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Tweet your way from Passover to Easter

By Jennifer Lipman, March 9, 2011

Posting messages on Twitter throughout the meal might not make for the most relaxing family Seder, but a new scheme wants users of the social networking site to Tweet the Easter story staring with Pesach in Jerusalem.

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Tchenguiz brothers arrested in Icelandic bank probe

By Jennifer Lipman, March 9, 2011

The Iranian Jewish property entrepreneurs Robert and Vincent Tchenguiz were among nine people arrested today in connection with the collapse of Icelandic banking giant Kaupthing.

Robert and Vincent Tchenguiz were arrested early this morning and are being questioned by police in central London.

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Lord Sacks on Royal Wedding guest list

By Simon Rocker, March 9, 2011

The Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks is to attend the wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton which will take place shortly after Pesach.

His office confirmed this week that he had accepted an invitation to next month’s event.

Other guests will include Reform movement president Rabbi Tony Bayfield.

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Narrow escape from fire for celebrating family

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 8, 2011

A Jewish family of 12 escaped unharmed from a fire which destroyed the upper floor of their home on the same night their daughter became engaged.

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UK upgrades Palestinian diplomatic status

By Jennifer Lipman, March 8, 2011

William Hague has announced that Britain is to upgrade the status of the Palestinian delegation to this country to a mission.

Speaking in advance of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ arrival in Britain today to meet the Foreign Secretary and the Prime Minister, Mr Hague said Britain would “join many other countries” in doing so.

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Lord Sugar chosen as new YouView chairman

By Jennifer Lipman, March 7, 2011

Lord Sugar has been named as the new non-executive chairman of the catch up television service YouView.

YouView is a collaborative venture involving the BBC, Channel 4, TalkTalk and BT. Plans for the video on demand service were announced in December 2008. YouView is set to launch for customers next year.

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Corrupt safe deposit businessman jailed

By Robyn Rosen, March 7, 2011

A businessman who ran a corrupt safe deposit company which had £500 million worth of criminal assets seized by police has been sentenced to four and a half years in prison.

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Galloway Palestine group: no more flotillas

By Jessica Elgot, March 7, 2011

Viva Palestina has announced it will no longer sponsor flotillas to Gaza because it conflicts with the group’s charitable status.

The group, whose founders include former Respect MP George Galloway, said it would continue to support future flotillas.

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Israeli design celebrated at Sotheby's

By Jessica Elgot, March 7, 2011

A celebration of Israeli design talent has been launched by Sotheby’s, with exhibitions planned in London, Tel Aviv and New York.

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Double summer time plans put on hold

By Jennifer Lipman, March 4, 2011

Plans to change Britain’s clocks to make dawn and dusk an hour later have been put on hold by the government.

The controversial proposal to bring UK clocks into line with Europe has been omitted from a Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) policy paper, published today.

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