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Berlin – Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’ Returns To German Market In New Form

December 27, 2015 at 01:17 PM
Berlin - For 70 years since the Nazi defeat in World War II, copyright law has been used in Germany to prohibit the publication of "Mein Kampf" — the notorious anti-Semitic tome in which Adolf Hitler set out his ideology. That will change next month when a new edition with critical commentary, the product of several years' work by a publicly funded institute, hits the shelves. While...

Jerusalem – Top Israeli Defense Official Fired From Missile Project After Secret Data Found On His PC

December 27, 2015 at 12:15 PM
Jerusalem - Israel's missile defense director has been dismissed for a "grave breach of information security", his ministry said on Sunday, a setback for U.S.-backed projects the country deems crucial for any future war with Iran or its allies. In a statement, the Defence Ministry said the recently discovered security breach meant that Yair Ramati could not continue in the role. It did not...

New York – Concerns Over Contamination; Chinese Medicinal Herbs Provide Niche Market For US Farmers

December 27, 2015 at 12:02 PM
New York - Expanding interest in traditional Chinese medicine in the United States is fostering a potentially lucrative new niche market for farmers who plant the varieties of herbs, flowers and trees sought by practitioners. While almost all practitioners still rely on imports from China, dwindling wild stands there, as well as quality and safety concerns, could drive up demand for herbs...

Beirut – Hezbollah Leader Says Israel Should Brace For Retaliation Over Qantar’s Death

December 27, 2015 at 11:20 AM
Beirut - Hezbollah's leader said on Sunday that Israel miscalculated by killing prominent militant Samir Qantar in Syria last week, saying that retaliation for his death was inevitable whatever the consequences. Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, speaking in a ceremony to mark a week since Qantar's death, said Israelis should brace themselves for a response either inside Israel or outside. "The...

New Jersey – Robert Spitzer, ‘Most Influential Psychiatrist,’ Dies At 83

December 27, 2015 at 10:53 AM
New Jersey - Dr. Robert Spitzer — a psychiatrist who played a leading role in establishing agreed-upon standards to describe mental disorders and eliminating homosexuality's designation as a pathology — died Friday in Seattle. He was 83. Spitzer died of heart problems, said his wife, Columbia University Professor Emerita Janet Williams. Dr. Spitzer's work on several editions of the...

New York – State Regulates Metal Donation Bins

December 27, 2015 at 10:26 AM
Albany, NY - New York state has taken steps to start regulating the proliferation of large metal bins used by organizations to collect donated clothing. The new law that takes effect in mid-2016 bans the bins from public property and requires bins placed on private property to have the group's website, email address, physical address and phone number. And the bins must be emptied on a regular...

Jerusalem – Israeli Government Targets Foreign Government Funding Of NGOs

December 27, 2015 at 10:00 AM
Jerusalem - A bill that would impose new regulations on Israeli non-profit groups that receive funds from foreign governments won ministerial approval on Sunday, a move critics said targets pro-Palestinian organizations. Dubbed a "transparency bill" by its sponsor, far-right Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, it would require NGOs to give details in all their official publications and...

Jerusalem – PM Netanyahu: Israel Condemns Terror, Palestinian Authority Praises It

December 27, 2015 at 09:42 AM
Jerusalem - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu used the opening of Sunday's weekly cabinet meeting to again condemn acts of Jewish terrorism, but stressed that just as the scope of Jewish terrorism can in no way be compared to the much greater Palestinian terrorism, so too the reaction of Israeli society is completely different than that of the Palestinian Authority. Netanyahu noted that in...

Tehran – Iran’s Rouhani Says It’s Up To Muslims To Correct Islam’s Image

December 27, 2015 at 09:13 AM
Tehran - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday that Muslims must improve the image of their religion, which has been tarnished by the violence of hardline groups such as Islamic State, "It is our greatest duty today to correct the image of Islam in world public opinion," Rouhani told a conference on Islamic unity in Tehran in a speech broadcast by state television. His remarks...

Syria – Syrian Media Claims Israeli Air Strikes Hit Hezbollah Bases

December 27, 2015 at 08:51 AM
Syria - Syrian media claimed that the Israeli Air Force targeted at least than seven Hezbollah targets in the country's Qalamoun region late on Saturday night.  Hezbollah denied that there were any explosions at its bases, according to a report by Israel's Channel 2 news.  The IDF has not commented on the situation, but earlier in the evening, released a statement saying that "in the next...

West Bank – Israeli Military: 2 Palestinians Stab Soldiers, Shot Dead

December 27, 2015 at 08:30 AM
West Bank - Israeli soldiers shot dead two Palestinians who had stabbed a soldier Sunday at a West Bank checkpoint, the military said. The military said the pair of attackers stabbed the soldier at a gas station near the Hawara crossing, south of Nablus. The soldier was moderately wounded. Forces on the scene opened fire and killed both assailants. Another Israeli soldier was accidentally...

Damascus – Syrian Rebel Group Appoints Successor To Slain Commander

December 27, 2015 at 01:00 AM
Damascus - Militant groups in Syria on Saturday mourned the death of a powerful rebel commander killed the previous day in an airstrike near Damascus — a high-profile assassination that may shift the balance of power in rebel-held suburbs of Damascus. Zahran Allouch, the head of the Army of Islam group, was killed in an airstrike that targeted the group's headquarters during a meeting on...

Brussels – Belgian College’s Concerns Over Paris Attacker Ignored

December 27, 2015 at 12:26 AM
Brussels - A police commission is interviewing staff at a Brussels college after education authorities failed to act on concerns that a student who later became one of the Paris suicide bombers had been radicalized, two Belgian newspapers said on Saturday. Bilal Hadfi, 20, named as one of the attackers who detonated a suicide bomb outside the Stade de France in Paris on Nov. 13, attended the...

Jerusalem – 18-Year-Old soldier Stabbed By Terrorist

December 27, 2015 at 12:08 AM
Jerusalem - A 30-year-old Israeli Arab stabbed and moderately wounded an IDF soldier near the central bus station in Jerusalem, before he was overpowered by security guards and police. Jerusalem District Police said that the man followed the soldier as he walked down HaTsvi Street and stabbed him in the upper body. The man then tried to stab the soldier again, but the soldier pushed him to the...

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