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US mourns Pennsylvania Senator ‘tenacious’ Arlen Specter

By Dan Friedman, October 18, 2012

Arlen Specter, who died of cancer last Sunday aged 82, had been a US Senator for 30 years — the longest serving in Pennsylvania’s history.

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Mindy Meyer brings elephant to fundraiser

By Anna Sheinman, October 17, 2012

New York State Senate candidate Mindy Myers brought an elephant to her Long Island fundraiser to "represent the Republican party".

The 22-year-old Orthodox Jew and self titled "Diva of the District" is running against Democratic incumbent of 10 years Senator Kevin Parker.

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No difference between Romney and Obama on Iran

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 2, 2012

Despite Mitt Romney’s forceful rhetoric on Iran during his visit to Israel last weekend, the substance of his position differed very little from that of US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta, who visited Jerusalem later in the week.

The Republican presidential candidate was careful not to openly criticise his rival, President Barack Obama, but succeeded in angering the Palestinian leadership.

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Panetta: Give Iran sanctions time to work

By Jennifer Lipman, July 31, 2012

The US Defence Secretary has called for Iran to be given more time to respond to sanctions during a speech in Tunis.

Mr Panetta's remarks came a day before a much-publicised trip to Israel, where concern about Iran's nuclear ambitions is a high priority.

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Ruth Messinger's social action plan to bring in Jewish youth

By Jessica Elgot, July 5, 2012

Activism on international poverty and human rights is bringing British and American Jews back into the community, the head of the American Jewish World Service said in London this week.

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Republican blames Holocaust on Germany's gun control laws

By Josh Jackman, June 20, 2012

National Jewish Democratic Council President David Harris has demanded that Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, also known as “Joe the Plumber”, should apologise for releasing a campaign video in which he blames the Holocaust on gun control.

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Republicans battle over who is Israel's biggest supporter

By Jessica Elgot, December 8, 2011

US Republican presidential candidates last night battled over who could declare the strongest support for Israel, all pledging to strengthen the bond between the two countries.

Addressing the Republican Jewish Coalition, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney said his first foreign trip as president would be to Israel.

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Clinton warns UNESCO over Palestinian membership

By Jennifer Lipman, October 6, 2011

The White House has cautioned the UN heritage organisation UNESCO to cease meddling in the Palestinian attempt unilaterally to gain statehood.

The warning came after the cultural agency began considering admitting the Palestinians into its ranks.

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American hikers freed by Iran

By Jessica Elgot, September 21, 2011

Two American hikers, imprisoned in Iran as “American spies” for more than two years, have landed in Oman after being released.

Shane Bauer and Joshua Fattal were greeted by their families, who described it as “the best day of our lives”.

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FBI 'recorded' conversations at US Israel embassy

By Jennifer Lipman, September 6, 2011

The FBI has been accused of secretly recording discussions at the Israeli embassy in the US.

According to a blogger, who spoke to the New York Times, a translator for the intelligence agency shared transcripts of recorded conversations and telephone calls with him.

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