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It’s no joke — US king of satire is bowing out

By Naomi Firsht, February 12, 2015

America’s King of satire is stepping down as host of the country’s favourite political comedy programme The Daily Show.

Jon Stewart, who was born Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz, announced this week he would be leaving the Comedy Central show after a 16-year run. At the end of Tuesday’s broadcast, the 52-year-old said: “In my heart I know it is time for someone else.

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Smartphone app ‘smells’ cancer cells

By Nathan Jeffay, February 12, 2015

The smartphones of the future will analyse our breath and tell if we have cancer, if an Israeli company’s latest innovation makes it to market.

And while the idea seems pie-in-the-sky, scientists are confident that it will succeed — so much so that the research chiefs at the European Union have awarded NanoVation-GS a six million-euro grant.

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Joan Rivers’ apartment goes on sale for $28 million

By JCReporter, February 10, 2015

Legendary comic Joan Rivers' Upper East Side apartment in New York was put up for sale this week.

Ms Rivers, who died in September at age 81, threw lavish parties in the flat, honed her jokes there and even hired a voodoo priestess from New Orleans to evict a ghost.

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Why did America leak a report on Hizbollah chief killing?

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 6, 2015

A detailed report in the Washington Post last weekend revealed that, contrary to popular belief in the Middle East, the 2008 assassination of Hizbollah operations chief Imad Mughniyeh was largely carried out by the CIA, rather than Mossad.

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Found: most overbearing Jewish mother in world

By Josh Jackman, February 5, 2015

Jewish mothers have a reputation for being overbearing, but Kate Siegel's mother takes it a step further than most.

On the receiving end of text messages such as "I really worry about ur vagina" and "U can't skip two workouts.

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'No Jews' advert appears in paris

February 5, 2015

An advert for a graphic design job in Paris requesting that the candidate was "not a Jew" has sparked uproar.

The ad was posted on Monday by NSL Studio on jobs site Graphic-Jobs.com.

The company apologised after a shocked job-seeker spotted the discriminatory advert and posted it on her Facebook page.

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Paris killer filmed his murders

By Shirli Sitbon, February 5, 2015

French police have revealed that Amedy Coulibaly, the jihadi who attacked Hyper Cacher supermarket in Paris in January, filmed three of the four murders he committed in the store.

Investigators found footage of the killings on computers that Coulibaly had tried to use to post the video online or send it to a contact.

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Soldiers guarding Nice Jewish centre stabbed

By Naomi Firsht, February 5, 2015

Three French soldiers were stabbed while patrolling a Jewish community centre in Nice on Tuesday.

The attacker, who has been named as Moussa Coulibaly, "rushed at the throat of one of the soldiers", Christian Estrosi, the Mayor of Nice, told reporters.

The soldier escaped with minor injuries to his face, he said.

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Rumours that US on brink of 'compromise' Iran deal

February 5, 2015

Is the Obama administration about to sign a compromising agreement with Iran on its nuclear programme?

According to an Associated Press report on Wednesday, the US government is close to signing a deal which will let Iran retain nearly all its uranium-enrichment centrifuges in return for limits on the amount of uranium gas and enriched uranium that it will be allowed to keep.

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Australia opens special inquiry into sex abuse

By Dan Goldberg, February 5, 2015

The Chabad-Lubavitch movement in Melbourne and Sydney was thrown under the spotlight this week as a Royal Commission into the child sexual abuse scandal inside the fervently Orthodox Jewish community got under way.

The government-sponsored inquiry into institutional responses to child sexual abuse, which began in 2013, has two weeks to interrogate victims and officials of the Yeshivah Centre in

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