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Taliban Confirm Leader's Death, Choose Mullah Omar Successor

Taliban Confirm Leader's Death, Choose Mullah Omar Successor
High-ranking officials from the Afghan Taliban confirmed on Thursday the death of their leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar, and said the group's top council has elected his successor, a senior figure who served as the reclusive mullah's deputy for the past three years. The Taliban Shura, or Supreme Council, chose Mullah Akhtar Mansoor as the new leader, two Taliban figures told The Associated Press. The two, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized by the council to talk to the media, said the seven-member Shura had met ...

Jerusalem Court Refuses to Distance Jewish Males from Har Habayis (1 opinions)

Jerusalem Court Refuses to Distance Jewish Males from Har HabayisPolice detained a Jewish male who tried blowing shofar near Har Habayis. When they appeared before Jerusalem Magistrate Justice Mirit Forer, police asked to distance the male from Har Habayis for 60 days in response to their actions. The youth was arrested on erev Shabbos during the afternoon hours, near one of the entrances to Har Habayis. Police alleged they wanted to blow shofar. He ...    Full Story »

Anti-Semitic Incidents In Britain Have Soared By 50 Per Cent In Past Year

Anti-Semitic Incidents In Britain Have Soared By 50 Per Cent In Past YearThe following is via the Independent UK: The number of anti-semitic incidents in the UK has risen sharply in the last year, a report has found. Between January and June of this year, 473 anti-semitic incidents took place, including two which were classified as involving “extreme violence”. This represents an increase of 53 per cent from the same period in 2014. The report ...    Full Story »

Police: Escapee Still Cooperating A Month After Capture

Police: Escapee Still Cooperating A Month After CaptureThe New York state police major who led the manhunt for two killers who broke out of a prison said the surviving escapee is still cooperating with investigators a month after his capture. Maj. Charles Guess says Wednesday every interview with David Sweat so far has been fruitful and he expects more as the investigation continues. Sweat and Richard Matt broke out of Clinton ...    Full Story »

Urgent: Shidduchim, Rescuing Children from an Arab Village and Tu B’Av

Urgent: Shidduchim, Rescuing Children from an Arab Village and Tu B’Av[COMMUNICATED CONTENT] Yad L'Achim has received word that a woman and her three children need to be rescued from an Arab village within the next three days. Besides for the cost of the rescue, Yad L'Achim needs to provide her with basic living necessities, clothing, shelter, food etc. to the cost of several thousand dollars. You can fulfill the great mitzvah of Pidyon Shvuyim ...    Full Story »

Excessive Heat Warning Remains For Parts Of New Jersey (1 opinions)

Excessive Heat Warning Remains For Parts Of New JerseyThunderstorms are expected to punctuate the hazy, hot and humid conditions that continue to blanket New Jersey. An excessive heat warning remains in effect until 6 p.m. Thursday for Mercer, Gloucester, Camden and northwest Burlington counties. Forecasters say the heat and humidity will combine to make it feel like it is 100 degrees. Some thunderstorms and heavy rain are ...    Full Story »

Asher's Entry to Knesset is Dependent on Deputy Minister Meir Porush (1 opinions)

Asher's Entry to Knesset is Dependent on Deputy Minister Meir PorushAfter the Knesset during a late-night session passed the Norwegian Law on Thursday, former Yahadut Hatorah MK Yaakov Asher hopes to reenter Knesset to become the third member of the litvish Degel Hatorah faction. However, Asher entering into Knesset will compel with Deputy Health Minister Yaakov Litzman or Deputy Education Minister Meir Porush to resign from Knesset. Both deputy ...    Full Story »

Earthquake Felt in S. Israel During the Night

Earthquake Felt in S. Israel During the NightResidents of southern Israel and the Shvelah area reported feeling a slight earthquake during the night (Wednesday to Thursday) of 14 Menachem Av. The earthquake reportedly measured 4.4 on the Richter scale, with the epicenter in the Dead Sea. There were no injuries or damage reports. (YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

Malaysian Premier: Plane Debris To Be Sent To France

Malaysian Premier: Plane Debris To Be Sent To FranceA sea-crusted wing part washed up on an island in the western Indian Ocean may be the first trace of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 since it vanished nearly a year and a half ago, and a tragic but finally solid clue to one of aviation's most perplexing and expensive mysteries. Malaysia's prime minister said Thursday the debris found on the French island of Reunion will be sent for ...    Full Story »

Court Nixes Release Of New York Chokehold Death Testimony

Court Nixes Release Of New York Chokehold Death TestimonyA New York appeals court says the public can't see the testimony a grand jury heard before declining to indict a white police officer in the chokehold death of an unarmed black man. A state Supreme Court Appellate Division panel ruled Wednesday. A lower-court judge declined in March to release the testimony following Eric Garner's death, citing longstanding principles of grand jury ...    Full Story »

Knesset Approves 'Norwegian Law' And Defends Against No-Confidence Motion

Knesset Approves 'Norwegian Law' And Defends Against No-Confidence MotionThe Knesset voted on the so-called Norwegian Law on Thursday morning 14 Menachem Av close to 3 AM. The bill was passed into law in a 64-51 vote, which passed because of the support of the Yisrael Beitenu opposition party. The vote required a minimum of 61 to pass since it amends the Basic Law, demanding a majority of the Knesset’s 120 seats and some coalition members are ...    Full Story »

A House Built on Shabbos (2 opinions)

A House Built on ShabbosBy Rabbi Yair Hoffman Home construction is up, both locally and across the nation. Locally, many contractors are building homes to spec for Orthodox Jewish families, with dual ovens, dual sinks, Pesach kitchens and even built-in Sukkah breakfast nooks. But what happens if one of these contractors also builds it on Shabbos? The Shulchan Aruch (OC 244:3) writes that if a house was ...    Full Story »

Yes Planet Entertainment Complex in Yerushalayim to Begin Operating on Shabbos

Yes Planet Entertainment Complex in Yerushalayim to Begin Operating on ShabbosThe new Yes Planet entertainment complex in Yerushalayim is set to open. According to a MyNet report, the complex will begin operating on August 11, 2015, with officials reporting over 100 professionals including electricians, construction workers, and others are completing the finishing touches ahead of the grand opening. Operators points out that while they will be officially opening, ...    Full Story »

Jewish Woman in Bridal Gown Banned from Har Habayis by Israel Police (4 opinions)

Jewish Woman in Bridal Gown Banned from Har Habayis by Israel PoliceIsrael Police has announced a new regulation, prohibiting a woman from visiting the holy site dressed in a bridal gown for police feel wearing such a dress is provocative. A kallah arrived at the holy site on Wednesday morning 13 Menachem Av, dressed in her white gown. It is pointed out she was not the first kallah dressed in her gown to visit Har Habayis, but police have decided ...    Full Story »

A New Chareidi Version of the Jerusalemite Card

A New Chareidi Version of the Jerusalemite CardJerusalem City Hall offers residents of the capital a resident’s card, “Yerushalmi” card, offering discounted parking and discounts on many cultural events to card holders. Realizing that most of the discounts offered are not in line with a chareidi lifestyle, the city is now offering a chareidi Yerushalmi card which will offer deals that are attractive to chareidi residents of ...    Full Story »

Sen. Cruz Takes on More Traditional GOP Target: the IRS (3 opinions)

Sen. Cruz Takes on More Traditional GOP Target: the IRSAfter a week of fighting with other Republicans, Sen. Ted Cruz took on a more traditional GOP target Wednesday: the IRS. At a Senate hearing, the Republican presidential candidate told the head of the IRS that his agency has become "the embodiment of what's wrong with government and what's wrong with Washington." "We have seen the creation of an entity that I believe is no longer ...    Full Story »

Trade Between Israel and Japan Reaches $2.3 Billion in 2014

Trade Between Israel and Japan Reaches $2.3 Billion in 2014The first economic talks of their kind will take place between the Ministries of Economy of Israel and Japan (METI) in Tokyo this week. Ohad Cohen, Head of the Foreign Trade Administration (FTA) in the Israeli Ministry of Economy will lead the talks along with his Japanese counterpart, Mr. Hideo Suzuki. The talks are part of Israeli government efforts to strengthen economic ties with ...    Full Story »

Munich Council Upholds Ban On Holocaust 'Stumbling Stones' (1 opinions)

Munich Council Upholds Ban On Holocaust 'Stumbling Stones'Munich's city council has refused to lift a ban on so-called "stumbling stones," tiny plaques embedded in sidewalks to commemorate Holocaust victims outside their former homes, which are a common sight elsewhere in Germany. The opposition Greens and a smaller group on the council had sought to clear the way for the stones carrying Holocaust victims' names to be laid, something that ...    Full Story »

Zionist Camp Wants MK Yogev Censured or Worse (5 opinions)

Zionist Camp Wants MK Yogev Censured or WorseThe Zionist Camp (Labor party) is calling for immediate and stern action against MK (Bayit Yehudi) Moti Yogev, who on Wednesday morning, following the Supreme Court ruling to demolish Beit Dreinoff in Beit El. Yogev stated one should take a bulldozer and level the High Court after issuing such a ruling. The Zionist Camp was quick with a response, calling to have Yogev removed from his ...    Full Story »

Remains of the Great Synagogue and Shulhof of Vilna are Rediscovered 70 Years after their Destruction by the Nazis (2 opinions)

Remains of the Great Synagogue and Shulhof of Vilna are Rediscovered 70 Years after their Destruction by the NazisA Ground Penetrating Radar survey conducted in June 2015 in Vilnius, Lithuania has uncovered the underground remains of the Great Synagogue and Shulhof of Vilna, now lying partially below a modern school. These important remnants of what was before the Holocaust, Lithuania's greatest synagogue, will be exposed in an excavation to commence next year. The magnificent Great Synagogue of ...    Full Story »

Police to Launch Investigation into Alleged Corruption in Jerusalem Religious Council (2 opinions)

Police to Launch Investigation into Alleged Corruption in Jerusalem Religious CouncilThe evidence pointing to possible law-breaking and corruption gathered by Jerusalem Chief Rabbi Aryeh Stern Shlita has compelled police to launch an investigation into the capital’s religious council. Yehoshua Yishai, who heads the religious council denies any wrongdoing, insisting allegations him and others are baseless. The allegations against Yishai and others include widespread ...    Full Story »

Top U.S. Military Leader Says Deal Keeps Iran From Atomic Weapon (4 opinions)

Top U.S. Military Leader Says Deal Keeps Iran From Atomic WeaponAmerica's top military leader said Wednesday that the recently signed nuclear deal works to keep Iran from having an atomic weapon, but does not address other concerns about Tehran's malign activities in the region. "These run the gamut from ballistic missile technology to weapons trafficking, to the use of surrogates and proxies to naval mines and undersea activity — and last but ...    Full Story »

No Injuries in Firebomb Attack at Beit Moskowitz

No Injuries in Firebomb Attack at Beit MoskowitzTwo 15-year-old Arab youths are in custody after they hurled firebombs at Beit Moskowitz in the Maale Zeitim area of the capital on Tuesday night 12 Menachem Av. A border police patrol witnessed the attack and policemen chased after the attackers, apprehending them a short time after. B’chasdei Hashem there were no fatalities or injuries in the attack. The youths were taken into ...    Full Story »

UK Man Found Guilty Of Attempt To Buy Deadly Ricin Online

UK Man Found Guilty Of Attempt To Buy Deadly Ricin OnlineA British software programmer has been convicted of trying to obtain a chemical weapon after he attempted to buy enough ricin over the Internet to kill hundreds of people. Mohammed Ali contacted a U.S. seller about buying 500 milligrams of the poison for $500. The contact was an undercover FBI agent, and Ali was arrested in February after he was sent a toy car containing a harmless ...    Full Story »

US Official: Debris In Photo Belongs To Boeing 777 - Possibly Missing Malaysian MH370

US Official: Debris In Photo Belongs To Boeing 777 - Possibly Missing Malaysian MH370Air safety investigators have a “high degree of confidence” that a photo of aircraft debris found in the Indian Ocean is of a wing component unique to the Boeing 777, the same model as the Malaysia Airlines plane that disappeared last year, according to a U.S. official said Wednesday. Air safety investigators — one of them a Boeing investigator — have identified the component ...    Full Story »

Fireman Extricates a Betar Illit Boy from Soda Machine (2 opinions)

Fireman Extricates a Betar Illit Boy from Soda MachineA young boy found himself in a predicament on Wednesday morning 13 Menachem Av when his hang got stuck in a soda machine on Nadvorna Street in Betar Illit. After it became clear persons could not get his hand out of the machine, the fire department was called. B”H a fireman was able to disassemble a portion of the machine permitting the child to remove his hand without injury. ...    Full Story »

De Blasio Urges New Yorkers To Be Careful During Heat Wave

De Blasio Urges New Yorkers To Be Careful During Heat WaveMayor Bill de Blasio is warning New Yorkers to take precautions during the heat wave that has gripped the nation’s largest city. The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory through 8 p.m. Thursday. De Blasio on Wednesday urged New Yorkers to hydrate and check on vulnerable neighbors like the elderly and those with medical conditions. He said that the city would ...    Full Story »
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Lew Gets More Than 1 Million Comments on Currency Redesign (2 opinions)

Lew Gets More Than 1 Million Comments on Currency RedesignTreasury Secretary Jacob Lew said Wednesday he's gotten more than a million responses to his request for comments on how U.S. currency should be redesigned and recommendations for what woman should become the first female on U.S. paper money in more than a century. Lew said it has been a "remarkable outpouring" of everything from tweets and retweets to handwritten letters. He said ...    Full Story »

Camper At Camp HASC Airlifted After being Pulled From Swimming Pool (1 opinions)

Camper At Camp HASC Airlifted After being Pulled From Swimming PoolA camper at Camp HASC was airlifted to a trauma center after being pulled from a swimming pool, Wednesday afternoon. Sources tell YWN that Hatzolah was called just after 3:00PM, for reports of a 14-year-old unresponsive after being pulled from the pool at the camp - located in Parksville, NY. Hatzolah Paramedics treated the victim on the scene, and requested that a chopper be ...    Full Story »

Agudah Torah Council Approves Child Allowance Savings Plan

Agudah Torah Council Approves Child Allowance Savings PlanThe Moetzas Gedolei Hatorah of Agudas Yisrael on Tuesday evening 12 Menachem Av accepted the plan presented by Deputy Minister Yaakov Litzman. It now appears the Agudas Yisrael faction of Yahadut Hatorah will support the state budget when presented next week. Litzman on Tuesday visited the Belzer Rebbe Shlita in his home, explaining to the rebbe the details of the plan that is backed ...    Full Story »

Police Boss' Son Pleads Not Guilty in Plot to Aid ISIS

Police Boss' Son Pleads Not Guilty in Plot to Aid ISISA Boston police captain's son accused of plotting an attack in support of the Islamic State group has pleaded not guilty to weapons and assault charges. Alexander Ciccolo, of Adams, Massachusetts, was arraigned Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Springfield. Authorities say Ciccolo plotted to detonate pressure-cooker bombs at an unidentified university and was arrested July 4 ...    Full Story »

Eli Yishai Visits Beit El To Give Chizuk To Residents

Eli Yishai Visits Beit El To Give Chizuk To ResidentsYachad party leader Eli Yishai was among the public officials visiting Beit El on Tuesday, 12 Menachem Av, as police evacuated residents from the Beit Dreinoff complex ahead of the demolition of the buildings in line ...    Full Story »

Senior US Senator Slams Iran Nuclear Deal As 'Shopping Spree (2 opinions)

Senior US Senator Slams Iran Nuclear Deal As 'Shopping SpreeThe Republican chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee is blasting the Iranian nuclear deal, saying the agreement paves the way for Iran to develop an atomic weapon and gives the country billions of dollars for a "shopping spree" on the international arms market. Sen. John McCain of Arizona criticized the deal at a hearing on Wednesday. At year five, he says, Iran will be ...    Full Story »

2nd Youth Who Shouted 'Mohammed is a Pig' Distanced from Old City (4 opinions)

2nd Youth Who Shouted 'Mohammed is a Pig' Distanced from Old CityThe Jerusalem Magistrate Court on Tuesday, 12 Menachem Av, ruled the young Jewish male who was arrested earlier in the day for shouting “Mohammad is a pig” on Har Habayis will be distanced from the holy site for a period of 45 days. The investigation against the youth continues but he was released on NIS 5,000 bail. The court ruled that shouting such statements is an affront to the ...    Full Story »

MDA Bringing Additional Ambucycles on Board Ahead of Tel Aviv Light Rail

MDA Bringing Additional Ambucycles on Board Ahead of Tel Aviv Light RailAs the planned Tel Aviv light rail moves ahead, Magen David Adom is making plans to operate during the construction period, which is expected to cause significant traffic snarls. Therefore, MDA is increasing the number of ambucycle units to permit EMS personnel to reach their destination despite bumper-to-bumper traffic. MDA officials report the EMS organization operates 150 ...    Full Story »

Then And Now: Medicare And Medicaid Turn 50

Then And Now: Medicare And Medicaid Turn 50When President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law on July 30, 1965, Americans 65 and older were the age group least likely to have health insurance. "No longer will older Americans be denied the healing miracle of modern medicine," Johnson said at the signing ceremony. "No longer will illness crush and destroy the savings that they have so carefully put away over ...    Full Story »

Israel Firefighters Calling to Dismiss the Department's Chief

Israel Firefighters Calling to Dismiss the Department's ChiefTensions are rising in Israel’s Fire Service in reaction to recent comments made by the chief of the department, Shachar Ayalon, calling firemen “superfluous”. Dozens of firemen from around the country have sent a letter to Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan demanding that he dismiss Ayalon, pointing out he regularly violates the conditions of the 2013 agreement. They further ...    Full Story »

No Injuries in Bomb Attack at Kever Rochel (2 opinions)

No Injuries in Bomb Attack at Kever RochelOfficials from Mosdos Kever Rochel reported shortly after noon on Wednesday 13 Menachem Av that a bomb was hurled into the complex earlier. The pipe bomb was hurled into the complex. B’chasdei Hashem there are no reports of fatalities or injuries as the explosive device failed to detonate. The complex has been closed down as bomb demolition technicians were dispatched to neutralize ...    Full Story »


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