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Jewish DNA Can Predict Family Name: Study

By Haaretz

A male’s DNA contains information that can help scientists guess his surname, American and Israeli researchers have discovered. The findings have serious implications for data privacy; intelligence services around the world are bound to be interested.Read More


Russian Jews Slam Chabad Over Schneerson Trove

By JTA

Leaders of Russia’s Jewish community have criticized a U.S. federal court ruling that fined Russia for refusing to hand over ancient Chasidic texts.Read More


Orthodox Union Sets Vote Amid Leadership Feud

By JTA

The Orthodox Union has set a date to pick its next president in highly unusual contested elections.Read More


Was Joe Biden's 'President' Remark Slip or Signal?

By Reuters

Was it just another slip of the tongue by Vice President Joe Biden, or a preview of the next presidential campaign in 2016?Read More


'High Noon' Gun Rights Rallies Held Across Nation

By Reuters

Pro-gun activists who say the right to own firearms is under attack from President Barack Obama’s proposals to reduce gun violence held “high noon” rallies across the United States on Saturday in support of gun ownership rights.Read More


23 Hostages Killed as Algeria Ends Crisis

By Reuters

The Algerian army carried out a dramatic final assault to end a siege by Islamist militants at a desert gas plant on Saturday in which 23 hostages were killed, many of them believed to be foreigners, the interior ministry said.Read More


Bibi Says Israel Needs Strong Ruling Party

By Reuters

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Saturday a country with as many enemies as Israel cannot afford a weak ruling party, after polls ahead of Tuesday’s parliamentary election showed a slide in his support.Read More


Orthodox Numbers Set for 60% Rise in Knesset

By Reuters

With Israel’s election days away, Orthodox Jews swayed in prayer at a meeting of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party, delaying his entrance while politicians waited politely.Read More


Jim McGreevey and the 'Fall to Grace'

By Reuters

When New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey stepped down from office in 2004 in a gay sex scandal, he became another disgraced politician brought down by his own actions.Read More


15 Bodies Found as Algeria Launches 'Final Assault'

By Reuters

The Algerian army on Saturday carried out a “final assault” on al Qaeda-linked gunmen holed up in a desert gas plant, killing 11 of the Islamists after they took the lives of seven foreign hostages.Read More





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