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Former Jewish Leader in Sydney Charged With Sexually Assaulting Four Men

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A former Jewish leader from Sydney will appear in court next month on charges of sexually assaulting four men.Read More


Belgium and Brazil Get Shoah and Human Rights Institutes

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Institutions on the Holocaust and human rights opened in Belgium and Brazil.Read More


Abbas Will Negotiate if Israel Freezes Settlements

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas reportedly said he wanted to negotiate with Israel it if freezes construction for six months in the West Bank and Jerusalem.Read More


Amid Protests, Morsi Gives Army More Power

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Egypt’s Islamist president has given the army temporary power to arrest civilians to help secure a constitutional referendum seen by the Muslim Brotherhood as a triumph for democracy and by its liberal foes as a religious straitjacket.Read More


Europe Seeks Plan To Block Jewish Settlements

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The European Union will look at ways on Monday to press Israel to ditch a plan to build settlements in a highly sensitive area of the occupied West Bank, but hold off on tough action soon despite international outrage over the decision.Read More


Michael Bloomberg May Buy Financial Times

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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is weighing up whether to make a bid for The Financial Times Group, which includes the namesake paper and a half interest in The Economist magazine, the New York Times reported, citing three people close to the mayor.Read More


Two Lawmakers Meet With Jacob Ostreicher

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Two members of Congress met in Bolivia with an American-Jewish businessman who has been jailed there without charges for 18 months.Read More


Bar Refaeli Ripped for Donning Santa Suit

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Bar Refaeli is getting heat again – this time for a picture showing the Israeli model in a Santa suit.Read More


Arabs Offer Palestinians $100M a Month as Financial Safety Net

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Arab states agreed to provide the Palestinian Authority with a $100 million monthly “financial safety net” to help President Mahmoud Abbas’s government cope with an economic crisis after the United Nations granted de facto statehood to Palestine.Read More


Even Without Stevie Wonder, Fundraiser Brings in $14M

The Friends of the Israel Defense Forces fundraiser that singer Stevie Wonder pulled out of raised more than $14 million.Read More





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