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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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Rabbi arrested in Washington for budget protest

By Jennifer Lipman, July 29, 2011

A group of Jewish leaders and their Christian counterparts were arrested in Washington DC on Thursday after staging a protest over budget cuts.

The 11 religious representatives had gathered at the Capitol Rotunda and started a sit-in to make a statement urging President Obama not to "balance the budget on the backs of the poor".

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Middle East envoy George Mitchell to resign

By Jennifer Lipman, May 13, 2011

The United States special envoy to the Middle East is expected to announce his resignation today.

George Mitchell, 77, was appointed by President Obama in 2009 with the intention of restarting the peace process.

Mr Mitchell was at the forefront of peace discussions between Israel and the Palestinians in Washington last September. The negotiations made little progress.

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Senate calls on UN to rescind Goldstone report

By Jennifer Lipman, April 15, 2011

The US Senate has agreed unanimously to a resolution calling on the United Nations to rescind the Goldstone report into Operation Cast Lead following comments by the author discrediting parts of it.

Two weeks ago Judge Richard Goldstone admitted in the Washington Post that the report had wrongly accused Israel of indiscriminately targeting civilians.

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Joe Lieberman quits after 'barrier-breaking' rise in US politics

By Jennifer Lipman, January 19, 2011

One of the most senior Jewish politicians in the United States, and the only Jewish vice-presidential candidate in the history of the major parties, has announced his departure from the Senate today.

Senator Joe Lieberman, who was first elected to represent Connecticut for the Democratic party in 1988 but left to run as an independent in 2006, said he will not contest a fifth election next year.

Speaking to an audience including six of his grandchildren, he recalled the journey his grandparents had made to America a century before.

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Joe Lieberman to quit ahead of difficult senate race

By Jennifer Lipman, January 19, 2011

One of the most senior Jewish politicians in the United States, and the only Jewish vice-presidential candidate in the history of the major parties, is expected to announce his departure from the Senate today.

Senator Joe Lieberman, who was first elected to represent Connecticut for the Democratic party in 1988 but left to run as an independent in 2006, will not contest a fifth election next year.

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Republican Eric Cantor poised for majority leader role

By Jennifer Lipman, January 5, 2011

A Republican politician from Virginia will become the most senior Jewish politician in US history later today.

Eric Cantor will be officially sworn in as the House majority leader when the Republican Party takes control of the House of Representatives, following its success at the mid-term elections in November.

The Republicans have already vowed to challenge much of President Obama’s agenda, including a push for a repeal of his healthcare reform with a vote on January 12.

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US diplomat Richard Holbrooke dies at 69

By Jennifer Lipman, December 14, 2010

The US diplomat credited with bringing peace to the Balkans has died at the age of 69.

Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, who was of Jewish descent, was serving as the Obama administration's envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan.

He was admitted to hospital on Friday for a torn aorta, but died after unsuccessful surgery.

A diplomat since the 1960s, Mr Holbrooke worked for every Democrat president since John F Kennedy. He served in Vietnam in the 1960s, and later as ambassador to Germany. Most notoriously he was Assistant Secretary of State for Europe under President Bill Clinton.

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Diplomat Richard Holbrooke dies at 69

December 14, 2010

The US diplomat credited with bringing peace to the Balkans has died at the age of 69.

Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, who was of Jewish descent, was serving as the Obama administration's envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan.

He was admitted to hospital on Friday for a torn aorta, but died after unsuccessful surgery.

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