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Jerusalem – Rudy Giuliani: Israeli PM Has Obligation To Deliver Address To Congress

February 1, 2015 at 04:00 PM
Jerusalem - Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani said Sunday if he were Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu he would deliver a speech to the US Congress out of an obligation to his country to put before the American people the danger a nuclear Iran poses to Israel. “If I were him, I would make the speech,” Giuliani said in an interview with The Jerusalem Post. Giuliani, a Republican who is...

Chicago – Major Snowstorm Churns Through Midwest Toward New England

February 1, 2015 at 03:13 PM
Chicago - A slow-moving winter storm blanketed a large swath of the Plains and Midwest in snow Sunday, forcing the cancellation of more than 1,000 Chicago flights, making roads treacherous and forcing some to rethink plans to attend Super Bowl parties. Blizzard conditions developed in Chicago — where more than a foot was expected by evening — and other Midwest locales as the system slowly...

Washington – Huckabee: Accepting Gay Marriage Akin To Asking Jews To Serve Bacon In Kosher Delis

February 1, 2015 at 02:00 PM
Washington - Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on Sunday said gay marriage is akin to alcohol and profanity — options he says are appealing to others but not to him. The former Baptist pastor, who is weighing a second run for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, also claimed that forcing people of faith to accept gay marriage as policy is on par with telling Jews that they must...

Brooklyn, NY – Fire Officials: Williamsburg Warehouse Fire In Trendy NYC Neighborhood Could Smolder For Weeks

February 1, 2015 at 01:45 PM
Brooklyn, NY - A seven-alarm fire that destroyed a warehouse and forced an evacuation in one of New York City's trendiest neighborhoods could take weeks to extinguish completely, fire officials said on Sunday. Some 270 firefighters have been sent to battle the blaze, which broke out early on Saturday, charring a four-story storage facility in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, said firefighter Daniel...

Budapest, Hungary – Hungarians Protest Against Premier’s Dealings With Putin

February 1, 2015 at 01:15 PM
Budapest, Hungary - Thousands of protesters demanded the ouster of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government Sunday, a day before a visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Around 3,000 people attended the "Spring Comes, Orban Goes" rally outside parliament. Orban's Fidesz party easily won three elections last year but its popularity has nosedived since an aborted attempt in October...

New York – Wage Board Suggests $7.50 Wage For Tipped Workers

February 1, 2015 at 12:09 PM
New York - Restaurant servers and other tipped workers in New York state would make $7.50 an hour before tips under a proposal recommended by a state wage board Friday The proposal from the state Wage Board would go into effect Dec. 31 if approved by Gov. Andrew Cuomo's labor commissioner. That looks likely to happen after Cuomo signaled his support Friday. "For far too long, wages for...

Beirut – Hamas Leader Says Ready To Cooperate With Iran ‘to Destroy Israeli Occupation’

February 1, 2015 at 12:08 PM
Beirut - Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahar on Sunday called on Iran to provide his movement with additional funds and weapons to enable it to “destroy Israeli occupation.” Zahar told the Hezbollah TV station Al-Manar that Hamas was prepared to cooperate with Iran “for the sake of Palestine.” Zahar’s remarks came amid reports that Hamas and Iran have agreed to restore their relations...

New York – US Prosecutors: New Spy Case Shows Russia Up To Old Tricks, But Targeting Its Economy This Time

February 1, 2015 at 12:02 PM
New York - Three men accused in the latest Russian spy case didn't hide behind fake identities and weren't stealing military secrets. The evidence even suggests they were annoyed that their assignment wasn't more like a James Bond film. Their alleged plot to dig up "economic intelligence" on possible banking penalties and alternative energy sources may not be the stuff of Hollywood movies, but...

Jerusalem – Analyst: Hidden U.S. Message To Netanyahu Behind Leaked Reports Of The Mughniyeh CIA-Mossad Assassination

February 1, 2015 at 11:33 AM
Jerusalem - It is hard to believe that the timing was coincidental. Whoever leaked the details of the 2008 joint Mossad-CIA assassination of Hezbollah operational chief Imad Mughniyeh to two US newspapers, and certainly to a paper like The Washington Post, (the second one was Newsweek), did not do so capriciously. Most likely someone wanted to send the following message to the people of...

Boston – Officials Plans Heavy Police Presence To Avoid Post-Super Bowl Chaos

February 1, 2015 at 10:55 AM
Boston - Officials on Friday said they planned a heavy police presence and travel restrictions in some areas when the New England Patriots play in Sunday's Super Bowl, hoping to avert the violence seen following championships a decade ago. "We're not going to allow celebrations to become an excuse for dangerous and illegal behavior in the city of Boston," Mayor Marty Walsh said at a news...

Washington – Chuck Hagel: U.S. Ground Troops Could Be Needed In Iraq

February 1, 2015 at 10:31 AM
Washington - Outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in an interview on Friday the United States might eventually need to send non-combat ground troops to Iraq to help turn back Islamic State forces. Hagel, who announced his resignation under pressure in November, told CNN all options must be considered in Iraq, including sending troops for non-combat roles such as gathering intelligence...

Jerusalem – Israeli-Arab Returning From Iraq Arrested And Indicted For Joining ISIS

February 1, 2015 at 09:53 AM
Jerusalem - Yosef Chaldi, a 19 year old Israeli-Arab from Nazareth, was charged today in the District Court of Nazareth for joining ISIS and participating in their terror activities. Chaldi joined ISIS around October 2014. He traveled to Turkey and crossed the border to Syria, using the help of ISIS operatives residing in Turkey. In Syria, he went through basic military training for three...

West Bank – Palestinians Try To Stop Israeli Security Barrier Near West Bank Monastery

February 1, 2015 at 09:49 AM
West Bank - Representatives from 22 European Union member states converged on the Silesian Sisters Convent on the edge of this West Bank town, to protest Israel’s plan to extend the controversial barrier that Israel is building in and around the West Bank through this area. “The fact that we are all here is a message that the European Union is united in expressing its concern over the...

Brooklyn, NY – Health Warning Issued For Williamsburg Warehouse Fire

February 1, 2015 at 09:28 AM
Williamsburg, NY - New York City health officials are advising people who are downwind of a massive warehouse fire to stay inside. Hundreds of firefighters are battling the 7-alarm fire that started Saturday morning in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. Fire Department officials say crews will be at the scene of the fire for two to three weeks. The city Health Department says anyone...

Gaza – Source Close To Hamas Says No Longer Accepts Egypt As Israel Mediator

February 1, 2015 at 09:08 AM
Gaza - A source close to Hamas' armed wing signaled on Saturday the group would no longer accept Cairo as a broker between it and Israel, after an Egyptian court banned the Islamist group's armed wing and listed it as a terrorist organization. "After the court's decision Egypt is no longer a mediator in Palestinian-Israeli matters," the source told Reuters. Cairo has played a key role in...

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