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Jerusalem – ‘Historic’ Plan Unveiled To Link Arab States To Israeli Ports

April 5, 2017 at 11:30 AM
Jerusalem - Israeli Transportation and Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz unveiled an ambitious plan on Wednesday to give Jordan, Saudi Arabia and even Iraq access to the Mediterranean sea through Israel's ports in Haifa and Ashdod in a plan called “tracks for peace.” Under the plan, the Haifa to Beit Shean train link would be extended eastward to the border crossing with Jordan, and...

Jerusalem – Israel Officials Say Assad Forces Behind Chemical Attack

April 5, 2017 at 11:30 AM
Jerusalem - Israeli defense officials say military intelligence believes Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces were behind the suspected chemical attack that killed dozens of civilians. The officials said Israel believes Assad has tons of chemical weapons currently in his arsenal. They spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday as they are not allowed to brief...

Moscow – Russia Denies Assad To Blame For Chemical Attack, On Course For Collision With Trump

April 5, 2017 at 11:02 AM
Moscow - Russia denied on Wednesday that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was to blame for a poison gas attack and said it would continue to back him, setting the Kremlin on course for its biggest diplomatic collision yet with Donald Trump's White House. Western countries, including the United States, blamed Assad's armed forces for a chemical attack which choked scores of people to death in...

New York – Dead Humpback Whale Washes Up On NYC Beach

April 5, 2017 at 10:40 AM
New York - New York Marine biologists will try to determine what killed a humpback whale whose carcass has washed up on a New York City beach. The approximately 30-foot (9-meter)-long whale was found on Rockaway Beach in Queens on Tuesday morning. Volunteers and city fire crews tied the whale's tail to a tractor to prevent it from floating away. The whale's weight prevented it from being...

Washington – Senator Talks All Night As Democrats Fight Trump Court Nominee

April 5, 2017 at 10:40 AM
Washington - A Democratic senator delivered a 15-1/2-hour, all-night speech denouncing President Donald Trump's U.S. Supreme Court nominee on Wednesday, joining an effort to block Senate confirmation of Neil Gorsuch in a heated political showdown with Republicans. Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley began his speech on the Senate floor Tuesday evening and wrapped up mid-morning on Wednesday. The...

Colchester, CT – 91-year-old Holocaust Survivor Dies In Connecticut Car Crash

April 5, 2017 at 10:21 AM
Colchester, CT - The victim of a Connecticut car crash has been identified as a Holocaust survivor who often shared her story at local schools, community centers and churches. State police say 91-year-old Henny Simon's car left the road and crashed into a tree near her Colchester home on Tuesday afternoon. She died at the hospital. The crash remains under investigation. The Bulletin of...

Franklin, LA – Born On The Bayou: NYC Ferry Fleet Builds For Summer Launch

April 5, 2017 at 10:00 AM
Franklin, LA - The future of public transportation in New York City is taking shape on the bayous of Louisiana and Alabama. Shipyard workers in the two states are scrambling to finish the city's new ferry fleet in time for a launch this summer, just a little more than a year after it was first proposed. The city is making a $335 million bet that the service will attract millions of...

Washington – Survey: US Companies Add 263K Jobs In March, Most In 2 Years

April 5, 2017 at 09:54 AM
Washington - U.S. private businesses added the most jobs in more than two years last month, a private survey found, a third straight month of robust gains. Payroll processor ADP said Wednesday that businesses added 263,000 jobs in March, the most since December 2014. That is up from 245,000 in February, which was revised lower. The figure is much higher than economists' forecasts for the...

London – UK’s Labour Criticized Over Response To Nazi Comments

April 5, 2017 at 09:30 AM
London - Jewish leaders in Britain on Wednesday accused the opposition Labour Party of tolerating anti-Semitism after it failed to expel a senior politician who said Adolf Hitler had been a supporter of Zionism. Former London Mayor Ken Livingstone has been suspended from holding party office until April 2018. At a meeting on Tuesday, Labour officials extended a one-year suspension imposed in...

Seoul, South Korea – Tillerson’s Terse Words Seen As Tactical Change Over NKorea

April 5, 2017 at 09:00 AM
Seoul, South Korea - The response of America's chief diplomat to North Korea's latest missile launch was an abrupt departure from the usual — which may be a turning point, analysts in Asia say. The statement from U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson totaled 23 words: "North Korea launched yet another intermediate range ballistic missile. The United States has spoken enough about North...

Ramallah, West Bank – Palestinian Government Slashes Salaries For Gaza Employees

April 5, 2017 at 08:45 AM
Ramallah, West Bank - The cash-strapped Palestinian Authority on Wednesday said it was slashing by nearly one third the salaries of tens of thousands of government employees in the Gaza Strip who have been sitting idly since the rival Hamas militant group took over the coastal territory a decade ago. The decision deepened the divide between the West Bank and Gaza — two territories that the...

Guatemala City – Ex-mayor Of Small Guatemalan Town Jailed For Expelling Lev Tahor Sect

April 5, 2017 at 08:05 AM
Guatemala City - The former mayor of a small town in western Guatemala was sentenced to a year in prison for expelling the Lev Tahor sect of haredi Orthodox Jews. Antonio Adolfo Perez y Perez of San Juan La Laguna was found guilty of coercion in the expulsion, which took place in 2014. Up to 500 members of the controversial haredi Orthodox sect Lev Tahor were forced out of the village...

New York, NY – Facebook Loses Search Warrant Challenge In New York Court

April 5, 2017 at 07:30 AM
New York, NY - Facebook has lost a legal fight against a New York City prosecutor who sought search warrants for hundreds of user accounts. The New York state Court of Appeals on Tuesday ruled that while the case raised important questions about privacy it was "constrained" by the law relating to who can challenge search warrants. Prosecutors in Manhattan sought search warrants in 2013 for...

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