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Washington – Cruz On National Security: Dictators OK, Gun Control Not

December 10, 2015 at 06:00 PM
Washington - Taking on critics in his own party, Republican presidential contender Ted Cruz on Thursday defended Middle East dictators as useful allies against Islamic extremists during a Washington address decrying political correctness and stricter gun laws as an impediment to national security. The first-term Texas senator described "America under attack" in remarks at a conservative think...

Ankara, Turkey – Report: Turkey Builds Wall Along IS-controlled Border Region

December 10, 2015 at 05:30 PM
Ankara, Turkey - A Turkish news agency says authorities have begun constructing a wall along a 82-kilometer (50-mile) stretch of Turkey's border with Syria that is under the control of the Islamic State group on the Syrian side. The Dogan News Agency says Thursday that 4 meter-high (13-foot) slabs were being positioned along the border in the provinces of Kilis and Gaziantep. Video footage...

Riverside, CA – Gun Buyer, Gunman Linked By Marriage, Possible Previous Plot

December 10, 2015 at 05:20 PM
Riverside, CA - The gunman who killed his co-workers in San Bernardino, California, and the friend who bought the assault rifles used in the shooting were related through marriage and may have plotted an attack together three years ago. New revelations from officials and public records show a much deeper connection between Syed Rizwan Farook and Enrique Marquez than previously was disclosed...

San Bernardino, CA – FBI Searches Lake Near California Massacre Site

December 10, 2015 at 04:32 PM
San Bernardino, CA - A dive team with the FBI is searching a small San Bernardino lake near the scene of the massacre that killed 14 people. A law enforcement official says an FBI dive team is searching a small San Bernardino lake as part of an investigation into the massacre that killed 14 people. The official has been briefed on the investigation but isn't authorized to speak...

Washington – US Raises Doubts About North Korea’s Claim On Hydrogen Bomb

December 10, 2015 at 04:15 PM
Washington - The United States is raising doubts about North Korea's claim to have developed the capability to detonate a hydrogen bomb. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was reported Thursday as saying North Korea is a "powerful nuclear weapons state ready to detonate" a self-reliant hydrogen bomb to defend its sovereignty and dignity. The comments were carried by official Korean Central News...

San Diego – US Launches Trial Of Facial, Eye Scans On Mexican Border

December 10, 2015 at 04:00 PM
San Diego - Nearly half of the people living in the U.S. illegally are believed to have entered the country legally and stayed on expired visas. To combat the problem, the federal government on Thursday is launching one of its most ambitious efforts to track them. U.S. Customs and Border Protection will begin capturing facial and eye scans of foreigners entering the country at San Diego's Otay...

London – U.S. Says Islamic State Has Made $1.5 Billion From Bank Looting, Oil Sales

December 10, 2015 at 03:28 PM
London - Islamic State militants have looted up to $1 billion from bank vaults in Syria and Iraq and has made at least another half a billion dollars from black market oil sales, senior U.S. Treasury official Adam Szubin said on Thursday. "ISIL has made more than $500 million from black market oil sales," Szubin, acting Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence with the U.S...

Washington – U.S. Defense Secretary: Anti-IS Fight Is ‘not A Fight With Muslims Or Islam’

December 10, 2015 at 03:11 PM
Washington - Defense Secretary Ash Carter and his Indian counterpart are steering clear of directly criticizing Donald Trump's call for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States. But Carter and India's Manohar Parrikar say the anti-Islamic State battle is aimed at violent extremists, not people of the Muslim faith. Carter was asked at a Pentagon news conference Thursday about...

Lakewood, NJ – Lakewood Jewish Residents Upset When Town Removes Menorah, Keeps Tree

December 10, 2015 at 02:34 PM
Lakewood, NJ - Some residents of a Jewish enclave in New Jersey are upset that officials removed a menorah from the town square and kept the Christmas tree. Lakewood has displayed a decorated tree and small menorah for decades. Mayor Albert Akerman told the Asbury Park Press (http://on.app.com/1SQe5Kc ) on Wednesday that this year resident Vivian Knight sought to add a nativity scene to the...

UK – WWII Vehicle Owned By Nazi SS Chief Heinrich Himmler Up For Sale; Price Set At One-Half Million Euros

December 10, 2015 at 02:07 PM
UK - The World War II vehicle that transported Nazi SS Chief Heinrich Himmler from the death camps of Auschwitz and Majdanek to the killing fields of Russia is up for sale, at an asking price of one-half million euros. EXPRESS.co.uk (http://bit.ly/1IX67ta) reports that the legendary vehicle---a Wanderer W11/1---was originally housed in a museum in the Latvian capital of Riga after the war, but...

New York – Wal-Mart To Launch Own Mobile Pay System

December 10, 2015 at 02:00 PM
New York - The mobile payment wars are heating up. Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest retailer, said it's launching its own mobile payment system that will allow shoppers to pay with any major credit or debit card or its own store gift card through its existing smartphone app at the cash register. It started testing the new payment feature Thursday at its stores in the Bentonville...

Jerusalem – Ancient Potsherd May Contain Engraving Of Holy Site’s Menorah

December 10, 2015 at 01:28 PM
Jerusalem - A 1,000-year-old potsherd from the Temple Mount bearing a symbol resembling a menorah may shed invaluable light on a centuries-old debate regarding the menorah’s original design, a noted archaeologist announced on Thursday. The relic was recently discovered at the Temple Mount Sifting Project in Jerusalem, which sifts through the thousands of tons of ancient debris illegally...

New York – After California Shooting, Fears Of Muslim Harassment Rise

December 10, 2015 at 01:02 PM
New York - A severed pig's head was left outside a mosque in Philadelphia. An Islamic center in Florida was defaced. A Sikh temple in California was vandalized by someone who mistook it for a mosque and left graffiti that included a profane reference to the Islamic State group. Advocacy groups believe there has been a spike in anti-Muslim incidents across the United States in recent weeks that...

Budapest – Hungarian Jews Call On Orban To Prevent Planned Statue For WW2 Politician

December 10, 2015 at 12:30 PM
Budapest - Hungary's Jewish community protested against plans to erect a statue to a politician who played a role in drafting anti-Jewish laws during World War Two, saying on Thursday that it would bring back the "dark and menacing shadow of anti-Semitism". The row over a statue to Balint Homan, who served as minister of religion and education twice between 1932 and 1942, broke out as Hungary...

Dubai – Trump’s Dubai Real Estate Partner Strips His Image, Name From Luxury Golf Project Site

December 10, 2015 at 12:08 PM
Dubai - A Dubai real estate firm building a $6 billion golf complex with Donald Trump on Thursday stripped the property of his name and image amid a backlash over the U.S. presidential candidate's proposal to ban all Muslims from entering the United States. Trump triggered an international uproar when he made his comments in response to last week's deadly shootings in California by two Muslims...

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