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Ramallah, West Bank – Palestinians Say Olympic Gear Held Up By Israeli Customs

August 1, 2016 at 10:58 AM
Ramallah, West Bank - The Palestinian Olympic committee says its delegation's uniforms are being held up by Israeli authorities. Munther Masalmeh, the secretary-general of the Palestinian Olympic committee, says clothes and equipment purchased for the team have yet to clear customs. He says the team of six was forced to leave for Rio de Janeiro without them. The Israel Tax Authority, which...

Jerusalem – Wheels Of War: IDF Reveals Its Newest Armored Personnel Carrier

August 1, 2016 at 10:33 AM
Jerusalem - The Defense Ministry unveiled its new armored personnel carrier (APC) on Monday, called the ‘Eitan.’ The new brand is meant to eventually replace Israel’s aging fleet of M113 APCs that have been in use until now. According to Brigadier-General Baruch Matzliach, head of the Defense Ministry’s tank development program, the decision to develop a new APC was the result of...

Washington – Trump Explains Russia-Ukraine Comment

August 1, 2016 at 10:17 AM
Washington - Donald Trump is trying to explain comments that suggested he wasn't aware that Russian troops were in Ukraine. In an interview on ABC Sunday, Trump said Russian President Vladimir Putin is "not going into Ukraine." He added "You can mark it down. You can put it down." Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 and has backed pro-Russian separatists in the conflict in eastern...

New York – With Khan Family, Has Trump Finally Gone Too Far?

August 1, 2016 at 10:02 AM
New York - In a defensive crouch, Donald Trump complained Monday about being "viciously attacked" by the father of a decorated Army captain killed in Iraq, persisting in an emotionally charged feud that has left him increasingly isolated among fellow Republicans. Trump broke a political and societal taboo over the weekend when he criticized Khizr and Ghazala Khan, the bereaved parents of...

Jerusalem – Israeli Army Identifies A New Threat: Pokemon Go

August 1, 2016 at 09:42 AM
Jerusalem - The Israeli military is warning its soldiers about a new threat: the widely popular mobile phone game Pokemon Go. The army said Monday it has banned its forces from playing the game on Israeli military bases due to security concerns. In a directive to soldiers and officers, the army warned the game activates cell phone cameras and location services, and could leak sensitive...

New York – Verizon To Buy GPS Tracking Company Fleetmatics For $2.4 Billion

August 1, 2016 at 09:11 AM
New York - Verizon Communications Inc said it will buy GPS vehicle tracking company Fleetmatics Group Plc for about $2.4 billion in cash to expand into the connected vehicle and fleet management market. Verizon, the No. 1 U.S wireless company, will pay $60 per Fleetmatics share, a premium of about 40 percent to Friday's close. The deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter of...

Brooklyn, NY – 2 Pedestrians Hit By Car, Killed In Brooklyn

August 1, 2016 at 08:53 AM
Brooklyn, NY - Police say two pedestrians have been hit by a car and killed in Brooklyn. It happened early Monday morning in the Cypress Hills neighborhood. Police say when officers arrived on the scene they found 41-year-old Delman Maldonado and 56-year-old Israel Turcios unconscious and unresponsive. Maldonado was pronounced dead at the scene. Turcios was taken to a hospital, where he...

Jerusalem – Israel’s Taxman Investigating 8,000 Accounts At HSBC In Switzerland

August 1, 2016 at 08:45 AM
Jerusalem - Israel's tax authority, looking to crack down on unreported capital, said on Monday it has received a list from French authorities of more than 8,000 Israeli customers that held bank accounts at the Swiss arm of HSBC. HSBC early last year acknowledged "past compliance and control failures" that may have allowed some customers to evade taxes. Since February 2015, Israel's tax...

Tokyo – False Alert Of Massive Earthquake Triggers Panic In Japan

August 1, 2016 at 08:44 AM
Tokyo - An erroneous alert Monday that a massive earthquake had hit the Tokyo area sent many in Japan into a brief panic and disrupted some train services. The Japanese Meteorological Agency sent the alert just after 5 p.m., saying a magnitude-9.1 quake had struck. Some people who have smartphone apps that alert them to quakes got warnings popping up on their screens. The agency's alert...

West Bank – Israel Nabs Palestinian Security Officer For Weapons Dealing

August 1, 2016 at 08:13 AM
West Bank - The Israeli military says security forces have arrested a "major weapons dealer" who is a member of the Palestinian security services in the West Bank. The military says it arrested Mahayub Borhan Rashad Knaza in the West Bank city of Nablus early on Monday and confiscated weapons manufacturing equipment. Recent Israeli raids have seized weapons, shuttered arms-making factories...

Moscow – Russian Helicopter Shot Down In Syria, Killing All 5 Onboard

August 1, 2016 at 07:50 AM
Moscow - A Russian transport helicopter was shot down in opposition rebel territory in northern Syria on Monday and all five crew and officers onboard were killed, the Kremlin said, in the deadliest single incident for the Russian military since its involvement in Syria's civil war. The Mi-8 helicopter was shot down in Idlib province while returning to the Russian air base on Syria's coast...

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