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Israeli Textbooks Portray Jewish-First State

By Yarden Skop (Haaretz)

A soon-to-be-published report on revisions made to high school civics textbook shows that the new revised edition places a greater emphasis on presenting Israel as a nation-state for Jews than on presenting Israel as a democratic country.Read More

Israel's Credit Rating Kept at A-Plus by Standard and Poors

By Haaretz

Standard & Poor’s will leave Israel’s credit rating unchanged at A+, projecting its economy will remain stable.Read More

John Kerry's 'Shall We Talk' Sparked Iran Thaw

By Reuters

First there was a handshake, then an invitation to talk and finally a 30-minute tete-a-tete that made for the highest-level official meeting between the United States and Iran in more than three decades.Read More

Janet Yellen Faces Hopeful Senate Math in Possible Federal Reserve Chair Bid

By Reuters

There is no such thing as an easy vote in the current U.S. Senate, but Janet Yellen should have a relatively smooth path to confirmation if she is nominated by President Barack Obama to head the Federal Reserve.Read More

Four Jews Win MacArthur 'Genius' Awards

By Anne Cohen

Four Jews are among 24 of America’s most creative and original thinkers who will each get $625,000 “genius” grants this year.Read More

Mahmoud Abbas Demands Final Peace Deal With Israel in Speech at U.N.

By Reuters

Speaking for the first time in the name of the State of Palestine, Abbas said raising the UN status of Palestine to observer state was not aimed at deligitimizing Israel, but “to consecrate the legitimacy of a State that must exist, which is Palestine.”Read More

Bud Selig Will Retire as Baseball Commissioner in 2015

By Reuters

Major League Baseball (MLB) Commissioner Bud Selig will retire at the end of his current term in January 2015, the league said on Thursday.Read More

93-Year-Old Auschwitz Guard Charged as No. 4 Nazi Killer

By Reuters

German prosecutors on Thursday charged a 93-year-old alleged former guard at the Auschwitz death camp as an accessory to murder, part of a renewed drive to bring lower-level Nazi collaborators to justice before they die.Read More

Norman Lamm Unable To Testify in Yeshiva Abuse Suit, Doctor Says

By Anne Cohen

The former chancellor of Yeshiva University may be excused from testifying at in the $380 million sex abuse lawsuit currently pending against the Modern Orthodox institution, the New York Post reported Thursday.Read More

John Kerry Looks Forward to 'Good' Nuclear Meeting With Iran

By Reuters

Secretary of State John Kerry said he looked forward to a “good meeting” with Iran and major powers on Thursday but would not address what Iran needed to do to show a genuine desire to address its nuclear program.Read More

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