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Biden Raises Possibility of Direct U.S.-Iran Talks

By Reuters

The United States is ready to hold direct talks with Iran if it is serious about negotiations, Vice President Joe Biden said on Saturday, backing bilateral contacts that many see as crucial to easing an international dispute over Tehran’s nuclear programme.Read More

Barack Obama Mourns Death of Ed Koch


President Obama mourned the passing of New York Mayor Ed Koch, noting among Koch’s passions his love for Israel.Read More

Reform Movement Organizes Multi-Denominational Call to Congress Against Guns


The Reform movement corralled a broad array of religious denominations to call into Congress on Monday and demand action on gun violence.Read More

Despite Weak Senate Performance, Hagel May Yet Win Pentagon Post

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Chuck Hagel’s cautious testimony may not have won converts during his contentious nomination hearing for U.S. defense secretary, but it appeared on Friday not to have cost support he will need to be confirmed as the new Pentagon chief.Read More

Figure Skater Max Aaron Advances To World Championship


Jewish figure skater Max Aaron will represent the United States at the men’s ice skating world championships after winning the U.S. men’s national championship in Omaha, Neb.Read More

Heeding Religious Groups, Obama Administration Tweaks Contraception Mandate


The Obama administration simplified its definition of religious groups that would be exempt from allowing staffers contraceptive coverage.Read More

Former New York Mayor Ed Koch Dies at 88

By Reuters

Former Mayor Edward Koch, who presided over New York City during the turbulent late 1970s and ’80s and came to personify the city with his wry and outspoken style, died on Friday at the age of 88, his spokesman said.Read More

'I Burn Like a Jew' Is Mexico's 6th Most Popular Hashtag on Twitter


“I burn like a Jew” was the sixth most popular hashtag phrase among Mexican Twitter users a week after another anti-Semitic phrase trended in that country.Read More

Sarkozy Asked Jews To Pressure Israel on Palestinians


Former French president Nicolas Sarzkozy told a Jewish crowd in Geneva that Israel should be pressured to make concessions to the Palestinians.Read More

Israeli Silence on Syria Is Strategic

By Reuters

Military secrets are not readily divulged anywhere. But in Israel the blanket silence that envelops officials after an event like Wednesday’s mysterious air strike on Syria reflects a deeper strategy involving both deterrence and outreach.Read More

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