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$20K-a-Kidney Israeli Smuggling Ring Busted

By JTA

An international organ trafficking ring that sold kidneys to patients in Israel and Eastern Europe was broken up by Costa Rica police and Interpol.Read More


Jesse Friedman's Child Abuse Conviction Backed Despite Documentary's Claim

By Reuters

A New York man who spent 13 years in prison for the sexual abuse of minors in the 1980s was rightfully convicted, prosecutors said on Monday, a legal setback in a decade-long campaign to exonerate Jesse Friedman after an Oscar-nominated documentary questioned his prosecution and guilt.Read More


Berlin Court Orders City To Issue Funds to Berlin’s Jewish Communal Umbrella

By Don Snyder

A court in Berlin ruled today that the city must pay the city’s state-funded Jewish community, its annual subsidy, according to wire reports.Read More


'Family Ties' Creator Gary David Goldberg Dies at Age 68

By Reuters

Gary David Goldberg, whose hit 1980s television sitcom “Family Ties” gave a warm portrayal of generational conflict and launched the acting career of Michael J. Fox, has died at age 68, his son-in-law said on Monday.Read More


Jews Tell Pope Francis of 'Concerns' Over Possible Sainthood for Pius XII

By Reuters

A Jewish leader expressed concern to Pope Francis on Monday over attempts to make a saint of World War Two-era Pope Pius XII, who has been accused of turning a blind eye to the Holocaust.Read More


Far-Right Touches Nerve With Demands for Jewish Prayer on Temple Mount

By Reuters

Far-right Israelis are pressing for an end to an effective ban on holding Jewish prayers at a Jerusalem holy compound once dominated by Biblical temples and now home to al-Aqsa mosque, one of Islam’s most revered sites.Read More


Catholics Defend 'Italian Schindler' on Nazi Claim

By Reuters

The Vatican newspaper said on Saturday a decision by scholars to brand a wartime Italian previously praised for saving Jews as a Nazi collaborator was part of an attempt to smear the Catholic Church during the papacy of Pope Pius XII.Read More


Chabad Rabbi Sorry for Suggesting Australian Boys Agreed to Sex Abuse

By JTA

The Chabad rabbi at the center of a scandal surrounding his views on allegations of child sex abuse in Sydney two decades ago has apologized.Read More


Israeli Virtuoso Benjamin Giltburg Wins Piano Contest Despite Shocking Freeze

By Reuters

Israeli Boris Giltburg won a major competition despite a shocking memory lapse that froze him as he performed Mozart.Read More


Israel Strikes Back After 6-Rocket Gaza Attack

By Reuters

Israel carried out air strikes in the Gaza Strip on Monday in response to Palestinian militant rocket fire that broke weeks of relative calm along the frontier.Read More


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