USA

Family in a viral spiral

By Sipora Levy, March 22, 2013

Helen Schulman’s fifth novel, This Beautiful Life, (Atlantic, £7.99), set in contemporary Manhattan, is a bold exploration of a family at breaking point, with themes of sex, love and morality.

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Perplexed guide for life

By Natasha Lehrer, March 22, 2013

How Should a Person Be?
By Sheila Heti
Harvill Secker, £16.99

This book crashed like a kind of meteorite into the literary landscape when it was published last year in the US. It was hailed as a major literary work of extraordinary originality — and has now been longlisted in the UK for the Women’s Prize for Fiction (successor to the Orange).

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Iran to sue makers of Argo

By Zoe Winograd, March 13, 2013

Iranian officials are planning to file a lawsuit against the makers of the Academy Award-winning film, Argo.

According to the Iranian media, French lawyer Isabelle Coutant-Peyre, wife of Venezualian terrorist Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, has plans to lodge a case in an international court arguing that Argo, directed by Ben Affleck, was an “unrealistic portrayal” of the country.

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Kerry sowing seeds of a nightmare in Middle East

By John R Bradley, March 7, 2013

As US Secretary of State John Kerry visited Egypt last week, the country was hit by a massive swarm of locusts —an eerie echo of the eighth of the Ten Plagues just weeks before Pesach.

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Brooklyn rabbi arrested for ‘attempted rape’ in police sting

By Anna Sheinman, February 18, 2013

A 59-year-old Brooklyn rabbi has been arrested in a police sting operation in which he allegedly attempted to meet a 14-year-old girl who he had been exchanging sexually explicit messages with.

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‘Assad has no atomic bomb: thank Israel’

By Tom Gross, February 8, 2013

With the forces of Bashar al Assad having killed tens of thousands of civilians over the past two years, and with persistent rumours that he may use chemical weapons, the world should be grateful to Israel that Syria does not also have a nuclear option.

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Obama is set to visit Israel and Bibi is talking peace

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 7, 2013

The announcement on Tuesday that US President Barack Obama will visit Israel next month has added to the speculation that the peace process could be restarted in the wake of the Israeli elections.

In his speech this week at the swearing-in of the new Knesset, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu emphasised Israel’s interest in peace.

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Russia says Chabad stole manuscripts

By Nissan Tzur, January 31, 2013

The Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, has accused Chabad of theft in the latest episode in Russia’s diplomatic row with the US over the ownership of the Schneerson Library.

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More Golden Globe success for Homeland

By Zoe Winograd, January 14, 2013

Television series Homeland, based on the Israeli television show Hatufim, has had another successful year at the Golden Globes, winning Best Television Drama.

At the awards on Sunday night, Homeland’s Damian Lewis and Claire Danes were honoured with the Best Actor and Best Actress awards for their roles in the series.

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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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