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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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Ranting taxi-driver gets year community order

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 22, 2011

A taxi driver who screamed "all Jewish children must die," at Jewish mothers outside Manchester's King David School, has been found guilty of religious harassment by a jury and sentenced to community service.

Taha Osman, 36, from Blackley in north Manchester, was stuck in traffic outside the school last October when he became involved in an argument with one parent who was collecting her two yo

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Voices of dissent at Leeds council event

By Jessica Elgot, July 22, 2011

Leeds City Council has been criticised for allowing a pro-Palestinian speaker to address crowds, including South African dignitaries, at an anti-apartheid event.

Voices of Apartheid, a project which documents Leeds campaigners' involvement in the anti-apartheid movement, was launched last week at Leeds City Museum, attended by the Mayor of Durban, James Nxumalo, and the South African Deputy Hig

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Businessmen fight fire with fire over hotel site

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 22, 2011

A showdown between two of Manchester's most powerful Jewish business figures ended on Wednesday, with the last day of a public inquiry to decide the fate of one of Manchester's most iconic buildings.

Eric Pickles, the Communities and Local Government Secretary, must now decide between Manchester City Council chief Sir Howard Bernstein, and the Hale-based Britannia hotelier Alex Langsam, for the

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