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By Jenni Frazer, February 20, 2014

Frank Melloul is a dapper Frenchman who oozes affability, as befits his former role as a diplomat, advising presidents and prime ministers.

Lucy Aharish is model-thin, with chocolate-brown eyes and artfully disarranged hair, a persuasive manner and machine-gun speed conversation.

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The week when artistic talent went galactic

By Charlotte Oliver, February 20, 2014

The film Gravity has won critical acclaim for its out-of-this-world 3-D effects, so it came as no surprise when the sci-fi flick took home the Bafta for Best Cinematography on Sunday night.

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Simon Cowell celebrates birth of Jewish son

By Sandy Rashty, February 17, 2014

He’s the daddy of all things showbiz – and now Simon Cowell has fathered a baby boy with Jewish-American socialite Lauren Silverman.

The music mogul, 54, jetted from London to New York to be by Ms Silverman’s side at the birth in the Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan last Friday - Valentine’s Day - at 10 45pm.

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He is 16, still at school but he is a radio star

By Daniel Easterman, February 13, 2014

For most, the path to success means university, a first job and steadily climbing the career ladder.

But GCSE student James Gilmore, 16, has already taken a very different approach.

Four years ago, he launched his own Internet Radio station — and now has 50 volunteers, including 20-odd presenters, covering everything from pop music to politics and advice on bullying and obesity.

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George Clooney sees the big picture in recovery of Nazi-looted art

By Sandy Rashty, February 13, 2014

German Jew Harry Ettlinger took part in one of the greatest treasure hunts in history during his wartime service with the US Army, helping to recover five million pieces of looted Nazi art. Now, the exploits of Ettlinger and his comrades from 13 Allied nations, dubbed The Monuments Men, are the subject of a new film starring and directed by George Clooney.

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Date of Rolling Stones Israel concert revealed

By Rosa Doherty, February 10, 2014

The Rolling Stones will play their first-ever concert in Israel on 10 June, according to a report on Israel Radio.

The Stones will appear at Ramat Gan Stadium for a single performance only as part of their "14 on Fire" world tour.

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Maya Beiser: ‘Goddess’ finds herself drawn to the afterlife

By Jessica Duchen, February 6, 2014

The New Yorker once described Maya Beiser as a “cello goddess”, delighting the Israeli-born player so much that she adopted the phrase as her Twitter name. Now living in New York, she has forged a distinctive career path, making it her mission to transform the nature, perception and audience of cutting-edge contemporary music.

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Troy is big in magic circles, now catch him on TV

By Sandy Rashty, February 6, 2014

Troy is being touted as the next big thing in magic. His tattoos, urban swag, gold watch and collection of bright snapback caps distinguish this Magic Circle member from the more traditional practitioners of his craft. He has even been known to pull a rabbit out of a snapback.

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Roger Waters attacks Scarlett Johansson over quitting Oxfam

By Rosa Doherty, February 5, 2014

Roger Waters has written an open letter to Scarlett Johansson accusing her of "undeniably not paying attention" to Palestinian rights.

The former Pink Floyd singer criticised the actress over her decision to promote Israeli company SodaStream instead of continuing her work with the charity Oxfam.

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Mrs Cohen's diary: Scarlett sticks with Sodastream - I told her to do that

By Mrs Cohen, January 31, 2014

* I am not one for early mornings so I was a little put out when the phone went at ridiculous o’clock a few days ago. Sodastream are panicking about my friend Scarlett. She is appearing in a Sodastream advert but is also associated with Oxfam, which wants her to cut links with the company because its factory is a tiny bit the other side of the Green Line.

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