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London – Trump State Visit Plans Put Queen In ‘Difficult Position’

January 31, 2017 at 06:00 PM
London - The British government's decision to invite President Donald Trump for a state visit, one of the highest honors it can bestow on a visiting dignitary, has involved Queen Elizabeth II in the passionate debate over Trump's travel ban. Trump's provocative decision to deny refugees access to the United States and to make it more difficult for people from seven Muslim-majority countries to...

Washington – About 900 State Department Officials Sign Dissent Memo

January 31, 2017 at 05:30 PM
Washington - Roughly 900 U.S. State Department officials signed an internal dissent memo critical of President Donald Trump's travel ban for refugees and immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries, a source familiar with the document said on Tuesday. A senior State Department official confirmed that the memorandum in the department's "dissent channel" had been submitted to...

Washington – Obama Fights Back: Former President’s Orbit Resists Trump

January 31, 2017 at 05:17 PM
Washington - Dismayed by the Trump administration's first days, former President Barack Obama's loyalists, former aides and even his spokesman are speaking out and even actively resisting the new American leader. It's a warning to President Donald Trump that his actions won't go unchallenged by those who occupied the White House before him. While it doesn't appear that anyone is coordinating...

New York – Bomb Threats Target U.S. Jewish Centers For Third Time In A Month

January 31, 2017 at 05:07 PM
New York - Several Jewish community centers around the United States closed on Tuesday after receiving bomb threats, the third wave of threatened attacks targeted against them this month. Police in Albany, New York, said they responded to a threat at a Jewish community center there and determined that there was no bomb. The building later reopened, according to the center's Facebook...

Jerusalem – Israel Government Approves 3,000 New Settler Homes

January 31, 2017 at 04:59 PM
Jerusalem - Israel on Tuesday announced plans to build 3,000 new homes in West Bank settlements, pressing forward with a construction binge in the wake of the inauguration of Donald Trump as U.S. president. The late-night announcement came as Israel was preparing to evacuate an illegally built settlement outpost. It appeared to be an attempt by Israel's nationalist government to calm settler...

Washington – Education Secretary Nominee DeVos May Have Plagiarized Obama Official

January 31, 2017 at 04:35 PM
Washington - Education secretary nominee Betsy DeVos appears to have used quotes from an Obama administration official without attribution in her written responses to questions from Democrats considering her nomination. DeVos' nomination cleared the Senate Health, Education, Pensions and Labor Committee on Tuesday, despite fierce opposition from Democrats. In response to a question on LGBT...

Moscow – Reported Treason Arrests Fuel Russian Hacking Intrigue

January 31, 2017 at 04:29 PM
Moscow - In the days since it emerged that four men had been arrested on treason charges linked to cyber intelligence and Russia's domestic security agency, conspiracy theories and speculation about the case have swept through Moscow. Was it some fallout from the alleged Russian hacking of the U.S. presidential election? Were they part of a hunt for a possible mole who tipped off American...

Newark, NJ – Christie Calls Rollout Of Trump Immigration Order ‘Terrible’

January 31, 2017 at 04:13 PM
Newark, NJ - New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie says that the rollout of President Donald Trump’s executive order restricting travel from seven majority-Muslim countries was “terrible.” Christie says that Trump’s intention to protect the country from terrorist attacks is right but that the order was explained so “unartfully” that it allowed the president’s opponents to...

New York – Warren Buffett: I Bought $12 Billion Of Stock After Trump Won

January 31, 2017 at 04:00 PM
New York - The failure of Warren Buffett's favored candidate to capture the White House has not dimmed the billionaire's appetite for stocks. Buffett revealed that he has bought $12 billion of stock for his company Berkshire Hathaway Inc since the Republican Donald Trump beat Democrat Hillary Clinton in the Nov. 8 U.S. presidential election. In an interview with talk show host Charlie Rose...

Jerusalem – Israel Apologizes To Mexico For Netanyahu’s Tweet On US Wall

January 31, 2017 at 03:29 PM
Jerusalem - Israel's president told his Mexican counterpart on Tuesday that he was "sorry for the hurt" over a tweet in which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared to praise U.S. President Donald Trump's plans to build a wall on the Mexican border. In a tweet on Saturday that drew a rebuke from Mexico, the right-wing Netanyahu wrote: "President Trump is right. I built a wall along...

Jerusalem – Palestinian Family’s Account Of Helping In Nighttime Israeli Bus Crash

January 31, 2017 at 03:02 PM
Jerusalem - All 13 members of the Azzeh family had already brushed their teeth, changed into their pajamas and were in for the night last Thursday, when all of a sudden, a powerful boom outside their home startled them awake. “We all heard the bang and had no idea what happened,” said Jamal al-Azzeh, a 50-year-old construction worker, recounting the harrowing events of the stormy night...

Jerusalem – Netanyahu Tweets Like Trump. Great Idea!

January 31, 2017 at 02:30 PM
Jerusalem - Benjamin Netanyahu doesn't just appreciate Donald Trump's politics. He is starting to sound like him on Twitter. Over the past year, Netanyahu has increasingly taken to social media to make policy statements. He also uses it to deride the Israeli media for its reporting on him. "It's fun. I enjoy it," he told the foreign media at a gathering last month. While he fully supported...

West Bank – Palestinian Local Election Set For May, Likely Without Gaza

January 31, 2017 at 02:01 PM
West Bank - The Palestinian self-rule government in the West Bank has set May 13 as a new date for municipal elections after infighting between Hamas and Fatah groups derailed such a vote last year. The elections will likely only take place in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, where the Palestinian Authority of President Mahmoud Abbas and his Fatah movement run autonomous enclaves. The...

Chicago – Wal-Mart Offers Free Two-day Shipping In Latest Attempt To Compete With Amazon

January 31, 2017 at 01:30 PM
Chicago - Wal-Mart Stores Inc will offer U.S. shoppers free two-day shipping on a minimum order of $35 starting Tuesday, its latest attempt to compete with rival Amazon.com Inc's popular Prime shipping program. Free shipping will replace 'Shipping Pass', Wal-Mart's existing two-day shipping program that charges shoppers an annual membership fee of $49. Amazon Prime charges customers $99 a year...

Washington – DHS Secretary Denies Reports He Didn’t Know About Trump’s Order

January 31, 2017 at 01:27 PM
Washington - Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly is denying reports that he was not given details of President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration until around the time Trump signed it. Kelly told reporters he looked at two drafts of the order before the Friday signing and that high-level government lawyers and agency officials were involved in drafting it. He also said he knew...

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