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Jessica Chasmar

Jessica Chasmar

Jessica Chasmar is a continuous news writer for The Washington Times, covering topics on culture and politics. Originally from Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Jessica graduated from the University of Florida where she received a bachelor's degree in journalism and a master's degree in mass communication.

During her time at University of Florida, she worked as an associate editor for The Gainesville Sun and interned at Entercom Communications. In 2011, she was part of the start-up team for The Washington Times' digital aggregation product, Times247. She can be reached at

Articles by Jessica Chasmar

** FILE ** Faiza Silmi, a 32-year-old Moroccan, walks in Le Mesnil-Saint-Denis, France, 24 miles southwest of Paris, on Jan. 12, 2010. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Italian-speaking Swiss region bans full-face Muslim veil

Voters in a predominantly Italian area of Switzerland voted Sunday to ban full-face veils, a decision that has outraged the country's Muslim community and Amnesty International, the Agence France-Presse reported. Published September 23, 2013

A screen capture of a video posted to YouTube that appears to show a group of Syrian children playing a game called "Behead the Enemy" while chanting "Allahu Akbar," or "Allah is greater," is seen here.

Video: Syrian children play 'Behead the Enemy'

A video posted to YouTube Sunday appears to show a group of Syrian children in northeastern al-Hasakeh province playing a game called "Behead the Enemy" while chanting "Allahu Akbar," or "Allah is greater." Published September 23, 2013

Republican Sens. Ted Cruz (left) of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah are pictured during a news conference with conservative congressional Republicans at the Capitol in Washington on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Chris Wallace: Republicans sending me opposition research on Ted Cruz

Chris Wallace said on Fox News Sunday morning that it's been one of the "strangest weeks" he's ever had in Washington after top Republicans bombarded the host with opposition research about Sen. Ted Cruz in advance of his TV appearance this morning, first reported. Published September 22, 2013

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George Soros, 83, weds for the third time

Liberal activist and billionaire investor George Soros tied the knot with health care and education consultant Tamiko Bolton in his third marriage on Saturday afternoon. Published September 22, 2013

** FILE ** A customer leaves a supermarket with her purchases, including toilet paper, which is in short supply, in Caracas, Venezuela, on Wednesday, May 15, 2013. Blaming political opponents for the shortfall, as it does for other shortages, the embattled socialist government said it would import 50 million rolls of toilet paper to boost supplies. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

Venezuela orders takeover of toilet paper factory amid shortages

Venezuelan Vice President Jorge Arreaza announced the "temporary occupation" of a factory that produces toilet paper in the state of Aragua to review the "production, marketing and distribution (of) toilet paper," following embarrassing shortages earlier this year. Published September 22, 2013

Security personnel take their positions on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, outside a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya,  where, authorities said, Islamic extremist attackers are holding an unknown number of hostages. (AP Photo/Sayyid Azim)

Israeli forces join effort to end hostage crisis at Kenya mall

Israeli advisers are helping Kenyan authorities formulate a strategy to end a siege at a Nairobi shopping mall where al-Shabab militants have killed at least 59 people and are holding about 30 hostages, Israeli media reported today. Published September 22, 2013