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Israel asks UN for permission to inspect Armon Hanatziv compound

The Jerusalem District Court last week ordered the Jerusalem Municipality and the Israel Land Authority to respond to the petition filed last week by Regavim against the United Nations over an illegal construction boom at the UN headquarters in the Armon Hanatziv neighborhood, which belongs to the State of Israel. The state, for its part, […]

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Macron visits Holocaust Memorial a week before presidential run-off

French centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron visited the Holocaust Memorial in Paris on Sunday, one week before he faces off against far right leader Marine Le Pen in the country’s presidential election. Amid worries about rising nationalism, and on the day France remembers thousands of Jews who were deported to Nazi death camps, Macron warned the […]

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Jewish member of India’s Nehru dynasty dies at 108

Fleeing anti-Semitism in Hungary, Shobha Nehru, nee Magdolna Friedmann, wound up marrying into the family of India’s first PM By Times of Israel staff Shobha Nehru. (Screen capture: YouTube) A Jewish-Hungarian woman who escaped European anti-Semitism and married into India’s most prominent political dynasty died last week at age 108. Shobha Nehru, born Magdolna Friedmann […]

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Pope repeats concentration camps comparison

Despite previous criticism from Jewish groups, Pope Francis on Saturday repeated his assertion that some migrant holding centers in Europe amount to “concentration camps”, The Associated Press reports. A German reporter asked the Pope if he had made a linguistic slip when he first made the remarks last week, adding that they had been met […]

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Ex-premier Renzi favourite to win Italy’s Democratic Party primaries

Rome (dpa) – Former prime minister Matteo Renzi was expected to be comfortably re-elected leader of Italy’s ruling Democratic Party (PD) on Sunday, setting him up for a showdown with the populist Five Star Movement (M5S) in general elections. The PD primaries are taking place from 8 am to 8 pm (0600-1800 GMT), and results […]

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Tom Hanks let us in on what really happened during his vacation with the Obamas

Actor Tom Hanks is divulging the details of his luxury yacht vacation with Barack and Michelle Obama. Earlier this month, pictures started circulating of former President and first lady Obama vacationing on a yacht in French Polynesia. Soon, it was revealed that he was on the 450-foot luxury yacht with Tom Hanks, Bruce Springsteen and […]

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Trump invites Philippines’ controversial Duterte to White House in ‘friendly’ call

US President Donald Trump on Saturday invited his Philippine counterpart Rodrigo Duterte to the US in a “friendly” call in which the leaders discussed the “threat” of North Korea and the “war on drugs”, the White House said. The announcement comes amid rising tensions over Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs following its latest test-fire, as […]

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Duterte to Trump: Keep cool over North Korea

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday urged the United States to show restraint after North Korea’s latest missile test. Speaking as chairman of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN)the notoriously blunt Duterte said one misstep would be a “catastrophe” and Asia would be the first victim of a nuclear war. Duterte was due […]

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Netanyahu and the Germans

By Rabbi Dow Marmur JERUSALEM — Breaking the Silence is an Israeli NGO that collects testimonies from Israeli soldiers about their actions and experiences in the occupied territories. The accounts are at times less than complimentary to Israel’s military establishment. B’Tselem is another Israeli NGO that publishes documents about Israeli human rights violations in the […]

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Abu Sayyaf commander killed in the Philippines

Manila (dpa) – An Islamist militant commander notorious for kidnapping foreigners was killed in a clash with government troops in the southern Philippines, the country’s military chief said Saturday. Alhabsi Misaya, a leader of the Abu Sayyaf terrorist group, was killed in a firefight with soldiers in the town of Indanan on the island of […]

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France’s Le Pen picks would-be prime minister

French far-right presidential hopeful Marine Le Pen said on Saturday she would appoint nationalist Nicolas Dupont-Aignan as her prime minister, in a bid to attract more voters and defeat her centrist rival Emmanuel Macron. Dupont-Aignan, a Eurosceptic and former rival of of Le Pen, scored 4.7 percent of votes in the first round on April […]

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‘He brought his blessing to Egypt’

CAIRO — Pope Francis left Egypt charmed after a high-stakes, two-day visit during which he embraced Muslim leaders, challenged religious extremists and waved to fans from a blue Fiat instead of his armored popemobile. “Everyone was really touched with his sincerity,” said Vivian Gobran, 41, of Cairo, after attending a Mass that Francis celebrated at […]

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Pope Francis renews call against extremism in historic Cairo Mass

Cairo (dpa) – Pope Francis made an appeal against extremism during a Mass conducted amid tight security in Cairo on Saturday, the second and final day of his historic visit to Muslim-majority Egypt. The trip has been billed as a chance at promoting inter-faith dialogue and delivering a repudiation against religious violence. Nearly 25,000 people […]

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Once thorny, the relationship between London’s Muslim mayor and the Jews is now a bed of roses

Ahead of the general elections Sadiq Khan encourages a vote for good local Labour candidates — almost despite the party’s leader By Jenni Frazer LONDON — In 2004, a young London Muslim lawyer named Sadiq Khan shared a platform with five political extremists at a meeting held by the Friends of Al-Aqsa, entitled “Palestine — […]

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