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New York – Cuomo Says He Was Fixing Errors Amid Reported Federal Probe

July 31, 2014 at 04:09 PM
New York - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, reportedly threatened with a possible federal probe of witness tampering, said on Thursday he reached out to "relevant parties" only to correct errors in news reports about his disbanding an anticorruption commission. Cuomo said in a statement that he was aware of a letter sent by Preet Bharara, U.S. attorney for the Southern District, which the New...

New York – US Stocks Plunge 317 Points, Wiping Out July’s Gains

July 31, 2014 at 04:02 PM
New York - U.S. stocks had their worst one-day drop since February as traders worried about weak corporate earnings and the looming end of economic stimulus from the Federal Reserve. The drop interrupted a prolonged advance in the market and erased its gains for July. It was only the second monthly loss for stocks this year, after January. The Dow Jones industrial average plunged 317...

Freetown, Sierra Leone – W. Africa Ebola Outbreak Tops 700 Deaths

July 31, 2014 at 03:44 PM
Freetown, Sierra Leone - Security forces went house-to-house in Sierra Leone's capital Thursday looking for Ebola patients and others exposed to the disease as the death toll from the worst recorded outbreak in history surpassed 700 in West Africa. U.S. health officials urged Americans not to travel to the three countries hit by the medical crisis: Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. Almost...

Washington – Obama Holds Foreign Policy Meeting With Lawmakers

July 31, 2014 at 03:42 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama huddled with congressional lawmakers Thursday to discuss the numerous foreign policy crises facing his administration, including tensions with Russia and the war between Israel and Hamas. The meeting came amid rampant criticism of Obama's foreign policy from Republicans on Capitol Hill. Some of those who have criticized Obama were among the 14 lawmakers who...

Jerusalem – IN PHOTOS: Funerals For IDF Soldiers Killed In Action

July 31, 2014 at 03:17 PM
Jerusalem - Sergeant First Class Matan Gotlib, 21 from Rishon Lezion, was laid to rest on Thursday in the Rishon Lezion military cemetery. He was killed while on operational duties with the Maglan in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza strip searching for terror tunnels. Before Gotlib went into Gaza, he wrote a letter to his family. “I just wanted to say that all is fine and I’m thinking...

Washington – Boehner’s Border Crisis Bill Dies In House

July 31, 2014 at 03:09 PM
Washington - House Republicans abruptly abandoned a bill to address the immigration crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border Thursday after last-minute maneuvering failed to lock down sufficient conservative support. The surprise move, coming on Congress' final day of action ahead of a five-week summer recess, was an embarrassing setback for Speaker John Boehner and his leadership team as a small...

Gaza City – Abbas Mulls War Crime Charges Against Israel

July 31, 2014 at 03:00 PM
Gaza City - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is seeking written pledges of support from all political factions, including rival Hamas, before making any attempt to press for possible war crimes charges against Israel, senior officials said Thursday. Abbas hesitated in the past because such a step would transform his relations with Israel from tense to openly hostile and could put him on a...

United Nations – U.N. Says Israel Soon Responsible For Displaced Palestinians In Gaza, Suggests Daily ‘Pauses’ In Attacks

July 31, 2014 at 02:14 PM
United Nations - As Israel warns more Gaza neighborhoods to evacuate, a top U.N. envoy told the United Nations Security Council on Thursday that Israel would be required under international law to take responsibility for helping Palestinians civilians in any further large-scale displacements. The United Nations is struggling to cope with a flood of some 220,000 Palestinian civilians into...

New York, NY – NYC Mayor Hosts Reform Talk After Chokehold Death

July 31, 2014 at 02:07 PM
New York, NY - New York City's mayor says now is the time to transform the relationship between police and minority residents. Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH'-zee-oh) sat between Police Commissioner William Bratton and African-American community leader the Rev. Al Sharpton on Thursday at City Hall to talk about how to reform the NYPD. The discussion was prompted by this month's in-custody...

Washington – Eric Cantor Steps Down As House Majority Leader

July 31, 2014 at 01:54 PM
Washington - Rep. Eric Cantor has used his farewell as House majority leader to lament what he calls a diminished U.S. role in a world that he says is rife with instability and terror. The Virginia Republican spoke on the House floor Friday. It was his final day as No. 2 House GOP leader. Cantor was unexpectedly defeated by an underfunded, tea party backed opponent in his Republican primary...

France – Paris Riot Police Deployed For Pro-Israel Rally

July 31, 2014 at 01:32 PM
Paris - Hundreds of riot police in Paris have been deployed near the Israeli Embassy for the first major pro-Israel rally since the start of the latest Gaza war. Roger Cukierman, head of the group organizing Thursday's rally, said that Israel has the "right and duty to defend its citizens." Hundreds of people have turned out for the rally, which came amid persistent reports the Jewish...

Washington – White House: UN School Shelling ‘Indefensible’

July 31, 2014 at 01:24 PM
Washington - The White House says there is little doubt Israeli artillery hit a United Nations school in Gaza and is casting the shelling as "totally unacceptable and totally indefensible." White House spokesman Josh Earnest cited statements from the U.N. blaming Israel for the shelling, as well as the Israeli government's acknowledgement that it was firing in the area of the school. Earnest...

Jerusalem – 8 Hurt From Barrage Of Rockets Into Israel (photos)

July 31, 2014 at 01:17 PM
Jerusalem - Eight people were hurt after a mortar shell fired from Gaza exploded in the Eshkol Regional Council on Thursday evening, Israeli media reported. Emergency teams airlifted three seriously injured people to Soroka University Medical Center in Beersheba, according to Channel 2. The others were evacuated to various hospitals in Israel. Mortars do not set off the Code Red rocket...

New York, NY – POT-Party Founder Lays Claim To White Flags Stunt On Brooklyn Bridge

July 31, 2014 at 01:14 PM
New York, NY - A 49 year-old marijuana activist and founder of the POT Party---People Opposed to Tyranny---has staked claim to the July 22 white flag stunt on the Brooklyn Bridge, saying that the event was a non-violent act of civil disobedience aimed at bringing awareness to oppression in America under the Obama administration. NYDAILYNEWS.com (http://bit.ly/UDBDcM) reports that the Rev. Bud...

Van, Turkey – Turkish PM Again Says Israel Using “Hitler-Like Fascism” Against Palestinians; Vows To Return Jewish American Award

July 31, 2014 at 12:40 PM
Van, Turkey - Keeping up with his rhetoric Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan at a presidential campaign stop in the eastern province of Van on Thursday, repeated again his Anti-Israel rant, saying Israel is using a "Hitler-like fascism" against the Palestinians in Gaza, while saying he is more than happy to return an award given to him by an American Jewish group in 2004. AFP reports...

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