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Sao Paulo – No Embassy Move Announced As Brazil’s Bolsonaro Hosts Israel’s Netanyahu

December 28, 2018 at 03:30 PM
Sao Paulo - Brazil's far-right President-elect Jair Bolsonaro met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday and while both pledged to deepen ties, there was no announcement as some anticipated of Brazil moving its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Netanyahu, the first Israeli prime minister to visit Brazil, flew in to Rio de Janeiro to meet with Bolsonaro, an ideological ally who...

Mexico City – Mexican President Reacts To Trump With Caution

December 28, 2018 at 03:00 PM
Mexico City - Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has reacted cautiously to a threat by President Donald Trump to close the border. Trump tweeted Friday: "We build a Wall or ... close the Southern Border." Disputes with Congress over funding for the border wall have already led to a partial U.S. government shutdown. On Friday, Lopez Obrador said: "We are always seeking a good...

Orlando, FL – Lawsuit Says Theme Park Should Put Warning Signs In Spanish

December 28, 2018 at 02:32 PM
Orlando, FL - Should a U.S. theme park post warning signs about a ride's potential dangers in a language other than English? A lawsuit brought by a Guatemalan family against Universal Orlando Resort says yes. The family's 38-year-old father suffered a fatal heart attack two years ago after going on the "Skull Island: Reign of Kong" ride. He didn't speak English and his family says in a...

Gaza – Health Officials: Palestinian Killed At Weekly Gaza Protests

December 28, 2018 at 01:41 PM
Gaza - Health officials say Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian during protests along Gaza-Israel frontier. Palestinian Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Kidra said Karam Fayyad, 26, was shot in the head Friday at one of the demonstrations in the southeast of the Gaza Strip. Six other protesters were wounded, he added. Witnesses say the man had Down syndrome and was among dozens who...

Bucharest – Romanian Firm Discriminated Against Jewish Employee, Court Rules

December 28, 2018 at 01:00 PM
Bucharest - A judge in Romania awarded $5,700 in damages to a Jewish man who sued his employer for not giving the claimant time off on Passover and humiliating him because of his ethnicity. Bernard Ciurariu won his workplace discrimination against NTT Data Romania last week in the city of Iasi, the news site Info Crestin reported. The claimant was “punished because he did not go to work...

New York – Hate Crimes In NY: Jews Targeted In 2018 More Than All Other Groups Combined

December 28, 2018 at 12:31 PM
New York - New York saw more hate crimes against Jews in 2018 than all other targeted groups combined, according to police figures. Anti-Semitic incidents rose by 22 percent from last year, NYPD figures show, according to a report Wednesday on Patch. Of the 352 hate crimes this year recorded as of Sunday, 183 were anti-Semitic incidents. Brooklyn has seen a spate of hate crimes against Jews in...

London – London Mosque To Celebrate Muslims Who Rescued Jews In The Holocaust

December 28, 2018 at 11:55 AM
London - A mosque that opened recently amid protests in a heavily Jewish part of London announced plans to host an exhibition celebrating Muslims who saved Jews during the Holocaust. Golders Green Mosque is set to feature the exhibition prepared by the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum in Israel at the beginning of the new year, The Jewish News of London reported Thursday. The exhibition is about...

New York – Deep Underground, New NYC Train Hub Slowly Takes Shape

December 28, 2018 at 11:03 AM
New York - Deep in the bedrock 15 stories below the famous Grand Central Terminal, a cavernous construction site is slowly, and expensively, taking shape as a commuter rail hub that will accommodate more than 150,000 passengers a day. East Side Access has been dogged by massive cost overruns and delays since construction began nearly a dozen years ago. But Gov. Andrew Cuomo has brought in a...

Tokyo – Japan Shows Video Of Alleged Radar Lock-on By SKorea Warship

December 28, 2018 at 10:32 AM
Tokyo - Japan released video footage Friday it said proved a South Korean warship locked its fire-control radar onto a Japanese warplane off the northeastern coast in the latest move of an escalating row between the Asian neighbors. The Defense Ministry's just over 13-minute footage, filmed from the P-1 patrol aircraft, contained voices of Japanese crewmembers asking the destroyer for...

Jerusalem – Israeli Author Amos Oz Dead Of Cancer At 79

December 28, 2018 at 09:43 AM
Jerusalem - Amos Oz, Israel's best known author and an outspoken supporter of the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, died of cancer at the age of 79 on Friday, his daughter said. Over a 50-year career, Oz chronicled his country's rise from the ashes of the Holocaust and internal struggles among Jews and Arabs or rightists and leftists. He won international plaudits and was...

New York – NYC Utility Probes Electric Flash That Lit Sky In Eerie Blue

December 28, 2018 at 09:33 AM
New York - Electric utility Con Edison was working Friday to figure out what caused a high-voltage equipment failure that unleashed an otherworldly flash of bright blue light in the night sky over New York City. The event Thursday caused power outages, briefly grounded flights at LaGuardia airport and filled social media feeds with eerie photos, questions and jokes, to the point that even the...

Washington – Trump Threatens To Shut Border If No Wall Money

December 28, 2018 at 09:14 AM
Washington - President Donald Trump is threatening to close the U.S. border with Mexico if Democrats in Congress don't agree to fund the construction of a border wall. Trump tweeted Friday morning that "We will be forced to close the Southern Border entirely," unless a funding deal is reached with "the Obstructionist Democrats." Trump's demand for money to build the border wall and...

Uman, Ukraine – Jews In Ukraine Seek Flu Vaccines From Israel After Owner Of Uman’s Kosher Hotel Death

December 28, 2018 at 08:44 AM
Uman, Ukraine - An Israeli rabbi living in the Ukrainian city of Uman died of an infectious flu virus, raising fears that other members of his community there may also be infected. Rabbi Israel Pinto, the owner of Uman’s kosher Orot hotel, died Wednesday in Israel, where he was flown after being hospitalized with acute pneumonia in Uman and later Odessa, the haredi news site Ch10 reported...

Brussels – Gun Fired At Bedroom Of Belgian Jewish Family

December 28, 2018 at 08:18 AM
Brussels - A Jewish family that has received multiple threats in their home in Belgium reported that someone fired a bullet at their bedroom. The incident happened last month in Marchienne-au-Pont south of Brussels to Eitan and Nicole, who asked their last name be withheld from reports about their case in the media, La Nouvelle Gazette daily reported. The incident happened at 3 a.m. A car...

Beijing – China Allows First-ever U.S. Rice Imports In ‘Goodwill Gesture’ Ahead Of Trade Talks

December 28, 2018 at 07:56 AM
Beijing - China has opened the door to imports of rice from the United States for the first time ever in what analysts took to signal a warming of relations between the world's two biggest economies after a frosty year marked by tensions and tit-for-tat tariffs. The green light from Chinese customs, indicated in a statement posted on the customs authority's website on Friday, comes in the...

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