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New York – Agudath Israel Calls On Rabbi Sacks To Apologize For Anti-Charedi Remarks

July 4, 2013 at 10:50 PM
New York - Statement from Agudath Israel of America: Public remarks attributed in the media to Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, the outgoing Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth of Britain, as well as his comments in a recent pamphlet he published, are dismaying, deeply misguided, and harmful to both Jewish unity and Jewish integrity. The rabbi bemoans “the world of...

Moscow – Russia Worried By Lack Of Progress Towards Iran Nuclear Talks

July 4, 2013 at 10:22 PM
Moscow - Russia voiced concern on Thursday that no progress has been made towards organizing new talks between Iran and six world powers on Tehran's nuclear program, despite the election of a relative moderate as Iran's president. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said a diplomatic push had been launched to arrange a new round of talks after Hassan Rouhani was elected president on June 14...

Israel – Shas Most Likely To Endorse Rabbi Ovadia Yosef’s Son For Sephardi Chief Rabbi

July 4, 2013 at 09:29 PM
Israel - It looks increasingly likely that the Shas candidate for Sephardi Chief Rabbi will be Rabbi Avraham Yosef, the son of the movement’s spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef. Speaking with The Jerusalem Post on Thursday, a Shas party official and close associate of the Yosef family said that Rabbi Avraham looked most likely to be given the nod as the party’s designated candidate for...

Seattle, WA – Police: Heavily Armed Man With Explosives Arrested Near University

July 4, 2013 at 08:49 PM
Seattle, WA - Police in Seattle are investigating a Nevada man arrested near the University of Washington in a stolen pickup truck filled with weapons, body armor and suspected explosive devices. University of Washington police chief John Vinson said at a Thursday afternoon news conference that the man was driving a stolen truck out of Montana and had with him a scoped rifle, shotgun and fewer...

Sanford, FL – State Winding Down In George Zimmerman Trial

July 4, 2013 at 08:34 PM
Sanford, FL - Prosecutors are winding down their case in George Zimmerman's murder trial after presenting forensics evidence and testimony aimed at refuting Zimmerman's claim he was acting in self-defense when he fatally shot Trayvon Martin. It is still to be seen if they will call one or both of Martin's parents to the witness stand to testify about whose voice is on 911 recordings of a fight...

Washington – National Security Team Briefs Obama On Egypt

July 4, 2013 at 07:31 PM
Washington - White House officials say President Barack Obama's national security team is briefing the president on the upheaval in Egypt and their conversations by phone with leaders in the region. In a statement issued Thursday, White House officials say calls have been made to officials in Egypt and elsewhere to convey the importance of a quick and responsible return of full authority to a...

New York, NY – Cops Looking For Daredevil Who Rappelled Down The Brooklyn Bridge (video)

July 4, 2013 at 06:56 PM
New York, NY - New York City police are hunting for a daredevil who rappelled down the side of the Brooklyn Bridge. Police say witnesses reported a man climbing down the bridge around 9 a.m. Thursday on the mesh installed as part of ongoing construction. He couldn’t make it down from there and used some type of hose to descend the Brooklyn side and drop onto a building where he...

Cairo – Egypt Foreign Minister To Kerry: No ‘Military Coup’

July 4, 2013 at 06:24 PM
Cairo - Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr said he assured US Secretary of State John Kerry in a telephone call on Thursday that the overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi had not been a military coup. The definition of what happened in Egypt on Wednesday is important because the military overthrow of an elected leader would generally trigger economic sanctions and could entail cutting...

La Paz – Bolivia’s Morales Says US Aimed To Intimidate

July 4, 2013 at 05:26 PM
La Paz - Bolivian President Evo Morales said Thursday that the rerouting of his plane over suspicions that National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden was on board was a plot by the U.S. to intimidate him and other Latin American leaders. Morales, long a fierce critic of U.S. policy toward Latin America, received a hero's welcome from a cheering crowd in La Paz airport late Wednesday...

Tel Aviv – Israeli Security Strip-search Arab Journalist At US Independence Day Party

July 4, 2013 at 05:11 PM
Tel Aviv - The U.S.-funded Alhurra network said Thursday that one of its cameramen was interrogated and strip-searched by Israeli security men while covering a July 4 party at the U.S. ambassador's residence near Tel Aviv. The Arab satellite channel had coordinated with the Israeli prime minister's office to cover the event on behalf of the international media. Ambassador Dan Shapiro, Prime...

London – Charedi Man Triumphs After Being Denied Unemployment Benefits By UK Over Shabbos Observence

July 4, 2013 at 04:56 PM
London - A charedi UK man has been awarded back-pay of over £1,500 from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) after being wrongly denied unemployment benefits for over six months, The Jewish Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/12Jpkwb). Sabbath-observant Jacob Slinger, 19, of Greater Manchester, had been told he was not entitled to receive the benefits because he was not available to work...

Jerusalem – 3-D Gun Snuck Into Knesset By Israeli News Program

July 4, 2013 at 04:18 PM
Jerusalem - Knesset security has found itself on the defensive after the Israeli Channel 10 news program Tzinor Layla (Nightline) produced a plastic gun on camera using a 3-D printer and successfully got it into the Knesset building twice, highlighting that Israel’s security systems are not equipped to handle this kind of threat. Once the parts of the gun were printed and put together, the...

Gaza – Fatah Calls On Palestinians To Overthrow Hamas In Wake Of Morsi’s Fall

July 4, 2013 at 03:44 PM
Gaza - Palestinian Authority leaders on Thursday expressed joy over the downfall of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi's regime, with some calling on Palestinians in the Gaza Strip to follow suit and topple the Hamas government. Meanwhile, Palestinian analysts predicted that the collapse of the Muslim Brotherhood regime in Egypt would undermine Hamas, which in the past year has been emboldened...

New York – Internet Sites Join July 4 Protest Against Surveillance

July 4, 2013 at 03:32 PM
New York - The online community rallied on Thursday in support of live protests against the U.S. government's surveillance of internet activity, a practice recently exposed by a former contractor for the National Security Agency. Websites such as Reddit and Mozilla supported a campaign in cities across the United States to "Restore the Fourth" - a reference to the U.S. Constitution's Fourth...

Washington – Reuters Exclusive: Supreme Court’s Ginsburg Vows To Resist Pressure To Retire

July 4, 2013 at 03:21 PM
Washington - At age 80, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, leader of the Supreme Court's liberal wing, says she is in excellent health, even lifting weights despite having cracked a pair of ribs again, and plans to stay several more years on the bench. In a Reuters interview late on Tuesday, she vowed to resist any pressure to retire that might come from liberals who want to ensure that Democratic...

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