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‘Refugee’ violinist blends Russian-Jewish roots with modern tones

Yevgeny Kutik’s family fled the USSR’s institutionalized anti-Semitism with a suitcase of sheet music when he was 5. Now he tours the free world with a century-old violin By Matt Lebovic BOSTON — As a 5-year old refugee from the former Soviet Union, Yevgeny Kutik came to the United States with music in his veins. […]

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Homeland Security expands immigrant population who can be deported

WASHINGTON —Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly has issued new orders to agency heads that considerably expand the number of immigrants who can be detained and deported under executive orders President Donald Trump signed last month. Under Kelly’s orders, which were contained in two memorandums distributed to agency heads Friday, hundreds of thousands more immigrants in […]

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Trump’s Press Conference Nearly Defies Description

Even by the standards of a Donald Trump performance, this was…unique. On Thursday, the president held one of the few press availabilities he’s offered since taking office last month, and it quickly became a cross between A Night at the Improv, a Dadaesque recitation of random thoughts (and gestures) and a bit of grinning Laurie […]

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Pakistan: suicide bombing in religious shrine kills at least 72, including children

At least 72 people have been killed and 250 wounded in the fourth bombing to strike Pakistan in as many days. ISIL has claimed responsibility for the attack, which was carried out at a crowded Sufi shrine in Sindh province in the south of the country. Situated in the town of Sehwan, the popular shrine […]

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‘Operation Wedding’ and the plight of Soviet Jews

By Beth Sarafraz The Jewish Press NEW YORK — “Ever since I was a little girl, people always asked me: ‘Do you know your parents are heroes?’ When I was growing up, everybody knew who my parents were. But in the last fifteen years their story has been forgotten.” So begins Operation Wedding, a new […]

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Trump skirts Russia issue, bashes media in freewheeling news conference

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Thursday that “nobody that I know of” from his campaign contacted Russian agents or government officials before his election. His denial was perhaps the most notable development in a lengthy news conference in which he berated the press and complained that he had “inherited a mess.” Trump also defended […]

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Australia hints at openness to two-state solution alternatives

Tentatively backing Trump, foreign minister says government wants Palestinian statehood but will support new idea if both sides come up with something else By Stuart Winer Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop at the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem on September 4, 2016. (Amos Ben Gershom/GPO) Australia’s foreign minister expressed […]

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72 Bnei Menashe arrive in Israel

TEL AVIV, Israel (Press Release)– Seventy-two members of the Indian Bnei Menashe Jewish community  arrived at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport on Thursday. A total of 102 members of the Bnei Menashe were brought on Aliyah this week by Shavei Israel, a Jerusalem-based nonprofit that aims to strengthen ties between the Jewish people and descendants of Jews […]

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Magen David Adom rushes blood to Israeli in Peru

TEL AVIV, Israel (Press Release)– Magen David Adom, with the coordination of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has been flying blood units to Lima, Peru, in order to save the life of Zohar Katz, an Israeli traveler who is hospitalized there in severe condition. On Thursday, MDA paramedic Yonat Daskal took 100 blood units and […]

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Some policy suggestions for President Trump

By Shoshana Bryen WASHINGTON, D.C. -The Trump White House continues to receive advice – solicited and unsolicited, in letters to the editor, op-eds, essays, and policy papers – as to what its foreign policy priorities should be.  It is tempting to presume that problems called “priorities” can be resolved with just a little more savvy […]

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San Diego City Council to fight Trump’s travel ban

By Ken Stone Times of San Diego SAN DIEGO — The San Diego City Council on Tuesday voted 8-1 to file a brief in support of the state of Washington in its lawsuit over President Donald Trump’s so-called “travel ban” executive order. Republican Councilman Scott Sherman cast the dissenting vote in closed session. Democratic Councilman […]

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National security adviser Michael Flynn resigns over contact with Russia

WASHINGTON — Michael Flynn resigned late Monday as President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, following mounting scrutiny over his conflicting accounts of contacts with a Russian diplomat and his admission that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence about the matter. Flynn’s departure, which came after several days in which Trump conspicuously refused to publicly […]

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Ben Gurion University to launch nano- satellite

BEER-SHEVA, Israel (Press Release) — “BGUSAT,” the first nanosatellite for Israeli academic research, is being launched Wednesday, February 15 as part of a collaboration between Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU), Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and the Israel Ministry of Science, Technology and Space. It will provide researchers with data on climate change, agricultural developments and other […]

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How the Brits broke the Nazis’ ‘Enigma’ code

Capturing the Enigma; the Unsung Heroes of HMS Bulldog by Patrick Spencer; Published by Mouse Works Publishing By Dorothea Shefer-Vanson MEVASSERET ZION, Israel — In May 1941, at a time when the Second World War was in full swing and the British forces were doing their utmost to block Hitler’s rampage across Europe, the battle to control […]

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