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  • U.S. officials: DNA evidence proves Osama bin Laden is dead

    By Jeffrey Hensiek

    May 2, 2011 | 11:41 am

    DNA evidence has proven with 99.9 percent confidence that al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden is dead, two officials in U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration said Monday.

    The officials did not immediately say where or how the testing was done but the test explains why Obama was...

  • Wanted: U.S. claimants of Holocaust-era assets in prestate Israel

    April 28, 2011 | 3:43 pm

    In Israel, restituting Holocaust-era assets isn’t just about getting European countries, banks and insurance companies to pay up.

    It’s also about finding the rightful heirs of thousands of prestate assets in Israel whose original Jewish owners perished during the Holocaust....

  • Israel ranks seventh in happiness level, poll finds

    April 27, 2011 | 2:46 pm

    Israel ranked seventh worldwide in the happiness level of its residents, according to a survey conducted by the Gallup Institute.

    Some 63 percent of Israelis are satisfied with their lives, Gallup’s global wellbeing surveys in 2010 found. Israel was ranked higher than the United...

  • U.S. Holocaust museum pushes West Coast visibility

    By Ryan Torok

    April 26, 2011 | 5:08 pm

    During a lecture on genocide prevention at American Jewish University (AJU) on April 13, Michael Abramowitz, director of the Committee on Conscience at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, discussed a shift in the international community’s view of how to handle crimes...

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  • Second computer virus infiltrates Iranian systems

    April 26, 2011 | 10:22 am

    Iran has discovered a second computer virus designed to damage government computer systems.

    The discovery of the virus, called Stars, was announced Monday by a senior Iranian official, Gholam-Reza Jalali, head of an Iranian cyberdefense agency, according to reports.

    Jalali said in...

  • At least 39 said killed and dozens wounded by Syria troops in Daraa

    April 25, 2011 | 1:58 pm

    At least 39 people were killed and 70 wounded Monday by Syrian security forces in the southern city of Daraa, pro-democracy activists said, after the army moved into the city where the current wave of protests began, and fired at protesters.

    “Bodies of the dead and wounded were seen...

  • Revolutionary Guard chief: Iran can hit ships as far away as Indian Ocean

    April 22, 2011 | 10:23 am

    The commander of Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard says his forces are expanding their capabilities to retaliate against possible enemy attacks from outside the Gulf.

    Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari says Iran can strike back against foreign warships launching attacks against Iran from as far away as the Indian Ocean. Jafari made the comments in an interview with the semi-official Fars news agency Friday.

    He made no direct mention of the U.S., but his remarks are a clear reference to American forces in the region.

    Read more at Haaretz.com.

  • UN urges bold steps to relaunch Mideast peace talks

    April 21, 2011 | 3:45 pm

    The United Nations called on Thursday for “bold and decisive steps” to relaunch the Israeli-Palestinian peace process as the region awaits a possible new initiative by U.S. President Barack Obama.

    UN political chief Lynn Pascoe and ambassadors of key Security Council countries said...

  • U.S. official: Obama to give Libya rebels $25m in non-military aid

    April 20, 2011 | 11:50 am

    U.S. officials say the Obama administration has decided to give the Libyan opposition $25 million in non-military assistance after weeks of assessing their capabilities and intentions.

    The officials said Wednesday that Congress was briefed on the plan on Tuesday.

    They said the...

  • HIAS urges refugee application under renewed Lautenberg

    April 18, 2011 | 10:32 pm

    The top U.S. Jewish immigrant defense group urged potential refugee status applicants in Iran and the former Soviet Union to apply under an act just extended by Congress.

    “It is extremely important that our former HIAS clients waste no time in notifying relatives in the FSU or Iran...

  • Boehner to invite Netanyahu to address Congress

    April 14, 2011 | 11:18 am

    Rep. John Boehner, the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, said he plans to invite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint meeting of Congress.

    “It will be a great honor for Congress to welcome Prime Minister Netanyahu next month as part of his...

  • Iran assisting Syria in crackdown, according to U.S. intelligence

    April 14, 2011 | 11:13 am

    Iran reportedly is providing material assistance to the Syrian government in its effort to quell protests.

    The Wall Street Journal on Thursday quoted Obama administration officials as saying that they have intelligence showing that Iran is providing the Assad regime in Syria with...

  • Date Night Phenomenon?

    By Julia Bendis

    April 13, 2011 | 6:02 pm

    I had to write about this phenomenon called ‘Date Night’.  Every couple I know has date nights where they spend an evening away from home, kids, pets, etc, while throwing money away doing it…  Only in America do people label every activity including a simple night out with their...

  • Clinton: U.S. will renew peace effort

    April 13, 2011 | 10:55 am

    The United States will renew its push for Israeli-Palestinian peace, Hillary Rodham Clinton said.

    The U.S. secretary of state was outlining strategies for addressing the turmoil currently sweeping the Middle East in an address Tuesday to the U.S.-Islamic World Forum.

    “We start from...

  • U.S. blocks Quartet peace outline

    April 12, 2011 | 1:36 pm

    The United States reportedly blocked an initiative by other major powers to outline an Israeli-Palestinian peace settlement.

    The three other members of the Quartet guiding Middle East peace talks—the United Nations, the European Union and Russia—had pressed for publication of such...

  • For U.S. Jewish leaders, impact of Egypt changes depends on politics

    April 11, 2011 | 12:08 pm

    American Jewish leaders are divided along political lines on recent changes in Egypt, according to a new survey shows.

    Most Jewish leaders looked favorably upon what they see as a growing interest in democracy and human rights in the new Egypt, but they were split on what that...

  • U.S. could learn from Israel’s health care system, study suggests

    April 7, 2011 | 3:30 pm

    Intense cooperation among health care plans and physicians can improve health care, according to a new study that looks toward Israel’s health care system.

    The study—“What The United States Could Learn From Israel About Improving The Quality Of Health Care,” published Thursday...

  • Prodded by Danon, U.S. lawyers set to sue Goldstone

    April 7, 2011 | 10:06 am

    A group of American Jewish lawyers is set to file a civil lawsuit against Richard Goldstone initiated by Israeli lawmaker Danny Danon.

    The class action suit against the author of the Goldstone Report, a United Nations document about Israel’s conduct during the monthlong Gaza war in...

  • Jewish groups condemn House budget proposal

    April 6, 2011 | 3:32 pm

    Jewish groups and a key Jewish lawmaker condemned the U.S. House of Representative’s budget proposal for 2012, saying it will hurt the Americans most in need.

    The Jewish Council for Public Affairs said in a statement released Wednesday that the Republican-backed budget proposal...

  • U.S. freezes weapons shipments to Lebanon’s military

    April 4, 2011 | 3:00 pm

    The United States has frozen weapons shipments to Lebanon’s military following the collapse of the Arab country’s government in January.

    The arms freeze had been approved recently by U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, but it was not announced publicly so as not to interfere with...

  • Education is key in a changing U.S. Jews-Israel relationship

    April 4, 2011 | 1:33 pm

    The relationship between American and Israeli Jews is changing. For most of Israel’s history, the American Jewish community was larger, wealthier and more powerful than its “poor cousin” in the Middle East, but now the differences between the two communities have greatly...

  • Ahmadinejad: Arab world conflicts will lead to collapse of Zionist regime

    April 4, 2011 | 10:32 am

    The latest conflicts in the Arab world would eventually lead to the collapse of Israel, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Monday.

    “The latest conflicts will leave no chance for the Zionist regime [Israel] to survive as all the involved countries are against the occupation of Palestine,” Ahmadinejad said.

    He added that the Arab states should be careful not to rely on the United States and its allies, “as their ultimate aim is to save” Israel.

    Read more at Haaretz.com.

  • Peres arrives in D.C.

    April 4, 2011 | 10:28 am

    Shimon Peres arrived in Washington for a three-day visit that will include a meeting with President Obama.

    Peres, who arrived Monday, will discuss “security cooperation between Israel and the United States, recent developments in the Middle East, and the pursuit of peace between...

  • U.S.: Violence isn’t the answer to grievances of Syrian people

    April 1, 2011 | 3:28 pm

    The White House on Friday condemned Syria’s violent crackdown on anti-government protesters and urged Syrian President Bashar Assad to promptly take concrete steps toward meaningful reform.

    “The Syrian government has an important opportunity to be responsive to the legitimate...

  • Reform opposes, OU backs voucher bill

    March 31, 2011 | 10:15 am

    The Reform movement said it was “alarmed” by the passage of a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives reviving a program that funds scholarships at religious schools, while the Orthodox Union supported it.

    The Republican-majority House passed the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship...

  • U.S. official: Obama authorized covert support for Libya rebels

    March 30, 2011 | 2:49 pm

    President Barack Obama has signed a secret order authorizing covert U.S. government support for rebel forces seeking to oust Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi, government officials told Reuters on Wednesday.

    Obama signed the order, known as a presidential “finding”, within the last two...

  • Obama, Libya and the Holocaust

    March 30, 2011 | 2:26 pm

    President Obama and his supporters have defended U.S. military action in Libya by invoking America’s failure to respond to mass murder in Rwanda, Bosnia and even the Holocaust. Do those experiences indeed offer useful lessons for the current crisis?

    In his national address on...

  • U.S. sanctions Belarus company on Iran

    March 30, 2011 | 10:08 am

    The United States sanctioned a state-owned energy company in Belarus for doing business with Iran.

    Belarusneft entered into a $500 million contract with the NaftIran Intertrade Company in 2007 for the development of the Jofeir oilfield in Iran, the State Department said in an...

  • U.S. condemns Syria’s ‘brutal repression’ of protesters

    March 29, 2011 | 2:50 pm

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton condemned the Syrian government on Tuesday for the harsh way it had responded to pro-democracy protests, while the State Department spokesman said Syria must make more progress on reforms.

    “In a series of side meetings I also had the chance to...

  • Gingrich: U.S. run by “anti-Jewish” elite

    March 28, 2011 | 3:30 pm

    The United States under President Obama is “dominated by a secular, anti-Christian and anti-Jewish elite,” Newt Gingrich said.

    Gingrich, the onetime speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and a likely presidential candidate for 2012, spoke on March 25 at a meeting in Iowa of...

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