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Panama City – Panama Police In Riot Gear Enter, Leave Trump Hotel

February 28, 2018 at 01:46 PM
Panama City - Police in helmets and bulletproof vests have entered and then left the Trump luxury hotel in Panama at the center of a management dispute. The employment director for the Labor Ministry said its agents went to the hotel Wednesday to ensure workers were being paid. Judith Aparicio said "our visit is intended to provide assurance to workers." The officials and police escorting...

Tel Aviv – Bank Hapoalim To Set Aside Another $75 Million Over U.S. Tax Investigation

February 28, 2018 at 01:25 PM
Tel Aviv - Bank Hapoalim will set aside an additional $75 million to cover a potential settlement in a U.S. investigation of possible tax evasion by the bank's clients there, Israel's largest bank said on Wednesday. Hapoalim said it had determined that more of its clients may be relevant to the investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice. Its provisions for the investigation now stand...

Oakland, CA – Immigration Chief: 800 Avoided Arrest Due To Mayor’s Warning

February 28, 2018 at 12:55 PM
Oakland, CA - A top immigration official said Wednesday that about 800 people living illegally in Northern California were able to avoid arrest because of a weekend warning that Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf put on Twitter. "What she did is no better than a gang lookout yelling 'police' when a police cruiser comes in the neighborhood, except she did it to a whole community," Thomas Homan, the...

Washington – Report: U.S. Peace Plan Divides Jerusalem, Keeps Israeli Settlement Blocs

February 28, 2018 at 12:27 PM
Washington - Two days after EU Foreign Policy chief Federica Mogherini warned the US against taking false steps on the peace process, the pan-Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat report Wednesday that the plan Washington is hammering out calls for a demilitarized Palestinian state with limited sovereignty and borders that do not match the 1967 lines. According to the Saudi paper published in London...

Parkland, FL – Florida Students Return To ‘Picture Of Education In Fear’

February 28, 2018 at 12:02 PM
Parkland, FL - Students and teachers passed through tight security cordons of dozens of officers as classes resumed Wednesday for the first time since a troubled teenager with an AR-15 killed 17 of their friends and classmates, thrusting them into the center of the nation's gun debate. The armed police, designed to make Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School feel secure, were accompanied by...

Washington – Trump Says California Border Wall On Hold Until Entire Wall Approved

February 28, 2018 at 11:23 AM
Washington - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that the parts of a proposed border wall he says California wants will not be built until the entire southern wall is approved, although state officials have said they are strongly opposed to the plan. "I have decided that sections of the Wall that California wants built NOW will not be built until the whole Wall is approved," Trump...

Johannesburg – Lion Kills Woman At Refuge Of South African ‘Lion Whisperer’

February 28, 2018 at 11:01 AM
Johannesburg - A lion that mauled a young woman to death in South Africa was under the care of a man known as the "lion whisperer" for his close interactions with the predators. Kevin Richardson, who keeps lions at his animal sanctuary in the Dinokeng Game Reserve, said on Facebook that he and an "experienced" colleague took three lions for a walk in the reserve on Tuesday and that one chased...

Washington – Trump Attacks Sessions Over Russian Probe Methods

February 28, 2018 at 10:40 AM
Washington - President Donald Trump renewed his attacks on his attorney general Wednesday, describing as "disgraceful" his handling of Republican complaints that the FBI abused its surveillance power during the early stages of the Russia probe. Jeff Sessions said Tuesday that the Justice Department's inspector general will evaluate whether prosecutors and agents wrongly obtained a warrant to...

Paris – Hate Crime Charges Reinstated In Paris Trial Of Muslim Accused Of Killing Jewish Neighbor

February 28, 2018 at 10:31 AM
Paris - The judge in the case of the murder of an Orthodox Jewish woman in Paris has declared the killing a hate crime, after originally scrapping those charges from the indictment of the murder suspect who confessed to killing the woman. The examining magistrate on Tuesday reinstated the charge of murder aggravated by racial hatred, after the Paris Prosecutor’s office appealed his dismissal...

Jerusalem – Israel Group Mints Trump Coin To Honor Jerusalem Recognition

February 28, 2018 at 09:57 AM
Jerusalem - An Israeli organization has minted a coin bearing President Donald Trump's image to honor his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. The Mikdash Educational Center says Wednesday that the "Temple Coin" features Trump alongside King Cyrus, who 2,500 years ago allowed Jews to return to Jerusalem from their exile in Babylon. Rabbi Mordechai Persoff says that Trump, like...

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – Ethiopian Jews Threaten Mass Hunger Strike Over Israel Move

February 28, 2018 at 09:32 AM
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Representatives for thousands of Ethiopian Jews announced Wednesday they will stage a mass hunger strike if Israel eliminates funding to allow them to join their families in that country. Hundreds gathered at a synagogue in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, to express concern that Israel's proposed budget removes the funding to help them immigrate to reunite with...

New York – Dick’s Sporting Goods Cuts Off Sales Of Assault-style Rifles In Stores

February 28, 2018 at 09:15 AM
New York - Dick's Sporting Goods will immediately end sales of assault-style rifles and high capacity magazines at all of its stores and ban the sale of all guns to anyone under 21 years old. The announcement Wednesday comes two weeks after the school massacre in Parkland, Florida. "When we saw what the kids were going through and the grief of the parents and the kids who were killed in...

Jerusalem – Religious Male IDF Soldiers Refuse To Join Commanders’ Course That Includes Women

February 28, 2018 at 08:49 AM
Jerusalem - Religious male soldiers have refused to participate in a commanders’ training course for the Israel Defense Forces Armored Corps after it admitted women for the first time. The invitation to three women, part of the IDF’s first cohort of female combat tank operators, who finished their training at the end of last year, was announced with great fanfare earlier this week. On...

Washington – Congressman: Jews Died In Holocaust Because They Didn’t Have Guns

February 28, 2018 at 08:17 AM
Washington - A Republican congressman from the US state of Alaska claimed during a debate on gun control last week that Jews were killed in the Holocaust because they were unarmed. Rep. Donald Young, the longest-serving member of the House of Representatives and a member of the National Rifle Association (NRA) board, made the claim in support of his argument against imposing gun control...

Washington – Israeli Efforts To ‘Leverage’ Kushner Weakness Contributed To Clearance Downgrade

February 28, 2018 at 07:54 AM
Washington - Jared Kushner, US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law leading a White House effort to forge Middle East peace, has lost his access to top secret information because of foreign government efforts to influence him, US media reported on Tuesday. According to The Washington Post, the president’s national security adviser, H. R. McMaster, was briefed on efforts by Israeli and...

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