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Beirut – Hezbollah Says U.S. Seeking To Talk

July 12, 2019 at 06:30 PM
Beirut - The leader of Hezbollah said on Friday that Washington was seeking to open channels of communication despite ramping up sanctions against the Iran-backed movement's officials. U.S. President Donald "Trump's administration is seeking to open channels of communication to Hezbollah in Lebanon through mediators. ... These are the American pragmatists," Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said in an...

Newark, NJ – United Will Scrap 8,000 Flights Due To Grounded Boeing Jets

July 12, 2019 at 06:00 PM
Newark, NJ - United Airlines expects to cancel more than 8,000 flights through October because of the grounding of its Boeing 737 Max planes. United said Friday that it is dropping its 14 Max jets from the schedule until Nov. 3 — a month longer than previously planned. The airline has used spare planes to cover flights that it planned to fly with the Max. Still, cancellations are rising...

Rome – Pope Francis Sends Letter To Argentine Jewish Group On AMIA Bombing Anniversary

July 12, 2019 at 05:30 PM
Rome - Pope Francis sent a letter to the Argentine Jewish political umbrella organization DAIA ahead of the 25th anniversary this month of the attack that killed 85 people at the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires. “Since the first day, my heart has been with the relatives of the victims, Jews or Christians,” wrote the pope, who was born in Argentina as Francisco Bergoglio. In 2005...

New York – Science Says: Airplane Turbulence Can Strike Out Of The Blue

July 12, 2019 at 05:00 PM
New York - They literally don't see it coming. "Clear-air turbulence," which evidently jolted an Air Canada flight Thursday over the Pacific Ocean, strikes almost literally out of the blue, with no visible warning in the sky ahead. An aircraft's radar can't spot it coming either. But passengers can certainly feel it. Some on the Air Canada flight were slammed against the ceiling, and more...

Buenos Aires – Argentine State Supreme Court Fires Employee For Anti-Semitic Post

July 12, 2019 at 04:36 PM
Buenos Aires - A state Supreme Court in Argentina fired the secretary and niece of its president for an anti-Semitic post on Facebook. Natalia Anabel Valle, a lawyer and the former secretary of her aunt, Emilia Valle, the president of the Supreme Court of Chaco, posted a picture of children playing in a schoolyard with the text “I think they forgot to tell the little Jews that it’s summer...

New York – Stocks End Week Of Gains At Record Highs

July 12, 2019 at 04:14 PM
New York - Stocks are ending a week of steady gains with more record closes for major U.S. indexes. Technology, industrial companies and retailers put up some of the biggest gains on Friday, as they have for much of the year. HP and Boeing each rose 1.8% and Home Depot added 2%. Ford climbed 2.9% after announcing a deal with Volkswagen to share the cost of developing self-driving and...

Washington – Trump Defends Pelosi In Her Fight With AOC

July 12, 2019 at 04:00 PM
Washington - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is getting support from an unlikely source — the president — in her fight with freshmen Democrats. Republican Donald Trump is defending top Democrat Pelosi and says Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York should treat Pelosi "with respect" — in Trump's words. Trump also says Pelosi is "not a racist." Ocasio-Cortez has accused Pelosi of...

Elad, Israel – All Dogs Are Bad And Their Owners Accursed, Israeli City’s Rabbis Rule

July 12, 2019 at 03:34 PM
Elad, Israel - More than a dozen rabbis from the city of Elad near Tel Aviv issued an edict declaring all dogs bad and warning residents that keeping them will make them accursed. The edict, dated June 14, contains the signatures of all the Sephardic rabbis in Elad, a city of about 46,000 residents where most of the population is haredi Orthodox. The city’s chief rabbi, Mordechai Malka, also...

Chevy Chase, MD – Mark Talisman, Champion Of Key Law In Fight For Soviet Jewry, Is Dead At 78

July 12, 2019 at 03:30 PM
Chevy Chase, MD - Mark Talisman, who as an aide to an Ohio congressman helped write and muster support for a key measure in the fight to free Soviet Jewry and went on to devote himself to Jewish advocacy and historical memory, has died. He would have been 79 next week. His death was announced on Facebook by his daughter Jessica Talisman, who said he passed away unexpectedly Thursday at his...

Jerusalem – Report: Jeffrey Epstein Bankrolled Ehud Barak’s High-tech Investment

July 12, 2019 at 03:00 PM
Jerusalem - Sex offender Jeffrey Epstein in 2014 bankrolled a large investment in high tech for Ehud Barak, the former Israeli prime minister who’s again running for office, Haaretz reported. The report Friday follows several revelations on financial ties between Epstein, a billionaire who was convicted in 2008 in the United States of soliciting a teenage girl for prostitution, and Barak...

Amsterdam – Netherlands Jewish Leader Tortured And Robbed At Home By 4 Men

July 12, 2019 at 02:30 PM
Amsterdam - A Netherlands Jewish leader was assaulted, tortured and robbed in his home by four masked men in an apparent planned operation. Benoit Wesly, a 73-year-old businessman, woke up early Sunday morning to find the assailants around his bed in his home in Maastricht, Jonet.nl reported Thursday. His wife was out of the country. Police are investigating the motives for the crime...

New York – Want A Paper With Your Starbucks Coffee? Bring Your Own

July 12, 2019 at 01:26 PM
New York - The pleasing sight of Starbucks tables strewn with the day's paper will be no more. The coffee chain will quit selling The New York Times, Wall Street Journal or Gannett papers like USA Today in September, citing "changing customer behavior." Starbucks has sold The Times since 2000 and other papers since 2010. Indeed, the smells and smears of newsprint are in decline. While some...

New York – Hey, Brooklyn, Wanna Live Longer? Move To Borough Park A New Report Says

July 12, 2019 at 12:51 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Apparently living in Borough Park area can add years to your life. According to a report recently released by the New York City Department of Health, Borough Parkers live longer than other Brooklyn residents, with an average life span of 84.2 years, three years longer than the city-wide average of 81.2 years. The New York City Community Health Profiles studied the health of...

Washington – Pentagon In Its Longest-ever Stretch Of Leadership Limbo

July 12, 2019 at 12:33 PM
Washington - When he resigned as defense secretary last December, Jim Mattis thought it might take two months to install a successor. That seemed terribly long at the time. Seven months later, the U.S. still has no confirmed defense chief even with the nation facing potential armed conflict with Iran. That's the longest such stretch in Pentagon history. There is also no confirmed deputy...

Jerusalem – Ethiopian Israeli Musicians Use Stage To Promote Struggles

July 12, 2019 at 12:00 PM
Jerusalem - In his song "Handcuffed," rapper Teddy Neguse addresses police brutality against young Israeli men of Ethiopian descent. Although the song came out in 2017, it has reached new heights in the wake of street protests across the country following the killing of an Ethiopian Israeli teen by an off-duty police officer last month. This week the 23-year-old artist was invited to perform...

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