Since its launch last December, Kiva.org/Philadelphia, the crowdfunded small-business, no-interest lending program, has funded 57 loans totaling $261,000. Fund-raising is underway for an additional eight loans totaling $40,000, said Kiva spokesman Jason Riggs.
A Syrian native who also held British citizenship was arraigned Friday in U.S. District Court in Scranton on charges of conspiring with a Pennsylvania man to illegally export to Syria laboratory equipment that could be used to create chemical weapons.
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