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Sydney – Angry Australia PM Says Ukraine Crash Probe Resembles ‘Garden Clean-up’

July 20, 2014 at 11:23 PM
Sydney - Australia's prime minister voiced deep concern on Monday that Russian-backed rebels remained in control of the crash site of a Malaysian airliner shot down over Ukraine, saying the site looked more like a "garden clean-up" than a forensic investigation. At least 27 Australian passengers were among the 298 people aboard Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17, shot down over eastern Ukraine in...

United Nations – Israel U.N. Envoy Says No Israeli Soldier Kidnapped In Gaza

July 20, 2014 at 10:54 PM
United Nations - Israel's U.N. Ambassador Ron Prosor said on Sunday there was no kidnapped Israeli soldier, dismissing a televised announcement in the Gaza Strip from Hamas's armed wing that it had captured an Israeli soldier during the fighting in Shejaia. "There's no kidnapped Israeli soldier and those rumors are untrue," Prosor told reporters at the United Nations as the Security Council...

Detroit – New Toyota Minivan Makes It Easier To Yell At Kids

July 20, 2014 at 10:52 PM
Detroit - Toyota wants to help you scream at your unruly kids. The latest version of the company's Sienna minivan has a feature called "Driver Easy Speak." It uses a built-in microphone to amplify a parent's voice through speakers in the back seats. Toyota says it added Easy Speak "so parents don't have to shout to passengers in the back." But chances are many parents will yell into the...

Hong Kong – Hit By Two Tragedies, Malaysia Airlines Brand May Become Impossible To Redeem

July 20, 2014 at 10:08 PM
Hong Kong - Hit by two astonishing tragedies in quick succession, the Malaysia Airlines brand may become the airline industry's equivalent of asbestos or News of the World: toxic to the public and, experts say, impossible to redeem. Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was downed over eastern Ukraine on Thursday with 298 people aboard by what American intelligence authorities believe was a...

Pennsylvania – Philadelphia Mosque Leaders Try To Cut Off Man’s Hand

July 20, 2014 at 09:40 PM
Pennsylvania - Two men described as leaders of a Philadelphia mosque were accused of trying to cut off the hand of a suspected thief, whose wrist was sliced so deeply it required hospital treatment, police said on Friday. The 46-year-old victim said two officials in the mosque accused him of stealing jars of money from the house of worship after morning prayers on Monday. The officials...

Amman – Jordanians Stage Pro-Gaza Rally Near Israel Embassy

July 20, 2014 at 08:29 PM
Amman, Jordan - Hundreds of mainly Islamist Jordanian protesters burnt Israeli flags in Amman on Sunday as demonstrators called on Palestinian Hamas militants to step up rocket attacks against Israeli towns and cities to avenge civilian deaths caused by Israel's offensive in Gaza. Demonstrators near the Israeli embassy in Amman's affluent Rabia district chanted "Death to Israel" in one of the...

Israel – Israelis Reconsider Turkey Travel Following Comments By PM Erdogan

July 20, 2014 at 08:22 PM
Israel - Israeli travelers flying to Turkey are reconsidering their plans following violent anti-Israel protests and caustic comments from Turkish Prime Minister Recap Tayyip Erdogan over Operation Protective Edge in Gaza. “I wouldn’t fly to Turkey right now. I’m too scared," said Maya Kramer Shahar, a 36-year-old Tel Aviv resident whose travel plans to go to Turkey were canceled. "I...

Alexandria, VA – Terrorist Database Continues To Grow At Rapid Rate

July 20, 2014 at 07:39 PM
Alexandria, VA - The government is rapidly expanding the number of names it accepts for inclusion on its terrorist watch list, with more than 1.5 million added in the last five years, according to numbers divulged by the government in a civil lawsuit. About 99 percent of the names submitted are accepted, leading to criticism that the government is "wildly loose" in its use of the...

Jerusalem – Two IDF Soldiers From U.S. Among The 13 Israelis Who Fell In Gaza

July 20, 2014 at 07:26 PM
Jerusalem - Two Americans who were soldiers for the Israel Defense Force were killed in fighting in the Gaza Strip. Stuart Steinberg confirmed the death of his Max Steinberg, 24, to The Associated Press on Sunday. Steinberg, whose family lives in Southern California's San Fernando Valley, was a sharpshooter for the Golani Brigade. He was one of 13 men killed in fighting Saturday during the...

New York, NY – In Photos-Video: Thousands Rally For Israel In NYC

July 20, 2014 at 06:55 PM
New York, NY - A group of New Yorkers gathered to rally for Israel in Times Square Sunday afternoon, as the first major ground battle in two weeks between Israel and Hamas militants left dozens dead. Thousands of people came by to express support for the Jewish state amid its military operation against Hamas’s terrorist infrastructure in Gaza. According to 1010 WINS many New Yorkers...

Tampa, FL – American Teen Beaten In Mideast Talks About Ordeal

July 20, 2014 at 06:42 PM
Tampa, FL - A Palestinian-American teen left with stitches and bruises from his detention by Israeli security forces said Sunday he was beaten, kicked and blindfolded on a family trip to the Middle East after a cousin there was abducted and killed. Fifteen-year-old Tariq Abu Khdeir flew home to Tampa last week and told The Associated Press from his home in Florida that he holds out hope that...

Washington – US Steps Up Truce Effort; Kerry To Go To Cairo To Push Israel, Hamas Ceasefire

July 20, 2014 at 06:32 PM
Washington - The Obama administration is stepping up efforts to forge a truce between Israel and the militant Hamas movement by sending Secretary of State John Kerry to the Middle East to bolster regional efforts to reach a ceasefire. The State Department said Kerry would leave early Monday for Egypt where he will join diplomatic efforts for a truce. Cairo has offered a cease-fire plan that...

New York – NYC Building Shows How Mod Design Stacks Up As Cool

July 20, 2014 at 06:19 PM
New York - In a city piled high with ambitious architecture, a seven-floor structure off the beaten path boasts a distinction of its own: It's billed as the first multistory, modular-built apartment building to open in the nation's apartment capital. Called the Stack, the building near Manhattan's northern tip aims to show that while stackable apartments can save builders time and money...

New York, NY – 4 EMS Workers Placed On Modified Duty In Chokehold Death

July 20, 2014 at 05:37 PM
New York, NY - According to a city official, 4 EMS workers who work for Richmond University Medical Center have been placed on modified duty while the response to the death of Eric Garner is being reviewed. The workers can still earn their salaries, but are temporarily barred from responding to emergency calls. The EMS workers are employees of the hospital-run ambulance service that responded...

Budapest – In The Middle Of The Night, Hungary Sets Up Disputed 1944 Memorial

July 20, 2014 at 05:30 PM
Budapest - Workers in Budapest have completed the main elements of a disputed memorial to the 1944 occupation of Hungary by Nazi Germany, working in the middle of the night and guarded by police. The memorial has been widely criticized by Jewish groups and others who see it as an attempt by Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government effort to downplay the Hungarian role in the Holocaust. They...

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