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Obama’s nominee for defence chief ‘tough on Iran, friendly to Israel’

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 9, 2014

Two years ago, when the United States Senate held its confirmation hearings for President Barack Obama’s nomination for Secretary of Defence, a pitched battle ensued on Chuck Hagel’s suitability for the post, largely due to his previously critical statements on Israel and a perceived “softness” towards Iran.

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ANALYSIS: Hagel disproved doubters on Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 26, 2014

In the brief period in which Chuck Hagel served as the United States Secretary of Defence before being forced to resign this week he hardly left his mark on the Pentagon, America's armed services or the regions in which they operate.

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Iran nuclear deadline pushed back to July 2015

By Josh Jackman, November 24, 2014

The deadline for a deal to halt Iran’s nuclear weapons programme has been pushed back seven months.

The US, UK, Russia, China, France and Germany originally set a deadline for today, but failed to reach a long-term deal that would take the place of the interim agreement signed in Geneva last year.

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Stars mourn ‘inspirational, irreplaceable’ Mike Nichols

By Josh Jackman, November 21, 2014

Mike Nichols, the Oscar-winning film director of The Graduate and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, has died aged 83.

Mr Nichols was one of only 12 people to have won all four major annual American entertainment awards - the coveted ‘EGOT’, standing for Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony.

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KKK opens its doors to Jews

By Dan Friedman, November 13, 2014

In a twist worthy of a comedy sketch, the leader of a Ku Klux Klan group in the Rocky Mountains has suggested that the notoriously racist group should be more accepting of black people, gays and even Jews - to the extent that they could even become members.

The KKK is best known for wearing white robes and hoods, burning crosses and lynching black people, but it emerged earlier this month that

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Pow-wow with the Navajo

By Shyam Kumar, November 13, 2014

Out of persecution can emerge mutual understanding, as the blossoming relationship between New Mexico's Navajo and Jewish communities is demonstrating.

This month, representatives from the two groups met in Albuquerque to compare histories and learn from each other's struggles.

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Netanyahu ‘chickenshit’, says top US official

By Josh Jackman, October 29, 2014

A senior US government official has called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “chickenshit”, while another has accused him of being a “coward.”

In an interview with The Atlantic, unnamed figures in the Obama administration said that fear and political self-interest was preventing the prime minister from making peace.

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Now he’s a real Transformer: LaBeouf becomes a Christian

By Josh Jackman, October 28, 2014

Transformers actor Shia LaBeouf has moved away from his Jewish roots to embrace Christianity following his latest role.

Mr LaBeouf, whose mother is Jewish and who had a barmitzvah, told Interview magazine that his time spent portraying the deeply religious Boyd ‘Bible’ Swan in David Ayer’s Fury had greatly affected him.

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Stars and stripes of David at odds

By Elad Uzan, September 11, 2014

On a humid Manhattan morning, four Jewish religious leaders came to speak with us, students of the Ruderman Program in American Jewish Studies, on the current state of American Jewry.

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Beheaded Jewish journalist Sotloff was Israeli citizen

By Charlotte Oliver, September 3, 2014

Isis militants have released a video apparently showing one of their members beheading Jewish-American journalist Steven Joel Sotloff.

Mr Sotloff, who was an Israeli citizen, wrote for publications including Time and Foreign Policy. He was abducted in Aleppo, Syria in August 2013.

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