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Modigliani Painting Sells for Record $8.6M


A painting by Italian Jewish artist Amedeo Modigliani sold at auction in Jerusalem for $8.6 million, despite not actually being in the country.Read More

Statue of Liberty Reopens on July 4 — Ellis Island Still Shut Since Sandy

By Seth Berkman

The Statue of Liberty will re-open on July 4 after being closed for eight months due to damage incurred from Hurricane Sandy, but Ellis Island remains closed.Read More

Celebrations Erupt in Cairo as Egypt Army Ousts Mohamed Morsi

By Reuters

Egypt’s army deployed tanks and troops close to the presidential palace in Cairo on Wednesday after a military deadline for Islamist President Mohamed Mursi to yield to street protests passed without any agreement.Read More

Mohamed Morsi Says 'Coup' Underway in Egypt

By Reuters

Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi’s national security adviser said a military coup was under way on Wednesday after an army deadline for the Islamist leader to yield to street protests passed without any agreement.Read More

1,800-Year-Old Roman Legion Headquarters Unearthed

By Eil Ashkenazi (Haaretz)

Israeli archaeologists have found ruins they believe are the site of one of the two Roman legions based in the country between 120 and 300 C.E.Read More

D-Day for Mohamed Morsi as Egypt Army Deadline Looms

By Reuters

Egypt’s army commander and Islamist President Mohamed Mursi each pledged to die for his cause as a deadline neared on Wednesday that will trigger a military takeover backed by protesters.Read More

Kosher Slaughter Under Polish Court Microscope


A court in the Polish city of Bialystok has asked the Polish Constitutional Tribunal to rule on whether the country’s ban on ritual slaughter is compliant with the constitutional freedom of religion.Read More

Gay Israeli Prisoners Win Right to Conjugal Visits

By Haaretz

Homosexual prisoners will be allowed conjugal visits with their partners under the same circumstances they are granted to heterosexual ones, the Israel Prison Service has said.Read More

Premature Babies Prefer Mozart to Bach: Study

By Dan Even (Haaretz)

An Israeli study has demonstrated that listening to the music of Mozart is more conducive to the development of premature babies than is exposure to Bach.Read More

Adolf Eichmann Nazi Files Will Stay Secret — for Now


A German court rejected a German newspaper’s bid to view files related to Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann, ruling they should remain classified.Read More

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