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Tennis Referee Cleared in Hubby's Coffee Mug Slay

By Reuters

A Los Angeles judge on Thursday dismissed murder charges against a 70-year-old professional tennis official accused of killing her husband, granting a request of prosecutors who said they were unable to proceed with the case.Read More


White House: Israeli Settlement Plan Is 'Counterproductive'

The White House said on Friday a new Israeli settlement expansion plan was “counterproductive” and could make it harder to bring Israel and the Palestinians back to the negotiating table.Read More


4 Men at Sex Abuse Trial Arrested for Taking Photos

By JTA

Four spectators at the trial of an ultra-Orthodox man accused of sexual abuse were arrested for taking photos of the accuser during her testimony.Read More


Strauss-Kahn Agrees To Pay Maid $6M

By Reuters

Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has reached a preliminary agreement with the hotel maid who accused him of sexual assault last year to settle a civil lawsuit she brought against him, sources familiar with the case said.Read More


Israel Will Expand Settlements Over UN Palestine Vote

By Reuters

Israel plans to build 3,000 new homes for its settlers in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem in defiance of a U.N. vote implicitly recognising Palestinian statehood there, Israeli media reported on Friday.Read More


After U.N Vote, Complications Arise in D.C.

By Nathan Guttman

The cheering delegates clapping at the United Nations General Assembly hall, the Palestinian flag pulled out and waved and that unusual smile on the face of Mahmoud Abbas, provided the Palestinian Authority with its long awaited and ever so rare moment of victory.Read More


AIPAC Calls for Review of U.S.-Palestinian Ties

By JTA

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee called for a “full review” of the U.S. relationship with the Palestine Liberation Organization, including shutting its Washington office, in the wake of its obtaining non-member state status at the United Nations.Read More


Leaders of Social Protests Set To Join Knesset

By JTA

Two leaders of Israel’s social protest movement made it into the top 12 slots on the Labor Party’s list for the 19th Knesset.Read More


Polls: Only 7 Votes for Livni's Party

By JTA

Two polls predict no more than seven seats in the Israeli parliament for Tzippi Livni’s newly-established center-left party.Read More


Alan Gross Biopsy, Hopeful but Not Definitive

By JTA

The results of a biopsy released by the Cuban government raises hopes that Jewish American contractor Alan Gross does not have cancer, his lawyer said, but his family still wants his own physician to examine him.Read More





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