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New York – NYPD Top Police Official Testifies About Bin Laden Interview

January 26, 2015 at 11:30 PM
New York - A top New York Police Department official who once worked as a television news correspondent took the witness stand Monday at the trial of an alleged al-Qaida lieutenant accused of helping spread Osama bin Laden's death threat against Americans before the terror network attacked U.S. embassies in Africa. John Miller, who heads the NYPD's counterterrorism and intelligence bureaus...

Yemen – CIA Drone Strike Kills 3 Al Qaeda Men

January 26, 2015 at 11:03 PM
Yemen - A U.S. drone strike targeted al-Qaida in Yemen on Monday, signaling Washington's determination to keep fighting the militants despite political paralysis brought on by a Shiite power grab. Yemeni tribal and security officials in the central province of Marib said the missile hit a vehicle carrying three al-Qaida members near the boundary with Shabwa province, an al-Qaida stronghold...

Brussels – Quartet Envoys Urge Action On Humanitarian Situation In Gaza

January 26, 2015 at 10:31 PM
Brussels - Envoys from the Quartet of Middle East peace mediators said on Monday it was urgent to improve the "dire humanitarian situation" in Gaza, heavily damaged in last year's war between Israel and Palestinian militants. Envoys from the Quartet - the United Nations, the United States, the European Union and Russia - met in Brussels on Monday to discuss prospects for reviving the Middle...

New York – Calls For NY Assembly Speaker’s Resignation Grow

January 26, 2015 at 10:00 PM
Albany, NY - New York state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was fighting to keep his grip on power Monday amid widening calls for his resignation in the wake of federal corruption charges. Silver's fate was unclear as Democratic lawmakers met behind closed doors to discuss the intrigue roiling the Capitol that threatens to end Silver's 21-year tenure. He leads the Democratic Conference that...

Jerusalem – Significant Drop Seen In Jerusalem Traffic Accidents, Injuries In 2014

January 26, 2015 at 09:45 PM
Jerusalem - The number of vehicular- related accidents and injuries in the capital decreased markedly in 2014 compared to the preceding year, an annual report from the Jerusalem Municipality’s Transportation and Infrastructure Department announced on Sunday. In terms of accidents compared to 2013, the report stated that last year minor accidents dropped from 791 to 590 (26 percent); serious...

Buenos Aires – Argentine President Dissolves Spy Agency After Prosecutors Suspicious Death

January 26, 2015 at 09:30 PM
Buenos Aires - Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez on Monday announced plans to dissolve the country's intelligence agency amid suspicions rogue agents were behind the murky death of a state prosecutor investigating the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center. The death of Alberto Nisman this month, just before he was due to answer questions about his allegation that Fernandez conspired to derail...

Washington – WSJ: Justice Department Spies On Millions Of Cars

January 26, 2015 at 09:00 PM
Washington - The Justice Department has been secretly gathering and storing hundreds of millions of records about motorists in an effort to build a national database that tracks the movement of vehicles across the country, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday. The newspaper said the main aim of the license plate tracking program run by the Drug Enforcement Administration was to seize...

Jerusalem – Benjamin Netanyahu Attacks Media For Stories On Wife Sara: ‘Leave My Family Alone’

January 26, 2015 at 08:47 PM
Jerusalem - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lashed out at the media on Monday after reports emerged Sunday over his wife Sara's allegedly untoward behavior toward staff at the couple's official residence in Jerusalem. Netanyahu took to his Facebook page, accusing the media of taking its campaign against him to a new, personal level. "The media attack against my wife Sara is yet another...

New York – Milk Industry Fights Back Against ‘Anti-Dairy Folks’

January 26, 2015 at 08:19 PM
New York - The milk industry is fed up with all the sourness over dairy. As Americans continue turning away from milk, an industry group is pushing back at its critics with a social media campaign trumpeting the benefits of milk. The association says it needs to act because attitudes about milk are deteriorating more rapidly, with vegan groups, non-dairy competitors and other perceived enemies...

London – In Shadow Of Paris Attacks, UK Faith Leaders Sign Anti-hate Declaration

January 26, 2015 at 07:59 PM
London - On the heels of the recent deadly attacks on the Charlie Hebdo newspaper and a kosher supermarket in Paris, leaders of the Muslim, Jewish and Christian communities in Britain signed a joint declaration against hate on Sunday. Politicians and leaders of communal organizations also signed the declaration, which calls on the country's leaders to commit to condemning antisemitic...

Riyadh – First Beheading Under New Saudi King Stirs Attention

January 26, 2015 at 07:24 PM
Riyadh - Saudi Arabia on Monday executed a man convicted of abusing several girls in a case that has captured the kingdom's attention and marks the first beheading carried out under the newly enthroned King Salman. The Interior Ministry said Moussa al-Zahrani was executed in the city of Jiddah. The ministry statement, carried by the official Saudi Press Agency, said al-Zahrani was convicted of...

Israel – Jerusalem Lone Soldier Center Blocked By Haredi Parties

January 26, 2015 at 06:33 PM
Jerusalem - A discounted Jerusalem housing center for Lone Soldiers, or soldiers who serve in the IDF from abroad without family in the country, was shelved last week due to protestations among haredi councilmen over funding for the facility being allocated to a secular organization. According to Jared White, director of counseling and education for the Lone Soldier Center, the facility...

Berlin – WikiLeaks Slams Google Over Delay In Revealing US Warrants

January 26, 2015 at 06:01 PM
Berlin - WikiLeaks on Monday criticized Google for failing to swiftly inform the secrets-spilling group about U.S. search warrants issued seeking emails and other personal information from three of its staff. The warrants, issued in March 2012, required the Internet giant to hand over the phone numbers, IP addresses, credit card details, contents of all emails and other details for Google...

New York – Cuomo, De Blasio Have Scheduling Snafu Before NYC Blizzard

January 26, 2015 at 05:42 PM
New York - Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio are pledging to carefully coordinate the city and state's responses to the blizzard hitting New York City. But they initially stumbled on, how, exactly to deliver that message to their citizens. The two Democrats, who have a complicated relationship, were both in New York but instead of holding a joint press conference, each held their...

New York – New York City-Area Roads, Subways To Close At 11 P.m.

January 26, 2015 at 05:27 PM
New York - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says a storm-related travel ban will go into effect on all New York City-area roads at 11 p.m., along with a shutdown of the city's subway system and commuter rails. Cuomo says only emergency personnel will be allowed on roadways in 13 counties, including New York City and Long Island, after that point. Anyone else caught driving will get a summons for up...

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