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Desperate Irish Famine refugees caused a crime wave in New York City, stats show

Desperate Irish Famine refugees caused a crime wave in New York City, stats show

The Irish famine led to a massive influx of Irish immigrants to New York during the late 1840s and 1850s. As the downtrodden Irish escaped the famine in their home country, however, they came to a place where life was just as tough. Disembarking from coffin ships, Irish newcomers were greeted with a new life of hardship, slums and tough, endless labor.

The Irish quickly made a name for themselves and not always for the right reasons. Cash-strapped and fleeing their country after years of hunger, it appears that some of the Irish in New York turned to crime and violence while women engaged in prostitution to earn money. By the 1850s, over half of those arrested in the city were Irish-born and a staggering percentage of those arrested for being drunk and disorderly also hailed from the Emerald Isle.

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Ethiopian Israelis earn less and divorce more

Ethiopian Israelis earn less and divorce more

The divorce rate among Ethiopian-Israelis is significantly higher than among the rest of the population, according to data published on Monday by the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). The release of the data coincides with the Ethiopian-Jewish holiday of Sigd.

The statistics show that in 2013, 15 out of every 1,000 marriages in the Ethiopian community ended in divorce, compared to 10 out of every 1,000 among the rest of the Jewish population.

The economic sector also reveals inequalities. According to the CBS statistics, the average Ethiopian-Israeli household spends 10,075 NIS per month compared to 15,053 NIS per month among all households – an additional 33 percent.

Furthermore, the average Ethiopian-Israeli household brings in 11,496 NIS per month, substantially less than the 18,329 per month average among the rest of the population. This is despite the fact that on average, 1.8 members of an Ethiopian-Israeli household are wage-earners, compared with 1.5 per household among the rest of the population.

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Most black millennials know victim of police violence, harassment

Most black millennials know victim of police violence, harassment

More than half of black millennials have either experienced police violence or harassment, or know someone who has, but they are more optimistic about the possibility of political change than their non-black peers, a study said on Wednesday. The report by the Black Youth Project at the University of Chicago's Center for Study of Race, Politics, and Culture used a decade's worth of surveys and government statistics to explore how views among people in the 18 to 34 age group varied by race.

About 55 percent of black millennials said they or someone they knew had been harassed or harmed by police, the study said, compared with only about a third of whites and a quarter of Latinos.

That response came from a 2009 survey, findings with renewed significance following the police killing of unarmed black teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014, which sparked street protests and rekindled a national civil rights movement under the banner Black Lives Matter.

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ICC prosecutor must rethink Gaza flotilla probe: Judges

ICC prosecutor must rethink Gaza flotilla probe: Judges

Judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) say the court’s prosecutor must reconsider an earlier decision not to open a probe into an Israeli attack on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla back in 2010. Following a few months of deliberations, judges at the appeals chamber ruled on Friday that prosecutor Fatou Bensouda must rethink her decision against the Gaza flotilla probe.

Judges at The Hague-based court had initially asked Bensouda to reconsider her decision in July, saying she made “material errors in her determination of the gravity” of the case.

The latest decision could force Bensouda to open a full investigation into the case.

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1 dead, 2 injured, including a 6-year-old girl in US

1 dead, 2 injured, including a 6-year-old girl in US

A shooting incident has left one person dead and two other people injured in Union Country, N.J., authorities say.The drive-by shooting happened at about 2:30 p.m. Friday which left a man seriously injured who died a short time later. A 6-year-old girl, who was on the back porch of a house, was injured when the shooter shot her in the leg. The third person was a woman who was shot in the leg, but was treated at the scene.

Officers have begun their investigation, saying that they know the suspect’s name, but so far nobody has been arrested.

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Survey: Two thirds of Israelis support withdrawal from East Jerusalem

Survey: Two thirds of Israelis support withdrawal from East Jerusalem

Results of a recent Israeli survey showed that around two thirds of the Israelis support full withdrawal of Israeli army and settlers from East Jerusalem, Israeli newspaper Maariv reported on Friday. According to the survey, 29 percent of the Israelis objected to this full withdrawal from East Jerusalem, the survey showed.

It also showed that 67 of the Israelis are not satisfied with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s performance regarding the on-going intifada.

Meanwhile, 61 percent of the Israelis supported the economic boycott for the Palestinians living in Israel, while 29 percent objected to this.

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U.S. delivers 50 tons of ammunition to Syria rebel groups

U.S. delivers 50 tons of ammunition to Syria rebel groups

U.S. military cargo planes gave 50 tons of ammunition to rebel groups overnight in northern Syria, using an air drop of 112 pallets as the first step in the Obama Administration's urgent effort to find new ways to support those groups.

Details of the air mission over Syria were confirmed by a U.S. official not authorized to speak publicly because the details have not yet been formally announced.

C-17s, accompanied by fighter escort aircraft, dropped small arms ammunition and other items like hand grenades in Hasakah province in northern Syria to a coalition of rebels groups vetted by the US, known as the Syrian Arab Coalition.

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Hillary Clinton Speech Interrupted by Black Student Activists

Hillary Clinton Speech Interrupted by Black Student Activists

The protesters on Friday began chanting “black lives matter” a few minutes into her speech.At first, the former secretary of state acknowledged them: “Yes they do and I’m gonna talk a lot about that in a minute,” she said. She then tried ignoring the protesters, shouting her remarks over the chants, CNN reported.”I have some issues to discuss and proposals …

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Saudi prince: ‘I will support Israel in an intifada with the Palestinians’

Saudi prince: 'I will support Israel in an intifada with the Palestinians'

According to the Kuwaiti daily Al Qabas, Saudi Prince al-Waleed bin Talal said on Tuesday that he would support Israel in an intifada and that Saudi Arabia must reconsider its regional commitments and devise a new strategy to combat Iran's increasing influence in the Gulf by forging a defense pact with the Jewish state.

"I will side with the Jewish nation and its democratic aspirations in case of outbreak of a Palestinian intifada and I shall exert all my influence to break any ominous Arab initiatives set to condemn Tel Aviv, because I deem the Arab-Israeli entente and future friendship necessary to impede the dangerous Iranian encroachment," Kuwaiti News Agency (KUNA) quoted Prince al-Waleed as saying.

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Ex-Syria ambassador: Obama policy not ‘working,’ 400k more may die

Ex-Syria ambassador: Obama policy not 'working,' 400k more may die

Robert Ford, former U.S. ambassador to Syria, said he resigned his post because of the Obama administration's failed Syria policy and he predicted that another 300,000 to 400,000 Syrians will die if nothing is done to stop the bloodshed. Asked by Sharyl Attkisson on "Full Measure" Sunday why he had resigned, Ford said: "The reason is, I could no longer defend the administration's policy on Syria."

He then repeated three times that he knew the policy "wasn't working."

He resigned just after administration officials announced that Obama had approved a plan to provide training and equipment to moderate Syrian rebels. The $500 million program was ended this week after it came under fire for training only a handful of rebels in the fight against the Islamic State. Many of the weapons the U.S. sent to the moderates quickly passed to al Qaeda in Syria and other jihadist groups.

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