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Gaza City – Hamas Says Ready To Reconcile With Fatah With No Conditions

September 11, 2017 at 05:01 PM
Gaza City - Hamas says it is ready to talk reconciliation with the rival government of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas without preconditions. Hamas had previously demanded that Abbas halt a series of measures taken against the Islamic militant group before sitting down to discuss a reconciliation deal. Abbas cut electricity in Gaza and slashed the salaries of tens of thousands of public...

Florida City, FL – Frustrated Florida Keys Residents Wait For Permission To Return To Evacuated Homes

September 11, 2017 at 04:33 PM
Florida city, FL - Dozens of residents who fled the Florida Keys in anticipation of Hurricane Irma's wrath grew impatient on Monday, as they waited at a police checkpoint eager to get back to their island homes to assess the damage. Tensions flared as authorities insisted it was not safe to return. Some evacuees warned they would be less willing to leave next time if they were not allowed...

San Juan, Puerto Rico – British Billionaire Branson Calls For ‘Marshall Plan’ After Irma Ravages Caribbean

September 11, 2017 at 04:00 PM
San Juan, Puerto Rico - British billionaire Richard Branson has called for a "Marshall plan" to help the Caribbean recover from the devastation wrought by Hurricane Irma, which left tens of thousands homeless and sparked looting on islands left short of food and water. Irma ripped through the Leeward Islands last week as one of the Atlantic's strongest ever storms, uprooting trees, tearing...

Washington – Republican Attempt To Deflect Trump-Russia Probes Could Backfire

September 11, 2017 at 03:31 PM
Washington - Republican lawmaker Devin Nunes' investigation into whether Obama administration officials used classified intelligence reports to discredit Donald Trump's 2016 campaign team could backfire on the congressman - and the president, sources familiar with the reports said. The reports contain no evidence that any aides to former Democratic President Barack Obama acted improperly, the...

New York – Ex-Platinum Executive, NYC Union Chief Must Face Fraud Charges

September 11, 2017 at 03:00 PM
New York - A federal judge in Manhattan on Monday refused to dismiss fraud charges against a former Platinum Partners hedge fund executive and a former union leader for New York City prison guards, who claimed their indictment was based on illegal wiretaps. The defendants, Murray Huberfeld and Norman Seabrook, said the indictment was based improperly on phone calls involving Huberfeld that...

Jerusalem – Israeli Official: Netanyahu Must Push Trump To End Iran Deal

September 11, 2017 at 02:25 PM
Jerusalem - A top deputy to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday said the Israeli leader must push President Donald Trump to freeze, change or cancel the international community's nuclear deal with Iran during an upcoming trip to the United States. Yisrael Katz, Israel's minister for intelligence and strategic affairs, told a security conference in the central Israeli city of Herzliya...

Frankfurt – Mercedes-Benz To Offer Electric Option For Every Car By 2022

September 11, 2017 at 02:08 PM
Frankfurt - Daimler's Chief Executive Dieter Zetsche on Monday said Mercedes-Benz will offer electric versions of all its models by 2022, converting its Smart city car brand to become fully electric. Speaking at the company's investor day in Sindelfingen, Germany, Daimler said it will offer at least 50 electrified versions of Mercedes-Benz passenger cars in hybrid and fully electric car...

Jerusalem – Israeli Blogger Jailed In Azerbaijan Pardoned By President

September 11, 2017 at 01:51 PM
Jerusalem - The president of Azerbaijan has pardoned an Israeli blogger who was sentenced to three years in prison in Azerbaijan for illegally entering Nagorno-Karabakh. Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev signed the pardon on Monday for Alexander Lapshin and it went into effect immediately, Haaretz reported. In July, Lapshin, 40, who also holds Russian and Ukrainian citizenship, appealed to...

Shanksville, PA – Pence: Flight 93 Passengers Might Have Saved His Life On 9/11

September 11, 2017 at 01:24 PM
Shanksville, PA - Vice President Mike Pence told the family and friends of the victims of United Flight 93 attending the 16th anniversary ceremony in Pennsylvania that the passengers might well have saved his life. Monday's somber service began at 9:45 a.m., the time that federal investigators determined passengers decided to revolt against their four al-Qaeda hijackers, who ended up crashing...

Houston – Hurricane Trash Pile, Removal Costs Could Reach Staggering Levels

September 11, 2017 at 01:02 PM
Houston - Even as Texas continues to marshal crews to handle Hurricane Harvey debris, Irma's move up the west coast of Florida on Monday promises to stress the effort and leave a combined bill near or topping the multi-billion dollar tab for Katrina, the largest to date. Officials insist they can manage two large cleanups at once. Throughout the weekend, disaster specialist AshBritt Inc, DRC...

New York – Racial Politics Color New York City’s Looming Mayoral Race

September 11, 2017 at 12:45 PM
New York - Mayor Bill de Blasio isn't much of a dancer. But there he was on a recent Sunday morning, bobbing his head and bending his knees ever so slightly, as the Lenox Road Baptist Church choir belted out another hymn. He was the only white person celebrating with the congregation, gathered in a central Brooklyn house of worship he was visiting for the first time since becoming New York...

Jerusalem – Israel-Africa Summit Canceled Amid Togo Unrest

September 11, 2017 at 12:26 PM
Jerusalem - The Israeli Foreign Ministry says an Israel-Africa summit scheduled next month in Togo has been postponed. In a statement Monday, the ministry said the decision had come at the request of Togo's president, Faure Gnassingbe, after consultations with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. It said talks would continue "to guarantee the full success of the summit." The statement...

New York – Apple May Test The Bounds Of iPhone Love With A $1,000 Model

September 11, 2017 at 11:57 AM
New York - Apple is expected to sell its fanciest iPhone yet for $1,000, crossing into a new financial frontier that will test how much consumers are willing to pay for a device that's become an indispensable part of modern life. The unveiling of a dramatically redesigned iPhone will likely be the marquee moment Tuesday when Apple hosts its first product event at its new spaceship-like...

Constantia, NY – Man With Cuffed Wrist Jokingly Told Neighbor He Shot Trooper

September 11, 2017 at 11:31 AM
Constantia, NY - Authorities say a New York man was joking when he showed up at a neighbor's house with handcuffs attached to his wrist and claimed to have just shot a state trooper. The neighbor fell for the joke and called 911. Now, 59-year-old Leonard Graumenz faces charges of reckless endangerment and falsely reporting a crime. Police say the incident occurred Saturday when Graumenz...

Jerusalem – Israel And China Sign $300 Million ‘Clean-tech’ Trade Agreement

September 11, 2017 at 10:56 AM
Jerusalem - Israel and China have signed a $300 million trade agreement meant to boost the export of Israeli environmental-friendly energy and agricultural technologies to China, Israel's Finance Ministry said on Monday. Foreign Minister Moshe Kahlon was in Beijing to sign the "clean-tech" deal which builds on past agreements, the ministry said in a statement. The new deal, it said, "allows...

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