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Israeli tycoon Haim Saban in bid to buy Channel 5

By Sandy Rashty, February 24, 2014

An Israeli tycoon is in the running to become the new owner of Channel 5.

According to a report in the Financial Times, Haim Saban, who owns investment firm Saban Capital, is preparing to bid for the channel and explore a possible merger with Channel 4.

Egyptian-born Mr Saban, whose firm owns Spanish broadcaster Univision, created the Power Rangers franchise.

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Alice Sommer-Herz, world's oldest Holocaust survivor, dies at 110

By Marcus Dysch, February 24, 2014

Alice Sommer-Herz, the world's oldest Holocaust survivor, has died at the age of 110.

Born in Prague in 1903, she survived the Nazi concentration camp at Terezin to become a world-renowned concert pianist in Israel.

Ms Sommer-Herz moved to London in 1986 and spoke of how the tragedy of her younger years had "enriched" her life.

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Brits joy for Ben as One Direction pick up award

By Marcus Dysch, February 21, 2014

Producer and director Ben Winston is celebrating after winning his first Brit Award - for his role in a One Direction music video.

The pop group picked up the award in the Best British Video category for their hit Best Song Ever.

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All-party group helps MPs to define strategy

By Marcus Dysch, February 21, 2014

Its launch was mired in cross-communal argument, but a parliamentary group promoting Jewish issues has made a successful start with a series of briefings during its first five months.

Members led the defence of religious slaughter in a Lords debate last month and the group has helped Charedi Jews challenge the government over planned welfare and benefit changes.

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Hunt for Leeds death raiders ‘will never end’

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 21, 2014

The brother of a Jewish businessman strangled during a robbery has vowed to help catch the killers while police say a rare Cartier watch may lead to key clues.

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Shuls prepare for same-sex marriages

By Simon Rocker, February 21, 2014

The location of the first same-sex Jewish marriage is still to be revealed five weeks before new legislation permitting gay or lesbian couples to wed comes into force.

Religious groups can apply from March 13 to hold same-sex marriages on their premises, with the first ceremonies in theory able to take place after midnight Saturday March 29.

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Middlesex cricketers plan pre-season tour to Auschwitz

By Marcus Dysch, February 21, 2014

A group of professional cricketers will take part in a pre-season tour with a difference — by visiting Auschwitz.

Middlesex Country Cricket Club are to travel to Poland in a fortnight to see the former Nazi concentration camp ahead of the new County Championship.

Among the players expected to take part are England stars Eoin Morgan and Steven Finn.

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Multi-millionaire plans to give books to UK children

By Simon Rocker, February 21, 2014

In the digital age, the People of the Book may be in the process of becoming the People of the iPad.

But for one American Jewish entrepreneur, a book at bedtime is still an irreplaceable experience for children.

Every month, Harold Grinspoon’s PJ Library sends out nearly 350,000 Jewish-themed books free for children aged from six months to eight years in the US, Israel and elsewhere.

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Ed Miliband announces Israel visit

By Marcus Dysch, February 21, 2014

Labour leader Ed Miliband is expected to make an official visit to Israel within the next three months, the JC can reveal.

The trip is scheduled to be one of the Opposition leader’s first major foreign trips and will come a year before the General Election.

Mr Miliband is also due to be the keynote speaker at the Community Security Trust’s annual dinner in London next month.

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Sons of Nazis talk motives

By Sandy Rashty, February 20, 2014

Two sons of high-ranking Nazi officers spoke about their fathers’ role in the Holocaust in an interview with Jewish writer Philippe Sands at the Southbank Centre in London last week.

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