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Berlin – Ex-Auschwitz Guard, 95, Dies Before Conviction Binding

June 1, 2017 at 11:59 PM
Berlin - A 95-year-old former Auschwitz guard, who was sentenced to jail in Germany last year for being an accessory to murder of at least 170,000 people, has died before his conviction became legally binding, his lawyer said on Thursday. In what is likely to be one of Germany's last trials for World War Two-era atrocities, Reinhold Hanning was convicted last June by a judge who branded him a...

New York – Upbeat U.S. Data Propel S&P, Nasdaq To Record Highs

June 1, 2017 at 11:45 PM
New York - A broad-based push higher for stocks sent indexes to records on Thursday following yet more signs that the job market continues to improve. The Standard & Poor's 500 index pierced the 2,420-point level for the first time during the morning and kept going. It ended at 2,430.06, up 18.26 points, or 0.8 percent. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 135.53, or 0.6 percent, to...

Jerusalem – Israeli Minister Threatens To Defund Art Show Over Nudity

June 1, 2017 at 11:15 PM
Jerusalem - Israel's culture minister has threatened to pull funding for a major arts festival over performances with full frontal nudity, saying such displays harm "Israel as a Jewish and democratic state." Miri Regev told the Israel Festival in a letter that she will withdraw funding for the three-week event opening Thursday unless the two shows featuring nudity are canceled. Nudity "is...

Manila – Philippine TV Says At Least 34 Bodies Found At Manila Casino Resort

June 1, 2017 at 11:04 PM
Manila - At least 34 people are dead after a gunman burst into a Manila casino, firing shots and setting gaming tables alight, Philippine media reported on Friday, in what officials said was a botched robbery attempt. Police said the unidentified gunman had killed himself after firing at armed officers searching the still-smoking Resorts World Manila entertainment complex hours after the drama...

New York, NY – Muslim Activist Critical Of Israel Is Cheered At NYC Graduation

June 1, 2017 at 11:00 PM
New York, NY - A Muslim-American activist whose role as a commencement speaker had come under protest from critics opposing her stance on Israel was given a standing ovation by graduating students Thursday after she told them they must commit to demanding change. "We in this room together must commit to never being bystanders to poverty, lack of jobs and health care," Linda Sarsour told...

Jerusalem – Palestinian Premier Meets Israeli Minister After Trump Visit

June 1, 2017 at 10:30 PM
Jerusalem - Israel's finance minister met with the Palestinian prime minster in the West Bank city of Ramallah this week in the wake of President Donald Trump's recent visit to the region, Israeli and Palestinian officials said Thursday. It's the first such meeting between senior Israeli and Palestinian officials in Ramallah since 2014, when U.S.-mediated peace talks collapsed. Moshe...

Washington – Trump Abandons Global Climate Pact; Allies Voice Dismay

June 1, 2017 at 10:15 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump on Thursday said he will withdraw the United States from the landmark 2015 global agreement to fight climate change, a move that fulfilled a major campaign pledge but drew condemnation from U.S. allies and business leaders. Trump, tapping into the "America First" message he used when he was elected president last year, said the Paris accord would undermine...

Washington – Trump Declines To Move US Embassy To Jerusalem, For Now

June 1, 2017 at 09:45 PM
Washington - Stepping back from a campaign promise and incurring Israeli ire, President Donald Trump acted Thursday to keep the U.S. Embassy in Israel in Tel Aviv for now instead of moving it to Jerusalem, a cautious move aimed at bolstering prospects for an Israeli-Palestinian peace accord. Trump avoided a step that threatened to inflame tensions across the Middle East and undermine a push...

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