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Jerusalem – Israel To Begin Enlisting HIV-Positive Soldiers

December 1, 2015 at 05:25 PM
Jerusalem - The Israeli military said Tuesday it will begin enlisting soldiers who are HIV-positive, in a policy shift putting the country at the forefront of military inclusivity toward people with the virus that causes AIDS. Military service in Israel is compulsory for Jews, but until now people with HIV were automatically deemed unfit to serve for medical reasons. Col. Moshe Pinkert, the...

San Francisco – Facebook’s Zuckerberg To Give 99 Percent Of Shares To Charity

December 1, 2015 at 04:54 PM
San Francisco - Facebook Inc Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg and his wife said on Tuesday they will give away 99 percent of their Facebook shares, currently worth about $45 billion, to a new charity in a letter addressed to their daughter, Max, who was born last week. The plan mirrors a move by other high-profile billionaires like Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates, who have...

Berlin – German Court Opens Way For Trial Of Auschwitz Paramedic

December 1, 2015 at 04:37 PM
Berlin - A German court on Tuesday permitted the trial of a 95-year-old German man accused of being an accessory to the murder of at least 3,681 people at the Nazi death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. The higher court of Rostock in northern Germany deemed Hubert Z. fit for trial, overruling a previous decision by a lower court that considered him too fragile for a legal process. Z., whose last...

Washington – US Sending New Special Ops Force To Fight Islamic State

December 1, 2015 at 04:02 PM
Washington - The U.S. military will deploy a new special operations force to Iraq to step up the fight against Islamic State militants unleashing violence in Iraq and Syria and determined to hold territory they have seized across the Middle East, Defense Secretary Ash Carter told Congress on Tuesday. Carter, who testified alongside Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff...

Paris – Trial For Ranking French IS Fighter In Recruiting Network

December 1, 2015 at 03:39 PM
Paris - Accused of running a network to recruit French extremists to fight in Syria, designated a terrorist by the United States and a fugitive by his homeland, Salim Benghalem promised to only return to France to carry out an attack "with a maximum of damage." Benghalem went on trial in absentia Tuesday along with six men in France. The 35-year-old Benghalem, who is believed to be in Syria...

Jerusalem – On His First Trip To Israel American Actor Sean Penn Lauds Israeli Aid Agency As Haiti ‘Mentor’

December 1, 2015 at 03:27 PM
Jerusalem - Often the denizens of Hollywood are mocked for the various humanitarian pet projects they take on, with many accusing celebrities of being disingenuous. But when it comes to humanitarian relief work, actor Sean Penn is nothing but sincere. That candid passion was on full display when he earnestly spoke about his NGO, J/P Haitian Relief Organization, at a conference coordinated...

Berlin – German Prosecutors Investigate Man With Tattoo Of Auschwitz Death Camp

December 1, 2015 at 03:02 PM
Berlin - German prosecutors say they are investigating whether a man violated the country's prohibition of the public display of Nazi symbols by appearing at a swimming pool with a tattoo of what appeared to be the Auschwitz death camp on his back. Neuruppin prosecutors' spokeswoman Lolita Lodenkaemper said Tuesday another bather took a photo of the tattoo, which also carried the slogan from...

Prostejov, Czech Republic – Search For Jewish Tombs Lost In WWII Brings Back Heritage

December 1, 2015 at 02:30 PM
Prostejov, Czech Republic - There was no mistaking what the stone slab was, only the spot where it lay was somehow not fitting. Instead of marking a place of the departed, the tombstone served as a doormat to a henhouse in a small Czech village. Confronting the dark legacy of the Holocaust, a small team of researchers has been working to reassemble a Jewish cemetery in the eastern city of...

Lebanon – Report: Israeli Listening Device Explodes, Injures 2 In Lebanon

December 1, 2015 at 01:58 PM
Lebanon - An Israeli listening device exploded in the south of Lebanon injuring two people at a construction site, Hezbollah’s Al-Manar TV reported Tuesday. The explosion occurred in the village of Burj al-Moulok in the area of Marjayoun, located near the Lebanese-Israeli border. According to Lebanese media reports, the incident took place at a construction site and was detonated when a...

Jerusalem – Israeli Broadcaster Says Palestinians Bust West Bank Bomber Cell

December 1, 2015 at 01:42 PM
Jerusalem - Israel's national broadcaster on Tuesday said Palestinian authorities had prevented a bomb attack on Israeli troops in the West Bank, a report suggesting the strength of security ties despite public feuding over a two-month wave of unrest. Israel Radio said six Islamic Jihad militants from the town of Tubas were in Palestinian custody, accused of filling a gas balloon with...

New York, NY – NYPD: 3 Men Wanted In Card Skimming Incidents At Gas Pumps

December 1, 2015 at 01:20 PM
New York, NY - The NYPD is looking for three suspects in connection with 39 grand larcenies involving card readers at gas stations in Queens. Police say the trio installed card reading devices inside the pumps. That allowed them to create fake debit cards to make withdrawals from victims' bank accounts. Those incidents occurred between June 21 and Sept. 23. Police say they're also...

Jerusalem – Netanyahu Says Israel Acts In Syria ‘From Time To Time’

December 1, 2015 at 01:01 PM
Jerusalem - Israel operates inside Syria "from time to time" to prevent sophisticated weapons from reaching its enemies in Lebanon, Israel's prime minister said Tuesday, in the strongest admission yet of his country's involvement in the civil war. Israel is widely thought to have carried out a number of airstrikes in Syria that have targeted advanced weapons systems, including Russian-made...

Chicago, IL – Chicago Mayor Fires Police Chief In Wake Of Video Release

December 1, 2015 at 12:29 PM
Chicago, IL - Mayor Rahm Emanuel fired the city's police superintendent Tuesday, a week after the release of a dash-cam video that showed a white Chicago officer fatally shooting a black teenager 16 times. Emanuel called a news conference to announce the dismissal of Garry McCarthy, who only days ago insisted to reporters that the mayor had his "back." The mayor praised McCarthy's...

Cambridge, England – Cambridge Professor Boycotts 13-year-old Israeli Girl Over Palestinian Issue

December 1, 2015 at 12:00 PM
Cambridge, England - A 13-year-old Israeli student from a kibbutz in northern Israel was turned down by a Jewish professor at the United Kingdom's Cambridge University after reaching out for help on a school assignment. Shachar Rabinovitz, a horse enthusiast, sent out an e-mail to Dr. Marsha Levine, the Cambridge educated professor and researcher who is an expert on the history of the...

Beirut – Prisoner Swap Frees Lebanese Soldiers And IS Leader’s Ex-Wife

December 1, 2015 at 11:39 AM
Beirut -Al Qaeda's Syrian wing freed 16 Lebanese soldiers and policemen on Tuesday in exchange for the release of jailed Islamists including the ex-wife of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The Nusra Front seized the Lebanese 16 months ago during an attack on the Lebanese border town of Arsal mounted together with the Islamic State jihadist group which is still believed to be holding...

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