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Conakry – At Least 24 Reported Killed In Guinea Beach Muslim Concert Stampede

July 29, 2014 at 11:55 PM
Conakry - At least 24 people were killed in a stampede at a beachside concert celebrating the end of Ramadan in Guinea's capital, news agency AFP said, with Guinea's Presidency declaring a week of mourning after what it described as a "tragic drama". A statement from the Presidency said the incident occurred at a beach in the Ratoma neighborhood of the capital, Conakry. It noted some deaths...

Canada – BlackBerry Buffs Up Security Credentials With Secusmart Deal

July 29, 2014 at 11:17 PM
Canada - BlackBerry is buying a privately held German firm that specializes in voice and data encryption, it said on Tuesday, in a bid to burnish its credentials with highly security-conscious clients like government ‎agencies. The Waterloo, Ontario-based smartphone maker did not disclose the terms of its deal to acquire Secusmart GmbH, which specializes in encryption and anti-eavesdropping...

New York – Avoiding Plane Crashes As Air Traffic Doubles

July 29, 2014 at 10:27 PM
New York - More travelers are flying than ever before, creating a daunting challenge for airlines: keep passengers safe in an ever more crowded airspace. Each day, 8.3 million people around the globe - roughly the population of New York City - step aboard an airplane. They almost always land safely. Some flights, however, are safer than others. The accident rate in Africa, for instance...

Gaza – 21 Palestinians Killed As Israel Pounds Gaza On Wednesday

July 29, 2014 at 10:15 PM
Gaza - Israeli fire killed at least 21 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip early on Wednesday as the Jewish state said it targeted Islamist militants at dozens of sites across the coastal enclave, while Egyptian mediators prepared a revised ceasefire proposal. Israel's Channel Two TV said progress was being made to achieve a deal in Cairo, where a Palestinian delegation was expected to arrive for...

Atlanta, GA – Last U.S. Crew Member Of Hiroshima Bomber Dies

July 29, 2014 at 10:00 PM
Atlanta, GA - Theodore "Dutch" Van Kirk, the last surviving member of the Enola Gay plane that dropped the atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, has died at a retirement home in Georgia at age 93, media reports said. Van Kirk was the navigator on the flight that dropped the first nuclear bomb used in warfare. He later told reporters that after seeing one atomic bomb...

New York – Political Foe Faults NY Attorney General’s Silence On Gov. Cuomo

July 29, 2014 at 09:23 PM
Albany, NY - The Republican challenger for New York attorney general is calling for incumbent Democrat Eric Schneiderman to break his silence on reports that the governor's office interfered with the corruption commission whose members were deputized by Schneiderman. John Cahill, standing Monday outside the attorney general's office in Albany, says the deputies were obligated to report to the...

Gaza – U.N. Says More Rockets Found At One Of Its Gaza Schools

July 29, 2014 at 09:00 PM
Gaza - The United Nations agency that looks after Palestinian refugees said on Tuesday it had found a cache of rockets at one of its schools in the Gaza Strip and deplored those who had put them there. United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) spokesman Chris Gunness condemned those responsible for placing civilians in harm's way by storing the rockets at the school but he did not...

Albany, NY – New Yorkers Lag As Potential Organ Donors

July 29, 2014 at 08:19 PM
Albany, NY - Far fewer New Yorkers have signed up as organ donors than Americans as a whole, prompting the state to seek help boosting enrollment and shortening its list of patients who die waiting. A study from Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield showed 22 percent of New York adults in the donor registry, compared with 48 percent nationally. The study also said 539 New Yorkers died awaiting a...

Albany, NY – Corruption Probe Poses NY Gov’s Biggest Test

July 29, 2014 at 07:42 PM
Albany, NY - Allegations that his administration meddled with a state anti-corruption commission are posing the greatest political test of New York Gov. Andrew Coumo's tenure — and producing some verbal gymnastics. The New York Times reported last week that a top Cuomo aide pressured the commission to stop subpoenas to a media-buying firm that Cuomo used and to a real estate organization...

South America – Chile, Peru Recall Ambassadors In Israel

July 29, 2014 at 07:21 PM
South America -  The foreign ministries of Chile and Peru today have recalled their ambassadors in Tel Aviv to protest Israel's operations the Gaza Strip according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile. Jorge Montero, Santiago Ambassador, was recalled from his Tel Aviv post after Operation Protective Edge continued its 22nd day Tuesday. The Chilean foreign ministry focused on the...

Jerusalem – Video Released By Hamas Militants Shows Travel Through Tunnel, Gunfire

July 29, 2014 at 07:04 PM
Jerusalem -  A video released by Hamas militants on Tuesday allegedly shows Hamas members traveling through a tunnel and coming out near Nahal Oz where five soldiers were killed. The video shows the militants coming out of the tunnel with a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) and then approaching an Israeli military. Militants fire on the post, then barge through the gate and fire on a soldier...

Seattle – Jewish Groups Irked By NRA Lobbyist Suggesting Holocaust Was Preventable If Not For Stricter Gun Laws

July 29, 2014 at 06:58 PM
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Israel – Hassidim To Cancel Summer Vacation Activities, Keep Studying Because Of War

July 29, 2014 at 06:24 PM
Israel - The major hassidic groups in Israel will not run the usual summer vacation programs for students from the Fast of the Ninth of Av to the beginning of the Jewish month of Elul because of the current military campaign several hassidic spokesmen said on Tuesday. The large Gur, Belz, Viznitz and Sanz hassidic groups, among others, are all expected to cancel the usual summer vacation...

Jerusalem – U.S. And Israel Both Deny PMO-POTUS Call

July 29, 2014 at 05:53 PM
erusalem - The United States And Israel have denied reports that a harsh phone call occurred between President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday discussing the situation in Gaza. In the purported call transcript published by Israel’s Channel 1 News, Obama allegedly asked Netanyahu to halt all military activities in the Gaza Strip. The White House’s National...

San Francisco, CA – Twitter’s User Growth Beats Targets, Shares Skyrocket

July 29, 2014 at 04:47 PM
San Francisco, CA - Twitter Inc'smonthly active users rose a better-than-expected 24 percent in the second quarter as the online messaging service mostly succeeded in stemming a dwindling pace of growth, sending its shares soaring almost 30 percent after hours. Twitter, which has battled to reverse a steady decline in its once-heady pace of user growth, grew users to 271 million, still dwarfed...

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