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Second blast in Russia’s Volgograd kills 14 on bus

At least 14 people killed in explosion on trolleybus; attack comes day after suicide bomber kills 17.     

Israel’s Chief Rabbinate seeks to fight piracy with uniformed ‘kashrut police’

New effort by Deputy Minister Eli Ben Dahan seeks to stamp out establishments that call themselves kosher, but have no state-issued kashrut certificate.     

Wiesenthal Center calls on NBA star to apologize for Nazi-like salute

Spurs’ Tony Parker reportedly performed the ‘quenelle’ gesture a few times in the past year.     

Jesus Freaks: Prepare For Battle

Each month VOM produces "The Jesus Freaks Minute," a daily radio-PSA that shares the stories of the persecuted church with Christian radio listeners all over the United States and around the world. Here's the script for one of the spots that will air next month, a spot entitled Prepare for Battle: [LYRICS:]  What will people […]

Sderot city employees rebel against worsened conditions

Union calls for work-to-rule over detrimental work conditions, including employees having to pay for their own cellphones     

Nigerian Christians Killed in Boko Haram Attacks over Weekend

ICC Note: Christians living in two villages in Nigeria’s northeastern states were attacked in separate attacks likely perpetrated by the Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram. Boko Haram, which means ‘Western education is sacrilegious’, attacks Christian communities during the Christmas season as a part of its terror campaign to establish a separate Islamic state in northern […]

Rouhani Optimistic About Nuclear Talks

Talks between Iran and world powers could generate positive results “within two months”, predicts Iran’s president.

Israel Complains to UN Over Lebanon Attacks

Israel files a complaint with UN over recent terrorism from Lebanon. “We’ll protect our citizens,” says ambassador Ron Prosor.

Gaza: Palestinians released to Gaza pass Erez crossing

Dad of Boston bomber’s friend killed in Florida writes Obama

UN chief speaks with Putin; Security Council condemns bombings

Spurs’ Parker apologizes for making anti-Semitic gesture

Support rally for minister Sa’ar due to work on infiltration

Turkish government seeks dialogue with Gulen movement

Following corruption case, former politicians call for candidates for public office to publicly declare personal assets.

OPCW extends deadline on Syria chemical arms removal

Volatile security conditions and inclement weather prevent OPCW from finishing task on time; will meet Jan. 8 to discuss progress.

Vietnamese complete program at IDC

President Shimon Peres met with Tran Anh Tuan, the deputy interior minister of Vietnam and his delegation on Sunday to mark the graduation of senior managers in the Vietnamese government who were in Israel participating in a unique executive program at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya. The program was developed following the president’s visit […]

Israel frees 26 Palestinian prisoners

JERUSALEM – Israel set free 26 Palestinian prisoners on Tuesday as part of US-brokered peace efforts, after pledging to press ahead with plans to build more homes in Jewish settlements. US Secretary of State John Kerry, whose shuttle diplomacy led to a resumption of the negotiations in July after a three-year break, was due to […]

Three Palestinian prisoners cross Erez Crossing into Gaza

Three released Palestinan prisoners have crossed the Erez Crossing into Gaza, Channel 2 reported after midnight on Tuesday.

Reports: Iran arrests tycoon accused of busting US and EU sanctions

DUBAI/GENEVA – Iran arrested a businessman subject to US and European Union sanctions on Monday, Iranian media reported, as officials met in Geneva for further talks on the country’s nuclear program. Babak Zanjani, the chairman of Sorinet Group, was arrested on Monday afternoon, Mehr news agency quoted judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Mohseni-Ejei as saying. Iran’s state […]

Gantz: Lebanon rocket does not signify new pattern

Sunday’s Katyusha rocket attack from Lebanon on northern Israel does not signify a new pattern, but does serve as a reminder that security challenges have not vanished, IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz said on Monday. Calling on Israel’s neighbors to take responsibility for what takes place in their territory, Gantz warned, “so long […]

One-third of Americans reject evolution, poll shows

NEW YORK – One-third of Americans reject the idea of evolution and Republicans have grown more skeptical about it, according to a poll released on Monday. Sixty percent of Americans say that “humans and other living things have evolved over time,” the telephone survey by the Pew Research Center’s Religion and Public Life Project showed. […]

PM: China trade key component of economic growth

Increased trade with China is one of the key elements of ensuring continued economic growth, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Monday. Netanyahu’s comments came during a meeting of a special ministerial committee to advance economic ties with China that was set up after his May visit to Shanghai and Beijing The other key components of […]

Protesters to demonstrate against Palestinian prisoner release policy

The police-approved protest will be held in Rabin Square this Thursday at 6 p.m. The organizers say the demonstration will protest the release of Palestinian prisoners “with blood on their hands” and call for a change to diplomatic policy. Singer Avi Benayoun will be in attendance, along with the family and friends of slain soldier […]

Jordanian wins prestigious Israeli research scholarship

A 26-year-old Jordanian master’s student in Israel, Zainab Taya, will be the first Jordanian ever to receive the Yair Guron Memorial Scholarship, for her work using desert plant extracts to halt the spread of cancer cells. Taya studies and performs her research at the excavation extension of the Dead Sea and Arava Science Center, which […]

Gov’t slaps price controls on more dairy products

For the first time since the cottage cheese protest in the summer of 2011, the government has intervened to lower dairy product prices on Monday. Finance Minister Yair Lapid and Agriculture Minister Yair Shamir signed an order placing price controls on 5% soft white cheese and 38% whipped cream. Following the move the prices of […]

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