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Washington – Justice Dept. Urges Surveillance Court Not To Release Opinions

July 6, 2013 at 11:47 PM
Washington - The Obama administration on Friday urged a secret U.S. court that oversees surveillance programs to reject a request by a civil liberties group to see court opinions used to underpin a massive phone records database. Justice Department lawyers said in papers filed in the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that the court's opinions are a unique exception to the wide...

Israel – Public Security Minister: Morsi Ouster Blow To Hamas in Gaza

July 6, 2013 at 11:13 PM
Israel - The military overthrow of deposed Egyptian president Mohammad Morsi was a blow to Hamas in Gaza, Army Radio cited Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch (Likud Beytenu) as saying on Saturday. Aharonovitch, speaking at a cultural event in Beersheba, added that Israel had maintained a good connection with the government of Egypt's first democratically elected president. The...

Washington – Obama: US Not Backing Any Egyptian Party Or Group

July 6, 2013 at 10:58 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama on Saturday reiterated that the U.S. is not aligned with and is not supporting any particular Egyptian political party or group and again condemned the ongoing violence across Egypt. Obama made those points during a telephone conference with the National Security Council about developments in Egypt, according to a statement issued by the White House. He was...

La Paz – Bolivia, Nicaragua, Venezuela Presidents Offer Asylum To Snowden

July 6, 2013 at 10:45 PM
La Paz - Bolivia offered asylum on Saturday to former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden, joining leftist allies Venezuela and Nicaragua in defiance of Washington, which is demanding his arrest for divulging details of secret U.S. surveillance programs. Snowden, 30, is believed to be holed up in the transit area of Moscow's Sheremetyevo international airport and has been trying to find...

Washington – Experts: Boeing 777 Has ‘Fantastic’ Safety Record

July 6, 2013 at 10:40 PM
Washington - Aviation safety experts say the crash Saturday of an Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 in San Francisco is only the second major accident for the twin-engine, wide-bodied jet in the 18 years the model has been in service The former head of aviation accident investigations for the National Transportation Safety Board, Tom Haueter, says the 777 has a "fantastic record." The two...

San Francisco – Asiana Airlines Connects Major Technology Markets

July 6, 2013 at 10:34 PM
San Francisco - Asiana Airlines was relatively unknown in the United States before Saturday's crash landing at San Francisco International Airport. But South Korea's second-largest carrier has been growing steadily over the past 25 years and connects two of the world's biggest technology markets. Saturday's flight was between Seoul and San Francisco. Samsung and LG are based in Seoul. San...

Jerusalem – Cabinet To Vote On Charedi Draft Bill On Sunday

July 6, 2013 at 10:29 PM
Jerusalem - The cabinet was due to vote Sunday on the bill for ultra-Orthodox enlistment formulated and approved by the Peri Committee. The controversial bill includes provision for haredi national and military service, and has sparked ire from the ultra-Orthodox community. If endorsed by the cabinet vote, the bill would then be presented to the Knesset plenum for approval. Content is...

Israel – Report: Kerry Plan Calls For Settlement Freeze, Prisoner Release

July 6, 2013 at 10:14 PM
Israel - US Secretary of State John Kerry’s plan to resume peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority calls for a cessation of settlement construction outside settlement blocs in the West Bank and the release of 103 Palestinian prisoners, the London-based Al-Hayat newspaper reported on Saturday. According to the paper, the plan calls for economic development in the Palestinian...

Egypt – Spokesman: No New Prime Minister Chosen Yet

July 6, 2013 at 10:01 PM
Egypt - A presidential spokesman said on Saturday there are several options for Egypt's interim prime minister and acknowledged opposition to Mohamed ElBaradei, whom officials and state media had earlier reported was about to be appointed. Speaking in a televised news conference, the spokesman said there was no set date for the appointment of an interim prime minister and the presidency had to...

San Francisco – Boeing 777 Crashes While Landing at Airport

July 6, 2013 at 09:49 PM
San Francisco - An Asiana Airlines flight crashed while landing at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday, killing at least two people, injuring dozens of others and forcing passengers to jump down the emergency inflatable slides to safety as flames tore through the plane. One person was unaccounted for from among the 307 passengers and crew, said airport spokesman Doug Yakel. He said...

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