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Washington – US, Europe Impose Tough New Sanctions On Russia

July 29, 2014 at 04:31 PM
Washington - Spurred to new action by the downing of the Malaysian airliner, the European Union approved dramatically tougher economic sanctions Tuesday against Russia, followed swiftly by a new round of U.S. penalties targeting key sectors of the Russian economy. The coordinated sanctions were aimed at increasing pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin to end his country's support for...

Jerusalem – Israeli Official Says Obama ‘Should Leave Us Alone’

July 29, 2014 at 04:15 PM
Jerusalem - Israeli’s Housing and Construction Minister Uri Ariel criticized President Obama’s recent comments regarding a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. CBS News out of Washington D.C. (http://cbsloc.al/1qhQ5ky) reports in an interview with Israel Army Radio Ariel directed his comments to Obama stating, “Leave us alone. Go focus on Syria.” He further stated that...

Jerusalem – Israel’s Iron Dome Makers Hit By Hackers

July 29, 2014 at 04:00 PM
Jerusalem - Three Israeli defense contractors behind the Iron Dome missile shield and related systems were themselves robbed of hundreds of documents by hackers linked to the Chinese government starting in 2011, according to an independent U.S. security researcher. Krebs on Security, a blog operated by former Washington Post security reporter Brian Krebs, reported on Tuesday that Iron Dome's...

Gaza City – Leader Of Hamas Military Wing Rules Of Quick Truce

July 29, 2014 at 03:33 PM
Gaza City - The shadowy leader of the Hamas military wing says in an audiotape that his group will not cease fire until its demands are met. Mohammed Deif's remarks were broadcast late Tuesday on Al-Aqsa TV, the satellite station of Hamas. Deif says "there is not going to be a cease-fire as long as the demands of our people are not fulfilled." Hamas has demanded that Israel and Egypt lift a...

United Nations – U.N. Agency To Form Airline Safety Task Force After Crash

July 29, 2014 at 03:20 PM
United Nations - The United Nations agency that governs civil aviation says it is setting up a task force aimed at improving security measures in the wake of the shoot-down of a Malaysia Airlines jet over eastern Ukraine. Top officials from four international organizations met in Montreal on Tuesday to discuss risks to civilian aviation in conflict zones. The head of International Civil...

Brussels – Belgium Advises Retailers To Label Products From Israeli Settlements

July 29, 2014 at 02:52 PM
Brussels - Belgium advised retailers on Tuesday to clearly label the origin of products made in Israeli settlements that are in occupied territories where Palestinians seek statehood. The non-binding recommendation has nothing to do with escalating conflict between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip, the Belgian Economics Ministry said, noting that Britain and Denmark already...

Chicago – Cop Wins $540K Suit Vs. Sergeant In Anti-Semitic Lawsuit

July 29, 2014 at 02:47 PM
Chicago - A federal jury has awarded a Chicago police officer more than $500,000 in a discrimination lawsuit against a former supervising officer. The Chicago Sun-Times reports (http://bit.ly/1kkloO9 ) Officer Detlef Sommerfield sued the city and his former boss, Sgt. Lawrence Knasiak, in 2008 for taunting him with anti-Semitic and racist remarks. He was awarded $540,000 in the suit...

Washington – Pew Poll Shows More Americans Blame Hamas For Current Violence In Gaza

July 29, 2014 at 01:14 PM
Washington - A new survey conducted by the Pew Research Center reveals that more Americans blame Hamas for the current violence in Gaza than they do Israel. Among the 1,005 Americans polled for the survey which took place between July 24 and 27, twice as many (40%) believe Hamas is responsible more so than Israel (19%). Another section of the study, which asks participants to assess...

Washington – Study: 35 Percent In US Facing Debt Collectors

July 29, 2014 at 01:13 PM
Washington - More than 35 percent of Americans have debts and unpaid bills that have been reported to collection agencies, according to a study released Tuesday by the Urban Institute. These consumers fall behind on credit cards or hospital bills. Their mortgages, auto loans or student debt pile up, unpaid. Even past-due gym membership fees or cellphone contracts can end up with a collection...

Houston – U.S. To Seize $100 Million Of Iraqi Kurdish Oil In Tanker Off Texas

July 29, 2014 at 12:38 PM
Houston - U.S. authorities were set on Tuesday to seize a cargo of crude worth more than $100 million from Iraqi Kurdistan anchored off the Texas coast after a judge approved a request from Baghdad, raising the stakes in an oil sales dispute between Iraq's central government and the autonomous region. The tanker United Kalavrvta, carrying some 1 million barrels of Iraqi Kurdish crude oil...

Washington – Kerry Shrugs Off Israeli Criticism

July 29, 2014 at 12:08 PM
Washington - Secretary of State John Kerry says he's not concerned about widespread criticism of his efforts to win a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas and will continue to work toward that goal. Kerry said he was convinced that a humanitarian cease-fire followed by negotiations to resolve the underlying causes of the conflict is "more appropriate" than "a tit-for-tat of violence that will...

Jerusalem – Officials: Gaza Conflict To Dent, Not Break Israel Economy

July 29, 2014 at 11:45 AM
Jerusalem - Israel's war against Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip is expected to cost it billions of dollars, temporarily hurt economic growth and put pressure on the government's finances. Analysts and officials compare the current operation to a one-month war between Israel and Hizbollah guerrillas in Lebanon in the summer of 2006, as well as to conflicts in Gaza in 2009 and 2012...

Jerusalem – Hamas Denies Agreeing To 72-hour Cease-fire

July 29, 2014 at 11:43 AM
Jerusalem - PLO official Yasser Abd Rabbo on Tuesday said all Palestinian factions were prepared to announce a unilateral 72-hour cease-fire in fighting between Israeli and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. According to Rabbo, the announcement was made with the consent of Hamas. Speaking at a press conference in Ramallah, Rabbo said the initiative for a three-day halt in fighting was based on a...

New York, NY – Daily News Editorial Says Cuomo’s Response To Scandal Doesn’t Pass “Laugh Test”

July 29, 2014 at 11:12 AM
New York, NY - Following Monday's long awaited response by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to the ongoing scandal surrounding his handling of the now-defunct Moreland Commission, a New York Daily News editorial says that Cuomo's response just doesn't pass the "laugh test." In their NYDAILYNEWS.com (http://nydn.us/1pAUEoD) editorial titled "N.Y.'s Spinning Governor," the editors state that...

Washington – Boehner Calls Impeachment Talk Democratic ‘Scam’

July 29, 2014 at 10:58 AM
Washington - House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'nuhr) says the House has no plans to impeach President Barack Obama. He says talk of impeachment is all a scam by Democrats at the White House. Boehner says Democrats are trying to rally their supporters ahead of November's mid-term elections to give money and show up to vote. Some Republicans have said Obama would open the door to impeachment...

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