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West Bank – High Court Orders Demolition Of 9 Homes In Settlement Of Ofra

February 8, 2015 at 11:41 PM
West Bank - The High Court of Justice on Sunday ordered the demolition of nine populated homes on private Palestinian property in the West Bank settlement of Ofra within two years. “It is understood that this decision has painful and difficult implications for the residents and their families, who have settled and are integrated into the community,” outgoing Supreme Court President Justice...

London – UK Needs To Take Urgent Action Over Anti-Semitism, Lawmakers Say

February 8, 2015 at 10:58 PM
London - Urgent action is needed to tackle a "disturbing" rise in anti-Semitism in Britain including measures to deal with growing "cyber hate" on social media, a group of senior lawmakers said on Monday. Last week, the body which advises Britain's estimated 260,000 Jews on security reported that the number of anti-Semitic incidents in Britain had risen to a record level last year. Many of...

Albany, NY – New NY Speaker’s Challenges: Budget, Ethics Overhaul

February 8, 2015 at 10:27 PM
Albany, NY - The new speaker of New York's Assembly faces a long list of challenges including budget negotiations and his own promise to overhaul legislative ethics. Bronx Democrat Carl Heastie took over from longtime speaker Sheldon Silver, who resigned as speaker following charges that he took nearly $4 million in kickbacks and payoffs. Overhauling legislative ethics rules is a priority...

London – Oil Extends Rally After Best Week Since 2011

February 8, 2015 at 10:00 PM
London - Oil prices jumped on Monday as falling U.S. oil rig counts and conflict in producer Libya helped stretch a rally from last week when crude surged the most since 2011. Brent crude for March delivery was up 1.3 percent at $58.57 a barrel by 0003 GMT after rising as high as $59.06 earlier in the session. The crude benchmark gained more than 9 percent last week, its biggest weekly rise...

New York, NY – Mayor De Blasio To Bolster Funding To Cut Ambulance Response Times

February 8, 2015 at 09:34 PM
New York, NY - The New York City Fire Department will receive additional funding in Mayor Bill de Blasio's upcoming budget to increase staffing in hopes of shaving precious seconds off ambulance response times to medical emergencies, city officials said Sunday. City officials told The Associated Press on Sunday, a day before de Blasio presents his budget, that the increase in funds will allow...

New York – NBC’s Brian Williams Backs Out Of Letterman Appearance

February 8, 2015 at 09:01 PM
New York - Embattled NBC News anchor Brian Williams is backing out of scheduled appearance on David Letterman's "Late Show" on Thursday. That news from NBC came Sunday, a day after Williams said he was stepping away from NBC's "Nightly News" as the network looks into the anchor's admission that he had told a false story about being on helicopter hit by a grenade while reporting on the Iraq...

Hong Kong – China Seizes Toilet Paper Ridiculing Hong Kong Leader

February 8, 2015 at 08:15 PM
Hong Kong - China has wiped the smile off pro-democracy activists' faces by seizing 7,600 rolls of toilet paper featuring Hong Kong's pro-Beijing leader Leung Chun-ying pulling a series of ridiculous expressions. Hong Kong's Democratic Party said the politically charged toilet paper, along with 20,000 packets of tissues, were to be sold at a popular Chinese New Year fair opening next week...

Vatican City – Pope Says Spanking Children Is Acceptable With Some Restrictions

February 8, 2015 at 07:18 PM
Vatican City - Pope Francis says it's OK to spank your children to discipline them - as long as their dignity is maintained. Francis made the remarks this week during his weekly general audience, which was devoted to the role of fathers in the family. Francis outlined the traits of a good father: one who forgives but is able to "correct with firmness" while not discouraging the...

Jerusalem – Israeli Leader Faces Pressure To Cancel US Congress Speech

February 8, 2015 at 06:36 PM
Jerusalem - A national leader's appearance before the U.S. Congress is usually a source of pride and unity. But Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's planned trip to Washington — opposed by the White House and many Democrats — has Israel in uproar. The Israeli leader faces growing calls to cancel the visit as rivals accuse him of risking Israel's relations with the United States in hopes of...

Amman – Jordan: Approximately 7,000 IS Members Killed In Strikes

February 8, 2015 at 05:23 PM
Amman, Jordan - Approximately 7,000 Islamic State group fighters have been killed since Jordan began participating in coalition airstrikes, the country’s air force chief claimed on Sunday. The Hashemite Kingdom has launched airstrikes against Islamic State group weapons depots, training centers and military barracks since militants released a video of them burning a Jordanian pilot to...

Washington – Democratic Effort To Define Jeb Bush Starts With Mitt Romney

February 8, 2015 at 04:37 PM
Washington - Mitt Romney opposed the government's rescue of U.S. automakers. So did Jeb Bush. Both worked in finance and backed the Wall Street bailout. Both are advocates of tax cuts that Democrats contend only benefit the wealthy and big business. While the first actual votes of the next presidential campaign may be a year away, Democrats already are drawing such comparisons between the...

Albany, NY – NY Sen. Schumer Wants Measles Vaccine More Accessible

February 8, 2015 at 03:00 PM
Albany, NY - Sen. Charles Schumer is urging the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to make measles shots free and widely available, like the flu vaccine. Schumer made the recommendation Sunday, noting that the CDC says at least 102 people have contracted measles in 14 states including New York so far this year. There was a record number of cases last year — 644 in 27 states. The...

New York – A Lifetime Of Music: Chazan Shimon Kugel OB’M

February 8, 2015 at 03:00 PM
New York - Three days after his sudden passing, friends and relatives remember Shimon Kugel, a gifted chazan who used his musical abilities to bring people closer to yiddishkeit. The levaya for Kugel, who passed away Thursday night, took place on Friday afternoon in Borough Park, with kevura taking place today in Israel. Known both for his warmth and his sweet personality, Kugel was close...

Washington – U.S. Official: Burning Of Pilot Galvanized Anti-Islamic State Coalition

February 8, 2015 at 02:14 PM
Washington - Islamic State's execution of a captured Jordanian pilot by burning him alive has backfired on the militant group by galvanizing the U.S.-led coalition that is fighting it in Syria and Iraq, a senior U.S. official said on Sunday. Retired General John Allen, the U.S. special envoy for building a coalition against Islamic State, told ABC's "This Week" program that the video released...

Munich – Quartet Urges Revival Of Mid East Talks, Reconstruction Of Gaza

February 8, 2015 at 01:40 PM
Munich - The "Quartet" of Middle East peace mediators urged a prompt resumption of talks between Israel and the Palestinians after a meeting in Munich on Sunday and voiced concern about the slow pace of reconstruction in Gaza, damaged in last year's war. Talks broke down last April with the Palestinians angry at continued building of Jewish settlements in occupied territory and Israel furious...

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