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United Nations – Britain Joins US In Opposing UN Health Body’s Resolution Singling Out Israel

May 26, 2017 at 05:57 PM
United Nations - Great Britain and the United States joined four other nations in voting against a World Health Organization resolution that they said singles out Israel for criticism. The resolution, which passed by an overwhelming majority on Friday during the 70th World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland, mostly speaks of the need to improve services provided to Palestinians and...

Washington – Reuters: Tillerson Declines To Host Ramadan Event At State Department

May 26, 2017 at 05:15 PM
Washington - Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has declined a request to host an event to mark Islam's holy month of Ramadan, two U.S. officials said, apparently breaking with a bipartisan tradition in place with few exceptions for nearly 20 years. Since 1999, Republican and Democratic secretaries of state have nearly always hosted either an iftar dinner to break the day's fast during Ramadan...

Washington – Trump To Set Up ‘War Room’ To Repel Attacks Over Russia Probe, Officials

May 26, 2017 at 04:45 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump’s White House is preparing to establish a 'war room' to combat mounting questions about ties between Russia and his presidential campaign, administration officials and persons close to Trump said, addressing a scandal that has threatened to consume his young presidency. Upon Trump’s return from a nine-day overseas trip, the administration will add...

Rockland County, NY – NBC: Ramapo PD Failed To Follow Procedure In Investigation Of Fatal Collision At Yeshiva That Killed One Student

May 26, 2017 at 04:05 PM
Rockland County, NY - The father of a yeshiva student who was critically injured last fall when he was struck by a speeding car is charging the Ramapo Police Department with mishandling the incident, giving preferential treatment to the driver of the car because he is an off-duty police officer. As previously reported on VIN News (http://bit.ly/2qrwNiB), Officer Jonathan Mosquera was running...

Tallahassee, FL – Florida Highway Patrol Dealing With Trooper Shortage

May 26, 2017 at 04:00 PM
Tallahassee, FL - The number of speeding tickets issued by the Florida Highway Patrol has dropped for three straight years as the agency deals with a shortage of troopers. Since 2010, the agency has lost 993 troopers — or about half of its workforce of 1,946 troopers, to retirement or resignations, the highway patrol's director Col. Gene Spaulding told the Miami Herald...

Dearborn, MI – Muslim Man Sues Little Caesars For $100M Over Pizza Labeled ‘Halal’

May 26, 2017 at 03:00 PM
Dearborn, MI - A Muslim man who says Little Caesars served him a pizza with pepperoni made with pork has filed a lawsuit seeking $100 million. The Detroit Free Press reports (http://on.freep.com/2qn8Vxm ) the lawsuit filed Thursday in Wayne County Circuit Court says the pizza sold in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn was labeled "halal," meaning it shouldn't contain pork and would be prepared in...

Jerusalem – Israel’s Ramadan Goodwill Comes Amid Tension Over Gaza Power

May 26, 2017 at 02:30 PM
Jerusalem - Israel has announced a series of goodwill gestures for Palestinians ahead of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan a day after it warned Gaza's already meager electricity supply could be further reduced following a spat between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and the Islamic militant group Hamas that rules the territory. Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai of the Israeli defense body COGAT...

Washington – US Plans First Test Of ICBM Intercept, With NKorea On Mind

May 26, 2017 at 02:01 PM
Washington - Preparing for North Korea's growing threat, the Pentagon will try to shoot down an intercontinental-range missile for the first time in a test next week. The goal is to more closely simulate a North Korean ICBM aimed at the U.S. homeland, officials said Friday The American interceptor has a spotty track record, succeeding in nine of 17 attempts since 1999. The most recent test, in...

Jerusalem – Israeli Interior Minister Deri Questioned By Police Over Graft Investigation

May 26, 2017 at 01:30 PM
Jerusalem - Interior Minister Aryeh Deri (Shas) has been summoned for questioning by Israel Police's Lahav 433 unit over an ongoing investigation into real estate and tax fraud, Israel Hayom reported Friday. The police were reportedly ready for the questioning prior to Friday but had delayed it until after the visit of US president Donald Trump, which would require the full efforts of the...

Washington – Boehner: Trump’s Term ‘Disaster,’ Aside From Foreign Affairs

May 26, 2017 at 01:26 PM
Washington - Former House Speaker John Boehner says that aside from international affairs and foreign policy, President Donald Trump's time in office has been a "complete disaster." Speaking at an energy conference Thursday in Houston, Boehner praised Trump for his approach abroad and aggressiveness in fighting Islamic State militants. That's according to the energy publication...

New York – Scuffle Erupts At Rally Against CUNY’s Hosting Of BDS Promoter Linda Sarsour

May 26, 2017 at 12:47 PM
New York - A scuffle broke out between supporters and critics of the City University of New York’s plan to host Palestinian-American activist Linda Sarsour, an opponent of President Donald Trump’s agenda and a supporter of attempts to boycott Israel. The incident occurred Thursday night outside the CUNY building in Manhattan, where activists against radical Islam, including Pamela Geller...

Annapolis, MD – Pence Says Trump Will Be ‘Best Friend’ To Armed Forces

May 26, 2017 at 12:39 PM
Annapolis, MD - Vice President Mike Pence said Friday "the era of budget cuts of the armed forces of the United States is over," assuring incoming Navy and Marine Corps officers that President Donald Trump will be the "best friend the armed forces of the United States will ever have." Pence, speaking to cheering graduates at the U.S. Naval Academy, said their commander in chief is committed to...

Budapest – Hungarian State TV Airs Iranian Leader Calling George Soros ‘Evil Zionist-American’

May 26, 2017 at 12:00 PM
Budapest - Hungarian Jews condemned a public broadcaster’s airing of an Iranian leader’s attack on Jewish-American billionaire George Soros, calling it anti-Semitic. On Wednesday Hirado, the main news show of the state MTVA channel, included quotes by Iran’s supreme spiritual leader, Sayyid Ali Hosseini Khamenei, calling Soros “an evil Zionist-American multi-billionaire” who is...

Taormina, Sicily – Trump Ruffles Feathers By Calling Germans “Bad” _ On Trade

May 26, 2017 at 11:29 AM
Taormina, Sicily - President Donald Trump has said Germans are "bad" for having a large trade surplus with the United States, drawing attention to a contentious issue at a summit of world leaders where trade is already a sticking point. As the meeting of leaders from seven wealthy democracies gathered for difficult talks on trade and climate change, Germany's Der Spiegel reported that Trump...

Detroit – Flood Of Off-lease Used Cars Push Prices Down, Upend Market

May 26, 2017 at 11:04 AM
Detroit - In 2014, Infiniti leased more than 28,000 Q50 luxury sedans for as little as $329 per month in a growing U.S. market. The leases accounted for more than three-quarters of Q50 sales. Now they're coming back to haunt the automaker. Like many companies that juiced sales with sweet leases during the past few years, Nissan's luxury brand now faces a hefty supply of nice, low-mileage...

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