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Damascus – Syrian, Iranian Backed Forces Advance In Border Area Near Israel

December 24, 2017 at 11:00 PM
Damascus - Syrian army forces backed by Iranian-backed militias pushed deeper into the last rebel-held enclave near a strategic border area with Israel and Lebanon in a new expansion of Tehran's influence in the war-torn country. The army and the Shi'ite forces advanced east and south of the Sunni-rebel held bastion of Beit Jin backed by some of the heaviest aerial bombing and heavy artillery...

United Kingdom – London Van Driver Shouts Anti-Semitic Rant In Road Rage Incident

December 24, 2017 at 10:15 PM
London - A van driver let loose an anti-Semitic rant during a road-rage incident in north London’s Stamford Hills neighborhood. The incident took place on Friday afternoon as the Jewish Sabbath was approaching, over a parking space. Stamford Hills is home to a large population of haredi Orthodox Jews. The driver repeatedly said “Hitler was a great man,” at the urging of another...

Tel Aviv – From Jerusalem, Netanyahu Offers Christians Personal Tours Of Israel

December 24, 2017 at 09:38 PM
Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered to play tour guide to Christian pilgrims on Sunday in a message relayed from Jerusalem, whose recognition as Israel's capital by U.S. President Donald Trump has split global Christian opinion. A Christmas Eve video on Twitter showed Netanyahu against the backdrop of East Jerusalem, an area laden with Jewish, Christian and Muslim...

Guatemala City – Guatemala Says It Is Moving Embassy In Israel To Jerusalem

December 24, 2017 at 08:38 PM
Guatemala City - Guatemala's president announced on Christmas Eve that the Central American country will move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, becoming the first nation to follow the lead of U.S. President Donald Trump in ordering the change. Guatemala was one of nine nations that voted with the United States and Israel on Thursday when the U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly adopted a...

Los Angeles, CA – Report: U.S. Treasury’s Mnuchin Sent Gift-wrapped Box Of Horse Manure

December 24, 2017 at 08:00 PM
Los Angeles, CA - A gift-wrapped package addressed to U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin's home in a posh Los Angeles neighborhood that was suspected of being a bomb was instead filled with horse manure, police told local media. The package was found Saturday evening in a next-door neighbor's driveway in Bel Air, the Los Angeles Police Department told the Los Angeles Times and KNBC...

Washington – Dems Aim For 2018 Midterm Boost From Trump Tax Plan Fallout

December 24, 2017 at 07:01 PM
Washington - Democratic congressional candidate outside Philadelphia calls the Republican tax overhaul a "cynical bill" that will redistribute wealth upward. One of her counterparts in California dismisses estimates of tax savings for most U.S. households and says the legislation is "just putting money in the pocket of the wealthy." And in Kansas, a Democratic candidate for governor says it's...

Jian, China – Rough Times For Smugglers Who Knitted N. Korea To The World

December 24, 2017 at 06:00 PM
Jian, China - The former smuggler sits on the floor by a muted TV set, smoking cheap North Korean cigarettes one after the other. His hands are rough from years of hard work. His belt is knotted to keep his pants from slipping around his pole-thin waist. The mountains of North Korea, his homeland not even a mile away, fill the room's only window. He spent nearly all his 50-some years in...

Washington – Sen. Flake Dangles Possibility Of Running Against Trump

December 24, 2017 at 05:00 PM
Washington - Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona says President Donald Trump is certain to face an independent challenge in the next presidential election, if not one from within the party. And Flake is not ruling out being that challenger. Flake has been fiercely critical of Trump, even while supporting parts of his agenda, like the new tax cuts. Trump in turn has denounced the senator...

Lakewood, NJ – New Multi-Ethnic Lakewood Coalition Collaborates To Ease Tensions, Meet Challenges

December 24, 2017 at 04:00 PM
Lakewood, NJ - Hoping to create harmony in an area that has been plagued by discord, a new coalition that transcends the boundaries of religion and cultures launched last week with a goal of meeting the social and civic challenges faced by residents of the greater Lakewood area. Titled Lakewood Neighbors, the group’s founding members represent the varied faces of Lakewood, and approximately...

Reston, VA – Teenage Boy Shoots, Kills Girlfriend’s Parents Who Thought He Was A Neo-Nazi

December 24, 2017 at 03:15 PM
Reston, VA - A teenage boy shot and killed the parents of his girlfriend after they convinced her not to see him anymore because he was an “outspoken neo Nazi.” The boy, 17, of Lorton, Virginia, on Friday shot and seriously injured himself after killing his girlfriend’s parents in their home. He was charged on Saturday with killing the couple: Scott Fricker, 48, and Buckley Kuhn-Fricker...

Albany, NY – New York Joining States Requiring Paid Family Leave

December 24, 2017 at 02:00 PM
Albany, NY - At the start of the new year, New York is joining California, New Jersey and Rhode Island in requiring employers to give workers paid time off to care for a new baby or a sick loved-one. In New York, the benefit is funded by employee payroll deductions. The new benefits will apply to 6.4 million private-sector workers and will phase in over four years. In 2018, workers will...

New York – Feds: Visa Program Benefited Terror-finance Suspect

December 24, 2017 at 12:30 PM
New York - Federal authorities say a Pakistani-born woman accused in a bitcoin scheme to help the Islamic State group got a visa allowing her into United States because of her family ties. The Department of Homeland Security says Saturday that Zoobia Shahnaz, a naturalized U.S. citizen living on Long Island, benefited from a family-based immigration system Republican President Donald Trump...

Jerusalem – 2-day-old Syrian refugee baby flown to Israel for life-saving surgery

December 24, 2017 at 12:00 PM
Jerusalem - A two-day-old baby born to Syrian refugee parents in Cyprus was flown to Israel to fix a severe heart defect. The baby, who was born in a refugee camp in Cyprus, was airlifted to Israel on Friday night for the life-saving operation at Sheba Medical Center in Tel HaShomer. He arrived with his father. Israel was alerted to the baby’s need after the Cypriot Health Ministry...

Pyongyang – North Korea Calls Latest UN Sanctions ‘an Act Of War’

December 24, 2017 at 11:59 AM
Pyongyang - North Korea has called the latest U.N. sanctions to target the country "an act of war" that violates its sovereignty. The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved tough new sanctions against North Korea on Friday in response to its latest launch of a ballistic missile that Pyongyang says can reach anywhere on the U.S. mainland. The resolution was drafted by the United States and...

Jerusalem – Israel Central Bank Mulls Issuing Digital Currency For Faster Payments

December 24, 2017 at 11:30 AM
Jerusalem - The Bank of Israel is examining issuing digital currency as a means of creating a faster payments system as well as reducing the amount of cash in the economy, a central bank source said on Sunday, though he stressed no decision had yet been made. The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, also said the government was ready to legislate or include the issue in its 2019 budget...

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