With Old Hands

July 29, 2013 at 01:10 PM
Tehran - Iranian President-elect Hassan Rouhani will pick a cabinet of experienced insiders and will appoint the head of a powerful charity-cum-business foundation as his chief nuclear negotiator, Iranian news agencies said on Monday. Rouhani, who was elected last month and will be inaugurated on August 4, has pledged a less abrasive stance in nuclear talks with world powers than outgoing...

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