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Washington – Trump State Dept. Budget Gives Palestinians Slight Increase Amid Major Cuts Elsewhere

April 25, 2017 at 11:28 AM
Washington - Assistance to the Palestinians is one of the few areas that will remain untouched in planned massive cuts at the Trump administration’s State Department. Foreign Policy magazine on Monday posted 15 pages of proposed cuts it obtained as part of the Trump administration’s plan to roll the U.S. Agency for International Development into the State Department. The vast majority of...

Queens, NY – LI Yeshiva Students Rally In Front Of Nazi Guard’s Queens Home, Calling For His Extradition To Germany

April 25, 2017 at 10:59 AM
Queens, NY - Close to 200 yeshiva high school students from Long Island turned out Monday on Holocaust Remembrance Day to demonstrate in front of the home of a 92 year old former Nazi guard in Queens, demanding that he be extradited to Germany and forced to stand trial for war crimes. The rally in front of the home of Jakiw Palij was orchestrated by students from Rambam Mesivta in Lawrence...

Jerusalem – Netanyahu Cancels Talks With German FM In Row Over Meeting With Rights Groups

April 25, 2017 at 10:29 AM
Jerusalem - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu canceled talks on Tuesday with Germany's visiting foreign minister after he rejected the Israeli leader's demand not to meet left-wing groups critical of Israel's treatment of Palestinians under occupation. The dispute threatened to widen a rift between Israel and Germany over the Palestinian issue. Berlin has been increasingly critical of the...

New York – Former NY Police, Lawyer Arrested In NYPD Gun Licensing Probe

April 25, 2017 at 10:06 AM
New York - A former New York City police lieutenant, two former police officers and a lawyer who once worked as a prosecutor were arrested in a federal gun licensing probe Tuesday as authorities said police employees traded speedy handling of gun permits for paid vacations, jewelry, catered parties, cash and visits to strip clubs. According to court papers, the trading of gun licenses for...

Washington – Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Loses State Department Promotion Posting

April 25, 2017 at 10:01 AM
Washington - The State Department has removed its promotional posting about President Donald Trump's Florida resort, after a storm of ethics criticism. In an April 4 blog post that was republished by several U.S. embassies abroad, Mar-a-Lago was described as "Trump's Florida estate," where he has hosted foreign leaders. "By visiting this 'winter White House,' Trump is belatedly fulfilling the...

Berlin – In Berlin, Ivanka Trump Vows Push For Change For Women, Defends Father

April 25, 2017 at 09:38 AM
Berlin - Ivanka Trump pledged to push for "incremental, positive change" for women in the U.S. economy and defended her father's attitudes toward women as she made her first international outing Tuesday as a White House adviser. Trump told an audience at a conference on women in Berlin that she's still "rather unfamiliar" with her role as first daughter and adviser. But she drew scattered...

New York – Nasdaq Hits 6,000 For First Time

April 25, 2017 at 09:37 AM
New York - U.S. stocks rose at the open on Tuesday, with the Nasdaq hitting the 6,000 point mark for the first time, amid a raft of strong corporate earnings and President Donald Trump's promise of a major tax reform plan. Biogen provided the biggest boost to the Nasdaq after strong results. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 155.57 points, or 0.75 percent, at 20,919.46, the S&P 500...

Seoul – North Korea Stages Large-scale Artillery Drill As US Submarine Docks In South

April 25, 2017 at 09:15 AM
Seoul - North Korea conducted a big live-fire exercise on Tuesday to mark the foundation of its military as a U.S. submarine docked in South Korea in a show of force amid growing concern over the North's nuclear and missile programs. The port call by the USS Michigan came as a U.S. aircraft carrier strike group steamed toward Korean waters and as top envoys for North Korea policy from South...

Ramallah, West Bank – Palestinians Say Britain Refuses Request For Apology Over 1917 Balfour Promise

April 25, 2017 at 08:58 AM
Ramallah, West Bank - Palestinian leaders said on Tuesday Britain had rejected their request for an apology for a 1917 declaration that helped pave the way to the state of Israel, and they would pursue international court action unless London backtracked. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called for the apology in an address to the U.N. General Assembly in September, but Britain plans to...

Varner, AR – Arkansas Denies Man Gulped For Air During 1 Of 2 Executions

April 25, 2017 at 08:29 AM
Varner, AR - After going nearly 12 years without executing an inmate, Arkansas now has executed three in a few days — including two in one night. Jack Jones and Marcel Williams received lethal injections on the same gurney Monday night, just about three hours apart. It was the first double execution in the United States since 2000. While Jones, 52, was executed on schedule, shortly after...

Paris – Le Pen’s Father Criticizes Her Presidential Campaign As She Steps Back From Party

April 25, 2017 at 08:18 AM
Paris - French far-right veteran Jean-Marie Le Pen said on Tuesday his daughter Marine, who faces centrist Emmanuel Macron in a May 7 presidential runoff, should have campaigned more aggressively for Sunday's first round, following the example of Donald Trump. With 7.5 million votes, Marine Le Pen beat the National Front party's previous election record on Sunday but failed to pip pro-EU...

Washington – Voices From Around The World Consider Trump’s First 100 Days

April 25, 2017 at 07:51 AM
Washington - It was the most stunning political victory of the 21st century, one that brought shocked concern in many parts of the world and cheers in others. One uncontroversial certainty was that it would cause reverberations around the globe. Donald Trump campaigned on an "America First" platform, but has found himself as president drawn into thorny geopolitical complexities aplenty in the...

Berlin – German FM: Netanyahu Cancellation Would Be Regrettable

April 25, 2017 at 07:30 AM
Berlin - German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said Tuesday it would be "regrettable" if Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cancels their planned talks in Jerusalem because of his meeting with groups critical of Israel's actions in the West Bank, but downplayed the spat. An Israeli official said Netanyahu threatened to scrap Tuesday's meeting with Gabriel if he goes ahead with plans to...

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