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  • admin wrote a new blog post: Chabad offers shelter to Australians displaced by fires   3 years, 10 months ago · View

    Chabad representatives in Sydney have announced that they are offering shelter to residents of all faiths displaced by bush fires that have ravaged 3,000 hectares of land in Australia’s Blue Mountains. “We have opened our Chabad center to people in need of a temporary home,” local Rabbi Nochum Schapiro told on Tuesday. “We have 40 […]

  • admin wrote a new blog post: Sultanate of Brunei Introduces Harsh New Sharia-based Punishments   3 years, 10 months ago · View

    ICC Note: In the small, oil rich Southeast Asian nation of Brunei, the government has decided to implement harsh new punishments for those who violate Sharia law, including stoning for adultery and the severing of limbs for theft. Although theoretically the laws will only apply to Muslims, many worry that non-Muslims, including the countries estimated 40,000 […]

  • admin wrote a new blog post: US Army Chief: Despite high-tech arms, war requires ground troops   3 years, 10 months ago · View

    WASHINGTON – Even with drones, smart bombs and precision weapons, war remains a clash of human wills that ultimately requires boots on the ground, and the notion that land forces are obsolete is naive and dangerous, the top US Army general said on Wednesday. “Technology will not solve the problems alone,” General Ray Odierno, the Army […]

  • admin wrote a new blog post: Persecuting Christians in Africa – How the Message Gets Out   3 years, 10 months ago · View

    ICC Note: Systematic persecution of Christians is increasing rapidly across sub-Saharan Africa. How do these groups broadcast their beheadings, bombings, and tortures?  And how is the call to violent jihad broadcast to other Muslims on the continent? Tech-savvy terrorists use the same US-made social media that American teens use to plan an outing: FaceBook, Twitter, and […]

  • admin wrote a new blog post: United Nations set to send mission guards to Central African Republic   3 years, 10 months ago · View

    UNITED NATIONS – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has recommended 560 troops be sent to the Central African Republic to protect a United Nations political mission in the virtually lawless country. The landlocked, mineral-rich country has slipped into chaos since northern Seleka rebels seized the capital, Bangui, and ousted President Francois Bozize in March. UN officials and rights […]

  • admin wrote a new blog post: US and Israel hold "strategic dialogue" in Washington   3 years, 10 months ago · View

    WASHINGTON – Israel and the United States engaged in a new round of Strategic Dialogue talks on Wednesday at the State Department in Washington, as Secretary of State John Kerry and Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu met in Rome to discuss negotiations with the Palestinians and Iran. The State Department characterizes the Strategic Dialogue as “the highest […]

  • admin wrote a new blog post: US agencies moving slowly to tighten data security, despite major leaks   3 years, 10 months ago · View

    WASHINGTON – Despite saying they suffered major damage from classified documents made public by an Army soldier and a National Security Agency contractor, US government agencies have fallen behind in installing computer software to stop such leaks, US officials say. Following the disclosure to the WikiLeaks website of hundreds of thousands of sensitive State Department cables […]

  • admin wrote a new blog post: Syrian capital blacked out after explosion   3 years, 10 months ago · View

    BEIRUT – The Syrian capital Damascus was hit by a power cut late on Wednesday, shortly after an explosion near the international airport, residents said. “The whole city just went dark,” said a resident who lives in the center of the city and asked to remain anonymous. She said that she could see the “major glow […]

  • admin wrote a new blog post: Turkel Committee approves nomination of Karnit Flug to head Bank of Israel   3 years, 10 months ago · View

    The Turkel Committee, responsible for approving high-level nominations, approved the nomination of Karnit Flug to be Bank of Israel governor on Wednesday night. Flug’s appointment will now go before the government for final approval on Sunday. Flug has been acting chief since Stanley Fischer stepped down in June, and, despite being Fischer’s preferred choice, Prime Minister Binyamin […]

  • admin wrote a new blog post: FIDF gets funding boost from Haim Saban and Simon Cowell   3 years, 10 months ago · View

    Haim Saban and Simon Cowell enjoyed their evening at a Friends of the IDF Western Region Gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Saban and Cowell donated $2.3 million and $50,000 respectively, and the event raised NIS 70 million in total. The almost 1,200 attendees enjoyed a rare singing performance from Lionel Richie. ‘The […]

  • admin wrote a new blog post: Tunisia PM confirms ready to resign under deal with opponents   3 years, 10 months ago · View

    TUNIS – Tunisian Prime Minister Ali Larayedh confirmed on Wednesday his Islamist-led government was ready to step down once it has completed negotiations with the opposition to form a caretaker administration to take the country to new elections. Larayedh said his government would resign once the two sides had fulfilled the terms of an agreement – […]

  • admin wrote a new blog post: Obama assures Germany’s Merkel US not monitoring her communications   3 years, 10 months ago · View

    WASHINGTON – US President Barack Obama on Wednesday sought to assure German Chancellor Angela Merkel that the United States is not monitoring her communications after Merkel raised the issue with Obama. White House spokesman Jay Carney said Obama and Merkel spoke on the phone about German fears that the US National Security Agency had been spying […]

  • admin wrote a new blog post: Germany’s Merkel calls Obama over suspicion US monitored her phone   3 years, 10 months ago · View

    BERLIN – The German government has obtained information that the United States may have monitored the mobile phone of Chancellor Angela Merkel and she called President Barack Obama on Wednesday to demand an immediate clarification, a German government spokesman said. “We swiftly sent a request to our American partners asking for an immediate and comprehensive clarification,” […]

  • admin wrote a new blog post: Abbas consoles family of slain terrorist   3 years, 10 months ago · View

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas sent a letter of condolence to the family of slain terrorist Mohammed Asi, Israel Radio reported on Wednesday. Asi, who planned an attack on a Tel Aviv bus a year ago, was killed by IDF forces during an arrest on Tuesday. “He (Asi) was killed at the hands of gang-members that is […]

  • admin wrote a new blog post: Turkey sending $850,000 in aid to Gaza to help with energy needs   3 years, 10 months ago · View

    Turkey announced Wednesday that it was sending $850,000 in aid to the Gaza Strip to help the Hamas-ruled territory with its energy needs, Turkish daily Today’s Zaman reported. In addition, Ankara will provide the Strip with 10 tons of flour, according to the report. The Turkish Foreign Ministry stated that the financial aid would help supply energy to […]

  • admin wrote a new blog post: Eight police, two militants killed in Tunisia clash   3 years, 10 months ago · View

    TUNIS  – At least eight Tunisian policemen and two Islamist militants were killed on Wednesday when they clashed during a raid by security forces in Sidi Bouzid in the south of the country, security sources and state television said. Tunisian authorities say Ansar al-Sharia, one of the Islamist militant movements to emerge since the country’s 2011 […]

  • admin wrote a new blog post: Egypt military officers back Sisi for Egyptian presidency   3 years, 10 months ago · View

    CAIRO – After months of turmoil in Egypt, military officers are pushing popular army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to run for president, after the 2011 uprising had inspired hopes for democratic change in a country long dominated by generals. Sisi ousted Egypt’s first freely-elected president, Mohamed Morsi, the man who appointed him, in July after mass […]

  • admin wrote a new blog post: Saudi government tries to thwart women driving campaign   3 years, 10 months ago · View

    DUBAI – Saudi Arabia’s government sought to snuff out a campaign to end a ban on women driving, warning on Wednesday it would use force to stop any protest aimed at overturning the ban. Saudi women’s rights activists posted online photographs and video clips of themselves defying the ban this month after some members of the […]

  • admin wrote a new blog post: MK Herzog: without a national plan, Israel can’t battle poverty   3 years, 10 months ago · View

    Without a national plan, Israel will not be able to minimize the poverty problem, Labor MK Isaac Herzog told the Jerusalem Post on Wednesday, after speaking about the issue at the World Jewish Congress Executive Committee Conference. Referring to poverty reports published in the recent months by the National Insurance Institute, Herzog said at the conference […]

  • admin wrote a new blog post: Food, supplies worry as Syrian army siege east of capital tightense   3 years, 10 months ago · View

    BEIRUT – Syria’s army has sealed the few remaining smuggling routes into the besieged eastern suburbs of Damascus, activists and aid workers said on Wednesday, tightening a choke-hold on rebel-held areas near the capital. Activists inside the Eastern Ghouta region, a semicircle of rural towns outside Damascus, said no food or supplies had entered the region […]

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