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Arabic and English website tells story of Middle Eastern Jews

By Sandy Rashty, March 12, 2013

A non-profit organisation, modelled on Holocaust research groups, has launched 11 new websites to detail the exodus of Jews from 11 countries in the Middle East and North Africa.

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Appeal over Argentina-Iran deal

By Adam Feinstein, March 7, 2013

Argentina’s main Jewish organisations have announced that they are launching a legal appeal in the Supreme Court against the government’s controversial “memorandum of understanding” with Iran aimed at investigating the 1994 bombing of the Amia Jewish centre in Buenos Aires, which killed 85 people.

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Barak: Israel may take ‘unilateral’ steps to solve conflict

By Sandy Rashty, March 4, 2013

Defence Minister Ehud Barak told the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee (Aipac) conference on Sunday that Israel would consider taking "unilateral steps" to solve ongoing tensions with the Palestinians in the absence of a "reasonable, fair, interim agreement".

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Two guesses why Azerbaijan loves Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 28, 2013

The leaders of Azerbaijan believed that hosting the Eurovision song contest last year would transform their international image — only to become the focus of unwelcome attention from human rights organisations and critical coverage by the Western media.

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As talks fizzle out, an Iranian reactor comes to life

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, February 28, 2013

Despite guarded optimism and the promise of two more rounds of talks in March and April, the latest tranche of nuclear diplomacy between Iran and six world powers, which ended on Wednesday in Almaty, Kazakhstan, offered nothing new.

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Mission to record last of Aramaic

By Jennifer Lipman, February 8, 2013

A British academic is attempting to document different dialects of Aramaic spoken by Iranian and Iraqi Jews before the language disappears from active use for good.

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Space-ape, the fake jet and one mad astronaut

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 7, 2013

Hollow boasts of Iran’s technological prowess in recent days have placed a question mark over the Islamic Republic’s true capabilities.

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Ahmadinejad visits Egypt - next stop Gaza?

By Anna Sheinman, February 5, 2013

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has arrived in Cairo in the first Iranian state visit to Egypt since its revolution in 1979 and says he also wants to visit Gaza.

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Bulgaria to prove Hizbollah and Iran behind Burgas attack

By Zoe Winograd, February 5, 2013

Bulgarian officials are expected to provide evidence today that Hizbollah and its ally Iran were behind the suicide attack in Burgas last July. The attack killed five Israeli tourists and the Bulgarian driver of an airport bus.

The Bulgarian government is set to make a public statement today after briefing Israeli officials on the investigation last month.

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‘Deep concern’ over Iranian plans to expand nuclear programme

By Zoe Winograd, February 1, 2013

Iran has told the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that it intends to install advanced centrifuges at a nuclear plant in Natanz.

A Foreign Commonwealth Office spokesman said: “Iran’s intention to install more advanced centrifuges (type IR-2M) at its Fuel Enrichment Plant in Natanz is a cause for deep concern.

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