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Boston – Thanks In A Tank: WWII Gunner, Now 95, Gets A Nostalgic Ride

February 20, 2019 at 11:59 PM
Boston - The inside of a tank was Clarence Smoyer's home, and the crew was his family. In that sense, the 95-year-old veteran returned home Wednesday for the first time since World War II. One of the last surviving WWII tank gunners, Smoyer was surprised with a ride through the streets of Boston in a Sherman tank. Smoyer fought with the U.S. Army's 3rd Armored Division, nicknamed the...

Berlin – Iran Will Not Rule Out Possibility Of Military Conflict With Israel

February 20, 2019 at 11:30 PM
Berlin - Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif accused Israel of engaging in "adventurism" with its bombing campaigns in Syria and said he could not rule out the possibility of a military conflict between the countries. Zarif told the Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper that Iran was in Syria at the invitation of the Syrian government, while Israel was violating Lebanese and Syrian air...

Paris – French President Macron Says France Will Adopt Definition Of Anti-Semitism Mentioning Israel

February 20, 2019 at 11:00 PM
Paris - President Emmanuel Macron of France said he would have his country adopt a definition of anti-Semitism that mentions hatred of Israel to combat the rising tide of anti-Semitism in his country. “For the first time in many years, anti-Semitism is killing people again in France,” Macron said Wednesday night at the annual dinner of the CRIF umbrella of French Jewish groups.at the...

Jerusalem – Netanyahu Brokered A Deal With The Political Heirs Of Meir Kahane. Here’s Why, And Why It Matters.

February 20, 2019 at 10:30 PM
Jerusalem - Israel’s parliamentary politics is often a forum for horse-trading. Governments form when parties win enough seats in the Knesset and cobble together enough partners to form a ruling, majority coalition. But one trade is raising eyebrows and even alarm, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is being seen as brokering a marriage of convenience between an extremist right-wing party...

Cairo – ‘Two Is Enough,’ Egypt Tells Poor Families As Population Booms

February 20, 2019 at 10:00 PM
Cairo - Nesma Ghanem is hoping for a fourth child even though her doctor says her body can't handle a pregnancy at the moment. She has three daughters and would like them to have a brother. "In the future he could support his father and the girls," said Ghanem, 27, who lives in a village in Sohag, an area with one of Egypt's highest fertility rates. The family depends on her husband's...

San Francisco, CA – Samsung Announces Galaxy Fold Phone With Apps From Facebook, Google, Cost Almost $2000

February 20, 2019 at 09:30 PM
San Francisco, CA - Samsung unveiled a highly anticipated smartphone with a foldable screen in an attempt to break the innovative funk that has beset the smartphones market. But it's far from clear that consumers will embrace a device that retails for almost $2,000, or that it will spark the creative renaissance the smartphone market apparently needs. The Galaxy Fold, announced Wednesday in...

New York – How Karl Lagerfeld Cleansed Chanel Of Its Anti-Semitic, Nazi Past

February 20, 2019 at 09:00 PM
New York - If you walk into any wealthy Jewish American neighborhood, a careful eye will spot designer duds – Gucci, Prada, Louis Vuitton – sported by well-coiffed men and women as they walk through town. But in a sea of expensive excess, one designer’s name is spoken of with an air of reverence: Chanel. It is a brand that can at once whisper and scream one’s bourgeois status. The boxy...

Washington – Republican Sen. Collins Says Would Back Resolution Disapproving Of Emergency

February 20, 2019 at 08:30 PM
Washington - Sen. Susan Collins said Wednesday that she would vote for a congressional resolution disapproving of President Donald Trump's emergency declaration to build a wall on the southern border, becoming the first Republican senator to publicly express support for such a measure. The lawmaker from Maine said she would vote for a resolution as long as it focused only on the...

Chicago – Police: Prosecutor Charges “Empire” Actor Jussie Smollett With Falsely Reporting He Was Attacked In Chicago Last Month

February 20, 2019 at 08:04 PM
Illinois - Chicago police say 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett has been charged with felony disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false police report when he reported that he was attacked by two masked men. Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says the Cook County State's Attorney's office approved the felony charge on Wednesday afternoon. The charge is a Class 4 felony that carries a...

Washington – Number Of U.S. Hate Groups Hits All-time High, Watchdog Says

February 20, 2019 at 08:00 PM
Washington - The number of hate groups operating in the United States rose 7 percent to an all-time high in 2018, reflecting an increasingly divisive debate on immigration and demographic change, the Southern Poverty Law Center said on Wednesday. The SPLC, which has tracked hate groups since 1971, found there were 1,020 operating in the United States last year, breaking the 1,018 record set in...

New York – Google Fails To Disclose Microphone In Nest Secure

February 20, 2019 at 07:30 PM
New York - Alphabet Inc's Google said on Wednesday it had made an "error" in not disclosing that its Nest Secure home security system had a built-in microphone in its devices. Earlier this month, Google said https://www.blog.google/products/assistant/nest-secure-google-assistant Nest Secure would be getting an update and users could now enable its virtual assistant technology Google Assistant...

Vienna – Holocaust Survivors Chide Austria’s Kurz On Anti-Semitism Effort

February 20, 2019 at 07:00 PM
Vienna - A group representing Austrian Holocaust survivors voiced outrage on Wednesday over staffing shortages in a government department dealing with Nazi-related crimes, calling on Chancellor Sebastian Kurz to take action. Kurz, a conservative governing in coalition with a far-right party founded by ex-Nazis, has repeatedly denounced anti-Semitism and the Holocaust since taking office just...

Cape Canaveral, FL – Israel’s First Moon Mission Set For Liftoff From Florida Thursday

February 20, 2019 at 06:30 PM
Cape Canaveral, FL - Israel's first spacecraft designed to land on the moon is set to blastoff from Florida on Thursday in the first privately-funded lunar mission, as the Jewish state seeks to become only the fourth nation to reach the surface of Earth's natural satellite. The unmanned robotic explorer named Beresheet - Hebrew for the word "genesis" - was due for liftoff from Cape Canaveral...

Hanoi, Vietnam – Kim Or Trump? Hanoi Barber Offers Leaders’ Hairdos For Free

February 20, 2019 at 06:01 PM
Hanoi, Vietnam - At a barbershop tucked away in a Hanoi alley, Le Phuc Hai patiently waits for the dye to turn his black hair the orange shade of President Donald Trump's locks. On a chair next to him, 9-year-old To Gia Huy emerges as the spitting image of a miniature Kim Jong Un. "Many people say that I look like Kim Jong Un, especially when I have this hairstyle," said Huy, who is...

Sacramento, CA – Border Wall, Bullet Train: California Vs. Trump Escalates

February 20, 2019 at 05:30 PM
Sacramento, CA - Disputes over President Donald Trump's border wall and California's bullet train are intensifying the feud between the White House and the nation's most populous state. The Trump administration on Tuesday said it plans to cancel or claw back $3.5 billion in federal dollars allocated to California's high-speed rail project, seizing on Gov. Gavin Newsom's recent decision to...

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