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Christian leader stands firm on Weiner Jesus advice

By Anna Slater, June 15, 2011

A Christian leader has refused to apologise for suggesting that disgraced Jewish Congressman Anthony Weiner could only find redemption through Jesus.

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'Antisemitic' Disney film shown on Austrian TV

By Jennifer Lipman, June 15, 2011

An animated version of the fairytale The Three Little Pigs has caused controversy in Austria.

Austrian state television has been forced to issue an apology for showing Disney's 1933 cartoon of the story, in which the Big Bad Wolf was depicted as a Jewish tramp.

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Baby joy for Black Swan star Natalie Portman

By Jennifer Lipman, June 15, 2011

Natalie Portman has become a mother.

The Black Swan star has given birth to a baby boy, according to People magazine.

The Jerusalem-born actress, 30, is engaged to the baby's father, choreographer Benjamin Millepied.

Ms Portman has not yet revealed the name of her firstborn.

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Noah and the award-winning director Darren Aronofsky

By Jennifer Lipman, June 14, 2011

Darren Aronofsky is set to take on a biblical task.

The award-winning Black Swan director is in talks to film a live-action adaptation of the Genesis story Noah and the Ark.

According to Hollywood industry website Deadline, Mr Aronofsky has already written the script for a film and is expecting to make it with a budget of £80 million.

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Call for Carla Bruni to sing for Shalit's freedom

By Jennifer Lipman, June 14, 2011

An Israeli singer has appealed to Carla Bruni to campaign for the release of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who also holds French citizenship, by recording a tribute song.

Amir Benayun, a popular musician in Israel, wrote a letter to Ms Bruni asking her to record the song he wrote about the soldier's plight.

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Controversy over pet cemetery's 'no people' rule

By Jennifer Lipman, June 14, 2011

A New York woman is engaged in a dispute with state authorities after they ruled that people should not be buried in the same cemeteries as their pets.

Rhona Levy, 61, has long planned to be cremated and have her ashes buried next to her five pets at Hartsdale Pet Cemetery, in Westchester. The site is described as "America's first and most prestigious pet burial grounds".

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Israeli honour for Sir James Wolfensohn after Beirut petition

By Jennifer Lipman, June 14, 2011

The former president of the World Bank has pulled out of a speech at the American University of Beirut because of pressure from anti-Israel activists.

Australian-born Sir James Wolfensohn, who is Jewish, was due to speak at the AUB graduation ceremony on June 25 and be awarded an honorary doctorate.

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IMF: Stanley Fischer too old to be director

By Jennifer Lipman, June 14, 2011

The International Monetary Fund has blocked the candidacy of Israeli Stanley Fischer in the race to replace Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

Mr Fischer, who is 67, had hoped that the organisation would relax rules on its director being no older than 65. But the IMF refused to budge.

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Pretty Woman producer dies in Los Angeles

By Jennifer Lipman, June 13, 2011

The producer of Pretty Woman and As Good As It Gets has died at the age of 61.

Laura Ziskin had fought a seven-year battle with cancer, during which time she was one of the founders of the charity Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C) and helped raise £122m for research.

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Search continues for missing Jewish student

By Jennifer Lipman, June 13, 2011

The family of a Jewish student from New York, who went missing from her university campus ten days ago, has set up a website in the hope of finding her.

Lauren Spierer, 20, was last seen on the night of June 3, leaving a party with friends at Indiana University. Her keys were found in a nearby alleyway.

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