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Washington – White House: President Erdogan Has Invited Trump To Visit Turkey In 2019

December 24, 2018 at 11:30 PM
Washington - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has invited U.S. President Donald Trump to visit Turkey in 2019, a White House spokesman said on Monday. "While nothing definite is being planned, the President is open to a potential meeting in the future," White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said in a statement. The conflict in Syria following Trump's announcement of a U.S. pullout, the fallout...

New York – New Year, Higher Pay: 2019 Changes Affecting Small Business

December 24, 2018 at 11:00 PM
New York - Many small businesses will see their labor costs increase in 2019. Seventeen states are raising their minimum wages Jan. 1, and a number of others will follow suit later in the year. Some of the increases were scheduled by legislation passed in the last few years. Others are in response to the rising inflation rate. The minimum is also going up in some major cities, among them...

Tokyo – Mirroring The Plunge On Wall Street, Japan’s Main Stock Index Dives 5.1 Percent

December 24, 2018 at 10:42 PM
Tokyo - Japan's main stock index has plunged following heavy Wall Street losses triggered by President Donald Trump's Christmas Eve criticism of the Federal Reserve. The Nikkei 225 lost 5.1 percent on Tuesday to 19,147.45 points. Tokyo and other major Asian markets are on track to end 2018 down at least 10 percent. Wall Street indexes fell more than 2 percent on Monday after Trump said...

Saddle Brook, NJ – More than 3,000 patients possibly exposed to HIV, hepatitis

December 24, 2018 at 10:09 PM
Saddle Brook, NJ - The New Jersey Department of Health says more than 3,000 patients at a surgery center may have been exposed to HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C. Officials say patients who had procedures done at the HealthPlus Surgery Center in Saddle Brook between January 2018 and Sept. 7, 2018 may have been exposed. Surgery center administrator Betty McCabe says the exposure was due to...

New York – Did 2018 Usher In A Creeping Tech Dystopia?

December 24, 2018 at 10:00 PM
New York - We may remember 2018 as the year when technology's dystopian potential became clear, from Facebook's role enabling the harvesting of our personal data for election interference to a seemingly unending series of revelations about the dark side of Silicon Valley's connect-everything ethos. The list is long: High-tech tools for immigration crackdowns. Fears of smartphone addiction ...

Jerusalem – Meet The IDF Unit Which Is The Eyes And Ears For Operation Northern Shield

December 24, 2018 at 09:00 PM
Jerusalem - As Israel’s Operation Northern Shield continues into its third week, the IDF’s 869th Shahaf (Seagull) Field Intelligence Battalion are the eyes and ears of the troops in the field. “We are in charge of identifying and stopping enemy moves,” Lt.-Col. Tomer Meltzman told The Jerusalem Post. “We are the taking the eyes in the field and expanding it, looking across the border...

Madrid, Spain – Madrid Rejects Motion To Boycott Israel

December 24, 2018 at 08:00 PM
Madrid, Spain - The Madrid City Council rejected a draft resolution calling for a boycott of Israel shortly after a Spanish court suspended another city’s motion on the matter. In last week’s vote in Madrid, the far left AhoraMadrid party, the council’s second largest with 20 seats out of 57, was alone in voting for the motion that it submitted, the ACOM watchdog group reported. The...

New York – Madoff’s Former Secretary Seeks Early Release From Prison

December 24, 2018 at 07:00 PM
New York - The longtime secretary of imprisoned financier Bernard Madoff should be released from prison in March because her advanced age entitles her to take advantage of a new prison reform law, her lawyer says. By March 19, Annette Bongiorno, 70, will have served two-thirds of her six-year prison term and should be released to home confinement by then, according to attorney Roland...

Washington – Trump Takes Parting Shot At Mattis And His View Of U.S. Allies

December 24, 2018 at 06:00 PM
Washington - U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday criticized departing Defense Secretary James Mattis and his view of alliances, saying the Pentagon chief failed to recognize the true costs of America's military support around the world. A day after Trump announced he would replace Mattis two months earlier than expected, the president took a parting shot at the Pentagon chief, who resigned...

Paris – Jewish Woman, 74, Confronts Anti-Semitic Protesters On Paris Train

December 24, 2018 at 05:00 PM
Paris - A 74-year-old Jewish woman whose father was killed in Auschwitz confronted three men who made a Nazi-inspired salute on a Paris train. The men were participating in France’s “Yellow Jacket” tax protest, and wearing its signature vests, when they made the quenelle salute promoted by the anti-Semitic comedian Dieudonne M’bala M’bala on Saturday evening, the French news outlet...

Jerusalem – Jewish Agency Calls On Police To Protect Non-Orthodox Worshippers At Western Wall

December 24, 2018 at 04:02 PM
Jerusalem - Jewish Agency Chairman Isaac Herzog has called on the Israeli national police to take action in the wake of several violent incidents in which haredi Orthodox worshippers harassed and threatened members of non-Orthodox denominations at the Western Wall. Writing to Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit and Acting Police Chief Motti Cohen, Herzog demanded an investigation into the...

Washington – Outgoing McCaskill Says GOP Senators Call Trump “Nuts” Behind His Back

December 24, 2018 at 03:20 PM
Washington - Many outgoing members of Congress are conducting exit interviews right now as they prepare to leave in just over a week. The departing Democratic senator from Missouri had a revealing conversation with CNN: In the interview, Claire McCaskill said that GOP senators call Trump "nuts" behind his back. "They'll tell you," McCaskill told CNN, referring to her exchanges with Republican...

Washington – US Judge Orders North Korea To Pay $500M In Student’s Death

December 24, 2018 at 03:00 PM
Washington - A federal judge ordered North Korea to pay more than $500 million on Monday in a wrongful death suit filed by the parents of Otto Warmbier, an American college student who died shortly after being released from that country. U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell in Washington ruled that North Korea should pay damages to Fred and Cindy Warmbier, the parents of the University of Virginia...

Washington – Analysis: One By One, Trump’s ‘Axis Of Adults’ Leaving

December 24, 2018 at 02:00 PM
Washington - Last year, during one particularly frenetic stretch in Donald Trump's presidency, a top Republican senator said there were three men guarding the country from chaos: Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, White House chief of staff John Kelly and then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Within weeks, not one will be left in the administration. Mattis' abrupt resignation Thursday marks...

New York – Explainer: ‘Plunge Protection Team’ To Convene Amid Wall Street Rout

December 24, 2018 at 01:30 PM
New York - The Trump administration is arranging a phone call on Monday with top regulators to discuss financial markets amid a rout on Wall Street. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will host the call with the president's Working Group on Financial Markets, known colloquially as the "Plunge Protection team." WASHINGTON HAS A PLUNGE PROTECTION TEAM? Yes, although it does not deal...

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