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Toughest-in-Nation Gun Laws Passed by Lawmakers in Connecticut

By Reuters

Legislative leaders in Connecticut, where a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at an elememtary school in December, said on Monday they had agreed some of the toughest gun regulations in the nation and expected to adopt them this week.Read More


Hamas Reelects Pragmatist Khaled Meshaal as Leader

By Reuters

The Islamist Palestinian Hamas group re-elected the relatively pragmatic Khaled Meshaal as its leader on Tuesday, despite past criticism of him by hardliners in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.Read More


Belarus Plans $1M Restoration of Old Synagogue

By JTA

The government of Belarus announced plans to renovate one of the country’s oldest synagogues and turn it into a Jewish museum.Read More


Henrique Capriles, Venezuelan Leader With Jewish Roots, Slams Foe for Nazi Jibe

By Reuters

Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles expressed outrage on Monday at the description of his supporters as “heirs of Hitler” by election rival and acting President Nicolas Maduro.Read More


Damage at 2,000-Year-Old Syrian Synaogogue Not as Bad as Reported

By Reuters

Theft and shelling have damaged a 2,000 year-old synagogue in Damascus, one of the oldest in the world, Syrian government and opposition activist sources said on Monday.Read More


Worst Sandstorms in Years Engulf Israel as Passover Nears End

By Zafrir Rinat and Zohar Blumenkrantz (Haaretz)

Heavy haze from sandstorms in the Negev area engulfed most parts of Israel on Monday, limiting visibility to approximately a kilometer. Conditions are expected to improve on Monday evening. The Environment Ministry issued a statement warning of high levels of air pollution.Read More


Hamas Pushes Segregation by Gender in Gaza Schools

By Reuters

New rules from the Education Ministry of the Islamist Hamas movement ruling the Gaza Strip will bar men from teaching at girls’ schools and mandate separate classes for boys and girls from the age of nine.Read More


White Supremacists Eyed in Texas Prosecutor Slay

By Reuters

Authorities have launched a massive investigation into the weekend killings of a Texas district attorney and his wife, which occurred months after an assistant prosecutor was shot dead in the same county.Read More


2,000-Year-Old Jobar Syrian Synagogue in Damascus Burned and Looted

By JTA

The 2,000-year-old Jobar Synagogue in the Syrian capital of Damascus was looted and burned to the ground.Read More


Israel Natural Gas Starts Flowing on Sabbath From Mediterranean Field

By Yair Ettinger (Haaretz)

President Shimon Peres said Sunday that it was a mistake to begin the flow of natural gas from the Tamar gas field to Israel on a Saturday.Read More


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