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Investigations Multiply for Oil Giant Halliburton

By Marc Perelman

Mired in controversy over Iraq contracts, the giant oil services company Halliburton is being scrutinized over its business dealings in Iran and is now reportedly the subject of a French corruption investigation that could lead to charges against its former CEO, Vice President Dick Cheney.An investigative judge in France, Renaud van Ruymbeke, isRead More


Israeli Government in Turmoil Over Sharon Gaza Pullout Plan

By Ofer Shelah

TEL AVIV — Israel’s political establishment began preparing itself this week for a major political shake-up in the wake of Prime Minister Sharon’s detailing of his “disengagement plan” for Gaza and the West Bank.The plan, first disclosed Monday in an interview in the daily Ha’aretz, was far more detailed than any withdrawal plan SharonRead More


Arab States Push To Reaffirm Proposal for Treaties and Ties

By Marc Perelman; With Reporting by Ha’aretz.

Desperate to kick-start the deadlocked Middle East peace process, Arab states are pushing to reaffirm their 2-year-old proposal to normalize relations with Israel in exchange for a negotiated peace, diplomats and observers said.Already, however, the issue of Palestinian refugees is emerging as a major sticking pointRead More


Christians Launch Effort To Counter Film’s Impact

By Nacha Cattan

With the controversial film “The Passion of the Christ” set to open next month, some Christian groups are launching campaigns to counter theological errors that may exist in Mel Gibson’s account of the death of Jesus, while several Roman Catholic scholars are calling on their church to outline publicly its doctrinal belief as aRead More


Taiwan Entertains Communal Leaders in Bid for Allies

By Nathaniel Popper

When five Jewish communal leaders returned last week from their all-expenses-paid five-day trip to Taiwan, they were exhausted from the 24-hour flight but laden with exotic gifts.At one meeting with high-ranking Taiwanese officials, the delegates received tea-cups, at another colorful ties were distributed.“The whole time I was thinking:Read More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler; With Reporting by James Kirchick in New Hampshire.

With Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman polling a scant 9% in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday, the word on the street was not whether he would drop out, but when.“He’s kind of the Bob Graham of January,” said independent analyst Stuart Rothenberg, referring to the Florida senator who ended his bid for president inRead More


Newsdesk January 30, 2004

Judge Rules on HamasA U.S. federal judge ordered the Palestinian militant group Hamas to pay $116 million in damages for the deaths of an American citizen and his Israeli wife near the West Bank in 1996.The ruling Tuesday upheld a judge’s decision last month on behalf of relatives of Yaron and Efrat Ungar, who lived in Israel when theyRead More


Yossi Ginossar, Envoy to P.A., Dies

TEL AVIV — Yossi Ginossar, a former senior Shin Bet official and a key envoy to the leadership of the Palestinian Authority for three prime ministers, died January 12 of cancer at age 58.Ginossar served Yitzhak Rabin, Shimon Peres and Ehud Barak as a liaison to Palestinian leaders, becoming particularly close to Palestinian AuthorityRead More


Women Pass the Pigskin On Israeli Football Team

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — This Sunday, large numbers of Israelis will be watching the Super Bowl, cheering on the New England Patriots and their philanthropic-minded owner, Robert Kraft. A few weeks later, they’ll be cheering on a very different football team backed by Kraft — a team of young women, many of them Orthodox Jews.Kraft does businessRead More


Arrests in France Shed Light on ‘Chechen’ Network of Terrorists

By Marc Perelman

PARIS — French officials claim they foiled a campaign of chemical and biological terrorist attacks in Western Europe by militants trained in the Caucasus region.The arrest of several Arab Muslim activists in central France in late December has provided investigators with clues about the goals of a so-called “Chechen” terrorist network thatRead More





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