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Washington – Obama’s Challenge In 2016 Campaign Year: Stay Relevant

January 2, 2016 at 11:28 PM
Washington - Advancing gun control, closing the U.S. military prison in Cuba and reforming criminal justice laws are likely to top President Barack Obama's State of the Union address agenda next month as he starts his last year with a key goal: remaining relevant. Obama, who returns from a two-week vacation in Hawaii this weekend, will deliver his last State of the Union speech to both houses...

New York – Some Emails Of Ex-NYC Top Cop Ray Kelly Erased Despite Order

January 2, 2016 at 10:56 PM
New York - Some of former Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly's emails were deleted despite a court order that they be preserved, city lawyers said Friday, while the former top cop said he'd known nothing about it. City lawyers acknowledged that many of Kelly's emails were deleted from his desktop computer when he left his position at the end of 2013. It was not immediately clear how many were...

Washington – Democrat Clinton Raises $55 Million In Fourth Quarter

January 2, 2016 at 10:22 PM
Washington - U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton raised $55 million in the last three months of 2015, her campaign said on Friday. The latest haul for Clinton, 68, brings her 2015 fundraising total to $112 million, and gives her one of the best-funded campaign treasuries in the race for the November 2016 U.S. presidential elections. "At the beginning of this campaign...

Saudi Arabia – Anger As Prominent Shi’ite Cleric Among 47 In Mass Saudi Terrorism Execution

January 2, 2016 at 09:12 PM
Saudi Arabia - Saudi Arabia executed a prominent Shi'ite Muslim cleric and dozens of al Qaeda members on Saturday, signaling it would not tolerate attacks by either sunni jihadists or minority shi'ites seeking equality, but stirring sectarian anger across the region. Scores of Shi'ite Muslims marched through the Qatif district of Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province in protest at the execution of...

Manhattan, NY – Records Show String Of Violation Notices At New Year’s Lower East Side Elevator Death

January 2, 2016 at 09:12 PM
Manhattan, NY - The management company of a lower Manhattan building where a 25-year-old man was crushed in an elevator is offering condolences to the victim's family. Stephen Hewett-Brown was riding the elevator around midnight Friday when it malfunctioned. Witnesses said he was able to push a woman out of the lift and onto one of the building's floors before getting pinned between the...

Rome – Vatican Accord With Palestine Comes Into Effect

January 2, 2016 at 09:00 PM
Rome - An agreement signed last year making the Vatican's de facto recognition of Palestine in 2012 official has come into effect, the Holy See said on Saturday. The Vatican signed its first treaty with the "State of Palestine" last June when it called for moves to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and backed a two-state solution. "... the Holy See and the State of Palestine have...

France – Paris To Commemorate Charlie Hebdo, Kosher Supermarket Attack Victims

January 2, 2016 at 08:37 PM
Paris - Paris will commemorate the victims of the attacks on the satirical Charlie Hebdo newspaper and a kosher supermarket that left 17 people dead in January last year. Commemorative plaques will be unveiled Tuesday in the presence of families and government members to pay tribute to the victims on the different places where the attacks took place on Jan. 7-9, 2015. Another ceremony will...

Moscow – Putin Names United States Among Threats In New Russian Security Strategy

January 2, 2016 at 08:00 PM
Moscow - A new appraisal names the United States as one of the threats to Russia's national security for the first time, a sign of how relations with the west have deteriorated in recent years. The document, "About the Strategy of National Security of Russian Federation", was signed by President Vladimir Putin on New Year's Eve. It replaces a 2009 version, endorsed by then- President Dmitry...

Turkey – Erdogan’s Office Denies Advocating Hitler-Style Rule

January 2, 2016 at 07:27 PM
Turkey - The Turkish presidency said on Friday comments by President Tayyip Erdogan about the system of governance in Hitler's Germany had been misinterpreted and that he had not suggested it was an example of an effective presidential system. Asked on his return from a visit to Saudi Arabia late on Thursday whether an executive presidency was possible in Turkey while maintaining the unitary...

Des Moines, IA – Powerball Jackpot Worth $334 Million Set For Saturday Night

January 2, 2016 at 07:07 PM
Des Moines, IA - The first Powerball drawing of the year will offer one of the biggest prizes in the game's history. The jackpot in Saturday's drawing has grown to $334 million, the 12th largest in Powerball history. The lump-sum cash prize for the winner is $205 million. Iowa Lottery spokesman Kevin Kirkpatrick says the last time the prize was close to this amount was in March 2013, when a...

Ramallah, West Bank – Funerals Held For Palestinians Killed In Months Of Violence

January 2, 2016 at 06:56 PM
Ramallah, West Bank - Tens of thousands of people attended funerals in the West Bank on Saturday for Palestinians killed in violence over the past few months during a period of near-daily Palestinian attacks against Israeli civilians and soldiers. The burials came a day after Israel transferred 23 bodies to the West Bank of Palestinians it says were involved in the current wave of...

Israel – IDF Strikes Hamas Terror Targets In Gaza In Response To Rocket Fire

January 2, 2016 at 06:52 PM
Israel - In response to Friday night's firing of rockets on southern Israel from the Gaza Strip, the Israel Air Force attacked early on Saturday morning two military installations and two terrorist infrastructure targets belonging to Hamas in the coastal territory.   "The Hamas terror organization is solely responsible for all terror activity that emanates from the Gaza Strip," the IDF said...

Somalia – Al Shabaab Militants Extremists Use Donald Trump Clip To Recruit Followers

January 2, 2016 at 06:17 PM
Somalia - Al-Qaida's East African affiliate has released a recruitment video targeting American blacks and Muslims that includes a clip of presidential candidate Donald Trump calling for Muslims to be banned from entering the United States. The 51-minute video by the Somalia based al-Shabab militant group presents the U.S. as a country of institutionalized racism against blacks that also...

Jerusalem – Israel Continues To Search For Nashat Milhem, 31, Identified As Suspected Gunman In Tel Aviv Attack

January 2, 2016 at 05:59 PM
Tel Aviv - Israeli police continued their manhunt Saturday for a gunman who killed two people and wounded several others when he opened fire at a bar in Tel Aviv the day before. Police say they are investigating possible motives for the shooting, which came amid more than three months of near-daily Palestinian attacks against Israeli civilians and soldiers. On Saturday they allowed his...

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