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Borough Park, NY – Yoka Rov Recalled As A Respected Torah Luminary

April 21, 2016 at 03:07 PM
Borough Park, NY - Just hours after his passing, the Yoka Rov, Rav Chaim Yeshayahu Koenig, is being remembered as a Torah giant and one of the last remaining links to pre-war Hungary. “He was the type of rov that doesn’t exist anymore,” Ezra Friedlander, CEO of the Friedlander Group told VIN NEws. “He was a traditional no-nonsense Hungarian rov who said it as he saw it and whose...

Washington – FBI Paid More Than $1.3 Million To Break Into San Bernardino IPhone

April 21, 2016 at 03:01 PM
Washington - Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey said on Thursday the agency paid more to get into the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters than he will make in the remaining seven years and four months he has in his job. According to figures from the FBI and the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, Comey's annual salary as of January 2015 was $183,300. Without a...

Gaza – Hamas Deploys Forces On Egypt-Gaza Border Over IS Concerns

April 21, 2016 at 02:32 PM
Gaza - The militant Hamas group deployed forces on Thursday along the Egypt-Gaza border to counter Cairo's concerns that it is aiding Islamic State extremists in Egypt's lawless Sinai Peninsula. Egypt accuses Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, of providing a safe haven for the IS affiliate in Sinai through a network of smuggling tunnels. Hamas denies the charge. Hamas and a high-ranking...

Sullivan County, NY – Confidential Bloomingburg Report Outlined Plans For Thousands Of New Housing Units

April 21, 2016 at 02:06 PM
Sullivan County, NY - While a document unsealed by a federal judge this week appears to indicate that developer Shalom Lamm had high hopes for his Chestnut Ridge housing project in Bloomingburg, targeting the tiny village for an eventual takeover that would allow it to become home to thousands of Chasidim, a spokesperson for the village’s Jewish Community Council dismissed the report as a...

Beit Fajar, West Bank – Future Of Palestinian Town Bleak After Israel Shuts Quarries

April 21, 2016 at 01:55 PM
Beit Fajar, West Bank - The future of the Palestinian town of Beit Fajar looks bleak after Israel's military forced the shutdown of some three dozen quarries in the area, endangering 3,500 jobs and paralyzing the dominant local industry. Palestinian quarry owners and their lawyer say March 21 raids of the quarries by hundreds of Israeli soldiers and the confiscation of millions of dollars in...

Haifa, Israel – 30 Passengers Hurt In Bus Crash In Haifa Area

April 21, 2016 at 01:39 PM
Haifa, Israel - Some 35 passengers were injured on Thursday evening after a bus crashed into a wall in the Carmel Tunnels roadways in the Haifa area. The bus driver was among those hurt, police said. Magen David Adom paramedics arrived at the scene and reported the injuries of varying degrees. MDA was providing initial treatment to the casualties, including one in very serious condition and...

Jersey City, NJ – Trump Voices Opposition To Transgender Bathroom Law

April 21, 2016 at 01:05 PM
Jersey City, NJ - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said Thursday that transgender people should be able to use whichever bathroom they choose, voicing opposition to part of a far-reaching North Carolina law that critics says is discriminatory. Speaking at a town hall event on NBC's "Today" Thursday, Trump was asked about North Carolina's so-called "bathroom law," which, among...

Ankara – Iran Denounces U.S. Ruling Awarding Iran Money To Bomb Victims

April 21, 2016 at 12:44 PM
Ankara - Iran has denounced as "theft" a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that almost $2 billion in frozen Iranian assets must be paid to American families of those killed in attacks blamed on the Islamic Republic, state television reported. The ruling was handed down on Wednesday as U.S. President Barack Obama visited Iran's regional rival Saudi Arabia, hoping to reduce Gulf states' fears over...

Windsor, England – Crowds Celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s 90th Birthday Walkabout

April 21, 2016 at 12:31 PM
Windsor, England - Queen Elizabeth greeted thousands of well-wishers from across Britain and beyond as she celebrated her 90th birthday on Thursday, demonstrating the world's oldest monarch's intent to keep doing the job she has performed for more than six decades. Usually the queen's birthday passes with little ceremony but to mark Thursday's milestone a beaming Elizabeth, attired in a light...

Moscow – Netanyahu, Putin Meet To Discuss Closer Military Coordination In The Golan Heights

April 21, 2016 at 12:30 PM
Moscow - The leaders of Russia and Israel have met in Moscow to discuss coordination between their militaries in Syria. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday that he wants to "strengthen the security coordination between us so as to avoid mishaps, misunderstandings and unnecessary confrontations." Israel and Russia...

New York – NY Regulator Wants Foreign Banks’ Records On Dealings With Panama Firm

April 21, 2016 at 12:01 PM
New York - New York state’s financial regulator has told 13 foreign banks doing business there to hand over details about their dealings with a law firm in Panama that helped set up thousands of shell companies, a person familiar with the matter confirmed. The move by the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) came weeks after the International Consortium of Investigative...

Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvania GOP Presidential Delegate Chase Adds To Mystery

April 21, 2016 at 11:33 AM
Harrisburg, PA - Pennsylvania, long an afterthought in presidential primary stakes, may emerge as a key player in crowning this year's Republican presidential nominee. Pennsylvania will send a whopping number of delegates to July's unsettled Republican National Convention who, under a state party rule, can vote for whichever candidate they choose. As a result, Pennsylvania's April 26...

Jerusalem – Israel Confirms Jerusalem Bus Blast Was Hamas Suicide Bombing

April 21, 2016 at 10:55 AM
Jerusalem - The Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) confirmed on Thursday that the explosion which left 20 people injured on a bus in southern Jerusalem on Monday was the result of a suicide bombing by the Islamist group Hamas. The Shin Bet said on Thursday that the lone fatality from the blast – who died of his wounds at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem on Wednesday – was the...

Newark, NJ – Kashrus Director At Manischewitz Cites Kashrus Violations In Pre-Pesach Lawsuit

April 21, 2016 at 10:39 AM
Newark, NJ - The chief rabbi of a kosher food giant has filed a lawsuit just days before Pesach charging that the company’s kashrus standards have been slipping over the years and accusing the agency that certifies the products as kosher with ignoring the problem. Rabbi Yaakov Horowitz, a long time mashgiach at the Orthodox Union and Manischewitz’s official rabbi for 20 years, said that he...

New York – Trump Says Replacing Andrew Jackson On $20 Bill Pure Political Correctness

April 21, 2016 at 09:54 AM
New York - Donald Trump says he opposes replacing President Andrew Jackson with Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill. The Republican presidential front-runner calls it an act of "pure political correctness." Trump — during a town hall Thursday on NBC's "Today Show" — said he'd prefer to leave Jackson on the bill and place Tubman's image on another denomination instead. As he puts it: "Maybe...

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