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Natalie Portman, Dianna Agron hit by Hollywood hackers

By Jennifer Lipman, March 21, 2011

Natalie Portman and Glee actress Dianna Agron are among the Hollywood elite who have been targeted by a group of hackers.

According to celebrity website TMZ, more than 100 famous names have had their contact details stolen, including telephone numbers and email addresses.

Other celebrities have had private photographs and videos taken.

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'Nigerian bribe' lawyer pleads guilty at US court

By Jessica Elgot, March 18, 2011

British lawyer Jeffrey Tesler must forfeit £90m and faces up to 10 years in prison after he pleaded guilty at a US court of helping to bribe Nigerian officials to get £4bn in construction contracts.

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Rifkind praises UN Libyan vote

By Jessica Elgot, March 18, 2011

Libya has declared a ceasefire to comply with a United Nations resolution passed last night.

The announcement of a ceasefire by foreign minister Moussa Koussa came as Prime Minister David Cameron said RAF warplanes would be in places in the "coming hours".

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Why no outrage over West Bank family slaughter?

By Anshel Pfeffer and Robyn Rosen, March 17, 2011

The negligible coverage in the international media of the terror attack in Itamar last Friday night, in which five members of one family died, has enraged the authorities in Israel.

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USA: Radio executive is caught in video 'sting'

By Yoav Sivan, March 17, 2011

As the United States debated federal funding for public broadcasting after the release of a sting video of a National Public Radio executive attacking the Tea Party movement, Jewish organisations focused on certain comments pertaining to control of the media.

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French radio station forced to withdraw Le Pen invite

By Michel Zlotowski, March 17, 2011

Radio J, a Jewish independent radio station, has infuriated leaders of the community by inviting Marine Le Pen to a political talk show.

Under heavy pressure, the station had to withdraw its invitation to the new leader of the extreme right-wing National Front party.

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New US ambassador to Israel is Obama insider

By Ellen Tumposky, March 17, 2011

The nomination of White House adviser Daniel Shapiro as US ambassador to Israel has won praise across the spectrum from US Jewish organistions which saw Shapiro as the best man for the job-and one who has the President's ear.

Mr Shapiro, 41, will replace Bush appointee James Cunningham. The nomination must be confirmed by the US Senate.

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Fury as Poland suspends Holocaust payments

By Nissan Tzur, March 17, 2011

The decision by the Polish government to suspend the legislation to compensate former property owners, whose assets were confiscated during the Second World World War and the Communist period, has caused outrage among world Jewish leaders.

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Boycott in Bremen echoes the Nazi era

By Toby Axelrod, March 17, 2011

A call to boycott Israeli products in Bremen, featuring posters with oranges dripping blood, has drawn reactions of disgust and frustration from Jewish leaders in Germany.

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Campaigners attack Johannesburg Uni's Israel links

By Moira Schneider and Marcus Dysch, March 17, 2011

Campaigners encouraging the University of Johannesburg (UJ) to break its ties with Israel's Ben Gurion University (BGU) have released a "damning" report of the relationship between the institutions.

The report documents what it calls BGU's "direct and indirect role in further entrenching the violations of human rights and international law by the Israeli state".

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