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20 Apr, 2014

Israeli Forces Disrupt Easter Procession, Sparking UN Protest

United Nations, UN News Centre, Apr 19 2014 – A top United Nations envoy on Saturday said he was dismayed that a peaceful Easter procession led by Palestinian Christians through Jerusalem’s Old City was disrupted by Israeli security forces. “Once again I call on all parties to respect the right of religious freedom, granting access […]

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19 Apr, 2014

And they say Islam is a “violent religion”? – Check out horrifying toll of U.S. gun violence

NEWARK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 16, 2014 -- SST, Inc., the maker of ShotSpotter and the global leader in gunfire detection, location, alerting and analysis, today released its 2013 National Gunfire Index™ which provides the most comprehensive, detailed and accurate data available on gunfire activity across the United States. SST collected and analyzed more…

19 Apr, 2014

Worried about business impact, U.S. Retailers move to protect consumer data from cybercrime

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 16, 2014 - The National Retail Federation today told a congressional panel that the retail industry is committed to safeguarding and protecting consumer data and information from highly-motivated and sophisticated cybercriminals and hackers. “Retailers make significant investments every year in order to protect [consumer] data,” NRF Vice President for more…

19 Apr, 2014

India’s first “Election Tourism” programme for world’s biggest democratic poll

New Delhi, 15-April-2014, Government of India Election Commission - Seven senior officials from the Electoral Commission of Namibia began their participation today in ECI’s 2014 Election Visitors Programme. A special briefing was organized for them, at the ECI Headquarters, on India’s electoral system and the General Elections, 2014, with particular more…

19 Apr, 2014

Palestinian Christians Urge International Community to Ensure Access to Jerusalem during Easter

JERUSALEM, April 17, 2014 (WAFA) - The Civic National Commission in Jerusalem, in an open letter, urged the international community to ensure that Palestinian Christians will have free access to places of worship in occupied East Jerusalem during this year’s Easter holidays. The Civic National Commission reiterated the call of Palestinian more…

18 Apr, 2014

European Parliament Acts to Aid Cross-Border Debt Collection; SMEs seen as main beneficiaries

Strasbourg, 15 April 2014, European Commission MEMO - Today, the European Parliament voted in plenary to back an initiative by the European Commission that will cut red tape for companies and contribute to growth in the EU. The European Account Preservation Order (IP/11/923) (backed by 597 votes for, 33 against more…

18 Apr, 2014

UNESCO launches Specialist Guides Training for Historic Sukhothai and Heritage Cities

BANGKOK, 16 April 2014, UNESCO Bangkok Press Release – The historic town of Sukhothai, one of Thailand's most prominent UNESCO World Heritage Sites, will soon get its own training programme for specialist guides. The UNESCO Cultural Heritage Specialist Training Programme focuses on training local guides as a way of contributing to more…

18 Apr, 2014

New UNWRA chief Pierre Krähenbühl Calls for End to Israeli Blockade of Gaza

17 April 2014, Gaza, UNWRA media release - The first official visit to the Gaza Strip by UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl has received high-profile coverage in local, regional and international media. Mr. Krähenbühl vowed to advocate strenuously to end the blockade of Gaza, to improve the quality of UNRWA services more…

16 Apr, 2014

Some Alternative Perspectives on the Future of US Diplomacy in a Changing World Order

Beijing, (People's Daily Online), April 09, 2014 - According to a Pew poll last November, 52 percent of Americans believe the US "should mind its own business internationally". Some argue that the US is making strategic adjustments to its diplomacy, as manifested in the way it has dealt with issues more…

16 Apr, 2014

China busts huge Shanghai healthcare scam touting fake clinics, overpriced drugs

SHANGHAI, (Agencies) 2014-04-16- Authorities in China have detained 160 members of a criminal gang in the financial capital of Shanghai after the group lured patients to fake medical clinics and sold them overpriced drugs, Shanghai police said on Tuesday. The gang cheated more than 500 victims out of 1.7 million yuan more…

15 Apr, 2014

More home demolitions, land-grabs in Israeli drive to wipe Palestine off the map

RAMALLAH, April 14, 2014 – (WAFA) – Center of Information concerning Israeli Settlement and Apartheid Wall Affairs highlighted Monday the escalating pace at which house demolitions  are carried out and demolition notices are served since the beginning of the current year of 2014. Since the beginning of the current year, Israeli more…

15 Apr, 2014

Israel opens Jerusalem for foreign tourists, but not for local Palestinians

RAMALLAH, April 14, 2014 – (WAFA) - Fatah Central Committee Member Nabeel Shaath joined Sunday the Palm Sunday procession in Jerusalem which marked the beginning of the Christian Holy Week of Easter. Shaath, along with Governor of Jerusalem Adnan Husseini, joined Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal and the bishop of Palestine more…

15 Apr, 2014

A Palestinian Christian Reflects on Easter: The City We Love Most and Visit Least

By Rifat Odeh Kassis

Taking the twelve disciples aside, Jesus said, "Listen, we're going up to Jerusalem, where all the predictions of the prophets concerning the Son of Man will come true." Then Jesus had his disciples bring him a colt, and they threw their cloaks over it for him to ride. The news more…

15 Apr, 2014

European Commission Cites Growing Danger of Global Cartels — Market-sharing, Price-fixing, Bid-rigging

Full Text of speech delivered by Joaquín ALMUNIA, Vice President of the European Commission responsible for Competition Policy, SV Kartellrecht, Brussels, 3 April 2014 Ladies and Gentlemen, I would like to thank Frank Montag for inviting me to your conference again. When we met last year, we talked about cartel settlements and more…

15 Apr, 2014

New Studies Show Growing Health Risks from Wireless Tech

RENSSELAER, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 11, 2014 - The BioInitiative Working Group says evidence for health risk from wireless tech is growing stronger and warrants immediate action. The Group released a mid-year update covering new science studies from 2012 to 2014. New studies intensify medical concerns about malignant brain tumors from cell phone more…

15 Apr, 2014

Want to Make Ethical Decisions? A Santa Clara University App Offers a Guide

SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 08, 2014 - A new iPhone app released by the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University is helping people make difficult decisions. The app, called “Ethical Decision Making: A Practical Tool for Thinking Through Tough Choices,” is a free guide to help anyone more…

14 Apr, 2014

American Muslims Stand with Jewish Community After Kansas Shootings

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/13/12) –- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, said today that American Muslims stand in solidarity with the Jewish community after a man who reportedly shouted "Heil Hitler" opened fire at a Jewish community center and an old-age home more…

14 Apr, 2014

Chinese bank credits benefit 46 ASEAN transport projects

BEIJING, April 12, (Xinhua) -- The Export-Import Bank of China (Eximbank) has provided credit support to 46 transport infrastructure projects in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries by early 2014, a senior executive of the bank told Xinhua Sunday. With preferential loans from the Eximbank, 24 highways, three railways, one more…

14 Apr, 2014

China’s online tourism sector set to see more integration, acquisitions

BEIJING, April 13, (China Daily) - China's online travel industry may see more integration and acquisitions this year, driven by the giant Internet companies. LY.com and eLong Inc announced their cooperation on Thursday. Tencent Holdings Ltd, a shareholder in both of the online travel agencies, was seen as the guiding hand more…

13 Apr, 2014

European Commission publishes first EU Transport Scoreboard: Netherlands, Germany lead list

Brussels, 10 April 2014, European Commission Press release - The European Commission has published today for the first time a scoreboard on transport in the EU. It compares Member State performance in 22 transport-related categories and highlights for most of these categories the five top and bottom performers. The Netherlands and more…

13 Apr, 2014

China moving ahead with plan for Asian infrastructure bank

BOAO, Hainan, April 10 -(Xinhua)  - China is ready to step up talks on establishing the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, Premier Li Keqiang told the opening ceremony of the 2014 annual conference of the Boao Forum for Asia on Thursday. "China is ready to intensify consultations with relevant parties in and outside more…

12 Apr, 2014

Rabbi Yisrayl Hawkins Predicts Nuclear War, Offers Place of Safety

Abilene, Texas (PRWEB) April 11, 2014 - Yisrayl Hawkins, Pastor of The House of Yahweh in Abilene, Texas, wrote a new article this week discussing where people can find protection from nuclear war, which he says is soon to come. “We see this generation in prophecy. I am surprised no more…

12 Apr, 2014

Starwood Hotels Pledges Shark Fin Ban in All Hotels Worldwide by Year-end

STAMFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 07, 2014 - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced that, beginning July 2014, it will no longer procure shark fin in any of its nearly 1,200 hotels or 1,300 restaurants around the world. The company has committed to completely eliminating the consumption of shark more…

12 Apr, 2014

Now Everyone can Skip Flying: Enhanced Business Class on VIA Rail Canada

MONTRÉAL--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 08, 2014 - Business class travelers on VIA Rail’s Corridor routes can now experience many of the upgrades recently made to its Business class service - refurbished lounges, a more spacious environment on-board, a greener and more comfortable trip, new meals and more personalized service. The improvements to more…

12 Apr, 2014

Malaysia: Air Passenger Traffic Up In March Despite MH370

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia April 11 (NNN-Bernama) -- Despite a decline in the growth rate for air passenger traffic towards the last 10 days of March due to the recent Flight MH370 incident, the overall growth momentum remains positive, said Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB). Passenger traffic grew by 13 per cent more…

12 Apr, 2014

Smog clouds tourists’ appreciation of big Chinese cities

By Jin Haixing (China Daily)

Beijing, 11 April 2014 (China Daily) - Smog is being blamed for a drop in the Chinese domestic tourism satisfaction index. The tourist satisfaction index for domestic destinations stood at 72.6 in the first quarter, down five points from the same period last year, according to a report released by the more…

11 Apr, 2014

Jewish Voice for Peace: What They Don’t Want You to Know (Academics Take Note)

The following Call to Action was issued by the activist group Jewish Voice for Peace on April 10. It is being circulated verbatim by Travel Impact Newswire in solidarity with the message. Action Update The right to criticize Israel is at stake on campuses across the country. Boston-JVP rallies hundreds to defend SJP. © more…

11 Apr, 2014

Alcohol a major cause in nearly half a million murders in 2012: UN study on global crime

Vienna, 10 April 2013 (UNODC media release) - Almost half a million people (437,000) across the world lost their lives in 2012 as a result of intentional homicide, according to a new study by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Launching the Global Study on Homicide 2013 in more…

10 Apr, 2014

“Way of St James” heritage city in Spain to host 1st UNWTO Congress on Tourism & Pilgrimages

The First International Congress on Tourism and Pilgrimages is to be held between 18 - 20 September 2014 in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. It is co-organised by the UN World Tourism Organisation, the Spanish Secretariat for Tourism and the Regional Government of Galicia. The capital of the autonomous community of Galicia more…

9 Apr, 2014

Huge turnout for International Halal Food Expo in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, April 7 (BERNAMA) -- 43 companies from Saudi Arabia are participating in the 11th Malaysia International Halal Showcase (MIHAS 2014), being held here from 9 -12 April 2014 at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC), making it the largest foreign participation so far. MIHAS is organised by Malaysia External Trade more…

9 Apr, 2014

Easter Services: Jerusalem Christians Complain of Israel Denying Access to Religious Sites

JERUSALEM, April 6, 2014 (WAFA) - The Christian institutions and denominations in occupied East Jerusalem Sunday complained about denial of access to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and its vicinity during Easter Holidays. The Christians described the harassment as discriminatory, racist, and targets the Holy season, said the Christians of more…