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Bibi Says Israel Needs Strong Ruling Party

By Reuters

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Saturday a country with as many enemies as Israel cannot afford a weak ruling party, after polls ahead of Tuesday’s parliamentary election showed a slide in his support.Read More


Orthodox Numbers Set for 60% Rise in Knesset

By Reuters

With Israel’s election days away, Orthodox Jews swayed in prayer at a meeting of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party, delaying his entrance while politicians waited politely.Read More


Jim McGreevey and the 'Fall to Grace'

By Reuters

When New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey stepped down from office in 2004 in a gay sex scandal, he became another disgraced politician brought down by his own actions.Read More


15 Bodies Found as Algeria Launches 'Final Assault'

By Reuters

The Algerian army on Saturday carried out a “final assault” on al Qaeda-linked gunmen holed up in a desert gas plant, killing 11 of the Islamists after they took the lives of seven foreign hostages.Read More


Lance Armstrong Biopic by J.J. Abrams in the Works

By Reuters

Paramount Pictures and “Star Trek” producer J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot company have purchased the film rights to a forthcoming book about cyclist Lance Armstrong’s fall from grace, according to a person with knowledge of the transaction.

Armstrong, whose name and celebrity status helped build a multimillion dollar cancer foundation, admitted on Thursday that he used performance-enhancing drugs to win a record seven consecutive Tour de France championships after denying doping allegations for years.

The forthcoming book, “Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong” by New York Times reporter Juliet Macur, traces his recovery from cancer, inspirational return to cycling, and his fall to disgraced ex-champion.

The book is set for a June publication by HarperCollins.

Neither Paramount nor Bad Robot would comment on the deal, which was first reported on the Deadline Hollywood entertainment site.

Abrams, the producer and director of the forthcoming science-fiction thriller film “Star Trek into Darkness,” co-founded Bad Robot with producer Bryan Burk.

Paramount will distribute the big-budget “Star Trek,” which is scheduled for release in May. Paramount has distributed other Abrams-produced films, including 2011’s “Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol,” starring Tom Cruise.

Paramount Pictures is a subsidiary of Viacom Inc and HarperCollins is owned by News Corp.Read More


Has John Galliano Changed Tune on Anti-Semitism?

By JTA

The Anti-Defamation League said disgraced designer John Galliano has changed his beliefs and now understands the evils of anti-Semitism.Read More


National Jewish Democratic Council Names Interim Director

By JTA

The National Jewish Democratic Council named former congressional aide Aaron Keyak its interim director.Read More


Obama's Gun Control Plan Wins Broad Jewish Support

By JTA

President Obama’s gun controls drew broad Jewish community support.Read More


Center-Left Bloc Could Tie Netanyahu: Poll

By JTA

Israel’s general election on Jan. 22 could see a left-wing coalition matching the rightist bloc’s projected 46 seats, according to the last poll before voting.Read More


Mali Incursion Raises Risk to French Jews

By JTA

France’s military involvement in Mali “significantly increases” the threat facing French Jews, according to the security service of the country’s Jewish communities.Read More


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