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Los Angeles – Kindertransport Survivor Sees German Payments As History Acknowledged

December 19, 2018 at 11:30 PM
Los Angeles - For 93-year-old Paul Kester, the sum of $2,800 offered him by the German government for his childhood ordeal during the Nazi era can never replace what he lost, but he welcomes the payment as recognition that "this history is not forgotten." Kester, who spent his early years in Germany, was just 13 when he was sent away by his parents to Sweden as part of the Kindertransport, a...

Tirana – Albania Expels Iranian Agents For Plotting Terrorist Attacks Against Israelis

December 19, 2018 at 11:00 PM
Tirana - Albania has expelled Iran's ambassador and another diplomat for "damaging its national security", the foreign ministry said on Wednesday. Albania did not identify the two, and did not say when they were expelled or if they had left the NATO member country, but told Reuters it had consulted its alliance partners on the decision. But Israeli media said the foiled plot is related to...

Berlin – Fake News: Der Spiegel Says Star Reporter Fabricated Stories Over Years

December 19, 2018 at 10:30 PM
Berlin - Germany's Der Spiegel magazine said on Wednesday it had fired Claas Relotius, an award-winning staff writer, after finding he fabricated and invented facts in many articles in recent years. "Truth and lie are muddled in his texts," Der Spiegel said on its website. Some of the roughly 60 stories Relotius had written since 2011 were accurate but others were "completely invented or...

Washington – Bluegrass Blitz: How McConnell Was Sold On Sentencing Reform

December 19, 2018 at 10:00 PM
Washington - When Mitch McConnell returned to his home state of Kentucky, he couldn't escape the debate over criminal justice reform. Ads in favor of the Senate bill were running on television. Religious leaders, business executives and local politicians were talking about it. Even McConnell's beloved University of Louisville proved no sanctuary: It held a forum in support of the...

United Kingdom – London’s Gatwick Airport Completely Shut After Drones Seen

December 19, 2018 at 09:17 PM
United Kingdom - London's Gatwick Airport shut down late Wednesday while officials urgently investigated reports that two drones were flying above the airfield. The airport suspended all flights, causing severe disruptions just days before Christmas during one of the heaviest travel times of the year. Police and aviation authorities were still investigating early Thursday as incoming...

New York – Financial Times Names George Soros Person Of The Year

December 19, 2018 at 09:00 PM
New York - Liberal Jewish financier and philanthropist George Soros was named Person of the Year by Financial Times, which called him “the standard bearer of liberal democracy and open society.” The British news outlet also noted that there have been “so many anti-Semitic conspiracy theories targeting Mr. Soros that it is difficult to keep count. Hardly a day goes by without a...

New York – Budweiser Maker Teams Up With Tilray To Explore Pot Drinks

December 19, 2018 at 08:34 PM
New York - The maker of Budweiser is partnering with medical cannabis company Tilray in a $100 million deal to research cannabis-infused drinks for the Canadian market. Anheuser-Busch InBev and Tilray Inc. said each would invest $50 million in the project announced Wednesday. The companies will study non-alcoholic drinks containing cannabidiol, or CBD, which some claim has calming and healing...

Washington – Black Leaders Forged Alliance With Trump On Sentencing Deal

December 19, 2018 at 08:00 PM
Washington - A rare bipartisan deal in Congress to overhaul federal sentencing laws passed after a few black ministers, leaders and lawmakers forged an alliance with President Donald Trump, who some have condemned as racist for the last two years. The reforms could offer a path to freedom for hundreds of black and Latino inmates who were sent to prison by a justice system that critics say has...

New York – ICI: U.S. Fund Investors Withdraw $17 Billion Out Of Stocks, Most Cash In Three Years

December 19, 2018 at 07:30 PM
New York - U.S. fund investors stripped the most cash from U.S.-based mutual funds in more than three years in the latest week, Investment Company Institute (ICI) data showed on Wednesday, as concern mounted about interest rates and economic growth. More than $17 billion poured out of stock funds during the week ended Dec. 12, the most since June, while a six-week high of $12 billion fled bond...

Berlin – European Officials Agree On Ban Of Some Single-use Plastics

December 19, 2018 at 07:00 PM
Berlin - Plastic knives just won't cut it any longer, if the European Union has its way. The 28-nation bloc moved closer to banning single-use straws, plates, cutlery and cotton swabs, after officials from EU member states and the European Parliament on Wednesday backed recommendations by its executive branch designed to reduce marine pollution. Environmental campaigners have been calling...

Washington – Ryan Uses Farewell Address To Assail Politics Of ‘Outrage’

December 19, 2018 at 06:37 PM
Washington - Retiring House Speaker Paul Ryan decried the outrage and bitterness that he said now color American politics in a farewell speech that also acknowledged his inability to achieve two top goals: controlling surging federal debt and reining in Medicare and other mammoth benefit programs. "Our complex problems are absolutely solvable," Ryan said at the Library of Congress, across the...

Rabat – Morocco: IS Terrorist Ties To Scandinavian Hiker Slaying

December 19, 2018 at 06:00 PM
Rabat - The lone suspect arrested in the killing of two Scandinavian tourists is connected to a terrorist group, and three other suspects are on the run, Moroccan prosecutors and a security official said Wednesday. State television 2M reported on its website that authorities consider the two women's slayings a terrorist act. Local media reported that the suspects had links to the Islamic State...

Rockland County, NY – RC Board Of Health: 9 Yeshivas Fined $70G Over Measles Vaccination Records

December 19, 2018 at 05:01 PM
New York - Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert announced fines totaling over $70,000 to nine schools that did not comply with the Health Commissioner’s order to keep un- or under-vaccinated students home from school and provide vaccination and attendance records to the Rockland County Department of Health (RCDOH) during the measles...

New York – Facebook Stock Hammered To Lowest Point In 2 Years, After Being Sued

December 19, 2018 at 05:00 PM
New York - The attorney general for Washington, D.C. said on Wednesday the U.S. capital city had sued Facebook Inc for allegedly misleading users about how it safeguarded their personal data, in the latest fallout from the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The world's largest social media company has drawn global scrutiny since disclosing earlier this year that a third-party personality quiz...

Washington – Judge Blocks Restrictions On Who Can Apply For Asylum

December 19, 2018 at 04:30 PM
Washington - A federal judge on Wednesday blocked Trump administration policies that prevented immigrants who suffered gang violence or domestic abuse in their home countries from seeking asylum. U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan declared that some of the guidance that then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued this year cannot be used to determine whether an immigrant has a credible...

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