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NBC Report: Brooklyn Man in Ukraine Says He Witnessed Masked Men Handing Out Jewish Register Letters

NBC Report: Brooklyn Man in Ukraine Says He Witnessed Masked Men Handing Out Jewish Register Letters
A Brooklyn man visiting Ukraine says he witnessed masked men handing out leaflets ordering Jews in eastern Ukraine to register with authorities. Yosef Gurevitz, who is from Crown Heights and is in Donetsk visiting family, told NBC News he saw the men outside a synagogue earlier this week. "There were about 100 of us outside the synagogue after Passover eve prayers [on Wednesday] when we saw three masked men in the crowd who started to hand out letters," Gurevitz said. "One of them tried ...
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Ukraine Crisis: Turning Points

Ukraine Crisis: Turning Points
An agreement struck by the U.S., the European Union, Russia and Ukraine has raised hopes for defusing the Ukrainian crisis, which has strained East-West ties to a degree unseen since the Cold War. The deal Thursday in Geneva came after the four parties held talks together for the first time since Ukraine's turmoil began nearly five months ago. A look at how the Ukrainian crisis has evolved: --- HOW IT ALL STARTED After years of preparation for a partnership agreement with the 28-nation ...
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NYPD Arrest Suspect In Shooting Of 13-Year-Old In Flatbush

NYPD Arrest Suspect In Shooting Of 13-Year-Old In Flatbush
Community leaders are praising the leadership at the NYPD's 70 Precinct, after police apprehended 21-year-old Kareem Potomont, Thursday afternoon. Cops arrested Potomont in Queens, just hours after releasing his photo to the public. Potomont is the suspect in the shooting of 13-year-old Gamma Droiville. A stray bullet struck him in the eye as he waited for a bus on Flatbush Avenue on Monday. Droiville survived the shooting, but he may lose an eye. Police say the intended target, a ...
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Advice To Democrats: Don't Say 'Recovery'

Advice To Democrats: Don't Say 'Recovery'
Election-year memo to Democratic candidates: Don't talk about the economic recovery. It's a political loser. So say Democratic strategists in a blunt declaration that such talk skips over "how much trouble people are in, and doesn't convince them that policymakers really understand or are even focusing on the problems they continue to face." In addition, Stan Greenberg, James Carville and others wrote that in head-to-head polling tests the mere mention of the word "recovery" is trumped by ...
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New Rav of 'W Shul' in Lawrence Lectures on Meaning of Shmirah

New Rav of 'W Shul' in Lawrence Lectures on Meaning of Shmirah
On the first day of Chol HaMoed, the Five Towns/Far Rockaway community was privileged to hear a shiur from Rav Mordechai Stern, the newly installed Rabbi of the W Shul in Lawrence, New York. Rabbi Stern is the son-in-law of Rav Moshe Brown Shlita, the son of Rabbi Stern Shlita from Mesivta Chaim Shlomo (Darchei Torah’s high School) and is an alumnus of BMG. The Shiur was delivered to a crowd of hundreds in the Agudas Yisroel Synagogue of Long Island. What appears below is a brief sketch of ...
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25-Mph Slow Zone Coming To Bronx Grand Concourse

25-Mph Slow Zone Coming To Bronx Grand Concourse
Traffic signals will be retimed for 25 mph along the Grand Concourse in the Bronx to reduce dangerous speeding. The city's Department of Transportation says the 5.2 mile-corridor from East 140th Street to Mosholu Parkway has seen 12 fatalities between 2008 and 2012. Seven of those involved pedestrians. It says the Grand Concourse is the second of 25 planned Arterial Slow Zones to be installed on major streets across the city. The first was on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn. The ...
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Avalanche Sweeps Down Everest, Killing At Least 12

Avalanche Sweeps Down Everest, Killing At Least 12
An avalanche swept down a climbing route on Mount Everest early Friday, killing at least 12 Nepalese guides and leaving four missing in the deadliest disaster on the world's highest peak. Several more were injured. The Sherpa guides had gone early in the morning to fix ropes for other climbers when the avalanche hit them at about 6:30 a.m., Nepal Tourism Ministry official Krishna Lamsal said from the base camp where he is monitoring rescue efforts. An injured survivor told his relatives ...
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White House Updating Online Privacy Policy

White House Updating Online Privacy Policy
A new Obama administration privacy policy released Friday explains how the government will gather the user data of online visitors to WhiteHouse.gov, mobile apps and social media sites, and it clarifies that online comments, whether tirades or tributes, are in the open domain. "Information you choose to share with the White House (directly and via third party sites) may be treated as public information," the new policy says. The Obama Administration also promises not to sell the data of ...
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Views Differ Of Imam Accused In US Terrorism Case

An Egyptian imam who led a London mosque more than a dozen years ago was portrayed in opening statements at his terrorism trial as an enthusiastic supporter of al-Qaida by a prosecutor and as a reasonable man who helped authorities in England keep people calm by his defense attorney. The openings Thursday at the trial of Mustafa Kamel Mustafa came after U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest in Manhattan turned down a last-minute request by the defendant to deliver his own opening statement ...
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NJ: Pulaski Skyway Commuters Urged To Use Mass Transit

NJ: Pulaski Skyway Commuters Urged To Use Mass Transit
Officials are advising commuters who use the Pulaski Skyway that this past week was the exception, not the norm. No major traffic problems have been reported since northbound lanes were closed on Saturday to repair the 81-year-old span on which 74,000 vehicles travel daily between Newark with Jersey City. Officials say that's because Jersey City schools were closed and traffic was lighter with people observing Easter and Passover holidays. But officials are expecting traffic volume to ...
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Transcript Shows Ferry Captain Delayed Evacuation

Transcript Shows Ferry Captain Delayed Evacuation
A doomed ferry's captain delayed evacuation for half an hour after a South Korean transportation official ordered preparations to abandon ship, raising more questions about whether quick action could have saved scores of passengers still missing Friday and feared dead, according to a transcript of the ship-to-shore exchange and interviews with a crewmember. The order by an unidentified official at the Jeju Vessel Traffic Services Center to put on lifejackets and prepare for evacuation came ...
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PA Residents Use Violence to Mark Prisoners Day

PA Residents Use Violence to Mark Prisoners Day
Thousands of PA (Palestinian Authority) residents on Thursday, 17 Nissan 5774 marched in Ramallah in observance of Prisoners Day, a day of solidarity with terrorists imprisoned in Israel. Similar protests involving thousands of residents were held in Shechem and Hebron as well. In Hebron where over 2,000 people took part in events pelted Israeli security troops with rocks. Marchers in all areas carried PA flags as they demanded the release by Israel of all “prisoners”, terrorists viewed ...
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Cyber Cops: Target Hackers May Take Years To Find

Cyber Cops: Target Hackers May Take Years To Find
Secret Service investigators say they are close to gaining a full understanding of the methods hackers used to breach Target's computer systems last December. But the agency says it could take years to identify the criminals who stole some 40 million debit and credit card numbers of Target shoppers and other personal information from as many as 70 million people in the pre-Christmas breach. And it may take even longer to bring the offenders to justice. The federal investigation is ...
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Toronto: Crack-Smoking Mayor Rob Ford Acknowledges 'Rocky Moments' at Rally

Toronto: Crack-Smoking Mayor Rob Ford Acknowledges 'Rocky Moments' at Rally
Embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford acknowledged "rocky moments over the past year" but vowed to fight harder than ever to win re-election at a rally he dubbed the official launch of his campaign. Ford, who was the first to register as a candidate in January, invoked the spirit of second chances during a speech in front of supporters on Thursday. Ford is seeking re-election on Oct. 27 despite acknowledging last year that he had smoked crack cocaine "in a drunken stupor." Volunteers gave out ...
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US: Forfeiture Deal Over Iran Assets Sets Record

US: Forfeiture Deal Over Iran Assets Sets Record
A federal judge has approved plans to sell a 36-story Manhattan office building and other properties owned by Iran nationwide in what will be the largest terrorism-related forfeiture ever, a prosecutor said Thursday. U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said Judge Katherine Forrest approved the deal between the U.S. government and 19 holders of more than $5 billion in terrorism-related judgments against the government of Iran, including claims brought by the estates of victims killed in the Sept. 11, ...
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Israeli Arab Journalist Arrested Upon his Return from Lebanon

Israeli Arab Journalist Arrested Upon his Return from Lebanon
The ISA (Israel Security Agency – Shin Bet) arrested Israeli Arab journalist Majd Kayyal on Shabbos, 12 Nissan 5774 when he returned to Israel from Lebanon. He was in Beirut for three weeks according to reports. He was taken into custody for visiting a hostile country. Majd, a resident of Haifa, was imprisoned and prevented from meeting with his attorney. There was a gag order on the arrest which was lifted on Thursday, 17 Nissan. The 23-year-old journalist flew to Jordan and then to ...
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