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Bodyguard sues Bieber for ‘assault’

By Zoe Winograd, January 14, 2013

Pop singer Justin Bieber is being sued by his former Israeli bodyguard.

Moshe Benabou, who worked for the 18-year-old from March 2011 until October 2012, is seeking unspecified damages for assault and battery, in addition to $420,000 in unpaid overtime.

According to reports, Mr Benabou claims that the singer berated and punched him on the chest multiple times.

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America debates Al Jazeera expansion

By Anna Sheinman, January 10, 2013

The purchase of Al Gore’s US television channel Current TV by Qatari news channel Al Jazeera has prompted mixed reactions from the Jewish community and media.

Jewish leaders and the American right have expressed concern at the content of Al Jazeera’s broadcasts given that it will now have unprecedented access to American viewers.

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After Hurricane Sandy a sheitel donor comes to the rescue

By Jennifer Lipman, January 10, 2013

Three months after superstorm Sandy hit the United States, a New Jersey businesswoman has found an unusual way to come to the aid of strictly Orthodox residents whose homes were devastated.

Flora Shepelsky has donated more than 60 sheitels to women who saw their hairpieces damaged when flooding hit Seagate, a coastal town near Coney Island.

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Chicago, my kind of town

By Andy Mossack, December 13, 2012

Not many people would think of Chicago as a holiday destination. Many see it as a stop-off to somewhere else, since it is one end of Route 66 and a major hub for United Airlines.

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Could New Jersey elect first rabbi to Congress?

By Jennifer Lipman, October 25, 2012

In a little over a week, Shmuley Boteach will find out whether his mission to become the first Orthodox rabbi to serve as a United States Congressman has been successful.

He is vying for a typically Democrat-held seat in New Jersey. His chances are not great; his opponent has been endorsed by former president Bill Clinton and the district does not tend to vote for the Grand Old Party.

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Waiting for the US on Iran is like Russian roulette

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, September 6, 2012

It is no mystery that US President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are not each other’s first choices for their respective jobs.

Washington and Jerusalem have spent almost four years seeking to dismiss recurring news stories about the friction between these two men and, more importantly, their policies.

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Why Israel is unlikely to act alone against Iran

By Tim Marshall, September 6, 2012

An Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear programme would be… challenging, which is putting it mildly. A joint Israeli-US attack on Iran’s nuclear programme would be… devastating, and that’s also putting it mildly.

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Only the US can provide a truly credible threat against Iran

By Noah Beck, September 6, 2012

With Iran stubbornly spinning its nuclear centrifuges, despite nearly a decade of diplomatic efforts and sanctions, time is short to avoid another Middle East conflict that could spin disastrously out of control, leave many dead, and send oil prices skyrocketing. But the U.S.

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Is Israel really preparing for an attack on Iran?

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, August 16, 2012

The question of whether Israel is on the brink of a strike against Iran periodically resurfaces as the Persian country’s march to a nuclear weapon continues unabated and Israeli leaders indicate, openly or subtly, that their patience is running out.

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Billionaire Carl Icahn gives son $3bn to spend

By Sandy Rashty, August 16, 2012

Jewish billionaire businessman Carl Icahn is encouraging his eldest son to hone his money-making skills — with the help of a $3bn grant.

The American hedge fund manager, 76, allocated the cash to his son, Brett, to invest in listed companies worth up to $10bn.

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