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Tailor's cutter who became king of Lampedusa

May 21, 2015

This tiny Italian island 200km south of Sicily has repeatedly hit the headlines as one of the target-destinations for thousands of African migrants to Europe.

However, Lampedusa is also known for a happier story of arrival.

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Greek city's Shoah 'insult' sparks fury

By Victor Eliezer, May 21, 2015

A Greek city council has been forced to apologise after it requested that the Star of David be removed from a commemoration stone due to be unveiled in a Shoah memorial ceremony.

Last Sunday, May 17, was meant to be a day of remembrance for the 1,484 Jews of Kavala who were deported and killed by the Nazis.

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Settlement pioneer lived to see his plan mushroom

By Colin Shindler, May 21, 2015

Moshe Levinger, who died last week, was the symbolic initiator of the settlement drive in the West Bank, following Israel's lightning victory in six days in 1967.

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Misquotes aside, Vatican is Abbas fan

By Nathan Jeffay, May 21, 2015

Rarely has talk of angels caused so much strife. The Vatican has found itself at the centre of an international controversy over how, exactly, it perceives the angelic credentials of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Unfortunately for Mr Abbas, they seem to be in the process of a downgrade.

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World football chief Blatter says he ‘cannot’ prevent vote on ejecting Israel

By Simon Griver, May 20, 2015

The president of Fifa, Sepp Blatter, remains opposed to football’s governing body holding a vote on whether to eject Israel from international competitions, but has admitted that he did not have the authority to remove the motion from the agenda.

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Greek city in u-turn after Holocaust memorial ‘insult’

By Victor Eliezer, May 18, 2015

A Greek city council has been forced to apologise after it requested that the Star of David be removed from a commemoration stone due to be unveiled in a Shoah memorial ceremony.

Last Sunday, May 17, was meant to be a day of remembrance for the 1,484 Jews of Kavala who were deported and killed by the Nazis.

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Banker, 28, 'stole cash worth fifth of country's GDP'

By Petru Clej, May 14, 2015

A court in Moldova has ordered Israeli businessman Ilan Shor to be held under house arrest for 30 days as part of a fraud investigation into alleged bank transactions which may have caused a loss of $870m - nearly a fifth of the impoverished former Soviet republic's GDP.

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Rabbis push for Muslim dialogue

By Naomi Firsht, May 14, 2015

The chief Rabbi of Moscow, Pinchas Goldschmidt, has announced the creation of a Jewish-Muslim leaders' group to enhance dialogue between the two religions in Europe.

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Royal snub signals US disarray on Iran

May 14, 2015

Last Saturday, White House officials were boasting about the significance of Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud's presence at a summit of Gulf leaders at Camp David, Maryland.

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Jewish teacher speaks of fear as second Nepal earthquake struck

By Sandy Rashty, May 12, 2015

A British Jewish teacher from London who has been travelling around Nepal has described the fear he experienced when the second big earthquake hit the region this morning.

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