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Chelsea's Roman Abramovich scores on Sunday Times Rich List

By Jennifer Lipman, May 9, 2011

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has seen his fortune rise by nearly £3 billion in the last year in a bumper year for Britain's wealthiest people.

The Russian Jewish oil tycoon, who was the second biggest faller in terms of wealth in 2009, was named as Britain's third richest person on this year's Sunday Times Rich List.

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Benefit fraudster is convicted

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 6, 2011

A Manchester man who was living in Portugal while illegally claiming more than £17,000 of housing benefit has been ordered to repay the money.

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Suicide bombing row halts Liverpool medical course

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 6, 2011

Liverpool University has suspended a course at its medical school after a lecturer handed out pamphlets which defended Palestinian suicide bombings.

Two Jewish students complained to heads of the Faculty of Medicine after attending a lecture on Palestinian suffering and being given a pamphlet produced by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

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Grape juice could cure all our ills

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 6, 2011

Making kiddush with grape juice could help stop heart attacks, reduce stress, reverse aging and improve driving skills, according to a team of scientific researchers.

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'Appalling' result for BNP at local elections

By Jennifer Lipman, May 6, 2011

The British National Party has suffered defeats in council seats across the United Kingdom.

The far-right party lost all of its five city council seats in Stoke-on-Trent, and both of its seats in North West Leicestershire.

In the Barpool ward on Nuneaton and Bedworth borough council, where the party already had one councillor, the BNP failed to win a second seat.

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Unlawful killing verdict for 7/7 bomb victims

By Robyn Rosen, May 6, 2011

A coroner at the inquest into the 7/7 suicide bomb attacks in London has made nine recommendations after ruling that the victims were unlawfully killed.

Lady Justice Hallett produced a report today at the end of a 19 week inquest into the deaths of 52 people, including three Jewish victims, who were killed after four bombers targeted three Tube trains and one bus in the capital in 2005.

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Chief Rabbi warns Lords on Hamas

By Jennifer Lipman, May 5, 2011

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks has given the government a stern warning about peace in the Middle East, marking the first time he has spoken about Israel in the House of Lords.

The comments came during a debate in Parliament yesterday about the Middle East peace process.

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Anglo-Israeli ties under microscope

By Jessica Elgot, May 5, 2011

Israel's former deputy prime minister - Jewish Agency chairman Natan Sharansky - and Britain's Defence Secretary Liam Fox will be among the key presenters at the UK's largest-ever Israel advocacy conference next weekend.

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Sara steps in to help the Globe

By Robyn Rosen, May 5, 2011

An American Jewish publisher has donated £1 million towards the creation of an indoor Jacobean theatre at Shakespeare's Globe.

Sara Miller McCune, founder and executive chairwoman of academic publishers, Sage, visited the site of the £7 million project in London this week and met the Globe's honorary president, actress Zoe Wanamaker.

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Jewish charity sector collects £750m a year

By Simon Rocker, May 5, 2011

The Jewish charity sector in the UK has an annual income of up to three quarters of a billion pounds a year, according to a new national online database.

There are 1,753 Jewish charities and foundations with a combined income of £739 million, according to a search of the Charity Trends site which has been launched by the Charities Aid Foundation.

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