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EastEnders star Dot cottons on to her Jewish roots

By Jennifer Lipman, August 4, 2011

Actress June Brown has discovered that her ancestors were Sephardi Jews expelled from Africa during the Spanish inquisition.

The EastEnders star, who has played Albert Square gossip Dot Cotton since 1985, is the latest celebrity to learn more about her Jewish heritage on the BBC series Who Do You Think You Are?

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Jewish star Chloe Green to join Made in Chelsea cast

By Jennifer Lipman, August 3, 2011

The daughter of Jewish retail entrepreneur Sir Philip Green is to join the cast of Made in Chelsea.

Chloe Green, 20, will appear in the second series of Channel Four's hit docu-soap following the lives of the young and glamorous in fashionable West London.

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University drops Libya libel suit against MP Robert Halfon

By Jennifer Lipman, August 2, 2011

A university has dropped a libel suit against a Conservative MP who criticised it for maintaining commercial links with the oppressive Libyan regime.

In March Robert Halfon, MP for Harlow in Essex, published a blog post about Liverpool John Moores University (JMU) and its investments from Libyan sources.

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Matthew Gould cautions on UK campus extremism image

By Jennifer Lipman, August 2, 2011

The British Ambassador to Israel has questioned the image of university campuses in this country being "hotbeds of anti-Israel sentiment".

Matthew Gould cautioned that such an image was false and emphasised the importance of not overstating the problem and putting off Israeli students from studying in the UK.

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ICO drops 'politically motivated' Djanogly complaint

By Jennifer Lipman, August 1, 2011

The Information Commissioner's Office will not take a complaint about a Conservative MP using unethical methods to spy on his constituents any further.

The ICO said last week that it would look into Justice Minister Jonathan Djanogly's actions following a complaint by Labour MP John Mann.

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Home needed for kitten with Hitler moustache

By Jennifer Lipman, August 1, 2011

A kitten with an unfortunate resemblance to the Nazi leader is recovering in an animal shelter after being abandoned.

The cat, nicknamed Kitler, sports an unusual black marking on her face in the style of Adolf Hitler's distinctive moustache.

She also has a black patch by her ears, not dissimilar from Hitler's dark hair, and another on her arms that could be mistaken for a Nazi armband.

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Jewel thief sentenced to 10 years

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 29, 2011

A four-year hunt for an armed robber who stole £374,000-worth of Rolex and other watches in a vicious raid on a Jewish-run jewellers in Leeds, has ended with his conviction after extradition to the UK.

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Merseyside police appoint first Jewish chaplain

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 29, 2011

Merseyside Police's chief constable has welcomed the force's first Jewish chaplain who may be called upon to support officers on traumatic crime scenes.

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Family 'ran $7m drugs and sex ring'

By Ellen Tumposky, July 28, 2011

A Russian Jew and his wife ran a high-end prostitution ring that catered to Wall Street customers who would spend up to $10,000 a night for sex and drugs, according to prosecutors in Brooklyn.

Mikhail Yampolsky and his wife, Bronislava, were among 17 people indicted last week after an investigation into their business, High Class NY.

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IVF couple's last-ditch baby plea

By Jessica Elgot, July 28, 2011

A couple who have spent seven years trying for a baby, spending £35,000 on IVF treatment, have been told that egg donation could be their last chance for a family.

The couple, who have chosen to stay anonymous, have gone through seven bouts of IVF after the husband was told he had a low sperm count. In April, the wife became pregnant, but miscarried a month later.

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