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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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Amy Winehouse death: post-mortem planned

By Jennifer Lipman, July 25, 2011

A post-mortem examination into the death of Amy Winehouse is expected to take place later today.

The Winehouse family is understood to be planning a Jewish burial as soon as they are able for the star, who was 27 when she died.

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Eastenders spot for Jewish actor Elliot Rosen

By Robyn Rosen, July 25, 2011

A Jewish actor with Down's Syndrome has landed his dream role as a character in Eastenders.

Elliot Rosen, 32, will play Craig Moon, the son of antiques dealer, Eddie, played by singer and actor David Essex, (long-lost brother of hot-tempered businessman Michael), on the BBC soap.

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Mark Ronson pays tribute to 'sister' Amy Winehouse

By Jennifer Lipman, July 24, 2011

Mark Ronson has paid tribute to singer Amy Winehouse, who was found dead at her Camden flat on Saturday.

The DJ and producer, who collaborated with her on the 2007 song Valerie, was one of many celebrities to use Twitter to comment on the Jewish singer’s premature death.

He wrote: "She was my musical soulmate and like a sister to me.

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Amy Winehouse found dead at age 27

By Jennifer Lipman, July 23, 2011

Troubled singer Amy Winehouse has died at the age of 27.

The Jewish musician, whose hits included Rehab and Back to Black, was found in her Camden flat on Saturday afternoon. The Metropolitan Police said her death was unexplained.

The star, who won five Grammy awards, three Ivor Novello awards and several Brit awards, received critical praise throughout her career.

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Oligarch's divorce sets legal record

By Jennifer Lipman, July 22, 2011

A billionaire Russian Jewish oligarch has agreed what is believed to the biggest divorce settlement in British legal history.

Boris Berezovsky will make a payout worth "hundreds of millions of pounds" to his former wife Galina.

The 64-year-old, a former business partner of Roman Abramovich, is one of the world's richest men.

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Chris Huhne: climate caution like Nazi appeasement

By Jennifer Lipman, July 22, 2011

Chris Huhne has compared climate change sceptics to politicians in the 1930s who believed Adolf Hitler could be appeased.

The Energy Secretary was speaking at Chatham House when he said that today's need for a deal tackling climate change was "our Munich moment".

"Giving in to the forces of low ambition would be an act of climate appeasement," he said.

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Essex MP in controversial Made in Chelsea meeting

By Jennifer Lipman, July 22, 2011

Conservative MP Brooks Newmark has been criticised for meeting a reality television star while he was supposed to be at a constituency event.

The Jewish politician, who represents the Essex constituency of Braintree, was accompanied by his daughter when he went for a drink with Made in Chelsea's Francis Boulle.

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Tonge storms out of Lords after Israel rant refused

By Jennifer Lipman, July 22, 2011

Baroness Jenny Tonge stormed out of the House of Lords during a recent debate on the reform of universal jurisdiction legislation.

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Bristol grit may see Zara through to sing Hallelujah

By Jennifer Lipman, July 22, 2011

Most people come back from gap years with souvenirs and a suntan. Bristol teenager Zara Tobias returned from her time in Israel with a place in an international singing competition.

Zara, 19, is one of 30 hoping to be named the next Jewish star at Israel's Hallelujah contest next month.

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