NYC Mandating Vaccination for Private School Employees Hamodia Staff

New York City is extending its vaccine mandate to private-school employees, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Health Commissioner Dr. Dave Chokshi announced Thursday, amid fear over the new Omicron variant…

Israel

Report: Bennett-Blinken Talk ‘Long and Tough’Hamodia Staff

Relations between the U.S. and Israel have become strained over differences as to how to deal with Iran at the Vienna talks to renew the 2015 nuclear agreement, according to…

Mossad Chief Pledges Iran Will Never Have Nuclear WeaponsHamodia Staff

Mossad chief David Barnea declared on Thursday that espionage arm of the Israeli government will make sure that Iran never acquires a nuclear weapon. “A bad deal, which I hope…

Government Allows Cellphone Tracking to Expire at MidnightHamodia Staff

The Israeli government has decided to discontinue use of cellphone tracking by the Shin Bet security service (ISA) of verified Omicron cases, allowing the emergency measure to expire at midnight…

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Community

NYPD Precinct in Williamsburg Holds Menorah LightingHamodia Staff

On Wednesday evening, the 4th night of Chanukah, the NYPD’s 90th Precinct in Williamsburg together with Rabbi Manny Weiser hosted a Chanukah celebration for cops and community members. Leaders in…

UK Police Investigating Antisemitic Hate Crime in LondonHamodia Staff

British police said Wednesday they are investigating a video which appeared to show a group of men spitting at a bus full of young British Jews and Israelis celebrating Chanukah…

Shomrim, NYPD Arrest Prolific Package Thieves in FlatbushSara Marcus

Shomrim and police officers in Flatbush arrested four men for package theft and another for car theft on Tuesday, after a spate of robberies has the local community on alert.…

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National

New Data Suggests 1 in 44 U.S. Children Affected by AutismHamodia

New autism numbers released Thursday suggest more U.S. children are being diagnosed with the developmental condition and at younger ages. In an analysis of 2018 data from nearly a dozen…

U.S. to Extend Transit Mask Mandate Through Mid-MarchHamodia

President Joe Biden’s administration will extend requirements for travelers to wear masks on airplanes, trains and buses and at airports and train stations through mid-March, sources briefed on the matter…

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World

Blinken Downbeat About Nuclear Talks as Iran Floats ProposalsHamodia

The United States said on Thursday it had little cause for optimism about reviving the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and would know in a day or so if Iran would…

Germany Backs Restrictions for Unvaccinated as Mandate LoomsHamodia

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday that people who aren’t vaccinated will be excluded from nonessential stores, cultural and recreational venues, and parliament will consider a general vaccine mandate as…

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Regional

Armed Man Outside UN Arrested After Standoff, LockdownHamodia

The United Nations headquarters in New York City was locked down for several hours Thursday after a man was seen pacing outside one of its main gates with what police…

Tourism Surges in New York CitySara Marcus

Tourists are flocking to New York City this winter, a year after the coronavirus kept the vital industry sluggish. According to the Wall Street Journal, retailers saw their Thanksgiving weekend…

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Politics

U.S. Will Resume Policy for Asylum-Seekers to Wait in MexicoHamodia

The Biden administration has struck an agreement with Mexico to next week reinstate a Trump-era border policy that forces asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico for hearings in U.S. immigration court,…

Stacey Abrams Launches 2nd Campaign for Georgia GovernorHamodia

Stacey Abrams, the Georgia Democrat and leading voting rights activist, said Wednesday that she will launch another campaign to become the nation’s first Black woman governor. Without serious competition in…

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Business

Tesla Officially Moves Headquarters From California to TexasHamodia

Tesla says it has officially moved its corporate headquarters from Silicon Valley to a large factory under construction outside of Austin, Texas. The company made the announcement late Wednesday in…

Fed Survey Finds Supply-Chain Shortages Boosting InflationHamodia

Many parts of the country were hit by supply chain disruptions and labor shortages in November, the Federal Reserve reported Wednesday. In a survey of business conditions around the country,…

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Health, Science & Technology

Merck’s COVID-19 Pill Gets Key Backing From FDA Advisory PanelHamodia

Merck & Co.’s COVID-19 pill gained a key recommendation from advisers to U.S. regulators, increasing the likelihood that the treatment for high-risk patients will be cleared for use in the…

Final U.S. Hurdle for Merck’s COVID-19 Pill: FDA Panel ReviewHamodia

An experimental COVID-19 drug that could soon become the first U.S.-authorized pill to treat the coronavirus faces one final hurdle Tuesday: A panel of government experts will scrutinize data on…

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