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Tokyo – Bitcoin Not Yet Proven As Credible Currency: Japan Finance Minister

December 18, 2017 at 11:59 PM
Tokyo - Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso said on Tuesday that bitcoin has not been proven to be a credible currency and that he would watch its developments in the near-term. He made the remark to reporters when asked about his French counterpart's comment this week that France would propose a discussion on regulating the virtual currency at a meeting of G20 group of major economies next...

New York – Statue Of Liberty’s Light To Be A Little Dim This Week

December 18, 2017 at 11:30 PM
New York - Cue Bruce Springsteen's "Darkness on the Edge of Town" — some of the lights are being switched off at the Statue of Liberty. The National Park Service says the monument's exterior lights will be turned off from Monday evening through Thursday. It's part of planned work on the island between New York and New Jersey. Lady Liberty's torch, crown and pedestal colonnade will...

Washington – US Health Officials To Target High-risk Alternative Remedies

December 18, 2017 at 11:01 PM
Washington - U.S. health officials plan to crack down on a growing number of unproven alternative remedies, focusing on products containing dangerous ingredients that have occasionally been linked to serious injury and death. The Food and Drug Administration on Monday issued a new proposal for regulating homeopathic medicines that have long been on the fringe of mainstream medicine. The agency...

San Francisco – Twitter To Put Warnings Before Swastikas, Other Hate Images

December 18, 2017 at 10:24 PM
San Francisco - Twitter Inc said on Monday it would begin putting a warning in front of pictures that show Nazi swastikas and other items it determines are hateful imagery, as well as ban their use in any profile photos on the social media network. The step is one of several that Twitter said it would take to crack down on white nationalists and other violent or hateful groups, which have...

New York – The Sulzberger Family: A Complicated Jewish Legacy At The New York Times

December 18, 2017 at 10:00 PM
New York - On Thursday, The New York Times announced that its publisher, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr., 66, is stepping down at the end of the year and will be succeeded by his son, 37-year-old Arthur Gregg (A.G.) Sulzberger. The familial exchange of power wasn't unexpected. The younger Sulzberger is the sixth member of the Ochs Sulzberger clan to serve as publisher of the prominent New York...

Berlin – Israeli Challenges German Court Ruling On Kuwait Air Travel Ban

December 18, 2017 at 09:32 PM
Berlin - An Israeli man appealed on Monday against a German court’s ruling upholding Kuwait Airways’ right to ban him from boarding a flight due to his citizenship, a legal decision that triggered sharp criticism from German officials and Jewish groups. The appeal argues that the ruling accepted a racist Kuwaiti law and allowed the airline to override German laws requiring that airlines...

Jerusalem – Lapid: If Obama Blocked Hezbollah Probe Over Iran Deal, He Should Give Back Nobel

December 18, 2017 at 09:03 PM
Jerusalem - Israeli politicians lashed out at former US president Barack Obama after an expose in Politico alleged that his administration had blocked a major investigation into Hezbollah’s global drug trafficking activities so that Tehran would sign the 2015 deal to curb Iran’s nuclear activities. “Obama must return his Nobel Peace Prize,” if the Politico story is correct, Yesh Atid...

Atlanta – After Outage Chaos, Officials Reconsider Airport Power Setup

December 18, 2017 at 08:26 PM
Atlanta - How could one fire knock out the main power to the world's busiest airport and at the same time disable the backup power? The head of Georgia Power Co. said Monday it's because power feeds from two sources come together in one place — and he said officials are looking at ways to make sure it doesn't happen again. A fire in an underground service tunnel brought Hartsfield-Jackson...

Washington – Trump Judge Pick Who Drew Ridicule After Hearing Withdraws

December 18, 2017 at 08:01 PM
Washington - A Trump judicial nominee whose inability to answer basic legal questions at his confirmation hearing brought him widespread ridicule has withdrawn, a White House official said Monday. Matthew Petersen, nominated by Trump to the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, became an internet sensation after the video of his confirmation hearing — during which...

Dupont, WA – Commuters Help People Out Of Derailed Train, Comfort Victims

December 18, 2017 at 07:31 PM
Dupont, WA - Daniel Konzelman was one of thousands of commuters barreling along a highway outside Seattle on Monday morning when the emergency response training he learned as an Eagle Scout kicked in. He and a friend pulled over after an Amtrak passenger train hurtled off an overpass and crashed into vehicles on Interstate 5 below, killing at least six people and injuring dozens of others...

Israel – Tel Aviv Court Gives Facebook Unprecedented Slap, Reinstates Israeli Page

December 18, 2017 at 07:02 PM
Israel - The Tel Aviv District Court Monday made history by forcing Facebook Israel to restore the Hebrew-language “Statusim Mezaiezim ( “Tweeting Posts”) that was shut down in January 2015. The page, which has over 750,000 followers, was back on air at 11:30 am. It features humorous videos and human interest stories but Facebook shut it down with no prior notice, saying the page...

Gdansk, Poland – Kazimierz Piechowski, Leader Of Daring Escape From Auschwitz, Dies At 98

December 18, 2017 at 06:31 PM
Gdansk, Poland - Kazimierz Piechowski, a non-Jewish political prisoner who led a daring escape from the Auschwitz death camp using the truck of its commandant, has died at 98. Piechowski died Saturday in Gdansk, Poland. He was one of four men in the escape plan involving stolen SS uniforms and weapons, and the truck of Rudolf Hess. Piechowski denied rumors that the men later sent a postcard...

Ankara – Turkey Says Regrets To See Veto Of U.N. Resolution On Jerusalem

December 18, 2017 at 06:01 PM
Ankara - Turkey regrets the vetoing by the United States on Monday of a U.N. Security Council resolution that called for the U.S. declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital to be withdrawn, the Turkish foreign ministry said. The United States was further isolated over President Donald Trump's decision when it blocked a United Nations Security Council call for the declaration to be withdrawn...

Brooklyn, NY – FDNY Confirms Deadly Blaze Started By Menorah, Elected Officials Call For Fire Awareness And Safety

December 18, 2017 at 05:21 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Just over 12 hours after neighbors reported a raging fire at the Azan home to the FDNY, fire marshals have confirmed on the FDNY twitter page that the fatal blaze that took the lives of four family members was caused by an unattended menorah. According to the FDNY, working smoke detectors were present in the home at the time that the three alarm fire occurred, as previously...

Jerusalem – Israel Finds No Wrongdoing In Paraplegic Palestinian’s Death

December 18, 2017 at 05:02 PM
Jerusalem - An investigation by the Israeli military into the death of a paraplegic Palestinian man cleared Israeli troops of wrongdoing on Monday, saying it found "no moral or professional failures" in the incident. Palestinian health officials say Ibrahim Abu Thraya, 29, was shot in the head while demonstrating last week along Gaza's border with Israel, an area that has experienced repeated...

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