President Trump Supports Improving Gun Background Checks Hamodia

The White House said on Monday that President Donald Trump supports efforts to improve federal background checks for gun purchases, two days after a shooting at a Florida school killed…

Israel

Poland to Attend Yerushalayim Conference Over Foreign Ministry ObjectionZalman Ahnsaf

Poland will be participating in an international parliamentary conference at the Knesset on Tuesday, despite the opposition of the Israeli Foreign Ministry. Agnieszka Kaczmarska, secretary of the Sejm, the lower…

Lapid Proposes Netanyahu Take Leave of AbsenceYisrael Price

Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid, who has been demanding Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s resignation, shifted gears on Monday, proposing instead that he merely “step aside” long enough to organize his…

U.N. Chief Warns of Nightmare Scenario If Hezbollah, Israel ClashHamodia

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Monday that he was worried about the possibility of a direct confrontation between Israel and Lebanon’s Hezbollah terror movement. Guterres said the latest…

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Community

Yeshivah Graduates Honored at Annual Boro Park JCC BreakfastHamodia
Israel, School Choice, Religious Rights on the Agenda at Agudah Washington Leadership MissionSandy Eller

More than 70 delegates from 11 states, representing the diversity of the Jewish community nationwide, spent two exhilarating days taking part in Agudath Israel of America’s annual National Leadership Mission…

‘Something Was Desperately Wrong There’: An Interview With Former Deputy AG Philip Heymann on the Rubashkin CaseYosef Caldwell

Philip B. Heymann, professor emeritus at Harvard Law School, is one of the prestigious individuals who worked tirelessly during the past few years, on a pro bono basis, to free…

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National

Former AP Photographer Max Desfor Dies at 104Hamodia

Former Associated Press photographer Max Desfor, whose photo of hundreds of Korean War refugees crawling across a damaged bridge in 1950 helped win him a Pulitzer Prize, died Monday. He…

Former Trump Aide Gates to Plead Guilty, Agrees to Testify Against ManafortHamodia

A former top aide to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign will plead guilty to fraud-related charges within days, and has made it clear to prosecutors that he would testify against Paul…

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World

Spanish Finance Minister Backed for Leading ECB JobHamodia

Finance ministers from the 19-country eurozone on Monday endorsed Spain’s Luis de Guindos for the coveted post of European Central Bank vice president, after Ireland withdrew the only other candidate.…

17 People Killed in Garbage-Dump Collapse in MozambiqueHamodia

Heavy rains triggered the partial collapse of a huge mound of garbage in Mozambique’s capital on Monday, killing as many as 17 people who were buried by debris. Authorities believe…

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Regional

Courts: Bail Reform Working, But Sustainable Funding NeededHamodia

The number of defendants being held before trial since New Jersey overhauled its bail system last year dropped by 20 percent, but the judge overseeing the program says it faces…

Regional Briefs – February 18, 2018Hamodia

NYPD Watchdog Group to Take Over Misconduct Probes NEW YORK – An independent NYPD watchdog said Thursday it will start investigating allegations of officer misconduct and will no longer refer…

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Politics

FOCUS: Lawmakers Use Campaign Funds for NRA DuesBen Wieder

Many members of Congress receive campaign donations from the National Rifle Association. In some cases, though, the funds flow the other way, too: Lawmakers use campaign money to pay membership…

White House: Trump to Meet Speaker Ryan on Sunday in FloridaHamodia

President Donald Trump will meet Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan at Trump’s Florida resort on Sunday to discuss legislative priorities, White House spokeswoman Jessica Ditto said.…

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Business

Asian Markets Move Higher as Investors’ Jitters EaseHamodia

Asian markets were higher on Monday following Wall Street gains last week, as investors’ jitters showed signs of easing. Many major markets were closed on holidays. Japan’s Nikkei 225 jumped…

Business Briefs – February 18, 2018Hamodia

Cities Pitching Diversity In Efforts to Lure Businesses (AP) – Some cities and regions are highlighting racial diversity along with positive business climates, competitive tax rates and available land in…

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Health, Science & Technology

Israeli Scientists Complete Simulated Mars Mission in NegevHamodia

A team of six Israeli researchers on Sunday ended a four-day Mars habitat experiment in Israel’s Negev desert where they simulated living conditions on the Red Planet, Israel’s Science and…

Flu Shot Only 36 Percent Effective, Making Bad Year WorseHamodia

The flu vaccine is doing a poor job protecting older Americans and others against the bug that’s causing most illnesses. Preliminary figures released Thursday suggest the vaccine is 36 percent…

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