Leonard Sherman, real estate exec, movie theater owner and forceful advocate for Israel and Jewish causes, dies at 97
Sherman told the Tribune in 1998 that his desire to fight for Israel’s existence was aimed at ensuring that never again “would there be a homeless Jew or a defenseless Jew.”chicagotribune.com
Israel moves to ban six Palestinian rights groups it accuses of terrorism, prompting international outrage
The announcement was swiftly condemned by watchdogs in Israel and abroad, who say the designation is unsubstantiated and represents an attempt to muzzle prominent critics of the Israeli government.washingtonpost.com
Authorities: 3 arrested in taxi driver's slaying in Georgia
Three people wanted on murder charges in the death of a Georgia taxi driver last month have been arrested in Mexico and brought back to the U.S., authorities said Monday. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said 30-year-old Megan Alyssa Colone of Stone Mountain; 26-year-old Oscar Manuel Garcia of Austell and 25-year-old Juan Antonio Vega were arrested in Mexico on Saturday and are now being held at detention facilities in Texas.news.yahoo.com
Glasgow may be facing weeks more of tougher lockdown to stem Indian variant
Glasgow may be facing weeks more of tougher lockdown restrictions to tackle the spread of the Covid Indian variant, Scotland's national clinical director has warned ahead of lockdown being eased on Monday across most of the rest of the country. Jason Leitch said existing restrictions “may well” last longer than a week and the situation remained "fragile" as case rates continue to climb. He said Nicola Sturgeon's decision to keep Glasgow in Level 3 - only three days after stating it would go to Level 2 - was made due to past experience where delaying moves to halt the spread of Covid-19 “rarely works”. The latest weekly average Covid rate in the city is 94.5 cases per 100,000 people, nearly double the Level 2 benchmark of 50. East Renfrewshire has seen its case rate jump to 75.4, overtaking Moray (58.4), where an outbreak not thought to have involved the more transmissible Indian variant appeared to have stabilised.news.yahoo.com
20 migrants dead off Tunisia after boat sinks, more missing
Tunisian authorities say 20 African migrants have been found dead after their boat, which was trying to reach Europe, sank in the Mediterranean Sea. Five survivors were rescued Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020 and authorities are searching for up to 20 others believed missing. (AP Photo/Santi Palacios, File)TUNIS – About 20 African migrants were found dead Thursday after their smuggling boat sank in the Mediterranean Sea while trying to reach Europe, Tunisian authorities said. Five survivors were rescued and the Tunisian navy is searching for up to 20 others still believed missing. According to survivors, the migrant smuggling boat was carrying about 40 or 50 people heading toward Italy, Ben Zekri said.
German FM warns unilateral action could hurt Mideast talks
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, right, speaks as his Palestine counterpart Riyad al-Maliki, left, listens during a news conference following their meeting, in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020. (Hannibal Hanschke/Pool Photo via AP)BERLIN – Germany's foreign minister warned Tuesday against unilateral steps that could hurt Mideast peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians following the change in administration in the United States. President Donald Trump has strongly backed Israel during his four-year term, declaring Jerusalem the Jewish state's capital, tolerating Israeli settlements in Palestinian territories and pushing Arab countries to normalize relations with Israel. “Creating facts unilaterally won't help us in this already difficult situation,” Germany's top diplomat, Heiko Maas, told reporters after meeting with his Palestinian counterpart in Berlin. “But no doors should be slammed shut either, in view of developments in the United States.”Maas didn't spell out what unilateral measures he was concerned about.
Israel's political deadlock leaves Trump's Middle East peace plan in limbo
An inconclusive ballot in mid-September has thrust Israel back into another period of political deadlock, with no obvious path forward for the implementation of a U.S.-led peace plan. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to secure a clear election victory last month. With neither party able to secure a clear lead, the result has pushed back a long-awaited U.S.-led Israeli-Palestinian peace plan. "The impact on the Trump peace plan is unclear," Jake Walles, who served as U.S. consul general in Jerusalem from 2005 to 2009 and is now a fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, told CNBC via telephone. "At that point, it will be close to the end of the year; will Trump still want to proceed?cnbc.com
Pope returns from Holy Land visit, vows to fight child abuse
Pope returns from Holy Land visit, vows to fight child abuse Pope Francis returned to the Vatican following what many described as a very successful pilgrimage to the Holy Land. During the trip, the 77-year-old pontiff advocated for peace between Israel and Palestine, but on his flight home he made a point of addressing church child abuse scandals, comparing the issue to holding a "Satanic mass." Allen Pizzey reports.cbsnews.com