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Pope Benedict Ends Pontificate, Leaving Papacy Vacant

By Reuters

Pope Benedict ended his eight-year reign on Thursday, becoming the first pontiff in six centuries to resign instead of ruling for life.Read More

Dan Ehrenkrantz, President of Reconstructionist Seminary To Step Down

By Anne Cohen/JTA

Rabbi Dan Ehrenkrantz will step down as president of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College.Read More

Croatia To Quit UN Golan Force After Reports of Arms Shipments to Syrian Rebels

By Reuters

Croatia will pull its soldiers out of the U.N. peace force in the Golan Heights as a precautionary step, the government said on Thursday, after media reports that Croatian arms were being sent to Syrian rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad.Read More

Argentina's Congress Approves Pact with Iran To Probe Bombing of Jewish Community Center

By Reuters

Argentina’s Congress approved early on Thursday a agreement with Iran to investigate the 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish community center that Argentine courts have long accused Tehran of sponsoring.Read More

Oxford Student Union Rejects Boycott Israel Motion


A motion calling for blanket sanctions against Israel was rejected by the Oxford University Students’ Union.Read More

Turkish Prime Minister to U.N: Anti-Semitism Is a Crime Against Humanity


Amid rampant hate speech against Jews published in newspapers in Turkey, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said at a United Nations meeting that anti-Semitism, Zionism and Islamophobia were all “crimes against humanity.”Read More

Ethiopian-Israeli Wins Miss Israel Pageant for First Time


Yityish Aynaw, a 21-year-old former Israeli army officer and model, became the first Ethiopian-Israeli to win the Miss Israel pageant. Mazel Tov, Yityish!Read More

Senate Approves Jack Lew as New Treasury Chief

By Reuters

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday confirmed Jack Lew as President Barack Obama’s new treasury secretary, putting the former White House chief of staff in the middle of a bitter political fight over the government’s budget.Read More

Two Palestinians End Hunger Strike That Fueled Protests

By Reuters

Two Palestinian prisoners whose hunger strike stoked clashes in the West Bank have ended their protest after Israel agreed to release them in May, a Palestinian official said on Wednesday.Read More

U.N.'s Richard Falk Demands Probe Into Death of Detainee in Israeli Custody

By Reuters

A U.N. human rights investigator called on Wednesday for an international inquiry into the weekend death of a Palestinian prisoner in disputed circumstances in an Israeli jail.Read More

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