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Spiritual leader of African Hebrew Israelites dies

Dec 29, 2014

Spiritual leader of African Hebrew Israelites dies

The spiritual leader of the African Hebrew Israelites, a movement that believes some black Americans are the descendants of an ancient Israelite tribe, has died in the southern Israeli town where he brought his followers four decades ago, a spokeswoman for the polygamous vegan ...

Hamas bars Gaza war orphans from Israel trip

Dec 29, 2014

Hamas bars Gaza war orphans from Israel trip

Hamas on Sunday prevented dozens of children orphaned during its 50-day war with Israel from entering Israeli territory in a pre-arranged trip, organizers and officials said. The week-long visit was planned for 37 children whose parents were killed by Israel in the Gaza Strip ...

NYC police chief calls protest at funeral 'inappropriate'

Dec 29, 2014

NYC police chief calls protest at funeral 'inappropriate'

New York’s police commissioner, Bill Bratton, said Sunday it was “very inappropriate” for officers outside the funeral of slain cop Rafael Ramos to turn their backs in protest as the mayor spoke. “That funeral was held to honor Officer Ramos, and to bring politics, ...

Dec 29, 2014

Yemen general escapes deadly blast blamed on al-Qaida

A Yemeni general escaped unscathed on Sunday in a bombing that killed his driver in the southern city of Aden, one of his bodyguards told AFP. “Gen. Farej al-Atiqi, commander of the 31st armored battalion, was unhurt when a device that had been hidden ...

Dec 29, 2014

U.S. ready to assist in search for missing AirAsia jet

The United States said Sunday that it was ready to help search for an AirAsia plane that disappeared while traveling from Indonesia to Singapore, but that so far it had not been asked. The State Department said it was aware of the search and ...

Six feared dead after merchant ships collide off Italy

Dec 29, 2014

Six feared dead after merchant ships collide off Italy

Two people drowned and four were missing at sea and feared dead after two merchant ships collided in rough seas off the Italian coast on Sunday, Italian officials said. A Turkish ship with 11 crew members sank after the collision with a vessel carrying ...