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Obama Budget Dramatically Shifts Food Aid Policy for First Time in Decades

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Preident Obama has asked for $47.8 billion for the Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development, a six percent decrease from 2012 levels, because of the lower requests for Iraq and Afghanistan.Read More

Germans Bust Neo-Nazi Gang That Used Codes

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German authorities said on Wednesday they had uncovered a network of far-right activists in prisons communicating by secret code.Read More

Portugal Considers Giving Citizenship to Descendants of Jews Who Fled Inquisition


The parliament of Portugal is scheduled to vote on whether to naturalize descendants of 16th century Jews who fled the country because of religious persecution.Read More

Henrique Capriles, Venezuelan With Jewish Roots, Must Make Up Ground in Vote

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After beating Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles in last year’s presidential election, Hugo Chavez telephoned him and courteously quipped: “You made me get out and work hard!”Read More

Auschwitz Center Hopes to Restore Home of Last Jew in Oswiecim


The Auschwitz Jewish Center launched a fundraising campaign to rescue the house of Oswiecim’s last Jewish resident.Read More

N.Y. Times Reporter Who Wrote of Jewish Klansman Daniel Burros Dies at 85


John McCandlish Phillips Jr., a longtime New York Times reporter who wrote about a Jewish man who became a senior Ku Klux Klan official, has died.Read More

Benjamin Netanyahu Faces Political Risks With Plan for Western Wall

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is to consider liberalising access to Judaism’s Western Wall, officials said on Wednesday, citing concern that police-enforced Orthodox controls on women worshippers alienate Jews abroad.Read More

French Chief Rabbi Won't Quit Over Plagiarism

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Gilles Bernheim, the chief rabbi of France, refused to quit on Tuesday despite admitting to several counts of plagiarism and deception about his academic credentials.Read More

Leonard Lauder Donates $1B Collection of Cubist Art to Metropolitan

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Cosmetics heir and art collector Leonard A. Lauder donated his collection of 78 Cubist works valued at more than a $1 billion to New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Arts, its director said on Tuesday.Read More

Stolen $1.3M Marc Chagall Painting at Home of Soccer Star Roberto Bottega


A Marc Chagall painting stolen more than 10 years ago was discovered in the home of former Italian soccer star Roberto Bottega.Read More

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