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New Delhi – India Insists: Obama’s Tree Is Not Dead

February 20, 2015 at 09:00 AM
New Delhi - Officials in India want to make one thing clear: The tree that President Barack Obama planted in New Delhi three weeks ago is not dead. It just looks dead. The peepal tree was awash in leaves when Obama planted it at the New Delhi memorial to Indian independence leader Mohandas K. Gandhi. By Thursday, though, it was just a single lonely stem. That lack of leaves has been...

Washington – US Fears For Cash-Strapped Palestinians As Israel Withholds Taxes

February 20, 2015 at 08:42 AM
Washington - The United States voiced fears Thursday that the Palestinian Authority may be teetering on the brink of collapse because of a lack of funding, as Israel withholds taxes and donor aid stalls. Washington has been in urgent talks with regional leaders as well as other stakeholders in the frozen Middle East peace process in a bid to try to release more funds. "It's true we're very...

New York – Numbing Subzero Temperatures Is Coldest Weather In Decades

February 20, 2015 at 08:37 AM
New York - Arctic air and bitterly cold wind is moving across the Northeast, plunging temperatures into record low single digits, accompanied by subzero wind chills. The National Weather Service says Friday's extreme weather brought record low temperatures from western Pennsylvania to New York City and on into Connecticut, forcing a number of school closures In western Pennsylvania...

Washington – Healthful Diet Report: Sugary Drinks Out; Coffee, Eggs In

February 20, 2015 at 08:13 AM
Washington - An extra cup or two of coffee may be OK after all. More eggs, too. But you definitely need to drink less sugary soda. And, as always, don't forget your vegetables. Recommendations Thursday from a government advisory committee call for an environmentally friendly diet lower in red and processed meats. But the panel would reverse previous guidance on limiting dietary cholesterol...

New York – U.S. Trial Over Deadly Attacks 10 Years Ago Could Hurt Palestinian Effort To Charge Israel With War Crimes

February 20, 2015 at 07:50 AM
New York - Palestinian officials are nervously watching a landmark terrorism trial in the United States, brought by victims of Palestinian suicide bombings and shootings aimed at civilians. They fear a negative verdict could hurt their international image at a time when they are preparing to press war crimes charges against Israel. The $1 billion lawsuit was filed over a series of deadly...

New York – Victims Of Israel Attacks Seek $350 Million As PLO Trial In New York Ends

February 20, 2015 at 07:30 AM
New York - A lawyer for victims of militant attacks in the Jerusalem area urged a U.S. jury on Thursday to order the Palestine Liberation Organization and Palestinian Authority to pay $350 million for providing material support to terrorists. Kent Yalowitz, the attorney representing 10 families, told jurors in Manhattan federal court that no amount of money could make up for the loss of lives...

Jerusalem – Israelis Across Country Wake Up To Snow

February 20, 2015 at 07:30 AM
Jerusalem - Israelis in various regions of the country woke up to see white on Friday morning, with snow falling from the Golan Heights in the north to the Negev in the south overnight.    Some 20 cm. of snow fell in Jerusalem overnight and areas of the northern Golan Heights saw 30 cm. Small amounts of snow also fell in the southern cities of Arad, Dimona and Beersheba. Snow in Rosh...

Damascus – Some Signs Of Tension Emerge Among Islamic State Militants

February 20, 2015 at 12:45 AM
Damascus - As the Islamic State group tries to expand and take root across the Middle East, it is struggling in Syria — part of its heartland — where it has stalled or even lost ground while fighting multiple enemies on several fronts. Signs of tension and power struggles are emerging among the ranks of its foreign fighters. The extremists remain a formidable force, and the group's hold...

Jerusalem – In Israel, Biracial German Author Probes Her Nazi Heritage

February 20, 2015 at 12:30 AM
Jerusalem - When Jennifer Teege stumbled upon a book in a Hamburg library seven years ago, the biracial German woman who was given up for adoption as a child was stunned to discover a deep family secret that shook her to the core. Her maternal grandfather was the brutal SS Commander Amon Goeth, who ran a concentration camp in Plaszow, Poland, in World War II and whose cruelty was so chillingly...

Romulus, MI – Authorities Show Off Explosive-detecting Dogs At Airport

February 20, 2015 at 12:21 AM
Romulus, MI - The Transportation Security Administration has shown off dogs that are being used to detect explosives and explosive components at Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus. The TSA uses passenger screening canines to identify and locate potential explosive threats at security checkpoints. Authorities at the airport in Romulus recently received four specially trained dogs. The TSA...

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