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J.J. Abrams Set To Direct New 'Star Wars' Flick

By Reuters

Sci-fi filmmaker J.J. Abrams will direct “Star Wars: Episode VII”, Walt Disney Co said after days of speculation, giving hope to many long-suffering fans who were disappointed by the last three installments in the iconic franchise.Read More

Seven Die in Egypt Violence on Anniversary of Uprising

By Reuters

Seven people were shot dead in the Egyptian city of Suez during nationwide protests against President Mohamed Mursi on Friday, underlining the country’s deep divisions on the second anniversary of the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak.Read More

Abbas Asked Israel To Let In Palestinians Fleeing Syria

By Reuters

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas tried to get Israel to let 150,000 Palestinians fleeing war in Syria resettle in the West Bank, but dropped the request after the Jewish state demanded they first give up their right of return, he said.Read More

Protestors Storm EU Soccer Body Over Matches in Israel


Dozens of activists occupied the reception of the UEFA European soccer association in Nyon, Switzerland, to protest Israel’s hosting of a championship.Read More

Ultra-Orthodox Unite To Foil Centrists Joining Coalition

By Reuters

Israeli Ultra-Orthodox parties said on Friday they would band together to fight for inclusion in any coalition government forged by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after his rightist Likud party’s narrow win in a Jan. 22 parliamentary election.Read More

Obama Names Foreign Policy Aide Denis McDonough New Chief of Staff

By Reuters

President Barack Obama named longtime foreign policy aide Denis McDonough to be his next White House chief of staff on Friday.Read More

Austrian Jewish Leader Mends Fences With Lauder

By Reuters

The leader of Austria’s Jewish community said on Friday he had put aside differences with World Jewish Congress head Ron Lauder over Lauder’s alleged interference in the community’s leadership election.Read More

Dutch Stolen Art Committee Dismisses Family’s Holocaust Claims


A panel of experts advised the Dutch government to return only one painting out of 189 claimed by relatives of a Holocaust-era art collector.Read More

'Secret Hearings' on Jewish Intern Chandra Levy Murder Continue

By Forward Staff

Jewish intern Chandra Levy’s murderer’s case is back in court this week, the AP reported today.Read More

ADL Calls on Conservatives To Keep Nazi Analogies Out of Gun Debate


The Anti-Defamation League called on conservatives to keep Nazi analogies out of the gun control debate.Read More

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