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Washington – Kushner Says Middle East Peace Plan Will Be ‘good Starting Point’

May 2, 2019 at 11:38 PM
Washington - White House senior adviser Jared Kushner said on Thursday the Middle East peace proposal he is working on will be a "good starting point" to address the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Kushner, who is married to U.S. President Donald Trump's daughter, Ivanka, has been working on the peace plan for some two years and is expected to unveil his proposals in June after the Muslim...

Oswiecim, Poland – On A Day Of Remembrance, Chelsea Soccer’s Rising Stars Are Shocked By What They See At Auschwitz

May 2, 2019 at 11:06 PM
Oswiecim, Poland - On his first visit to the Auschwitz memorial museum, 17-year-old Armando Broja already knew a fair amount about the Holocaust. The Jewish genocide is taught in schools in his native United Kingdom, and a spate of anti-Semitic incidents at sports matches across Europe in recent years has made it the subject of constant discussion in the world of professional soccer — Broja...

Caracas – How Venezuela’s Remaining Jews Are Hanging On Amid The Crisis

May 2, 2019 at 10:37 PM
Caracas - One night years ago, when a Jewish man was driving to his parents’ house in Caracas, Venezuela, two cars blocked off the street he was on and held him up at gunpoint. He got into their car and began answering questions: who he was, where he lived, how much money he could give them for his release. After three hours of this interrogation, the kidnappers drove to his house, got...

New York – In 2019, More Than Half Of Reported Hate Crimes Were Anti-Jewish, Says NYPD

May 2, 2019 at 10:02 PM
New York - In New York City, more than half of all hate crimes reported in 2018 and so far in 2019 were anti-Jewish. According to the NYPD on Thursday, of the 145 hate crimes reported in January through April 2019, 82 incidents – nearly 57 percent – were anti-Jewish. In 2018, there were 353 total hate crime complaints, up from 325 in 2017, and the NYPD made 149 arrests. Of these 353...

Harrisburg, PA – Lawmaker’s ‘Nazi’ Remark Over Pipeline Fight Draws Criticism

May 2, 2019 at 09:30 PM
Harrisburg, PA - A Pennsylvania state lawmaker protesting a natural gas liquids pipeline project in her neighborhood apologized Thursday for saying "Nazis were just doing their jobs too" and drawing a comparison to pipeline workers. After condemnation grew during the week, Democratic Rep. Danielle Friel Otten, of Chester County, said on Twitter that her language had been insensitive. "I...

Washington – Barr Besieged By Allegations Of Being President’s Protector

May 2, 2019 at 09:16 PM
Washington - Attorney General William Barr portrayed himself as an apolitical elder statesman at his confirmation hearing. He declared he'd rather resign than be asked to fire special counsel Robert Mueller without cause and insisted the prosecutor he'd known for decades would never involve himself in a witch hunt as the president claimed. But now Barr has emerged as arguably the most divisive...

Boston – Judge Declines To Block Pro-Palestinian Panel At UMass

May 2, 2019 at 09:15 PM
Boston - A panel discussion about Palestinian rights at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst will be allowed to move ahead following a challenge by a group of Jewish students at the school. A Superior Court judge on Thursday ruled against the students who argued the forum was anti-Semitic and should be forced off campus. The panel, titled "Not Backing Down: Israel, Free Speech, and the...

New York – NYC Mayor Says He’ll Decide This Month On Presidential Run

May 2, 2019 at 09:00 PM
New York - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will announce this month whether he is joining the growing list of candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for president, he said Thursday. "I'm going to make my decision in the month of May and as soon as we have something to tell you we'll tell you," de Blasio said at a news conference on crime statistics. The announcement of an...

New York – Repairs, Schedule Changes Put Focus On New York Transit Woes

May 2, 2019 at 08:30 PM
New York - The increasing challenges posed by the New York area's aging rail infrastructure came into sharp focus Thursday as a congressional delegation prepared to get a firsthand look at the country's busiest station on the same day commuters learned about summer schedule disruptions due to track repairs. It's the second time in three years that the replacement of equipment at Penn Station...

Beijing – Reuters Special Report: China’s Furtive Underwater Nukes Test The Pentagon

May 2, 2019 at 08:00 PM
Beijing - Recent visitors to the bay surrounding a submarine base on the southern coast of China's Hainan Island describe a curious nocturnal phenomenon. Powerful spotlights are sometimes trained directly on the ocean frontages of neighboring hotels at night, making visibility out to sea virtually impossible. Some of the lights are mounted on land and others on passing naval patrol boats. "The...

Columbus, OH – Judge: Muslim Man Can Recover Money From Neo-Nazi Website Founder

May 2, 2019 at 07:30 PM
Columbus, OH - A Muslim-American radio host can recover monetary damages against a neo-Nazi website operator who falsely accused him of terrorism, a federal judge ruled without deciding on a dollar amount. SiriusXM Radio show host Dean Obeidallah is seeking more than $1 million in damages against The Daily Stormer founder Andrew Anglin, who hasn't responded to Obeidallah's libel...

Jerusalem – Israel Says Bots Promoting Boycott Of Eurovision

May 2, 2019 at 07:00 PM
Jerusalem - Israel says it has uncovered a network of bots and fake Twitter accounts urging a boycott of the upcoming Israeli-hosted Eurovision song contest. Israel's Ministry of Strategic Affairs said Thursday the Palestinian-led movement that promotes boycotts against Israel is behind the effort. Twitter confirmed it suspended "a small network of accounts" in response to the Israeli...

New York – Cocaine Deaths Up In US, And Opioids Are A Big Part Of It

May 2, 2019 at 06:30 PM
New York - Cocaine deaths have been rising in the U.S., health officials said Thursday in their latest report on the nation's deadliest drug overdose epidemic. After several years of decline, overdose deaths involving cocaine began rising around 2012. And they jumped by more than a third between 2016 and 2017. The increase at least partly reflects trends in deaths from heroin, fentanyl and...

Bohemia, NY – 3 Long Island Teens Arrested In High School Bomb Plot

May 2, 2019 at 06:02 PM
Bohemia, NY - Three teenagers on Long Island have been arrested on charges they plotted to build and detonate a bomb at their school. Suffolk County police say officers responded to Connetquot High School in Bohemia Thursday morning after a school administrator reported that multiple students overhead the three 16-year-olds discussing the plot on a bus ride home Wednesday. Police say the...

Washington – Ground Max Jets Could Contribute To Higher Summer Fares

May 2, 2019 at 06:00 PM
Washington - The grounding of Boeing 737 Max jets likely means that fare increases this summer will be larger than already expected and airlines will struggle to handle disruptions such as storms that shut down hub airports. With Max jets grounded after two deadly accidents, U.S. airlines will operate about 200 fewer daily flights than planned through the heart of the peak summer season...

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