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Tributes paid to comedy legend Joan Rivers

By Daniel Easterman and Sophie Lipton, September 5, 2014

The entertainment world has paid tribute to comedian Joan Rivers, who has died aged 81.

Her career in showbusiness spanned five decades.

Until last month she appeared healthy and energetic but suffered cardiac arrest during a medical procedure last week. Ms Rivers' daughter, Melissa, announced her death on Thursday night.

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UN force runs away from Israel border as al Qaeda-linked group makes gains

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 4, 2014

Rebels captured the town of Kuneitra on Israel's border with Syria last Thursday, and now control the crossing nearby.

The victory signals a change in the status quo which has existed on the border since the end of the Yom Kippur War in 1973.

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Muslim teens accused of suicide synagogue plot

By Michael Gurfinkiel, September 4, 2014

Two Muslim girls, aged 17 and 15, have been arrested and charged by French police for allegedly planning a suicide attack on the Great Synagogue in Lyon, central France.

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Hamas is Isis says Fatah

September 4, 2014

There is no difference between the beheadings carried out by Isis and the [Hamas-run] kangaroo courts executing people in Gaza." This was not said by Benjamin Netanyahu, but Fatah leader Tawfik Tirawi this week.

Some of the harshest things said about Hamas in recent days have come from their ostensible unity government partners, Fatah.

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Greek mayor wears Star at swearing-in

By Victor Eliezer, September 4, 2014

The re-elected mayor of Thessaloniki, Yiannis Boutaris, wore a Star of David at his swearing-in ceremony last week.

During the event, supporters of the neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn and anti-fascist activists chanted slogans at each other from opposite balconies.

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Beheaded Jewish journalist Sotloff was Israeli citizen

By Charlotte Oliver, September 3, 2014

Isis militants have released a video apparently showing one of their members beheading Jewish-American journalist Steven Joel Sotloff.

Mr Sotloff, who was an Israeli citizen, wrote for publications including Time and Foreign Policy. He was abducted in Aleppo, Syria in August 2013.

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Jewish journalist Sotloff apparently beheaded by Isis

By Charlotte Oliver, September 3, 2014

Militants from the Islamic State of Iraq (Isis) released a video last night in which they apparently beheaded the Jewish American journalist Steven Joel Sotloff.

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UK deplores Israel’s land grab on West Bank

By Rosa Doherty, September 1, 2014

The British government has crticised an Israeli decision to annex land on the West Bank.

It said the move would seriously damage Israel's international reputation.

Israel announced the annexation of land in the Etzion Jewish settlement bloc near Bethlehem, on Sunday.

Anti-settlement groups have called it the biggest such claim in 30 years.

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One thousand at ‘kippah march’ in Stockholm

By Nathalie Rothschild, September 1, 2014

Leading Swedish politicians joined Stockholm’s Jewish community in a “kippah march” against antisemitism on Sunday. Over 1,000 people took part in the event, initiated by Sweden’s Jewish Youth Association.

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Letter From Tel Aviv: Embracing a very French revolution

By Jenni Frazer, August 29, 2014

"What IS she wearing?" Two Israeli girls, mouths open, heads craned, are sitting by the side of a deluxe swimming pool in Tel Aviv. The woman in question knows perfectly well that she is the subject of discussion. She smiles sleekly and preens herself. Her bikini is top-notch, her kaftan throw even notchier, and she sports the highest of heels.

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