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United Nations – North Korea UN Ambassador Demands US Prove Ransomware Claim

December 25, 2017 at 11:30 PM
United Nations - A North Korean ambassador to the United Nations says the U.S. claim that Pyongyang was behind the Wannacry ransomware attack earlier this year is a baseless provocation and demanded Washington back up its accusations with evidence. The North's U.N. ambassador in charge of U.S.-related issues says North Korea believes Washington is using the allegation to create an "extremely...

Los Angeles – Man Says He Delivered Manure To Mnuchin To Protest New U.S. Tax Law

December 25, 2017 at 11:00 PM
Los Angeles - A man claiming to be the person who delivered a gift-wrapped package of horse manure at the Los Angeles home of U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Monday he did it to protest the federal tax overhaul signed into law last week by President Donald Trump. Robert Strong, 45, a psychologist for the Los Angeles County Public Health Department, said by telephone he left the...

New Haven, CT – College Students Come Up With Plug-in To Combat Fake News

December 25, 2017 at 10:03 PM
New Haven, CT - A team of college students is getting attention from internet companies and Congress after developing a browser extension that alerts users to fake and biased news stories and helps guide them to more balanced coverage. The plug-in, "Open Mind ," was developed earlier this month during a 36-hour problem-solving competition known as a hackathon at Yale University. The winning...

Siemiatycze, Poland – Polish Official Dismissed Over Unearthing Of Bones At Jewish Cemetery

December 25, 2017 at 09:01 PM
Siemiatycze, Poland - The local conservator in Siemiatycze in eastern Poland was dismissed after the desecration of the local Jewish cemetery. Construction work carried out at the beginning of the month on the grounds adjacent to the Jewish cemetery in Siemiatycze uncovered human remains likely from the cemetery. The chief rabbi of Poland, Michael Schudrich, was indignant, calling it “the...

Jerusalem – Jerusalem Mayor, US Envoy Hunt For Future Embassy Location

December 25, 2017 at 08:02 PM
Jerusalem - In a meeting two weeks ago, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat and US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman discussed potential locations for which the US embassy might set up camp in the capital, Barkat said. The meeting was held a week after US President Donald Trump announced the United States recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Barkat did not specify which places were...

Jerusalem – Lingering Drought Threatens Holy Land’s Waters

December 25, 2017 at 07:03 PM
Jerusalem - As Israel heads into its fifth consecutive year of drought, the Sea of Galilee stands at a century low, much of the Jordan River is a fetid trickle and the Dead Sea is rapidly shrinking. The biblical bodies of waters — pilgrimage sites for baptisms and beach parties alike — are crucial to the survival and stability of Israel, Jordan and the Palestinians. But more and more of...

Pyongyang – N. Korea Says It’s A ‘Pipe Dream’ That It Will Give Up Nukes

December 25, 2017 at 06:00 PM
Pyongyang - North Korea said it is a "pipe dream" for the United States to think it will give up its nuclear weapons, and 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...

Auckland – New Zealand Music Star Scraps Israel Concert Amid Boycott Calls

December 25, 2017 at 05:00 PM
Auckland - Lorde on Sunday cancelled a performance in Israel scheduled for next summer after appeals by pro-Palestinian activists. The New Zealand music star said in a statement that "the right decision at this time" was to cancel her June 2018 concert in Tel Aviv, which was announced earlier this month. Her announcement followed calls by proponents of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions...

Boston – Massachusetts Secretary Of State Seeking Ideas To Prevent Holding 2018 Primary On Yom Kippur

December 25, 2017 at 04:15 PM
Boston - Massachusetts’ secretary of state is wrestling with when to schedule the state’s primary ahead of the November 2018 general election. The primary is usually held seven weeks before the general election. But for 2018 that would fall on September 18, or erev Yom Kippur. According to Massachusetts state law, a primary must be move when it conflicts with a religious holiday...

Jerusalem – Israeli Official: More Than 10 Countries Mulling Embassy Moves To Jerusalem

December 25, 2017 at 03:34 PM
Jerusalem - Israel's Foreign Ministry is in contact with more than 10 countries from every continent in the world who have expressed interest in following the US lead and moving their embassies to Jerusalem, a top Israeli diplomat said on Monday. Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely’s comments, in an interview on Reshet Bet, came following Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales decision to...

Trenton, NJ – Pardoned By Christie, Woman Pushes For Change To US Gun Laws

December 25, 2017 at 03:00 PM
Trenton, NJ - The handgun that Shaneen Allen was carrying when she was pulled over on a New Jersey highway could have sent her to prison for years if not for a pardon from Republican Gov. Chris Christie. Now the legal saga that kept the Pennsylvania mother of two in jail for 48 days has helped inspire a measure that could change handgun laws across the country. "Hopefully I'll be at the...

Houston – United Apologizes To Passenger Who Says US Rep Took Her First-class Seat

December 25, 2017 at 02:31 PM
Houston - United Airlines has apologized and given a $500 travel voucher to a passenger who accused the airline of giving her first-class seat to U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, a Houston Democrat. An airline spokeswoman said Monday that its internal systems show the passenger, Jean-Marie Simon, canceled her Dec. 18 seat from Houston to Washington, D.C. after a weather delay. Simon denies...

United Nations – Nikki Haley Says Negotiated $285M Cut In United Nations Budget

December 25, 2017 at 02:01 PM
United Nations - The U.S. government says it has negotiated a significant cut in the United Nations budget. In a statement, the U.S. Mission to the United Nations said that the U.N.'s 2018-2019 budget would be slashed by over $285 million. The mission said reductions would also be made to the U.N.'s management and support functions. The announcement didn't make clear what effect the budget...

New York – Man Killed In New York High-rise Apartment Building Fire

December 25, 2017 at 01:01 PM
New York - A 76-year-old man was killed in a wind-whipped fire at a New York high-rise apartment building on Monday. Two firefighters also were injured in the fire on the 35th floor of a 36-story building in midtown Manhattan, authorities said. Fire Department spokesman Michael Parrella said firefighters were hampered by high winds and malfunctioning elevators as they tried to get to the...

Washington – Where’s The Party? No State Dinner In Trump’s First Year

December 25, 2017 at 01:00 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump couldn't stop talking about the red carpets, military parades and fancy dinners that were lavished upon him during state visits on his recent tour of Asia. "Magnificent," he declared at one point on the trip. But Trump has yet to reciprocate, making him the first president in almost a century to close his first year in office without welcoming a visiting...

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