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Seoul – SKorea President Says Propaganda Broadcasts Will Continue Unless NKorea Apologizes For Attack

August 23, 2015 at 11:59 PM
Seoul - South Korean President Park Geun-hye said on Monday it was important for North Korea to apologize at an inter-Korea meeting for armed "provocations" including planting landmines that wounded the South's soldiers this month. "We need a clear apology and measures to prevent a recurrence of these provocations and tense situations," Park told a meeting with her top aides, according to a...

Tokyo – Asian Shares Plunge As Wall St Declines Fuel More Sell-offs

August 23, 2015 at 11:33 PM
Tokyo - Shares fell in early trading in Asia as investors shaken by the sell-off Friday on Wall Street unloaded shares in many sectors. The Shanghai composite index tumbled 6.2 percent Monday morning to 3,289.53 in early trading; Hong Kong's Hang Seng index fell 4.2 percent to 21,475.15 and Japan's Nikkei 225 stock index dropped 2.5 percent to 18,956.67. Australia slid 2.5 percent to 5,084.30...

Manhattan, NY – Member Of Mayor De Blasio’s Security Team Struck By Pellet Gun At Gracie Mansion

August 23, 2015 at 11:02 PM
Manhattan, NY - Authorities say a police officer assigned to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's security detail was shot with a pellet gun in front of the mayor's home. It happened at Gracie Mansion, the mayor's official residence in Manhattan, around 7:15 p.m. Sunday. A police spokesman says the officer was exiting an unmarked police vehicle when she "felt pain in the lower...

New York – Yosi Piamenta: The Man And His Music

August 23, 2015 at 10:08 PM
New York - Jewish music lovers worldwide are mourning the loss of guitarist Yosi Piamenta who passed away today at the age of 64 after losing a protracted battle with cancer. Piamenta was born a fourteenth generation Yerushalmi in 1951, moving to Tel Aviv at age 12. According to his Facebook biography, Piamenta’s music career began at age 13, when his uncle, a well known Israeli...

Israel – Shin Bet Issues Administrative Orders Against 10 Right Wing Activists

August 23, 2015 at 09:27 PM
Israel - The Shin Bet issued administrative orders on Sunday against 10 Jewish activists — many of whom were minors — as part of their general crackdown on the extreme right wing in the wake of last month’s terror attack in the Palestinian village of Duma. Restrictions placed on the activists included late night curfews and house arrest as well as restraining orders that forbade them...

Pyongyang – Talks Between The Rival Koreas Stretch Into A Third Day As North Builds Up Military And Moves Submarine

August 23, 2015 at 09:01 PM
Pyongyang - Marathon negotiations by senior officials from the Koreas stretched into a third day on Monday as the rivals tried to pull back from the brink. South Korea's military, meanwhile, said that unusual North Korean troop and submarine movement indicated continued battle preparation. Officials refused to discuss the talks, which started Saturday evening and whose second session began...

Jerusalem – Illegally-Built Mosque Reportedly Ordered Demolished In East Jerusalem

August 23, 2015 at 08:19 PM
Jerusalem - Former east Jerusalem portfolio head and Meretz councilman, Dr. Meir Margalit, said on Sunday that if the municipality carry’s out reported demolition orders for an illegally-built east Jerusalem mosque, it will set off a conflagration of violence throughout the capital. ‎According to Majdi al-Abbasi, of the Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan, the demolition orders were...

New York – AP Report: NYC To Probe Secular Education At Orthodox Jewish Schools

August 23, 2015 at 07:31 PM
New York - There was no science, no geography and no math past multiplication at the ultra-Orthodox Jewish school Chaim Weber attended. And the only reason he ever heard of the American Revolution was when a seventh-grade teacher introduced it as "story time." Naftuli Moster said he never learned the words "cell" or "molecule" at the ultra-Orthodox schools he attended, where secular subjects...

Jerusalem – Ehud Barak’s Iran Bombshell Could Shake Up Israeli Politics

August 23, 2015 at 06:30 PM
Jerusalem - Former Defense Minister Ehud Barak's comments that Israel nearly attacked Iran's nuclear facilities but the plan was scuttled by military men and cowardly politicians could shake up Israeli politics. The leaked interview, in which Barak also described Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as indecisive and obsessively pessimistic, was the talk of the town Sunday in an Israel obsessed...

Paris – Police And Jewish Groups Cry Foul Over Report Of Anti-Semitic Attack On Synagogue By Vanity Fair

August 23, 2015 at 06:00 PM
Paris - Jewish groups and investigators from law enforcement are charging that a "special dispatch" on anti-Semitism in the August edition of Vanity Fair depicting a July 13, 2014 assault on a Paris synagogue by a Nazi terrorist group is "untrue." TELGRAPH.co.uk (http://bit.ly/1I4e9P3) reports that in Vanity Fair's account, American journalist Marie Brenner relates how Chief Rabbi Michel...

West Bank – Despite Denials From Tehran Abbas Says He Will Visit Iran, ‘A Sister Country’

August 23, 2015 at 05:14 PM
West Bank - Despite denials from Iran, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas confirmed Sunday that he will be visiting Tehran for the first time since 2012. Speaking during a meeting with a delegation of Polish journalists in Ramallah, Abbas said, "There will be a visit to Iran, but no date has been set." Abbas said that Iran "is a neighboring, sister country. Our relations with it...

Washington – U.S. Democratic Senate Leader Reid Backs Iran Nuclear Deal

August 23, 2015 at 04:35 PM
Washington - U.S. Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid on Sunday endorsed the nuclear deal with Iran and pledged to work to ensure its survival, the Nevada lawmaker said in a tweet. "I strongly support the historic agreement with Iran and will do everything in my power to ensure that it stands," Reid said. The Senate and House of Representatives plan to vote by Sept. 17 on a "resolution of...

Tehran – Iran: Too Soon For ‘Illogical’ U.S. To Return To Tehran

August 23, 2015 at 04:19 PM
Tehran - Iran's foreign minister said on Sunday it was too early to talk of reopening the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, as Britain restored its diplomatic mission four years after protesters ransacked the British ambassador's residence. British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond attended a ceremony at the opulent 19th century building in the Iranian capital where attackers in 2011 burned Britain's...

New York – In A Special Report Times-Herald Record Profiles The Annexation Issues In Kiryas Joel

August 23, 2015 at 03:46 PM
New York - On Sunday, the Times-Herald Record published a retrospective piece profiling the ongoing controversy in Rockland County in which the tiny Hasidic village of Kiryas Joel is attempting to annex 507 acres from the neighboring community of Monroe. RECORDONLINE.co (http://bit.ly/1EchWP1) reports that despite the fact that municipal boards from both communities set to take up two...

Edgartown, MA – Obama Sheds Summer Curse, Just In Time For Daunting Fall

August 23, 2015 at 03:02 PM
Edgartown, MA - President Barack Obama may have finally shed his summer curse — just in time for a daunting fall. After a string of sunny seasons gripped by controversy, crises and plummeting popularity, the summer of 2015 has been among the most productive stretches of Obama's presidency. Late June victories in the Supreme Court on health care and gay marriage, along with a win for his...

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