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  • U.S. Democratic senators set resolution countering push for tougher Iran sanctions

    23 hours ago

    Democratic U.S. senators introduced a resolution on Monday opposing more sanctions on Iran unless nuclear talks fail or Tehran breaks an agreement, countering a push for tougher sanctions backed by Republicans that President Barack Obama has pledged to veto.

    "For those who agree...

  • Bombing the death camps during World War II

    6 days ago

    Every decade, someone indignantly tells us that the United States and Britain should have bombed the rail lines at Auschwitz and other death camps during World War II. They imagine modern GPS-guided bombs that are accurate enough to enter a window. They think World War II bombs had...

  • U.S. top court rules for Muslim inmate over prison beard ban

    1 week ago

    An Arkansas policy prohibiting inmates from having beards violated the religious rights of a prisoner who had wanted to grow one in accordance with his Muslim beliefs, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday.

    The justices, on a 9-0 vote in a closely watched case involving...

  • Last year was Earth’s hottest on record, U.S. scientists say

    2 weeks ago

    Last year was Earth's hottest on record in a new sign that people are disrupting the climate by burning fossil fuels that release greenhouse gases to the air, two U.S. government agencies said on Friday.

    The White House said the studies, by the U.S. space agency NASA and the...

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  • Justice Kennedy key figure as U.S. top court tackles gay marriage

    2 weeks ago

    For nearly two decades, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has been building toward this moment in the history of gay legal rights in America.

    In decisions since 1996, Kennedy has broadened the court's view of equality for gays. Now, as the court said on Friday it would...

  • With flowers and fluent French, Kerry pays respects to France

    2 weeks ago

    Bearing flowers and his fluent French, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry offered his condolences and "a hug" to France on Friday for the deaths from last week's Islamist attacks.

    Kerry's visit came after the United States failed to send a top official to attend Sunday's march in...

  • No Americans in Paris: U.S. absence draws criticism at home

    2 weeks ago

    A Republican U.S. senator lambasted the White House on Monday for not sending a top American official to a Paris unity march after deadly Islamic militant attacks in that city, and a New York tabloid headline screamed "You let the world down."

    The image of Israeli Prime Minister...

  • Solidarity rally gathered Sunday at Los Angeles City Hall

    2 weeks ago

    Carrying “Je Suis Charlie” signs, along with French and American flags and glowing candles, hundreds of people assembled outside of Los Angeles City Hall Jan. 11 to pay tribute to the 17 people killed in two terrorist attacks in Paris, on Jan. 7 and Jan. 9.

    Organized by the...

  • Top US lawyer Dershowitz: can his accusers in sex abuse case be disbarred?

    3 weeks ago

    Well-known U.S. criminal defense lawyer Alan Dershowitz has vowed to seek the disbarment of two lawyers representing a woman who has accused him of sexually abusing her when she was underage. But legal experts said he faces an uphill battle.

    In a filing in Florida federal court...

  • Britain says cannot support new Palestinian U.N. draft resolution

    December 30, 2014 | 9:27 am

    Britain joined the United States on Tuesday, declaring that it cannot support a new Palestinian draft proposal calling for peace with Israel within a year and an end of the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories by late 2017.

    Jordan on Tuesday circulated to the U.N....

  • So Israel is a little bit of a fixer-upper…

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 24, 2014 | 8:33 am

    In recent years, it seems as if every policy Israeli decision makers issue is followed by massive, harsh criticism by the global community. World leaders use every opportunity to look down at Israel's leaders, judge them for their "problematic decision" and urge them to reconsider...

  • North Korea denies hacking Sony, U.S. stands by its assertion

    December 20, 2014 | 12:50 pm

    North Korea said on Saturday U.S. accusations that it was involved in a cyberattack on Sony Pictures were "groundless slander" and that it wanted a joint investigation into the incident with the United States.

    An unnamed spokesman of the North's foreign ministry said there would...

  • U.S. blames N.Korea for Sony cyberattack, vows ‘consequences’

    December 19, 2014 | 10:56 am

    The U.S. government on Friday blamed North Korea for a devastating cyberattack against Sony Pictures, calling it an unacceptable act of intimidation and vowing to impose "costs and consequences" on those responsible.

    It was the first time the United States had directly accused...

  • North American immigration to Israel rose 7 percent in 2014

    December 18, 2014 | 9:09 am

    Immigration to Israel from North America rose 7 percent in 2014 over the previous year to 3,762 olim from the United States and Canada, according to Nefesh B’Nefesh.

    The immigrants came on 17 special aliyah flights from North America, sponsored by facilitated by Nefesh B’Nefesh...

  • Beyond interfaith marriage

    By Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis

    December 18, 2014 | 7:32 am

    There is a methodological debate among demographers as to counting the number of Jews in the United States. Some demographers maintain that the Jews in the America are 5.6 million. Another group of demographers maintain that the Jewish population in the United States is 5.2...

  • Punishing Bennett won’t bring peace

    By David Suissa

    December 17, 2014 | 5:20 pm

    People do crazy things when they get desperate and run out of ideas. That’s the first thought that came to mind after I read that a group of pro-Israel academics have decided that the best way to help the comatose Israeli-Palestinian peace process is to stop people like Naftali...

  • In U.S. relations with Israel, context is key

    December 17, 2014 | 5:08 pm

    The strain in United States-Israel ties is a live issue in the Israel election campaign — and rightfully so. But if you glance at U.S. and Israeli media during the last couple of months, you’d think the relations have never been worse. Jeffrey Goldberg’s article in The Atlantic,...

  • Sony pulls release of ‘Interview’ as U.S determines N.Korea behind attack

    December 17, 2014 | 2:12 pm

    Sony Pictures on Wednesday pulled the theatrical release of its North Korea comedy "The Interview," hours before a U.S. government source said investigators determined that North Korea was behind a cyberattack on Sony over the film.

    Hackers attacked Sony Corp last month, leaking...

  • Gross’ release, and changes in diplomatic ties, signals new day for Cuban Jews

    December 17, 2014 | 1:19 pm

    Alan Gross was imprisoned while trying to connect Cuba’s isolated Jewish community to the wider world. The deal that got him released five years later may do just that and much more.

    Gross’ flight home to suburban Washington on Wednesday with his wife, Judy, was part of a...

  • Who is Alan Gross and what did he do?

    December 17, 2014 | 11:49 am

    Alan Gross, a 65-year-old U.S. foreign aid worker freed from a Cuban prison on Wednesday, was arrested in Cuba in 2009 and sentenced to 15 years for importing banned technology and trying to establish clandestine Internet service for Cuban Jews.

    [Related: An in-depth look into...

  • CIA chief admits agency used ‘abhorrent’ methods on detainees

    December 11, 2014 | 2:06 pm

    CIA Director John Brennan said on Thursday some agency officers used "abhorrent" methods on detainees captured following the Sept. 11 attacks and said it was "unknowable" whether so-called enhanced interrogation techniques yielded useful intelligence.

    With his agency under fire...

  • U.S. under fire over Senate’s report on CIA torture

    December 10, 2014 | 10:37 am

    The United States on Wednesday faced criticism from the United Nations as well as governments that Washington often reprimands for human rights violations over a Senate report on CIA torture techniques in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks.

    Some U.S. allies, who could face...

  • U.S. citizen indicted in Israel on weapons charges

    December 9, 2014 | 10:28 am

    A U.S. citizen has been indicted in Israel on weapons charges and told investigators he had been weighing the possibility of attacking Muslim holy sites, the Israeli domestic security service Shin Bet said on Tuesday.

    The man's lawyer told reporters that the Shin Bet was...

  • Sexual threats, other CIA methods detailed in new U.S. report

    December 9, 2014 | 9:01 am

    "Enhanced interrogation" techniques used by the CIA on militants detained in secret prisons were ineffective and never produced information which led to the disruption of imminent terrorist plots, a declassified report by the Senate Intelligence Committee found.

    The report...

  • Obama promises more aid, loan guarantees to Jordan

    December 5, 2014 | 3:28 pm

    President Barack Obama said on Friday that the United States and its allies are making slow but steady progress in the fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, and he pledged new aid to Jordan to grapple with Syrian refugees.

    Obama and Jordan's King Abdullah made...

  • U.S., France secure $60 million for survivors of rail deportations

    December 5, 2014 | 1:51 pm

    The United States and France have tentatively arrived at a $60 million lump sum agreement to settle claims by survivors deported to Nazi camps via the French rail system.

    The agreement, announced Friday in a conference call with reporters by Stuart Eizenstat, the State...

  • Ben Carson, potential GOP presidential candidate, stands by U.S.-Nazi Germany comparison

    December 5, 2014 | 9:26 am

    Dr. Ben Carson, who is considering a 2016 Republican presidential run, reiterated his provocative opinion that the United States is comparable to Nazi Germany.

    Carson, asked Wednesday in an interview Wednesday with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer whether he would like to qualify or retract...

  • Israel goes to new elections

    December 3, 2014 | 9:53 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Just 20 months after the current government was sworn in, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fired two of his top cabinet ministers, leading their parties to pull out of the government and the Knesset, or parliament, to vote to...

  • State Dept.: Qatar pledges not to fund Hamas

    December 2, 2014 | 3:26 pm

    The Obama administration says it has received assurances from the Arab nation Qatar that its assistance to the Palestinians will not reach Hamas.

    “Qatar has pledged financial support that would be directed to the Palestinian people in Gaza,” Julia Frifield, the assistant...

  • Kerry: Progress in Iran talks, tough road ahead

    November 24, 2014 | 11:16 am

    Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday Iran and the six world powers had made substantial progress toward a final deal over its nuclear program, but the talks would remain difficult in coming months despite new ideas being presented.

    "If we can do it (get a deal) sooner, we...

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