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Washington – Obama’s UN Envoy Takes Lead Role In Plane Response

July 25, 2014 at 06:45 PM
Washington - One day after a passenger jet was shot out of the sky, Samantha Power took her seat at the United Nations Security Council and angrily began building the Obama administration's case against separatists in eastern Ukraine and their Russian benefactors. Her 13-minute remarks were both emotional and blistering, a combination that has become a trademark during her year as the...

Paris – France To Host Meeting On Gaza Cease-fire Talks

July 25, 2014 at 06:07 PM
Paris - More than a half-dozen foreign ministers including U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will hold a meeting in France to press for a cease-fire in Gaza. The French Foreign Ministry said Friday that Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, along with his counterparts from Britain, Germany, Italy, the European Union, Turkey and Qatar, will attend the Saturday meeting. Besides supporting an...

Snizhne, Ukraine – What Happened? The Day Flight 17 Was Downed

July 25, 2014 at 06:00 PM
Snizhne, Ukraine - It was lunchtime when a tracked launcher with four SA-11 surface-to-air missiles rolled into town and parked on Karapetyan Street. Fifteen hundred miles (2,400 kilometers) to the west, passengers were checking in for Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. It had been a noisy day in this eastern Ukrainian town, residents recounted. Plenty of military equipment was moving through. But...

Berlin – Top German Court Rejects Bid For Eichmann Files

July 25, 2014 at 05:30 PM
Berlin - Germany's highest court has rejected a newspaper's bid to gain unrestricted access to all the foreign intelligence service's files on Adolf Eichmann, known as the architect of the Holocaust. The Federal Constitutional Court said Friday that the complaint was dismissed last month. No reasons were given for the decision. The Bild newspaper had sought to overturn a lower court's...

Philadelphia – Carjacked Vehicle Hits Crowd, Killing 3 Children

July 25, 2014 at 05:29 PM
Philadelphia - Police say a third child has died after a carjacked SUV plowed into a group of children and adults selling fruit at a Philadelphia street corner. Police say the victims were 7- and 10-year-old brothers and their 15-year-old sister. Their mother is in critical condition. The two men who carjacked the SUV on Friday morning remain at large. Homicide Capt. James Clark says...

Jerusalem – Israeli Defense Minister: Israel Might Significantly Widen Gaza Ground Operation

July 25, 2014 at 04:46 PM
Jerusalem - Israel's defense minister warned Friday that the military may soon broaden its ground operation "significantly." The tough statement by Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, coupled with Kerry's inability to broker even a temporary cease-fire after a week of shuttling around the region, signaled the fighting is likely to drag on, with more than 820 Palestinians and 38 people in...

Jerusalem – Hours After Rejecting Israel Agrees To Observe 12-hour Unilateral Cease-fire In Gaza

July 25, 2014 at 04:34 PM
Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has told U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that Israel will begin a 12-hour pause in Gaza hostilities starting at 7 am Israeli time (12 a.m. EDT) on Saturday, a U.S. official said on Friday. The official, who spoke to reporters on condition of anonymity, made the comment when asked about Kerry's earlier statement on a goodwill gesture by...

Jerusalem – Report: Hamas Plot To Invade Israel Rosh Hashanah, Kidnap Thousands, Stopped By Forces

July 25, 2014 at 04:30 PM
Jerusalem - Security forces in Israel have stopped what would have been mass attack on Israeli citizens from Hamas via the intricate tunnel system during the Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah) in September. First Reported by Maariv, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu informed his cabinet on July 24 about the plot to send thousands of Hamas-linked terrorists into Israel on September 24. The IDF...

Washington – Holder: Justice Dept. Monitoring NYC Police Death Probe

July 25, 2014 at 04:21 PM
Washington - Attorney General Eric Holder says the Justice Department has been in touch with the family of a New York City man who died in police custody after an officer placed him in an apparent chokehold. In a statement Friday, Holder called the death of Eric Garner "tragic" and said the Justice Department was "closely monitoring" the city's investigation. A funeral service was held...

Albany – NY Officials Give Tips To Keep Away Nuisance Bears

July 25, 2014 at 04:07 PM
Albany - New York state environmental officials are offering some tips to keep away nuisance bears during camping season. Black bears generally avoid people, but they are notorious for taking advantage of any available food source. The state Department of Environmental Conservation recommends keeping food out of sight and secured in a vehicle, if possible, when camping. Hang food and...

Washington – Pentagon: Russia Transfer Of Rocket System To Ukraine Rebels Imminent

July 25, 2014 at 03:30 PM
Washington - The Pentagon said on Friday the transfer of heavy-caliber multiple-launch rocket systems from Russia to Ukrainian separatists appeared to be imminent with the arms close enough to the border they could be handed over "potentially today." "We have indications that the Russians intend to supply heavier and more sophisticated multiple-launch rocket systems in the very near future,"...

New York, NY – Political Watchdog Claims Gov. Cuomo Benefitted From Disbanding Moreland Commission

July 25, 2014 at 03:15 PM
New York, NY - A New York political watchdog who claims he was twice interviewed by the now-defunct Moreland Commission with regard to possible improprieties linked to a high ranking Independence Party (IP) leader, says Gov. Cuomo benefitted from disbanding the commission by winning the IP ballot shortly after the anti-corruption panel closed shop. NYPOST.com (http://bit.ly/WQxgwy) reports...

Jerusalem – US’s Kerry Says No Deal Yet On 7-day Gaza Truce

July 25, 2014 at 03:09 PM
Jerusalem - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says he has not yet reached a deal between Israel and Hamas to call a 7-day humanitarian truce in the Gaza war but is continuing work. Kerry's comments at a Friday evening press conference in Cairo came after days of shuttling between the Egyptian capital, Jerusalem and the West Bank trying to work out a week-long truce. Israeli media say Israel's...

New York – Former Bear Stearns Chairman Greenberg Dead At 86

July 25, 2014 at 02:56 PM
New York - Alan "Ace" Greenberg, the former chairman and chief executive officer of Bear Stearns Cos Inc, died on Friday at the age of 86 after a bout with cancer. Greenberg has been credited with engineering the rise of Bear Stearns in the second-half of the 20th century, when it became one of the largest standalone investment banks on Wall Street. In 2008, when the investment bank's...

Jerusalem – Yair Ashkenazy, IDF Soldier Killed Laid To Rest

July 25, 2014 at 02:36 PM
Jerusalem - The funeral for IDF soldier Master Sergeant Yair Ashkenazy, who was killed in Gaza Thursday was held today at the military cemetery in Rehovot where he was laid to rest. Ashkenazy 36 years old from Rehovot, was a combatant in the reserve brigade of the IDF Officer Cadet. He was killed during operational activity in the northern Gaza. He leaves behind him a wife and three...

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