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Washington – Treasury Unit To Share Records With Senate For Trump-Russia Probe: WSJ

May 12, 2017 at 06:49 PM
Washington - A unit of the U.S. Treasury Department that fights money laundering will provide financial records to an investigation by the Senate into possible ties between Russia and President Donald Trump and his associates, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, citing people familiar with the matter. The Senate Intelligence Committee asked for the records from the Treasury's Financial...

Shanghai – Behind Kushner Companies, A Chinese Agency Skirts Visa-for-investment Rules

May 12, 2017 at 06:00 PM
Shanghai - While Jared Kushner's family company apologized this week for mentioning the White House adviser's name when wooing Chinese investors to fund a New Jersey real estate project, one Chinese immigration agency was touting its role in the deal. For Beijing-based Qiaowai, which organized the roadshow for Kushner Companies' One Journal Square project, the pitch was a chance to highlight...

Washington – Aide: Trump To Back Palestinian ‘Self-Determination’ On Mideast Trip

May 12, 2017 at 05:35 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump will express support for Palestinian “self-determination” during a Middle East trip this month, a senior aide said on Friday, suggesting Trump is open to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict despite not having publicly embraced the idea so far. The comment by U.S. national security adviser H.R. McMaster came just nine days after a...

Houston – As Trump Seeks Billions For Wall, US Still Paying For Fence

May 12, 2017 at 05:00 PM
Houston - Before the wall, there was the fence. And the U.S. is still paying for it. As President Donald Trump tries to persuade a skeptical Congress to fund his proposed multibillion-dollar wall on the Mexican border, government lawyers are still settling claims with Texas landowners over a border fence approved more than a decade ago. Two settlements were completed just this week. The...

London – Expert: “Biggest Ransomwear Outbreak” Ever

May 12, 2017 at 04:41 PM
London - A cyberattack that is forcing computer owners to pay hundreds of dollars in ransom to unlock their files has hit almost every corner of the world. F-Secure on Friday says it's gotten reports from more than 60 countries. Mikko Hypponen, its chief research officer, calls it "the biggest ransomware outbreak in history." Security experts from Kaspersky Lab and Avast Software say Russia...

Chicago, IL – Parents Sue U.S. Palestine Group Over Son’s Death Linked To Hamas

May 12, 2017 at 04:21 PM
Chicago, IL - An American couple whose teenage son was fatally shot in 1996 at a bus stop near Jerusalem on Friday filed a lawsuit to force a U.S.-based Palestinian group to pay a $156 million judgment they obtained over the attack, which they blame on Hamas. Stanley and Joyce Boim called American Muslims for Palestine and its affiliated Americans for Justice in Palestine Educational...

New York – ‘SNL’ Comedian Mocks Sean Spicer With Motorized Podium

May 12, 2017 at 04:00 PM
New York - Melissa McCarthy has gone into the streets of Manhattan to lampoon White House press secretary Sean Spicer. The comedian was captured on video Friday morning riding a motorized podium in midtown while dressed as Spicer, presumably a sequence that will air when McCarthy hosts the next "Saturday Night Live." In the video, McCarthy is seen gliding in the middle of traffic in front...

Washington – Michelle Obama Criticizes Trump School Lunch Decision

May 12, 2017 at 03:30 PM
Washington - Former first lady Michelle Obama is criticizing a Trump administration decision to delay federal rules aimed at making school lunches healthier. She tells an annual health conference in Washington that more nutritious school lunches are important since millions of kids eat federally subsidized school breakfast and lunch. Without mentioning President Donald Trump, she said parents...

Beirut – Lebanon Blames Israel For Anti-Hezbollah Telecoms Hacking

May 12, 2017 at 03:00 PM
Beirut - The Lebanese government blamed Israel Friday for a recent hacking in which audio messages were sent to people in Lebanon claiming the Hezbollah leader was behind the death of the group's top military commander. A statement issued by the Telecommunications Ministry said that "sophisticated technology" was used to breach Lebanon's telecoms network, making it appear as if the messages...

Brooklyn, NY – Stolen Antique Seforim Returned To BP Rabbi

May 12, 2017 at 02:30 PM
Brooklyn, NY - More than a month after being robbed of dozens of antique seforim from his personal library, a Borough Park rabbi was reunited with the lost books, some of which were hundreds of years old. As previously reported on VIN News (http://bit.ly/2pGa1TZ), thieves broke into the 12th Avenue home of Rabbi Meir Rokeach, the Kozlover Rebbe, in the early morning hours of April 2nd. ...

Huntington, NY – To Ease Fears, U.S. Muslim Schools Reach Out To Neighbors

May 12, 2017 at 02:11 PM
Huntington, NY - At a Roman Catholic high school in New York's Long Island suburbs, two dozen visiting Muslim students knelt and prayed while teens in uniform blazers from the host school looked on. The trip's agenda was simple: give students whose schools are just 10 miles (16 km) apart but culturally worlds away a chance to get to know each other. It is also part of an ambitious...

Borough Park, NY – NYC Mayor To Hold First Town Hall Meeting In Brooklyn’s Jewish Area

May 12, 2017 at 01:30 PM
Borough Park, NY - A town hall meeting with Mayor Bill de Blasio taking place next week in Borough Park may be the first event of its kind ever to be held in the midst of Brooklyn’s Orthodox Jewish community. The meeting, taking place on May 16th, is being hosted by City Councilman David Greenfield. “I reached out to the mayor a while ago once I heard he was doing these kinds of...

Nicosia – Palestinian Officials Hope To Launch E-currency In 5 Years

May 12, 2017 at 01:00 PM
Nicosia - Palestinian officials are planning for the territory to have its own digital-only currency within five years, a move designed to safeguard against potential Israeli interference, the head of the Palestine Monetary Authority (PMA) told Reuters. Palestinians have no currency of their own and use the euro, U.S. dollar, Israeli shekel and Jordanian dinar in their daily lives. But with...

London – UK Hospitals Divert Ambulances After ‘Ransomware’ Cyber Attack

May 12, 2017 at 12:30 PM
London - Hospitals and doctors' surgeries across England were forced to turn away patients and cancel appointments on Friday after a nationwide 'ransomware' cyber attack which crippled some computer systems in the state-run health service. The National Health Service (NHS) said 16 organisations had been affected by the cyber attack but added it had not been specifically targeted. No patient...

Trenton – NJ Gov. Christie Rejects Measure To Ban Child Marriage, Citing Religion

May 12, 2017 at 12:01 PM
Trenton, NJ - The governor of New Jersey declined to sign a measure into law on Thursday (May 11) that would have made it the first U.S. state to ban child marriage without exception. Republican Chris Christie, a supporter of President Donald Trump, said such a ban would conflict with religious customs. Underage marriage is widespread in the United States, where about 170,000 children were...

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