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‘Just kidding’: Trump, Putin discuss ‘Fiddler,’ borscht

25 July 2017

  By Joel H. Cohen NEW YORK — Just revealed: borsht and a prospective U.S.-Russian production of Fiddler on the Roof were the main subjects discussed at the hitherto secret meeting between Presidents Trump and Putin at the G-20 meeting in Hamburg, Germany. Highlights of the session were released today by the Russian translator, the only [...]

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Jewish celebrities shine at Comic-Con

25 July 2017

​Story and photos by Shor M. Masori SAN DIEGO — Once again Comic-Con has come and gone and with it came oodles of new information and stars galore. While it’s a stereotype about the prominence of Jews in Hollywood, the fact of the matter is that a larger than normal percentage of people on the [...]

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Cat Mayor of Alaskan Town Dies at 20

24 July 2017

The beloved cat who came to represent the spirit of an Alaskan town has died at the venerable age of 20 years. The sad announcement came from Stubbs the cat’s adopted home of Nagley’s General Store in Talkeetna, owned by the Spone family, who asked for privacy in their time of mourning. “Stubbs lived for [...]

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SeaWorld’s last killer whale calf dies at San Antonio park

24 July 2017

ORLANDO, Fla. — Kyara, a 3-month-old killer whale born at SeaWorld San Antonio, died at the Texas theme park on Monday. The calf, born to 26-year-old Takara in April, was the final orca to be born in captivity at a SeaWorld park. Orlando-based SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment decided to stop breeding orcas amid animal rights [...]

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First LGBT Unit Created to Fight ISIS in Syria

24 July 2017

LGBT supporters are fighting back against the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) on the Syrian battlefield after three years of persecution in which their community suffered stonings, executions from rooftops and a deadly shooting at an LGBT nightclub in Orlando, Florida. A group of international volunteers fighting with Kurdish forces against ISIS in northern Syria [...]

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Fake street signs warn of ‘easily startled’ police in Twin Cities

24 July 2017

MINNEAPOLIS — Joe Morino brought an incredulous friend to see the orange street sign he just spotted in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis. The official-looking metal sign read: “WARNING: TWIN CITIES POLICE EASILY STARTLED.” It featured a graphic silhouette of a police officer, a gun in each raised hand, shooting in both directions. “There’s a [...]

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Pain, loss propel 2 U.S. ex-pats in this novel

24 July 2017

Strangers in Budapest by Jessica Kenner; Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill; © 2017; 337 pages. By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – Edward, a Jewish man in his 70s, and Annie, a young married woman in her 30s, are brought together by a mutual acquaintance back in the United States, a woman who asked Annie [...]

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Doubts on Sessions’ tenure deepen amid Trump tweets, White House comments

24 July 2017

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Jeff Sessions faced increasing questions about his future on Monday, a day that began with a fresh public slap from his boss, President Donald Trump, and continued with new calls to testify about his conversations with the Russian ambassador last year. Sessions, the first senator to endorse Trump and a strong [...]

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Israel guard kills 2 Jordanians in Amman embassy confrontation

24 July 2017

An Israeli guard shot and killed two Jordanians late Sunday at an Israeli embassy compound in the Jordanian capital, Amman, after one of them lunged at him with a screwdriver, Israeli officials said Monday. The victims included a Jordanian carpenter and the owner of the building used by Israeli embassy staff who was hit by [...]

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Duterte vows to continue his drug war in the Philippines

24 July 2017

Thousands of protesters gathered at the Philippines House of Representatives as President Rodrigo Duterte delivered his second annual state of the nation address. In a two-hour speech Duterte promised an unrelenting war on drugs, defending a crackdown that has killed thousands of Filipinos. Duterte said critics were wrongly blaming police for most of the deaths [...]

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‘I did not collude’ with foreign officials, Jared Kushner says in advance of testimony

24 July 2017

WASHINGTON — “I did not collude” and “had no improper contacts” with Russia or any other foreign government, Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, declared in a statement ahead of meetings with congressional investigators. Kushner’s representatives released the 11-page statement early Monday morning. He is scheduled to meet Monday with staff and members [...]

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Ex-Panamanian president denied bond in Miami files emergency bid with Supreme Court

24 July 2017

MIAMI — Attorneys for former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli, who is being detained in Miami on an extradition request to his homeland, filed an emergency petition with the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday that asserts his constitutional rights have been violated because his bid for bond was denied. Martinelli’s legal team argued that federal courts [...]

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17 Turkish journalists go on trial accused of supporting terrorism

24 July 2017

Seventeen employees of a Turkish opposition newspaper went on trial today accused of aiding a terrorist organisation. The hearing coincides with an escalating dispute with Germany over the arrest in Turkey of 10 rights activists, including one German, as part of a crackdown since last year’s attempted coup against President Tayyip Erdogan. The case is [...]

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This woman says she was trafficked by a diplomat. And it happens all the time.

24 July 2017

A half-hour outside of Washington, DC, there’s a six-bedroom townhouse with a white portico. It was the house of Jane Kambalame, a diplomat in the United States from Malawi. Her job was to advocate for Malawian citizens. But there was one Malawian who didn’t get Kambalame’s help: Kambalame’s maid, Fainess Lipenga. For three years, Lipenga [...]

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