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Amy Winehouse 'was phone hacking victim'

By Jennifer Lipman, July 27, 2011

A journalist has claimed that Amy Winehouse's phone was regularly hacked.

Charles Lavery did not specify which news organisations he was referring to, but said that the Jewish star was targeted so that photographers could be on hand when she left rehab clinics.

Ms Winehouse, who died on Saturday at the age of 27, had a well-publicised battle with alcohol and drugs.

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Home Secretary banned from appealing Salah bail

By Marcus Dysch, July 27, 2011

The Court of Appeal has refused Home Secretary Theresa May permission to appeal the release of Islamic political activist Raed Salah on bail while he fights a deportation case.

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Amy Winehouse: the rabbi's funeral address in full

July 27, 2011

"We are assembled here today, not so much to grieve-although we do that-but mainly to celebrate Amy's life and to give thanks for the privilege of having shared part of her 27 years on earth, a life, which although short, touched so many other lives, not only her immediate family and close friends, but people around the world; people who may never have met her, personally, but knew her by her musi

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Personal Holocaust story on Man Booker longlist

By Jennifer Lipman, July 27, 2011

A novel about a Jewish family during the Holocaust by an author who only recently discovered her Jewish heritage could take home this year's Man Booker prize.

The longlist for the prestigious literary prize, worth £50,000, was announced yesterday. One of the 13 books selected is by Canadian author Alison Pick.

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Jewish funeral for Amy Winehouse

By Jennifer Lipman, July 26, 2011

Amy Winehouse's funeral has been held in North London.

Friends and family of the 27-year-old singer attended a private funeral service at Edgwarebury Jewish cemetery on Tuesday lunchtime.

During the ceremony Ms Winehouse's father Mitch addressed those gathered and said: "Goodnight my angel, sleep tight."

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Slumdog sequel snapped up by Paul Raphael

By Jennifer Lipman, July 26, 2011

A Jewish producer is hoping his next film will be as successful as Slumdog Millionaire – with good reason.

Paul Raphael, the son of writer Frederic Raphael, who won an Oscar for his 1965 screenplay of Darling, has acquired the rights to the second novel by Vikas Swarup.

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Melanie Phillips 'smeared' over Breivik's manifesto

By Jennifer Lipman, July 26, 2011

Journalist and commentator Melanie Phillips has criticised crude smear tactics after she was linked to the man behind the Norway massacre because he had quoted from her in his "manifesto".

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Nick Griffin re-elected as leader of fractured BNP

By Jennifer Lipman, July 26, 2011

The leader of the far right British National Party has been re-elected by a narrow majority.

Nick Griffin won nine more votes than his opponent, MEP Andrew Brons, in what the BNP called "a contest between two party heavyweights".

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Amy Winehouse funeral set for Tuesday

By Jennifer Lipman, July 25, 2011

Amy Winehouse is to be buried today at a private ceremony in London.

Her family were given permission to go ahead with the funeral arrangements following a post-mortem examination.

The Jewish singer’s parents have said they want to give their daughter a Jewish burial. It is understood to be taking place at Hoop Lane cemetery in Golders Green.

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Amy Winehouse's body released for funeral

By Jennifer Lipman, July 25, 2011

Amy Winehouse's parents were told they could make arrangements for her funeral, after they identified the body and a post-mortem examination was carried out on Monday afternoon.

After a brief post-mortem, including a toxicology screening, at St Pancras coroners' court, assistant deputy coroner Suzanne Greenaway said she would issue an interim death certificate.

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