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London – Spanish Museum, California Family In Court Over Disputed Art

December 4, 2018 at 11:27 PM
London - The great-grandson of a Jewish woman who surrendered her priceless Camille Pissarro painting to escape the Holocaust watched Tuesday as his lawyer relentlessly grilled officials of the Spanish museum where it now hangs, expressing incredulity that they didn't know it was Nazi looted art. Members of the museum's legal and research team, including some who were there when the painting...

Washington – Benjamin Netanyahu Hated George H.W. Bush’s Peace Plan. Now It’s His Policy.

December 4, 2018 at 11:00 PM
Washington - When a president dies, the tendency is to put aside long-simmering resentments and consider the wholeness of his record. So it was when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu remembered George Herbert Walker Bush, who died last week at 94. Despite the tense relationship with Israel that was a hallmark of Bush’s single term, the prime minister praised the late president for...

London – 1st Baby Born Using Uterus Transplanted From Deceased Donor

December 4, 2018 at 10:30 PM
London - Brazilian doctors are reporting the world's first baby born to a woman with a uterus transplanted from a deceased donor. Eleven previous births have used a transplanted womb but from a living donor, usually a relative or friend. Experts said using uteruses from women who have died could make more transplants possible. Ten previous attempts using deceased donors in the Czech...

Washington – When George H.W. Bush Was Reluctant To Wear A Yarmulke

December 4, 2018 at 10:00 PM
Washington - George H.W. Bush was a man of uncommon decency. He also was a man of uncommon integrity. I worked for him for over 10 years, while he was the vice president and then president. My memories could fill a book (or at least a chapter of one). Being out of politics, I no longer maintain the proverbial “wall of fame” that Washington lawyers have of themselves with famous people. But...

Washington – Mueller Recommends No Prison For Flynn Citing Substantial Assistance In Russia Probe

December 4, 2018 at 09:46 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump's former national security adviser provided so much information to the special counsel's Russia investigation that prosecutors say he shouldn't do any prison time, according to a court filing Tuesday that describes Michael Flynn's cooperation as "substantial." The filing by special counsel Robert Mueller provides the first details of Flynn's assistance in...

Washington – The Famous Bush’s Bum Rap On ‘Amazing’ Barcode Scanner

December 4, 2018 at 09:30 PM
Washington - One last time, for the record: It was not an ordinary supermarket scanner. A February 1992 newspaper story reporting that President George H.W. Bush was baffled by a supermarket barcode scanner when he visited a grocers' convention in Florida fed into impressions that the president was out of touch, just as he was dealing with a reeling economy and fending off a primary election...

Durham, NH – Town Denies Jewish Group’s Request To Display Menorah

December 4, 2018 at 09:00 PM
Durham, NH - New Hampshire officials are under fire for denying a 10-foot-tall (3-meter) menorah to be displayed next to a tree decorated annually at a local park. Town Administrator Todd Selig said the local Chabad Jewish organization asked for the menorah to be put next to the tree, but town officials said no, citing vandalism concerns. Selig said the area town officials were not...

United Nations – Israel Predicts Win For UN Resolution Condemning Hamas

December 4, 2018 at 08:30 PM
United Nations - Israel's U.N. ambassador is predicting that a U.S.-sponsored resolution condemning the militant Islamic group Hamas, which controls Gaza, for launching rockets into Israel will be approved by the General Assembly. Danny Danon told reporters Tuesday that he believes "we will get a majority no matter what." The 193-member General Assembly is scheduled to vote on the U.S...

Kiev – Russian Threat Highest Since 2014: Ukraine Military Chief

December 4, 2018 at 08:00 PM
Ukraine - Russia has been ramping up its forces near the border with Ukraine since August and now poses the greatest military threat since 2014, the year Moscow annexed Crimea, the commander of Ukraine's armed forces told Reuters in an interview on Tuesday. General Viktor Muzhenko gestured to a series of satellite images which he said showed the presence of Russian T-62 M tanks stationed 18 km...

Tehran – U.S. Made 11 Attempts To Negotiate With Iran In Last Two Years: Iran President

December 4, 2018 at 07:30 PM
Theran - The United States has made 11 attempts to begin negotiations with Iran in the last two years, all rejected by Tehran, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was quoted as saying on Tuesday. Tensions have escalated between the two countries after U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from a multilateral nuclear agreement with Iran in May and reimposed sanctions in a bid to curb the Islamic...

Washington – Rashida Tlaib Says She Will Lead A Congressional Trip To West Bank

December 4, 2018 at 07:00 PM
Washington - Rashida Tlaib, the newly elected Democratic congresswoman from Michigan, said she plans to lead a trip of incoming lawmakers to the West Bank. Tlaib, who is Palestinian American and one of the first two Muslim women to be elected to Congress, told The Intercept in a story published Monday that her trip will focus on issues like Israel’s detention of Palestinian children...

Washington – Trump’s Son, Kellyanne Conway’s Husband Spar On Twitter

December 4, 2018 at 06:30 PM
Washington - One of President Donald Trump's adult sons is criticizing the husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway for his frequent vocal and public criticism of the Trump administration. Eric Trump tweeted Monday night that, "Of all the ugliness in politics, the utter disrespect George Conway shows toward his wife, her career, place of work, and everything she has fought SO hard to...

Missoula, MT – Biden Says He’s The Most Qualified Person To Be President

December 4, 2018 at 06:05 PM
Missoula, MT - Former Vice President Joe Biden says he believes that he is the most qualified person in the country to be president. The 76-year-old Democrat made his comments Monday to an audience at the University of Montana in Missoula, as he considers a 2020 challenge to President Donald Trump. Biden says nobody should run for president unless they believe they are qualified. He says...

Williamsburg, NY – Arrest Made In Punching Attack On Hasidic Man

December 4, 2018 at 05:21 PM
Brooklyn, NY - New York city Police have arrested a man who they say is responsible for sucker punching a Hasidic man in Williamsburg last weekend. 32 year old Enrique Gerena of Willoughby Ave in Williamsburg was charged with a hate crime, and assault. As reported last week, A Chasidic man standing outside with his young son talking to another man was punched in the back of the head, just...

Berlin – Kosher Ban Is Okay With Jewish Supporters Of Germany’s Far Right Party

December 4, 2018 at 05:02 PM
Berlin - Jewish supporters of the German far-right Alternative for Deutschland party said they support a ban on kosher slaughter since it could significantly help the party politically. The AfD party’s platform has long included support for a ban on kosher slaughter in Germany, as well as the import and sale of kosher meat, in line with its opposition to halal, or Islamic ritual...

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