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Washington – Senators Wrestle With Rebuke Of Saudis For Khashoggi Killing

December 6, 2018 at 02:30 PM
Washington - Senators are considering multiple pieces of legislation to formally rebuke Saudi Arabia for the slaying of journalist Jamal Khashoggi (jah-MAHL' khahr-SHOHK'-jee). Momentum is building for a resolution that would call Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman "complicit" in the killing. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker said Thursday that senators are looking at...

New York – NYPD Officer Faces May Trial In Eric Garner Chokehold Death

December 6, 2018 at 02:00 PM
New York - A New York City police officer accused in the chokehold death of an unarmed black man will face an NYPD disciplinary trial next May — nearly five years after the man's pleas of "I can't breathe" became a rallying cry against police brutality, an administrative judge said Thursday. The judge rejected demands from Daniel Pantaleo's lawyer to delay the officer's department trial in...

Washington – Report: Former U.S. Attorney General Barr May Return To Job

December 6, 2018 at 01:27 PM
Washington - Former U.S. Attorney General William Barr, who served under former President George H.W. Bush, may soon return to the job, according to the Washington Post, which reported that he is the leading candidate for permanently replacing Jeff Sessions. The Post also said on Thursday that President Donald Trump could choose his nominee for Attorney General in coming days, and that Trump...

Brussels – EU To Step Up Fight Against Anti-Semitism Around Europe

December 6, 2018 at 12:57 PM
Brussels - European Union nations have agreed to step up the fight against anti-Semitism and boost security to better protect Jewish communities and institutions across Europe. The 28-nation EU's interior ministers approved a declaration Thursday recognizing a common definition of anti-Semitism and acknowledging Jewish concerns given the prevalence of attacks in recent years. The...

Jerusalem – Senior MP: Israel Likely To Allow Medical Cannabis Exports By Year-end

December 6, 2018 at 12:31 PM
Jerusalem - Israel will likely allow exports of medical cannabis by the end of the year, a top lawmaker said on Thursday, a move that would boost state coffers and slow the growing number of firms establishing farms abroad. Israeli companies - befitting from a favorable climate and expertise in medical and agricultural technologies - are among the world's biggest producers of medical...

West Bank – Palestinian Court Extends Detention Of Palestinian-American

December 6, 2018 at 12:01 PM
West Bank - A Palestinian court has extended the detention of a hunger-striking Palestinian-American activist who claims she was tortured in captivity. The Jericho court on Thursday ordered that Suha Jbara, a U.S. citizen born in Panama, remain in custody 15 more days on suspicions she funded "illegal organizations." Jbara started a hunger strike two weeks ago to protest what she says is...

New York – Sears’ Biggest Holder Bids $4.6B For Rest Of Bankrupt Chain

December 6, 2018 at 11:35 AM
New York - Eddie Lampert and his ESL Holdings hedge fund are offering to buy the rest of Sears for up to $4.6 billion in cash and stock. The Sears chairman and ESL own just under half of the Hoffman Estates, Illinois, company, according to FactSet. Sears filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in October, weighed down by years of declining sales and massive debt. ESL Holdings said in a...

Hong Kong – Top Huawei Executive Arrested On U.S. Request, Throws Rare Spotlight On Family

December 6, 2018 at 11:07 AM
Hong Kong - Like many top Chinese executives, Meng Wanzhou is a mysterious figure even in her home country, but the 46-year-old chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies had been widely tipped to one day take the helm of the tech giant her father founded. That was until her shock arrest in Canada at the request of U.S. authorities on Wednesday, a move that has entangled her in the...

Washington – House Democrats Plan To Send Trump Aides’ Transcripts To Mueller

December 6, 2018 at 10:56 AM
Washington - Democrats taking control of the U.S. House of Representatives in January plan to send Special Counsel Robert Mueller the transcripts of testimony by some of President Donald Trump's closest associates so they can be reviewed for evidence and possible falsehoods, said three sources familiar with the matter. Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, son Donald Trump Jr, former advisers...

Paris – Don’t Mess With France’s Masses: Lesson For Kings, President

December 6, 2018 at 10:33 AM
Paris - French workers riot in the streets over tax hikes, economic inequality and perceptions that the country's rulers are out of touch. That was, of course, 1789 — when King Louis XVI helped the rich get tax exemptions and paid for it with his head. Today, some might see parallels for unpopular President Emmanuel Macron. Democracy has replaced monarchy in France, but the culture of a...

New York – Quackarazzi: Mandarin Duck Holds NYC In Its Spell

December 6, 2018 at 09:54 AM
New York - It took just days for the brightly colored Mandarin duck that appeared suddenly in a Central Park pond to turn both New Yorkers and visitors into a new gaggle: the quackarazzi. A horde of photographers has been gathering daily in the park off Fifth Avenue for well over a month, hoping to catch a glimpse of the exotic bird with pink, purple, orange and emerald green plumage and...

Jerusalem – Brazil Arrests Israeli Head Of International Drug Smuggling Network

December 6, 2018 at 09:27 AM
Jerusalem - An Israeli drug dealer who leads a smuggling network was captured in Brazil after trying to escape extradition. Dany Treyger, 32, was initially arrested last week in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, in Bolivia, and taken to Paraguay’s capital city Asuncion. He was expelled from Paraguay and handed over to Israeli authorities, who were to escort him to the Jewish state on a flight via...

San Francisco – Lyft A Step Closer To Becoming A Publicly Traded Company

December 6, 2018 at 08:55 AM
San Francisco - Lyft is another step closer to becoming a publicly traded company. The San Francisco ride-sharing service said Thursday that it confidentially submitted a draft registration statement for an initial public offering of shares with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The number of shares to be offered and the price range for the proposed offering have not yet been...

Beijing – China Demands Canada Release Huawei Executive

December 6, 2018 at 08:25 AM
Beijing - China on Thursday demanded Canada release a Huawei Technologies executive who was arrested in a case that adds to technology tensions with Washington and threatens to complicate trade talks. Huawei's chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, faces possible extradition to the United States, according to Canadian authorities. The Globe and Mail newspaper, citing law enforcement sources...

Jerusalem – Israel Calls For International Response To Hezbollah Tunnels

December 6, 2018 at 08:02 AM
Jerusalem - Israel's prime minister is asking the international community to impose additional sanctions on the Lebanese Hezbollah and condemn the militant group in response to the discovery of tunnels stretching from southern Lebanon into northern Israel. Israel this week launched an open-ended operation meant to expose and thwart what it says are tunnels built by Hezbollah aimed at...

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