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New York – Among White House Hopefuls, Trump Least Likely To Hit ‘follow’ Button On Twitter

January 31, 2016 at 01:26 PM
New York - The millions of Twitter users following Donald Trump shouldn't expect a "follow back" from the Republican presidential front-runner anytime soon. Trump's campaign account @realDonaldTrump has nearly 6 million Twitter followers, the most of any candidate running for president. But he is picky about who he follows, with just 49 accounts listed as of Friday. That means he has the...

Venice – Police Ask Carnival-Goers To Lift Masks For Security

January 31, 2016 at 01:00 PM
Venice - Carnival-goers in Venice are being asked by police to momentarily lift their masks as part of new anti-terrorism measures for the annual festivities. Police are also examining backpacks and bags and using metal-detecting wands before revelers are allowed into St. Mark's Square, the heart of the Venetian carnival. Sunday's main crowd-pleaser known as the Flight of the Angel went off...

Gaza – Leaked Report: Senior Hamas Official Blames Iranian ‘Liars’ For Deserting Hamas

January 31, 2016 at 12:09 PM
Gaza - Deputy Chairman of Hamas' political bureau, Musa Abu Marzouk, blamed Iran for lying about financial aid to Hamas, claiming that the Palestinian Islamist movement has not received any Iranian funding since 2009, Asharq al-Awsat reported on Sunday. In a recording of a private conversation with an unidentified person leaked to the London-based newspaper, Abu Marzouk is heard saying that...

Des Moines, IA – Trump: I’m A Humble Man, Many Senators Will Endorse Me Soon, Cruz “A Nasty Guy” And A “Liar

January 31, 2016 at 11:30 AM
Des Moines, IA - Donald Trump isn't shy about boasting, but the Republican presidential front-runner says he also has a humble side. Here's what he tells CBS' " Face the Nation" in an interview: "We're all the same. I mean, we're all going to the same place, probably one of two places, you know? But we're all the same. And I do have, actually, much more humility than a lot of people would...

Des Moines, IA – Clinton: Republicans Grasping At Straws Over Private Emails

January 31, 2016 at 10:55 AM
Des Moines, IA - Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton says the hubbub over whether she had secret emails on her server is "very much like Benghazi," a politically motivated scandal that's likely not as serious as Republicans suggest. Clinton told ABC's "This Week" that "it's pretty clear" that Republicans are "grasping at straws" in their response to the latest release of emails...

Minneapolis – Female Chauffeurs Sue Saudi Prince Who Wanted Male Drivers, Win Case

January 31, 2016 at 10:37 AM
Minneapolis - A federal judge has awarded damages to three Minnesota women who sued after they were dismissed from their chauffeur jobs because a Saudi prince wanted only male drivers. U.S. District Judge Joan Ericksen on Thursday awarded $130,000 each to Gretchen Cooper, Barbara Herold and Lisa Boutelle. In November, Ericksen ruled in favor of the three women, who filed a gender...

Jerusalem – Court Increases Sentence Of Brothers Who Set Fire To Jewish-Arab School

January 31, 2016 at 10:12 AM
Jerusalem - Israel's Supreme Court granted the state's appeal on Sunday morning and increased the sentence of two brothers who carried out an arson attack on a bilingual Jewish Arab school in Jerusalem.  The arson attack on Jerusalem’s integrated Max Rayne Hand in Hand School took place in November 2014.  In July of 2015 the Jerusalem District Court sentenced Nahman and Shlomo Twito...

Jerusalem – 3 Teens Indicted For Anti-Christian Graffiti Sprayed On Church

January 31, 2016 at 09:49 AM
Jerusalem - The Jerusalem District Attorney’s Office on Sunday filed an indictment with the city’s district court against three minors from Jerusalem ages 15-16 forwriting anti-Christian graffiti on the Dormition Abbey Christian holy site and other parts of the Via Dolorosa holy path on January 17. Due to the defendants’ ages, their identities remain under gag order. “The...

Jerusalem – Cabinet Approves ‘Historic’ Decision To Create Western Wall Egalitarian Prayer Space

January 31, 2016 at 09:26 AM
Jerusalem - Israel's Cabinet voted Sunday to allow non-Orthodox Jewish prayer at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, a move advocates said marked a historic show of government support for liberal streams of Judaism. The issue is of particular importance to the Jewish community in the United States, where the more liberal Reform and Conservative streams of Judaism are dominant. Israeli Prime...

Tehran – Iran Gives Medals For Capture Of U.S. Sailors

January 31, 2016 at 09:03 AM
Tehran - Iran's supreme leader has awarded medals to navy commanders for capturing U.S. sailors who entered Iranian territorial waters this month, Iran's state media said on Sunday. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has said Iran should remain wary of its arch-enemy the United States even after a landmark accord over Tehran's nuclear program, awarded the Fath (Victory) medal to the head of the navy...

Israel – Netanyahu Rejects French Ultimatum On Palestinian Statehood

January 31, 2016 at 08:50 AM
Israel - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on Sunday for a more "sober" approach toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in dismissing a French peace initiative as only encouraging Palestinians to shun compromise. The proposal on Friday by French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius for an international peace conference was the latest sign of Western frustration over the absence of...

West Bank – Israeli Military: Palestinian Gunmen Who Wounded 3 Shot Dead

January 31, 2016 at 08:30 AM
West Bank - Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian on Sunday after he opened fire at a West Bank checkpoint and wounded three soldiers, the military said. The attacker opened fire near the Jewish settlement of Beit El. Medics said two of the wounded were in serious condition. Palestinians identified the gunman as Amjad Sukkari, a 34-year-old policeman who worked as a bodyguard for the...

San Francisco – Facebook Is Banning Gun Sales On Its Network

January 31, 2016 at 12:58 AM
San Francisco - Facebook says it's cracking down on online gun sales, announcing Friday a new policy barring private individuals from advertising or selling firearms on the world's largest social network. The new policy applies also to Facebook's photo-sharing service Instagram. It comes after gun control groups have long complained that Facebook and other online sites are frequently used by...

Washington – Hillary Clinton, John Kasich Win New York Times Endorsement In U.S. Presidential Race

January 31, 2016 at 12:31 AM
Washington - The New York Times’s editorial board endorsed Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican John Kasich as they seek to become their parties’ nominees in the U.S. presidential election, calling Clinton one of the most “deeply qualified presidential candidates in modern history.” Clinton, a front-runner facing a strong challenge from Senator Bernie Sanders, and Kasich, who has...

Paris – Thousands March In Paris Rain To Protest State Of Emergency

January 31, 2016 at 12:22 AM
Paris - Thousands of people marched in the Paris rain on Saturday to denounce plans to renew France's state of emergency and revoke the French citizenship of dual nationals convicted of terrorism. Human rights groups, politicians and unions joined the march in the French capital, and in other demonstrations around France. The protests came just days before the Cabinet plans to review a measure...

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