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New York – Warm Weather Means Surf’s Up In NYC

December 25, 2015 at 03:30 PM
New York - Happy holidays, bro. The combination of record-setting temperatures and gnarly waves had New York City surfers absolutely stoked on Friday, drawing more than two dozen to the popular summertime surf spot Rockaway Beach on Christmas morning. With temperatures nearing the 60s, some surfers were wearing thinner-than-usual wetsuits without customary winter hoods and gloves as they...

Ankara, Turkey – Erdogan’s office says he stopped man from jumping off bridge

December 25, 2015 at 03:15 PM
Ankara, Turkey - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's office says Erdogan has talked a man out of jumping off a bridge. Television footage on Friday showed Erdogan's motorcade stopping on Istanbul's Bosporus Bridge, where a man was apparently contemplating jumping off. Erdogan's aides are heard telling the man that the president wants to speak to him, then seen escorting him to Erdogan's...

Trenton, NJ – Christie-backed Changes In Gun Rules Get Mixed Reaction

December 25, 2015 at 02:12 PM
Trenton, NJ - Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie has received mixed reviews among gun rights advocates in a key primary state for regulatory changes he backed this week in his home state of New Jersey. Two groups said the proposals show his continued progress in promoting gun rights. Another said they didn't amount to anything. Christie, who has been seeking to counter his...

Washington – On Muslims, Democrats Find An Unlikely Ally: George W Bush

December 25, 2015 at 01:31 PM
Washington - Taunted by Republicans to declare war on "radical Islamic terrorism," Democrats are turning to an unlikely ally: George W. Bush. President Barack Obama, under pressure to be more aggressive on terrorism, regularly cites his predecessor's refusal to demonize Muslims or play into the notion of a clash between Islam and the West. It's a striking endorsement from a president whose...

Beirut – Top Syrian Rebel Leader Killed In Air Strike In Damascus Suburb

December 25, 2015 at 01:11 PM
Beirut - Zahran Alloush, the head of Jaysh al Islam, one of the most powerful insurgent groups in the rebel-held suburbs of Damascus, was killed in an aerial raid that targeted his group's headquarters, two rebel sources said on Friday. They said a secret headquarters of the group, which is the largest rebel faction in the area and has thousands of fighters, was targeted by what they described...

Belmar, NJ – At The Bottom Of The Ocean, A Lost Wedding Ring Is Found

December 25, 2015 at 12:33 PM
Belmar, NJ - A New Jersey man was reunited with his wedding ring this month after it fell off his finger and sank to the bottom of the ocean while he was fishing. Jay Bradford's ring fell in the water off Long Branch while he was pulling an anchor in during a frustrating day searching for blackfish earlier this month, The Asbury Park Press reported (http://on.app.com/1OqYsuS ). "He texted...

Hope, AR – Bill Clinton’s Arkansas Birthplace Damaged In Suspected Arson

December 25, 2015 at 11:59 AM
Hope, AR - The birthplace of former U.S. President Bill Clinton in Hope, Arkansas, was slightly damaged in a suspected arson fire early on Friday, police said. The fire to the rear of the house, designated a National Historic Site, was reported shortly after 3 a.m. CST, Hope Police Chief J.R. Wilson said. "We do suspect arson," he said, adding that there was the smell of an accelerant at...

Jerusalem – Months After Deadly West Bank Arson, Case Makes Progress

December 25, 2015 at 11:40 AM
Jerusalem - Israeli authorities are expected to soon raise charges against Jewish extremists suspected in a July arson attack on a Palestinian home that killed a toddler and his parents — a case that has been unsolved for months and that helped fuel the current wave of Israeli-Palestinian violence. But the protracted and drawn-out investigation has raised questions as to why the process is...

Jerusalem – Report: Netanyahu Apologizes After Standoff Between IDF Troops, Abbas’ Bodyguards

December 25, 2015 at 10:45 AM
Jerusalem - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered a personal apology to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas earlier this week after IDF troops engaged in a tense standoff with the rais’ personal security detail just outside his home in Ramallah during a nighttime arrest raid, according to an Internet report. The story, which was first reported by journalist Barbara Opall-Rome...

West Bank – Palestinian Motorist Shot Dead Trying To Run Over Police Officers In West Bank

December 25, 2015 at 10:18 AM
West Bank - A Palestinian woman motorist whom authorities say sought to run over a group of Border Police officers near the West Bank village of Silwad was shot and killed just before sundown on Friday. No Israelis were injured in the incident. According to a police statement, the officers noticed that the woman began accelerating her vehicle toward their position. At that point, one of the...

Washington – 2016 Dems Turn On Obama Admin Over Reported Deportation Raid Plans

December 25, 2015 at 10:04 AM
Washington - The Obama administration on Thursday came under fire from Democratic presidential candidates and human rights groups for plans to intensify deportations of Central American migrants by rounding up undocumented families. Amid a surge in the arrival of unaccompanied children and families from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, U.S. government sources confirmed preparations to...

Syria – ISIS Orders Taking Out Organs From Living Non-Muslim ‘Infidels’ To Save Life Of A Muslim

December 25, 2015 at 09:42 AM
Syria - Islamic State has sanctioned the harvesting of human organs in a previously undisclosed ruling by the group’s Islamic scholars, raising concerns that the violent extremist group may be trafficking in body parts. The ruling, contained in a January 31, 2015 document reviewed by Reuters, says taking organs from a living captive to save a Muslim's life, even if it is fatal for the...

Moscow – Russia, U.S. Agree On Who To Call Major Terrorist Groups In Middle East

December 25, 2015 at 09:12 AM
Moscow - Russia and the United States have common understanding on major groups which should be considered terrorist ones in the Middle East, RIA news agency quoted Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov as saying on Friday...

London – UK Muslim Schools May Institute Jewish Studies

December 25, 2015 at 08:50 AM
London - The heads of a British network of Islamic schools has announced that it will recommend that its members institute classes in Judaic studies in order to “reciprocate” the country’s Chief Rabbi’s recent call for Jewish schools to educate their pupils about Islam. On Wednesday, Ashfaque Chowdhury of the 130 member strong Association of Muslim Schools told the Jewish News that...

West Bank – ‘Breaking The Silence’ Bus Hit In Rock Throwing Near Hebron; 3 Students Hurt

December 25, 2015 at 08:31 AM
West Bank - Three people were lightly injured Friday after assailants hurled rocks near Hebron at a bus carrying students from Jerusalem's Hebrew University on a tour in the West Bank hosted by the left-wing NGO Breaking the Silence. The bus sustained a broken window and continued on to nearby Kiryat Arba, where it then stopped after the assault. Breaking the Silence collects testimony...

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