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Denmark – Thousands Of Defiant Danes March After Gunman Attacks Copenhagen

February 16, 2015 at 03:17 PM
Denmark - Tens of thousands of Danes gathered at torch-lit memorials around the country on Monday, commemorating victims of deadly attacks on a synagogue and an event promoting free speech that shocked a nation proud of its record of safety and openness. Singing John Lennon's Imagine, defiant Danes promised to uphold their trademark open society and showed solidarity with the country's Muslim...

Paris – French Socialists Condemn Ex-minister’s Jewish Remark

February 16, 2015 at 02:30 PM
Paris - France's ruling Socialists rushed to condemn an aging former minister from among their ranks on Monday after he suggested Prime Minister Manuel Valls was probably acting under Jewish "influence". Valls has been vocal in his defense of Jews in France, both before and after the January Islamist attacks that killed 17 people, including four Jews. Roland Dumas, 92, who twice served as...

Jerusalem – VIDEO: Sara Netanyahu Takes Celebrity Interior Designer On Tour Of PM’s Residence

February 16, 2015 at 02:03 PM
Jerusalem - In response to criticism that the prime minister's residence frivolously spends public funds on items such as candles and ice cream, celebrity interior designer Moshik Galamin took a tour of the prime minister's residence in Jerusalem with the prime ministers wife. Ahead of a report set to be released by the comptroller on where the funds are spent, the prime minister is...

Berlin – 93-year-old Charged In Germany With Serving As Nazi Guard

February 16, 2015 at 01:25 PM
Berlin - A German court says a 93-year-old man has been charged with 170,000 counts of accessory to murder on allegations he served as an SS guard at the Nazis' Auschwitz death camp in occupied Poland. The defendant, whose name wasn't disclosed in line with privacy laws, allegedly served in Auschwitz from January 1942 to June 1944, the Detmold state court said in a statement Monday. He's...

Lakewood, NJ – Rabbi Accused Of Running Divorce Kidnap Team Heads To Trial

February 16, 2015 at 12:59 PM
Lakewood, NJ - When a Jewish woman wanted a divorce from an unwilling husband, federal prosecutors say Mendel Epstein was the rabbi who — for the right price — could gather a kidnap team to make it happen. Prosecutors allege Epstein's team would use brutal methods, including martial arts beatings, handcuffs and electric cattle prods, to torture the man into granting the divorce. "If it...

Gaza – Fatah Official Survives Assassination Attempt

February 16, 2015 at 12:36 PM
Gaza - A senior Fatah official in the Gaza Strip on Monday survived an assassination attempt while two of his aides were injured. Three unidentified gunmen opened fire at a car belonging to Ma’moun Sweidan, who is in charge of Fatah’s international relations, in the center of Gaza City. Sweidan was not in the car at the time of the attack. Two of his aides, who were sitting in the car...

New York – Record-Breaking Cold Temps Hit Tri-State Area

February 16, 2015 at 12:13 PM
New York – The Tri-State area has seen record-breaking cold temps over the last few days, with lows reaching 3 degrees and icy wind chills of 20 below. Central Park’s overnight temperatures on Sunday hit 3 degrees, breaking the record of 1 degree set in 2004. NBC New York (http://bit.ly/17bmHch) says Poughkeepsie had the area’s coldest conditions, with a bone chilling low of negative...

Saverne, France – Five French Teens Held For Vandalising Jewish Graves

February 16, 2015 at 12:00 PM
Saverne, France - Five adolescents aged 15 to 17 have been detained for questioning in eastern France over the vandalism of Jewish graves, a local prosecutor said on Monday. All five are from the region of Sarre-Union in Alsace, where around 300 tombs were defaced and damaged on Thursday. The youngest came forward after being shocked by the massive reaction across the country to the...

Tehran – Report: Iran Refutes Claim Supreme Leader Wrote US President

February 16, 2015 at 11:30 AM
Tehran - Iran has denied a report that its supreme leader wrote a letter to U.S. President Barack Obama, the Islamic Republic's official news agency reported, as the country negotiates with world powers over its contested nuclear program. The IRNA news agency quoted Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham as saying the report Saturday by the Wall Street Journal was "an unprofessional media...

Jerusalem – Israel’s New Military Chief Sworn In Amid Regional Tensions

February 16, 2015 at 11:15 AM
Jerusalem - Israel has sworn in a new military chief of staff who is taking over command of the country's armed forces amid a tumultuous period in the region. Gadi Eisenkot was promoted to Lt. Gen., the military's highest rank, on Monday. He succeeds Benny Gantz, whose four-year-term expired, as Israel's 21st military chief. Eisenkot held key posts during a three-decade military career and...

Tehran – Iran: ISIS Murders In Libya Serve The ‘Zionist Entity’

February 16, 2015 at 10:49 AM
Tehran - Iran's foreign ministry claimed Monday that Israel somehow benefited from the recent ISIS decapitations of Egyptian Christians in Libya. Iranian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham told a group of journalists at a weekly press conference that "this latest act of terror in Libya against Coptic Egyptians serves the Zionist entity." "It is important to be aware of the schemes...

Jerusalem – Israeli Election Chief Puts Curbs On Netanyahu’s Speech To U.S. Congress

February 16, 2015 at 10:30 AM
Jerusalem - The head of Israel's election commission acted on Monday to limit any pre-election boost Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may get from a March 3 speech to the U.S. Congress in which he will warn of the threat from Iran's nuclear program. The speech has caused controversy in Israel and the United States, where the Democrats and the White House are angry that the Republican speaker...

Denmark – Copenhagen’s Jewish School To Remain Closed Following Attacks

February 16, 2015 at 10:00 AM
Denmark - Copenhagen's Jewish school will remain closed today following a series of terror attacks over the weekend, due to worries that this latest attack could lead to more anti-Semitic incidents. The attacks targeted both a synagogue and a free speech event, killing two people. In the synagogue attack, 38-year-old Dan Uzan was shot while guarding outside the synagogue. ...

Jerusalem – Israeli Minister Uri Orbach Dies After Battle With Blood Disease

February 16, 2015 at 09:41 AM
Jerusalem - Senior Citizens Minister Uri Orbach (Bayit Yehudi) died on Monday after doctors at a Jerusalem hospital had fought to save his life. Officials at Shaare Zedek Medical Center said on Sunday that the 54-year-old's condition had worsened significantly. Orbach was hospitalized in late January for treatment of a rare blood disease from which he suffered. Prime Minister Benjamin...

Madrid – American Severely Gored By Bull In Spain

February 16, 2015 at 09:00 AM
Madrid - A 20-year-old American man who was badly gored during a bull-running festival is out of intensive care and improving, a spokesman for the Clinic Hospital in western Salamanca said Monday. Benjamin Miller, from Georgia, was out of danger and not likely to have to undergo any further operations, the spokesman said. He spoke on condition of anonymity in keeping with hospital...

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