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Kiev – Separatists Hit Ukrainian Vessel In First Naval Attack Of War

August 31, 2014 at 01:05 PM
Kiev - Separatist rebels attacked a Ukrainian naval vessel in the Azov Sea on Sunday by firing artillery from the shore, and a Ukrainian military spokesman said a rescue operation was under way. Spokesman Andriy Lysenko said the vessel was a naval cutter. There was no information on the number of people on board. The pro-Russian rebels claimed responsibility for the attack. The...

Beirut – Philippine Troops Pull ‘Greatest Escape’ In Golan Heights

August 31, 2014 at 12:42 PM
Beirut - Under cover of darkness, 40 Filipino peacekeepers escaped their besieged outpost in the Golan Heights after a seven-hour gunbattle with Syrian rebels, Philippine officials said Sunday. Al-Qaida-linked insurgents still hold captive 44 Fijian troops. The getaway, combined with the departure of another entrapped group of Filipino troops, marked a major step forward in a crisis that...

Jerusalem – Netanyahu Seeks Cuts To 2014 Budget To Finance Gaza War

August 31, 2014 at 12:41 PM
Jerusalem - Israel's cabinet convened on Sunday to debate Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's call for swingeing budget cuts to pay for the 50-day military campaign in Gaza. Netanyahu, Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon and Finance Minister Yair Lapid are seeking cuts of two percent from every government ministry -- other than defence -- to raise about 2 billion shekels ($561 million, 425 million...

Jerusalem – Charedi Protests Against Arrests Of Anti-conscription Yeshiva Students Continue (photos)

August 31, 2014 at 11:45 AM
Jerusalem - Hardline haredi elements continued their protest on Sunday morning against the arrest of yeshiva students failing to present themselves for army service when called to do so by the IDF, with a small rally outside the Jerusalem military enlistment offices. Approximately 100 haredi men turned out to the protest, most of whom were from the radical, anti-Zionist Eda Haredit communal...

Israel – Liberman: Arab MKs Who Celebrated In Hamas Victory Rally Should Be Jailed

August 31, 2014 at 11:28 AM
Israel - Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman said Sunday Israeli-Arab MKs who celebrated Hamas's "victory" in a rally on Friday in northern Israel "should celebrate behind bars for treason and supporting terror." Balad MKs Jamal Zehalka and Haneen Zoabi, and United Arab list head Ibrahim Sarsur, sang the Palestinian national anthem during the rally at the Kabul Regional Council southeast of...

San Juan La Laguna – Guatemala Mayans: From Victims Of Discrimination To Perpetrators?

August 31, 2014 at 10:59 AM
San Juan La Laguna - Fearful of losing their culture and land, ethnic Maya people in Guatemala -- who have faced centuries of discrimination themselves -- drove out a group of 230 ultra-Orthodox Jews, experts say. The Jewish group's departure from San Juan La Laguna, on the banks of Lake Atitlan some 200 kilometers (125 miles) from the capital Guatemala City, followed failed efforts reach a...

Libya – Islamist Militia Group Says It Has ‘Secured’ A US Embassy

August 31, 2014 at 10:43 AM
Libya - An Islamist-allied militia group "secured" a U.S. Embassy residential compound in Libya's capital, more than a month after American personnel evacuated from the country over ongoing fighting, one of its commanders said Sunday. An Associated Press journalist walked through the compound Sunday after the Dawn of Libya, an umbrella group for Islamist militias, invited onlookers inside...

New York, NY – Building Supers, Landlords And Merchants Blast De Blasio Over Spike In Recycling Violations

August 31, 2014 at 10:36 AM
New York, NY - Building supers, landlords and merchants across the city are blasting Mayor Bill de Blasio over the recent spike in recycling violations that has seen a 47% increase from a year ago. NYPOST.com (http://bit.ly/1pgJFzP) reports that that some are calling it a "shakedown," while others say it's an unprecedented tactic by City Hall to rake in millions to pay for the city's...

Gaza Strip – Israeli Fire On Gaza Town Raises War Crimes Claim

August 31, 2014 at 10:35 AM
Gaza Strip - The first of August dawned as a day of promise for the Mahmoum clan and thousands of other Palestinians stuck in United Nations shelters in Rafah — thanks to a temporary cease-fire with Israel they could go home for three days. But the expected respite quickly turned into one of the deadliest and most controversial episodes in the recent war between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza...

Washington – Senator Dianne Feinstein: Obama May Be Too Cautious With Militants

August 31, 2014 at 10:17 AM
Washington - Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein says President Barack Obama may be "too cautious" in his approach to dealing with Islamic State militants. The chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Feinstein tells NBC's "Meet the Press" that the Defense and State departments have been putting together a response to the threat. The California Democrat says she has seen nothing to compare...

Washington – Plane With Unconscious Pilot Flies Into Restricted Airspace Over Capital Crashes Into Ocean

August 31, 2014 at 10:05 AM
Washington - A pilot lost consciousness and the plane drifted into restricted airspace over the nation's capital, scrambling fighter jets that stayed with the small aircraft until it ran out of fuel and crashed Saturday into the Atlantic Ocean, the Coast Guard said. Crews searched the waters for the single-engine Cirrus plane, which crashed about 50 miles southeast of Chincoteague Island along...

Jerusalem – Israel Appropriates West Bank Land For Possible Settlement Use

August 31, 2014 at 09:41 AM
Jerusalem - Israel announced on Sunday a land appropriation in the occupied West Bank that an anti-settlement group termed the biggest in 30 years and a Palestinian official said would cause only more friction after the Gaza war. Some 400 hectares (988 acres) in the Etzion settlement bloc near Bethlehem were declared "state land, on the instructions of the political echelon" by the...

Israel – Security Forces Hunting For Suspects After 3 Explosive Attacks In West Bank

August 31, 2014 at 09:10 AM
Israel - Security forces have launched a search for suspects after three explosive attacks occurred in Samaria on Sunday. In the first incident, an explosion was reported at Rechalim Junction, near Tapuah Junction in the northern West Bank, in an area used by Israeli hitchhikers. There were no damages or injuries in the attack. Israel Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said a police bomb...

Haifa – 72nd Gaza War Casualty: Israeli Sgt. Shachar Shalev, 20, Succumbs To Wounds

August 31, 2014 at 08:51 AM
Haifa - The Israeli military says a soldier wounded in fighting in the Gaza Strip died Sunday, bringing the Israeli military toll in the recently concluded conflict to 66. The military says 20-year-old Sergeant Shachar Shalev was wounded on July 23, six days after Israeli ground forces entered the densely populated coastal strip. Six civilians were also killed on the Israeli side, including...

Golan Heights – Israel Shoots Down Drone That Entered Israeli Air Space From Syria

August 31, 2014 at 08:30 AM
Golan Heights - The Israeli military says it has shot down a drone that strayed into Israeli airspace from neighboring Syria. The military said Sunday's incident occurred near Quneitra in the Golan Heights, the scene of heavy fighting between Syrian government troops and rebels. It says the aircraft was destroyed by a Patriot missile. Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, a spokesman for the Israeli...

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