'Wife of Jesus' Papyrus Fragment Deemed Real

    Scientists who examined a controversial fragment of papyrus written in Egyptian Coptic in which Jesus speaks of his wife concluded in papers published on Thursday that the papyrus and ink are probably ancient and not a modern forgery.

    Soviet Jewry Activist Jacob Birnbaum Dies at 87

    Jacob Birnbaum, who helped launch the movement to free Soviet Jews, has died.

    Peace Talks Rescue Makes Progress — No Deal Yet

    The State Department said on Thursday that progress was being made in U.S.-mediated negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians meant to keep peace talks going, but denied reports from the region that there had been an agreement.

    Unhealthy: Former foreign minister Bob Carr accuses supporters of Israel of having undue influence on Australian policy.

    Australian Ex-Minister's 'Unhealthy' Israel Lobby Claims Draw Pushback From Jews

    Australian Jewish leaders are rejecting allegations that the “hardline” pro-Israel lobby in Melbourne wielded “extraordinary influence” on Mideast policy during Julia Gillard’s tenure as prime minister.

    Hungary Jewish Leader Gusztav Zoltai Quits

    Gusztav Zoltai, the director of Hungary’s federation of Jewish communities, or Mazsihisz, resigned in what community leaders said was a protest against the government over Holocaust commemorations.