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Jerusalem – Israel Grinds To A Halt As Jews Fast For Yom Kippur

September 29, 2017 at 01:33 PM
Jerusalem - The holiest day of the Jewish calendar has brought most of Israel to a halt for Judaism's day of atonement. Yom Kippur began Friday evening capping a 10-day period of soul-searching for observant worshippers that began with the Jewish New Year festival. It is observed with a 25-hour fast and long prayers asking God for forgiveness. The holiday is unique in Israel as virtually...

Washington – US Cuts Embassy Staff, Urges No Travel To Cuba

September 29, 2017 at 01:10 PM
Washington - The United States is warning Americans against visiting Cuba and ordering more than half of U.S. personnel to leave the island, senior officials said Friday, in a dramatic response to what they described as "specific attacks" on diplomats. The decision deals a blow to already delicate ties between the U.S. and Cuba, longtime enemies who only recently began putting their hostility...

Moscow – Russia Accuses CNN International Of Violating Russian Media Law

September 29, 2017 at 12:30 PM
Moscow - Russia's communications regulator on Friday accused U.S. TV channel CNN International of violating Russian media law and said it had summoned the broadcaster's representatives in connection with the matter. The Russian foreign ministry accused Washington on Thursday of putting unwarranted pressure on the U.S operations of Kremlin-backed media outlet RT, and warned that Moscow could...

New York – New York City’s Mayor Pledges $750K To Fight Rats In Parks

September 29, 2017 at 12:06 PM
New York - New York City's mayor is doubling down on the war on rats, pledging three-quarters of a million dollars to fight the scourge. Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH'-zee-oh) made the announcement Thursday at a park in the Upper West Side. Parents have complained that rats have taken over parks in the area, with some residents saying the animals have attempted to jump into their...

Khobar, Saudi Arabia – Saudi Man Arrested After Threatening Women Drivers

September 29, 2017 at 11:30 AM
Khobar, Saudi Arabia - A Saudi man was arrested for allegedly threatening to attack women drivers, the Interior Ministry said on Friday, following a royal decree that ends a ban on women driving in the kingdom. Many Saudis welcomed Tuesday's announcement by King Salman lifting the ban by next year, but some expressed confusion or outrage after the reversal of a policy that has been backed for...

Washington – MO Orthodox Rabbi Venue To Spend Yom Kippur In A Beer Garden Raises Eyebrows

September 29, 2017 at 11:03 AM
Washington - On Saturday, when Jews around the world will fast and gather in synagogues to pray on Yom Kippur, some young Jews will be coming together in the U.S. capital at a more unconventional venue: a beer garden. Aaron Potek, the 31-year-old rabbi for GatherDC, a nondenominational group that does outreach to young Jewish professionals, is hoping to reach young Jews who otherwise would not...

New York – Jared Kushner Did Not Register To Vote As A Woman

September 29, 2017 at 11:02 AM
New York - Despite reports in the media this week, Jared Kushner did not register to vote as a woman. Previous reports claimed that Kushner, who is married to Ivanka Trump and serves her father as a top advisor, seemingly accidentally checked the “female” box on the voter registration form. Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page. However, Kushner's original voter...

Amsterdam – A Yom Kippur Tradition In Amsterdam Dates Back To The Invention Of Electricity

September 29, 2017 at 10:30 AM
Amsterdam - As one of Europe’s oldest and most impressive Jewish buildings, this city’s Portuguese Synagogue is known far and wide for its majestic beauty. Built in 1675 for the descendants of Jews who fled religious persecution on the Iberian Peninsula, the Portuguese Synagogue today sees some 200,000 tourists annually. Inside its vast sanctuary, a massive Torah ark made of Brazilian...

London – Travel Anywhere In Under An Hour: Elon Musk’s New Plan

September 29, 2017 at 10:03 AM
London - Getting anywhere on the planet in under an hour — one of the more intriguing possibilities that Elon Musk, the billionaire innovator, raised as he unveiled plans for a new rocket. Musk said the vessel would both take off and land vertically, like a space rocket. It would fly most routes — New York to Tokyo, for example — in about 30 minutes, and anywhere in under an hour. At...

Jerusalem – 6 Israeli Activists Wounded In Protest Against Yom Kippur Chicken-swinging Ritual

September 29, 2017 at 09:46 AM
Jerusalem - Animal rights activists protesting the Jewish custom of swinging around a chicken were assaulted in the Israeli city of Hadera. Six of the activists, one man and five women, were lightly wounded in the incident Thursday night, in which residents in Hadera began throwing stones and other objects at the protesters who came to demonstrate against the residents’ partaking in the...

New York – FAA Bans Drone Flights Near Major US Landmarks

September 29, 2017 at 09:25 AM
New York - The Federal Aviation Administration is banning drone flights within 400 feet (122 meters) of several national landmarks, including the Statue of Liberty and Mount Rushmore. The FAA announced the no-fly drone zones at 10 Department of the Interior sites on Thursday. They take effect Oct. 5. The restricted sites also include Boston National Historical Park, Philadelphia's...

Washington – Bernie Sanders Chokes Up When He Learns About Relative Who Died Defying The Nazis

September 29, 2017 at 09:01 AM
Washington - In the upcoming season premiere of the PBS series “Finding Your Roots,” Bernie Sanders does more than look at a printout of his family tree: He gets emotional when he discovers a relative died while standing up to the Nazis during World War II. In a clip released to JTA, the Jewish lawmaker is visibly moved as the show’s host, Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., asks...

Mumbai, India – Stampede On Crowded Indian Pedestrian Bridge Leaves 22 Dead

September 29, 2017 at 08:43 AM
Mumbai, India - A stampede broke out on a crowded pedestrian bridge connecting two railway stations in Mumbai during the Friday morning rush, killing at least 22 people and injuring 32 others, Indian officials said. Police were investigating what caused the stampede on the bridge, which led some commuters to leap over the railing. Others were crushed or fell underfoot and were...

West Bank – Abbas Condemns Palestinian Attack That Killed 3 Israelis

September 29, 2017 at 08:29 AM
West Bank - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has condemned a deadly Palestinian shooting attack that killed three Israelis, two days after it took place. Abbas spokesman Nabil Abu Rdeneh published a statement condemning the attack late Thursday on the Palestinian government-run Wafa news agency site. A Palestinian killed three Israelis and seriously wounded another before he was shot...

Los Angeles – Trump Drawing Of Empire State Building Up For Bid

September 28, 2017 at 11:27 PM
Los Angeles - A sketch of the Empire State Building drawn by President Donald Trump is going up for bid at a Los Angeles auction house. Julien's Auctions says the 12-inch-by-9-inch black marker depiction of the iconic New York City skyscraper was created by Trump for a charity auction in Florida during the time he opened his Mar-a-Lago estate as a private club in 1995. Julien's says the...

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