Russia

Assad: ‘I will hand over chemical weapons’

By Josh Jackman, September 12, 2013

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said that he will hand over his country’s chemical weapons to the international community.

Speaking on Russian television, Mr Assad stated that “Syria is placing its chemical weapons under international control because of Russia. The US threats did not influence the decision.”

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Mother flies to Moscow to fight for return of sons

By Sandy Rashty, September 12, 2013

An Orthodox Jewish mother has won a landmark hearing in the legal battle to bring her boys back to the UK after they were taken to Russia by her ex-husband last year.

Rachael Neustadt said she was “full of tears of relief” after the Moscow City Court ruled in her favour yesterday.

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Israel and US in joint missile test

By Josh Jackman, September 3, 2013

Israel has conducted a joint weapons test in the Mediterranean with America.

Two missiles were fired from the centre of the sea towards the coastline to check the effectiveness of Israel’s US-funded missile defence system.

The Russian Ministry of Defence said that two “ballistic objects” had been spotted on its early warning radar system at 7:16am BST.

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Jewish gay groups back Stephen Fry over Russian anti-gay law

By Zoe Winograd, August 15, 2013

Jewish Gays and lesbians have praised Stephen Fry over his stand against the Russian anti-gay law.

The actor caused controversy when he highlighted the Moscow government’s recent decision to impose heavy fines for anyone providing information about homosexuality to people under 18.

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Stephen Fry compares Russian gay discrimination to Nazi Germany

By Marcus Dysch, August 9, 2013

Broadcaster and actor Stephen Fry has compared Russia's treatment of gay people to Hitler's persecution of Jews in Nazi Germany.

Mr Fry made the claim in a letter calling on the International Olympic Committee to strip the Russian city of Sochi of next year's Winter Olympics.

Members of Mr Fry's family were killed in Hungary during the Holocaust.

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Arctic bravery rewarded 70 years later

By Sandy Rashty, July 26, 2013

British servicemen who served on convoys between the UK and Russia during the Second World War have been recognised by the government.

Around 24 members of the Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women (Ajex) received the Arctic Star award after a 70-year campaign.

The vessels travelled through German blockades to keep war materials and supplies afloat between the Allies.

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Chabad Rabbi shot in south west Russia

By Josh Jackman, July 25, 2013

Rabbi Ovadia Isakov, an emissary to Derbent, in the Republic of Dagestan, was shot by an unknown assailant on Wednesday night as he approached his house.

The rabbi was evacuated to hospital, where he received successful emergency surgery on his right lung and liver. He has now returned home to recover.

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Mum’s hell as father runs off with two sons

By Sandy Rashty, July 25, 2013

A Jewish mother has spoken of her ongoing “hell” in her legal battle to bring two of her sons back to the UK after they were taken to Russia by her ex-husband last year.

Rachael Neustadt, 35, from Hendon, thought that her two elder sons, Daniel and Jonathan, had taken a two-week holiday to visit their Russian-born father’s family.

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‘Syrians want to take on Israel’, says Assad

By Zoe Winograd, May 31, 2013

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has told a Lebanese TV station that there is popular support for opening up a new front against Israel.

In an interview with Al-Manar television, Mr Assad said: “There is pressure by the people to open a new front in the Golan, and even in the Arab world there is readiness to join the fight against Israel.”

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Putin arms sale threatens meltdown in Middle East

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 30, 2013

The civil war in Syria threatened to escalate beyond its borders this week with the confirmation that Russia will supply Bashar al-Assad’s government with advanced S-300 anti-aircraft missiles. The new weapons are said to be capable of shooting down aircraft in Israeli airspace.

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