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Bin Laden supporters pledge to continue jihad

By Jennifer Lipman, May 2, 2011

Followers of Osama bin Laden have called for revenge against the United States just hours after President Barack Obama announced the terrorist leader had been killed.

On extremist websites people prayed that the al-Qaida leader was still alive and said his message of jihad would "never die".

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Praise as Pope John Paul beatified at Vatican

By Jennifer Lipman, May 2, 2011

Jewish groups have paid tribute to Pope John Paul II following his beatification on Sunday.

The Pope, who died in 2005 after 26 years at the Vatican, was celebrated during his lifetime for his efforts to strengthen the links between Jews and Catholics.

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Israel praises US for Bin Laden death

May 2, 2011

Israeli leaders have been speaking about the significance of President Barack Obama’s announcement that Osama bin Laden has been killed by US forces.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said it was a "resounding triumph for justice, freedom and the values shared by all democratic nations fighting shoulder to shoulder in determination against terrorism".

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Hamas-Fatah alliance wipes away assumptions about Palestinian state

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 28, 2011

It may not have been as dramatic as the sudden toppling of an 80-year-old dictator, but the announcement on Wednesday evening of the signing of an agreement between the Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority and Hamas was a direct development of the winds of change blowing through the Arab world.

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Auschwitz planned as 'emigration centre'

By Nissan Tzur, April 28, 2011

The Nazis originally planned to use Auschwitz as a transfer point for Jews, as part of an effort to encourage them to leave Europe for Israel and the United States, new research has revealed.

Documents uncovered by a Polish academic show that the now notorious death camp would have been used to manage the expulsion, which the Nazis planned to have funded by American Jews.

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Violent neo-Nazis on the rise in Germany

By Toby Axelrod, April 28, 2011

The number of violence-prone neo-Nazis in Germany rose by more than 10 per cent in 2010 to 5,600, according to the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution.

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Activist death reveals Hamas's struggle in Gaza

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 28, 2011

Hamas forces killed two of the alleged murderers of Italian International Solidarity Movement (ISM) activist Vittorio Arrigoni in a shoot-out in Gaza last week.

Arrigoni, who spent nearly three years in Gaza, was kidnapped and murdered by a Salafist group, opposed to Hamas, in retaliation for the imprisonment of the movement's leader.

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New York Satmar town is US poorest

April 28, 2011

A strictly Orthodox township in upstate New York is the poorest place in the United States, according to the Census Bureau.

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Sydney Greens in Israel boycott defeat

By Dan Goldberg, April 28, 2011

An Australian local council abandoned its controversial bid to boycott Israel following intense pressure from Jewish groups, politicians and the media.

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Certainty goes up in flames as Syria riots

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 28, 2011

Despite promising political reform and a repeal of the country's emergency laws last week, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has ordered his army to quell the pro-democracy protests in a number of cities.

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