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A $US400 million boost in federal funds for security at US places of worship

New York City, US AP A $US400 million increase in federal funding is available for security in US places of worship, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced on the weekend. The boost in money comes as concerns rise over threats against Jewish and Muslim communities, fuelled in part by the Israel-Hamas war.  Senate Majority Leader Chuck […]

Israeli military says it killed 90 gunmen at Gaza’s Al Shifa hospital

Jerusalem/Cairo, Egypt Reuters Israel’s military said on Wednesday it had killed around 90 gunmen and arrested 160 in a raid on Gaza’s Al Shifa hospital, an allegation the Islamist Hamas group denied. Al Shifa, the Gaza Strip’s biggest hospital before the war, is now one of the few healthcare facilities even partially operational in the […]

Schumer calls for new elections in Israel, criticises Netanyahu

Washington DC, US Reuters US Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer called on Thursday for new elections in Israel, harshly criticizing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as an obstacle to peace. Democrat Schumer, long a supporter of Israel and the highest-ranking US Jewish elected official, told the Senate that Netanyahu’s government “no longer fits the needs of […]

US Senate Republican block Ukraine, Israel aid bill over border dispute

The US Capitol building is seen in Washington, US, on 1st December, 2023

Washington DC, USReuters An emergency spending bill to provide billions of dollars in new security assistance for Ukraine and Israel was blocked in the US Senate on Wednesday as Republicans pressed their demands for tougher measures to control immigration at the US border with Mexico. The vote was 49 in favour to 51 against, leaving […]

Airman suspected of leaking secret US documents hit with federal charges

An undated picture shows Jack Douglas Teixeira, a 21-year-old member of the US Air National Guard, who was arrested by the FBI, over his alleged involvement in leaks online of classified documents, posing for a selfie at an unidentified location.

Boston, US Reuters A 21-year-old member of the US Air National Guard accused of leaking top secret military intelligence records online was charged on Friday with unlawfully copying and transmitting classified material.  Jack Douglas Teixeira of North Dighton, Massachusetts, who was arrested by heavily armed FBI agents at his home on Thursday, made his initial […]

Democrats retain grip on US Senate, defying Republican “red wave” predictions

US US Senator Catherine Cortez Masto

Phoenix, Arizona, US Reuters Democrats held onto control of the US Senate while limiting projected losses in the House, handing a major victory to President Joe Biden and extinguishing hopes of the “red wave” that Republicans had expected leading into the midterm elections. Democratic leaders described the outcome – sealed late Saturday with a win […]

Putin likens Western sanctions to war as Russian assault traps Ukrainian civilians

Ukraine Bila Tserkva bomb site

Lviv/Kyiv, Ukraine Reuters Russian President Vladimir Putin said Western sanctions were akin to war as his forces pressed their assault on Ukraine on Saturday for a 10th day and the IMF warned the conflict would have a “severe impact” on the global economy. Moscow and Kyiv traded blame over failed plans for a brief ceasefire […]

Biden’s pick to combat anti-Semitism finally gets hearing

US Deborah E Lipstadt

Washington DC, USAP Describing herself as an “equal-opportunity foe of anti-Semitism”, President Joe Biden’s pick to monitor and combat prejudice against Jews around the world finally got her day before the Senate committee that will evaluate her nomination. Deborah E Lipstadt, nominated to be Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, with the rank of […]