Explosions and towering fireballs struck the heart of Saudi Arabia’s oil empire on Saturday in an apparent wave of drone attacks claimed by Yemen’s Houthi rebels. The blows knocked out more than half the kingdom’s oil output for days or more and threatened to drive up already high tensions between Iran and its foes in the Persian Gulf.
The predawn blasts on facilities of the state-run oil giant Aramco – which the rebel group claimed were carried out by a fleet of 10 drones – marked one of the most devastating strikes into Saudi territory claimed by the Iranian-allied Houthis in more than four years of war in Yemen.
It was also the most serious attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil infrastructure in decades, which includes barrages of Scud missiles fired by Sadd...
Former First Lady Michelle Obama is coming to Newark Nov. 3 and fans are shelling out big bucks to hear what she has to say.
The cheap seats for the “Moderated Conversation” at the Prudential Center were going for $144 on Ticketmaster.
Prime seats and a “meet and greet” will cost you $2,500.
Floor seats are priced as high as $1,300 and the most expensive ticket currently available is $4,200 for a suite-level ducat.
Read more at THE NY POST.
The Holocaust diary of Polish Jewish teenager Renia Spiegel will finally be published after being sealed away in a New York bank vault for nearly 70 years, CNN reported.
Spiegel was born in 1924 and lived in Przemysl, Poland, which was invaded by the Nazis in 1941. Her diary chronicles her escape from bombing raids in her hometown, the disappearance of Jewish families, the creation of the ghetto and more.
Spiegel was killed by the Nazis in 1942 at the age of 18 after being discovered in hiding. She left the diary with her boyfriend, Zygmunt Schwarzer, who gave it to someone to hold onto before being deported to Auschwitz. Schwarzer survived and returned the diary in 1950 to Renia’s sister, Elizabeth, and mother Róża, both living in New York.
Elizabeth, without reading the ...
A number of gravestones of British and Commonwealth World War II soldiers in the Netherlands have been defaced with swastikas and other markings, Agence France-Presse reported Friday.
The desecration of the graves, at the Mierlo War Cemetery near the southern Dutch city of Eindhoven, comes at a time when the Netherlands is preparing to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the beginning of its liberation from Nazi occupation.
A police statement said, “We take the matter very seriously and have started an extensive investigation.” The statement indicated that police were also looking into other recent instances of vandalism.
A large swastika was painted on the chapel of the cemetery. Several graves were defaced with letters. A large cross was also defaced.
The phrase “MH...
President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter Saturday that he had spoken to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the phone earlier to discuss the possibility of “moving forward with a mutual defense treaty” between the United States and Israel.
Such a treaty, Trump wrote, “would further anchor the tremendous alliance” between the two countries, adding that he looked forward to continuing the discussion at the United Nations later this month, after the Israeli elections.
Depending on the results of Tuesday’s elections in Israel, both Trump and Netanyahu are expected to attend the U.N. General Assembly meeting on Sept. 24.
Netanyahu thanked Trump on Twitter, calling him a “dear friend” and the greatest friend Israel has ever had in the White ...
European powers on Friday called on Iran to cooperate with the UN’s nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), after Tehran warned that undue pressure from the US and Israel could jeopardize the agency’s activities in Iran.
In a joint statement, Britain, France, Germany and the EU’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini called on Tehran “to cooperate with the IAEA on all relevant matters, including safeguards issues.”
The four European signatories of the 2015 accord on Iran’s nuclear program said they were “deeply concerned” by an IAEA report that showed Iran was installing advanced centrifuges.
Expressing fears that the nuclear deal “further unravels”, they urged Iran “to reverse all activities th...
President Trump on Saturday condemned drone attacks at two Saudi Aramco oil facilities that reportedly disrupted production and marked a new escalation in regional tensions with Iran.
“The United States strongly condemns today’s attack on critical energy infrastructure. Violent actions against civilian areas and infrastructure vital to the global economy only deepen conflict and mistrust,” the White House said in a statement following a phone call between Trump and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Trump offered Prince Mohammed “his support for Saudi Arabia’s self-defense,” the White House said, following an earlier statement from Riyadh saying the crown prince told Trump the kingdom was “willing and able to confront and deal with this terr...
A teenager who says vaping gave him lungs “like a 70-year-old” is suing a leading e-cigarettes company.
Adam Hergenreder, an 18-year-old from Illinois, has accused Juul of marketing e-cigarettes to young people with the message that vaping could boost their social status.
He underwent hospital treatment at the end of August for nausea and laboured breathing after using e-cigarettes for more than 18 months.
“I’m 18 years old. My lungs are like a 70-year-old’s,” he told CBS while in hospital. “My lungs will never be the same.”
Read more at YAHOO NEWS.
Mazal Tov to Michael & Michal Denise on the birth of a daughter!
We regret to inform you of the passing of Ralph Sisskin, z"l. Levaya information forthcoming.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House announced Saturday that Hamza bin Laden , the son of the late al-Qaida leader who had become an increasingly prominent figure in the terrorist organization, was killed in a U.S. counterterrorism operation in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region.
A statement issued in President Donald Trump’s name gave no further details, such as when Hamza bin Laden was killed or how the United States had confirmed his death. Administration officials would provide no more information beyond the three-sentence statement from the White House.
American officials have said there are indications that the CIA, not the U.S. military, conducted the strike. The CIA declined comment on whether the agency was involved.
The White House statement said Hamza bin Lade...
Dutch man charged with the attempted manslaughter of a Jewish father and son claims he forgot why he stabbed them, JTA reported on Friday.
During the first hearing in the case, the victims asked the judge to consider a religious or racist motive, which currently is not included in the incitement.
Taha Ewis Bakri Abdel Ghani did not deny the assaults, which took place this past March, on Martin Colmans and his son Sharon, vendors in the Albert Cuyp Market.
The accused worked in a shop on the market and had had several disputes in the past with the Colmans and others, who complained to authorities about violence on his part.
At Thursday’s hearing, a lawyer for Ewis Bakri Abdel Ghani presented psychiatric evaluations to the Amsterdam criminal tribunal declaring ...
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday appeared to blame a US strategist working with the Blue and White campaign for being behind a report that Israel was likely behind the placement of devices in the vicinity of the White House that can capture cellphone calls.
“Yesterday you heard the lies that Israel tried to spy on the White House, a complete lie,” Netanyahu said in the Hebrew-language video.
“For them everything is kosher,” said Netanyahu referring to the Blue and White campaigin. “They are willing to do anything and don’t care if they damage this valuable asset, our relationship with the United States and my relationship with the president.”
“Everything is kosher to garner an extra few votes and bring in a left-wing government....
The controversy between Israel and Russia regarding airstrikes of Iranian targets in Syria and Iraq continues, despite the meeting Between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin. This was reported on Friday by Independent Arabia.According to the report, Moscow has prevented three Israeli air strikes on three Syrian outposts recently, and even threatened that any jets attempting such a thing would be shot down, either by Russian jets or by the S-400 anti-aircraft missiles. The source cited in the report claims a similar situation has happened twice – and that during August, Moscow stopped an air strike on a Syrian outpost in Qasioun, where a S-300 missile battery is placed.
Moreover, it was claimed that another air strike was planne...
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra took the stage Saturday night even though musicians haven't returned to work.
Musicians were locked out in June after failing to reach an agreement with management. Management lifted the lockout this week, but musicians refused to rehearse without a contractual agreement and they filed an unfair labor practice claim with the National Labor Relations Board this week.
Still, they performed at New Shiloh Baptist Church in west Baltimore, where the theme for the special performance was celebrating Baltimore, community and the power of music.
It comes a day after BSO management announced the postponement of two season-opening concerts due to the ongoing labor dispute.
BSO music director and conductor Ma...
BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland's governor has pledged Baltimore the help of helicopter missions to fight crime, but the union representing pilots says understaffing will leave the promise unfulfilled.
The Baltimore Sun reports Maryland State Police is down to less than 50 pilots from the more than 70 it had in recent years.
Gov. Larry Hogan this week told Baltimore Mayor Bernard "Jack" Young that state police would carry out "tactical flights over Baltimore whenever their duties bring them into or near the city."
Patrick Moran is the president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 3. He says the promised operations won't take place because of manpower and aircraft conditions.
Moran says the State Police has 10 helicopters of which one is...
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on the international community to join him Saturday in condemning Iran for drone attacks on two Saudi oil facilities, which he described as "an unprecedented attack on the world’s energy supply."
"Tehran is behind nearly 100 attacks on Saudi Arabia while [President Hassan] Rouhani and [Foreign Minister Mohammad] Zarif pretend to engage in diplomacy," Pompeo tweeted, referring to the nation's president and foreign affairs minister. " ... There is no evidence the attacks came from Yemen."
Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen claimed responsibility for the attack hours before Pompeo's tweet. The world’s largest oil processing facility in Saudi Arabia and a major oil field were impacted, sp...