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'Three people taken hostage in Paris'

By Sandy Rashty, January 16, 2015

A gunman who took up to five people hostage in a Paris post office today, has handed himself over to police.

He was armed with a Kalashnikov rifle and numerous grenades. No one was injured in the incident.

Sources told the Liberation newspaper he was reacting to a "heartbreak - disappointed in love".

The post office is said to be in Colombe, in north-western Paris.

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Jewish schools close in Belgium and Holland after terror threat

By Josh Jackman, January 16, 2015

Jewish schools in Belgium and the Netherlands will remain closed on Friday due to fears they could be targeted by Islamist terrorists.

Schools in Antwerp and Brussels cancelled lessons for the day, while the only Orthodox institution in Amsterdam, the Jewish Children Community Cheder, also closed its doors as a precaution.

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Polish Holocaust movie nominated for Oscar

By Josh Jackman, January 15, 2015

A Polish film about a young nun who finds out her parents were Jews killed in the Holocaust has been nominated for an Academy Award.

Ida will compete with four other nominees for the Best Foreign Language Film award at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre on February 22.

Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski, the film centres on Anna, an orphaned nun played by newcomer Agata Trzebuchowska.

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'I knew he was there to kill me'

By Naomi Firsht and Shirli Sitbon, January 15, 2015

Hyper Cacher is a kosher supermarket like any you would find in cities across Britain.

The aisles are too narrow to contain the large families who come to do their shopping all together and, on a Friday afternoon, full of noise and people, there to pick up their last few bits for Shabbat.

Father-of-five Daniel Benhamou was doing just that when Coulibaly entered the shop.

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Thousands mourn as the dead are buried in Jerusalem

By Charlotte Oliver, January 15, 2015

Thousands of Israelis joined leading public figures in Jerusalem on Tuesday for the funerals of the four men killed in the Paris supermarket attack..

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Out Shabbat shopping, then cut down by bullets

January 15, 2015

Philippe Braham

● The 39-year-old was a manager at a computer company in Paris. He and wife, Valerie, had four children, three of whom attend the Jewish school in Montrouge, near where terrorist Amedy Coulibaly killed a policewoman the day before the attack on the kosher supermarket.

Mr Braham was at the store on Friday afternoon shopping for Shabbat.

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Bibi seems happy to pay the price over aliyah call

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 15, 2015

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has come under fire for urging French Jews in the wake of the terror attacks last week in Paris to emigrate to Israel.

While his remarks were certainly undiplomatic, he is not the first Israeli leader to ruffle feathers with such calls.

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After Paris attack, rabbi wants law changed so Jews can carry guns

By Sandy Rashty, January 14, 2015

A prominent rabbi has called on European governments to allow Jews to carry guns in the wake of the Paris attacks.

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Putin will not attend Auschwitz memorial ceremony

By Charlotte Oliver, January 14, 2015

Vladimir Putin will not be attending a Holocaust memorial event in Auschwitz, Poland later this month, the Russian government has confirmed.

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‘Syria building new nuclear reactor’

By JC Reporter, January 12, 2015

Syria is reportedly building a secret nuclear facility with the help of Iran and North Korea.

According to German magazine Der Spiegel, the facility is located close to the Syria-Lebanon border and is believed to contain a nuclear reactor.

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