Hurricane Maria unleashes fury on Puerto Rico: ‘The winds are like out of a horror movie’

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — A ferocious Hurricane Maria slammed Puerto Rico just before dawn Wednesday as some 3.5 million people girded for a day of vicious winds and drenching rain expected to devastate the American territory. The eye of the storm made official landfall at 6:15 a.m. near Yabucoa, about 45 miles southeast of […]

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Calling Trump ‘rogue newcomer,’ Rouhani vows tough response if nuke deal ditched

NEW YORK — Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday derided US President Donald Trump as a “rogue newcomer” and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as the leader of a “rogue and racist regime,” and vowed that Tehran would respond “decisively and resolutely” if the Iran nuclear deal is remade or canceled. In an address to the […]

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High-profile DC synagogue taps 2 rabbis to helm congregation

A Washington, DC, synagogue that hosted US president Barack Obama for a speech and counts Congress members and Cabinet officials as members has hired co-senior rabbis. Adas Israel announced Monday that it hired rabbis Lauren Holtzblatt and Aaron Alexander, both 40, to succeed Rabbi Gil Steinlauf, who left the congregation four months ago to create […]

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Sanders, 6 other Jewish US senators urge PM to implement Western Wall deal

Bernie Sanders was among seven Jewish senators who sent a letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday urging him to implement an agreement to expand an egalitarian prayer plaza at the Western Wall. Netanyahu’s cabinet put a hold in June on the deal passed in 2016, drawing the ire of American Jewish leaders. […]

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S. African twins put on terror list for plot to bomb Jewish targets, US embassy

WASHINGTON — The United States on Tuesday put South African twin brothers accused of plotting attacks on the US embassy and Jewish institutions onto its terror blacklist. Tony-Lee Thulsie and Brandon-Lee Thulsie were arrested in South Africa in July 2016. Get The Times of Israel’s Daily Edition by email and never miss our top stories […]

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How a high-ranking gay Navy chaplain retired with pride

Capt. Jon Cutler shakes the lulav and etrog with Jewish soldiers on the Sukkot holiday. (Courtesy) In 2008, under the energetic US Navy chaplain serving with the Marines in Anbar Province, Iraq, a plywood synagogue rose from the grounds of the American air base at Al-Asad once used by Saddam Hussein. It was the first […]

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Center for Jewish History board backs new head after right-wing attacks

The board of New York’s Center for Jewish History is defending its recently installed executive director over calls from right-wing groups for his dismissal. A campaign against David Myers, formerly a prominent academic at UCLA, centers on his urging Israel to end its occupation in the West Bank. Get The Times of Israel’s Daily Edition […]

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Walgreens to grow by 1,932 stores with Rite Aid deal

CHICAGO — After years of trying, Walgreens Boots Alliance has received clearance from the Federal Trade Commission to expand its business through the purchase of 1,932 Rite Aid stores for $4.38 billion. The FTC had long resisted a deal between Walgreens and competitor Rite Aid, forcing the two to revise terms of a transaction several […]

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Donald Trump slams North Korean leader Kim Jong-un: ‘Rocket man is on a suicide mission’

In his first speech to the United Nations, President Trump said Tuesday that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is “on a suicide mission” with his development of a nuclear arsenal and ballistic missiles. “Rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself and his regime,” Mr. Trump told the U.N. General Assembly, referring to a […]

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Mueller Seen to Be Probing Trump Like a Mob Boss

Bonanno, Gambino…Trump? The first two are recognizable as bosses of the notorious Five Families, as the leading organized crime outfits of New York and other areas of the country were once known, and the third obviously belongs to the president of the United States and his famous New York real estate family. Other than location, […]

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At UN, Trump looks to sell ‘America First’ to the world

Boastful, bellicose and, at times, confused, Donald Trump’s maiden address to the United Nations General assembly on Tuesday was largely what observers have come to expect from the US president’s public speeches. Once again, the central premise was the now well known mantra “America First”. This time, however, the audience was not a crowd of […]

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Judges smack down Dylann Roof’s racist request to fire his Jewish, Indian attorneys

RICHMOND, Va. — The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals took just one day — and one sentence — to deny convicted white supremacist Dylann Roof’s request to fire his court-appointed lawyers, one of whom is Jewish and the other of whom is Indian. “The court denies the motion for substitution of counsel on appeal,” said […]

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Hurricane Maria heading toward Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico as Category 5

MIAMI — Hurricane Maria continued on its track toward the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico Tuesday morning, hours after leaving behind a scene of devastation in Dominica where it ripped off rooftops on the small Caribbean island overnight. The Category 5 storm is expected to continue fluctuating in strength as it moves over the northeast […]

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Paul Manafort wiretapped — and suddenly, Donald Trump’s not so crazy

Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, was being wiretapped by feds – not just once, but twice – as part of an FBI investigation into his dealings in Ukraine and Russia. The secret surveillance took place at a time when Manafort was in contact with Trump, all the way into 2017. And with […]

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