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Washington – Obama Meets With CEOs From Facebook, Google, And Others To Discuss NSA Spying

March 22, 2014 at 11:52 PM
Washington - Executives of several large U.S. Internet companies, including Facebook Inc and Google Inc, met with President Barack Obama on Friday to discuss their concerns over government surveillance programs. Obama and senior aides met with six tech executives to discuss issues surrounding intelligence, technology and privacy, the White House said in a statement following the meeting...

New York – Bin Laden Associates Show No Remorse In Statements

March 22, 2014 at 11:18 PM
New York - In public statements a week apart, al-Qaida's self-professed Sept. 11 mastermind and a Kuwaiti imam who met with Osama bin Laden in a cave soon after the attacks once again demonstrated that time hasn't softened their anti-American views. If anything, Khalid Sheik Mohammed — in new writings from his Guantanamo Bay cell — and Sulaiman Abu Ghaith — on trial in Manhattan federal...

Beijing – Relatives Of Jet’s Passengers Struggle To Cope

March 22, 2014 at 10:56 PM
Beijing - Like other relatives of passengers of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, Wang Zheng's frustration and anger over a lack of any certain information about the fate of his loved ones continues to grow two weeks after the plane went missing. "Biggest of all is the emotional turmoil I've been going through. I can't eat, I can't sleep. I've been dreaming of my parents every day," said the...

New Jersey – 2 Ex-Christie Aides Ask For Immunity In Exchange For Testimony

March 22, 2014 at 10:49 PM
New Jersey - Lawyers for two former underlings of Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said in separate court filings Friday that a legislative committee should be able to offer their clients immunity from prosecution in exchange for providing information for the committee's investigation of possible political payback. The briefs on behalf of former Christie aide Bridget Kelly and...

Manhattan, NY – Girl Survives 35-Foot Fall Into New York’s SoHo Neighborhood Elevator Shaft

March 22, 2014 at 10:09 PM
Manhattan, NY - A 12-year-old girl who plunged 35 feet into the elevator shaft of a New York City apartment building has survived with serious injuries. The accident happened Friday afternoon in the Manhattan neighborhood of SoHo. The Fire Department of New York says the girl fell from the lobby of the building into the elevator pit. She suffered multiple injuries and is in serious...

Seattle, WA – Sheriff: 3 Killed In Big Washington State Mudslide

March 22, 2014 at 10:00 PM
Seattle, WA - A massive landslide of dirt, trees and rocks in rural Washington killed three people on Saturday, critically injured an infant and several others, and destroyed six houses, authorities said. The slide that was at least 135 feet wide and 180 feet deep hit just before 11 a.m., Snohomish County authorities said. The landslide completely blocked State Route 530 near the town of...

Washington – U.S. Says Disappointed At No Apology From Israeli Defense Chief

March 22, 2014 at 09:58 PM
Washington - The United States on Friday said it was disappointed at the lack of an apology from Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon for his criticism of U.S. policies in a speech on Monday. "We are disappointed with the lack of an apology from Defense Minister Yaalon's comments," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told a daily briefing. "His comments don't reflect the true nature of our...

Tempe, AZ – Clinton Says She’s Still Considering Future Plans

March 22, 2014 at 09:54 PM
Tempe, AZ - Hillary Rodham Clinton says she is "very much concerned" about the direction of the country but says she is still considering her future plans. During a Saturday evening session of the Clinton Global Initiative University, a young woman asked Clinton whether she would consider running for president in 2016. The student said if Clinton wouldn't represent women in politics, "who...

Seoul, South Korea – NKorea Fires Short-Range Rockets For 2nd Day

March 22, 2014 at 09:35 PM
Seoul, South Korea - South Korea says North Korea has fired more short-range rockets into its eastern waters for a second straight day. That's apparently a continuation of protests of ongoing U.S.-South Korean military drills. Colonel Eom Hyo-sik of Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff says the North launched 16 short-range rockets with a range of 60 kilometers (37 miles) early Sunday morning. The...

Jerusalem – Rabbi, Student Arrested For Trying To Slaughter Donkey As Sacrifice For Sins

March 22, 2014 at 09:31 PM
Jerusalem - Police arrested a rabbi and his student on Friday for trying to slaughter and sacrifice a female donkey. The 54-year-old rabbi and his student aged 24, were arrested near the of the Tomb of Samuel the prophet which is located in the West Bank north of Jerusalem. The two suspects purchased the female donkey, or jenny, from a local Palestinian and were later caught on camera by...

West Bank – 3 Hamas Operatives Killed In Clash With Israeli Special Forces

March 22, 2014 at 09:19 PM
West Bank - Israeli forces shot three Palestinian militants dead on Saturday in a raid on a home in the occupied West Bank to capture a wanted Hamas Islamist militant, Israeli military and Palestinian officials said. The Palestinian Authority denounced the violence that it said threatened U.S.-brokered peace talks ahead of a looming April deadline set by Secretary of State John Kerry. Nabil...

Geneva – U.N. Rights Investigator Accuses Israel Of ‘Ethnic Cleansing’

March 22, 2014 at 09:16 PM
Geneva - A U.N. human rights investigator accused Israel on Friday of "ethnic cleansing" in pushing Palestinians out of East Jerusalem and cast doubt that the Israeli government could accept a Palestinian state in the current climate. He spoke against a backdrop of deadlocked peace talks and accelerating Israeli settlement expansion in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem which...

Ukraine – Some Ukrainians Flee Crimea After Russia’s Annexation

March 22, 2014 at 08:54 PM
Ukraine - As jubilant ethnic Russians celebrate Russia's annexation of Crimea, Ukrainian residents are mostly staying behind closed doors and some are packing their bags to leave the Black Sea peninsula. In a small cafe in the old quarter of the regional capital Simferopol on Saturday, a group of Ukrainians gathered to watch Ukrainian news over the internet and to discuss their future. "We...

China – Satellite Spots New Possible Plane Debris In Southern Indian Ocean

March 22, 2014 at 08:43 PM
China - While possible clues about the fate of a Malaysia Airlines jet missing for more than two weeks keep coming from satellite images, it has been as frustrating as ever to turn the hints from space into actual sightings. China on Saturday released a satellite image showing an object floating in a remote stretch of the southern Indian Ocean near where planes and ships have been...

Belbek Air Base, Crimea – Pro-Russian Forces Storm Ukrainian Base (video)

March 22, 2014 at 08:29 PM
Belbek Air Base, Crimea — Ukraine's armed forces took what may prove to be one of their final stands Saturday in Crimea, as pro-Russian forces stormed and seized control of an air force base amid a barrage of gunfire and explosions. A tense blockade of the Belbek air base base that has endured for more than a week looked set for an inevitable culmination following the seizure of one...

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