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IAEA report: Russia, Pakistan 'assisting Iran's nuclear plans'

By Jennifer Lipman, November 8, 2011

A report looking at Iran's nuclear plans is expected to reveal that the country has been receiving help from Russia, Pakistan and North Korea.


Sarkozy and Obama in Netanyahu gaffe

November 8, 2011

President Sarkozy appears to have revealed his true feelings for Israel's Prime Minister - calling him a liar in private conversation picked up by microphones they thought were turned off.

The French leader was apparently overheard talking to President Obama about Benjamin Netanyahu at last week's G20 summit.


Robert De Niro to play Bernie Madoff

By Jennifer Lipman, November 7, 2011

He has played a taxi driver, a boxer and a mobster in his time. Now Robert De Niro is to take on the role of one of the most notorious fraudsters of the last century.

The actor is set to star as the title role in a biopic of the fall of Bernie Madoff, the financier who is serving a 150 year prison sentence for his $65 billion Ponzi scheme.

The project has been backed by the network HBO.


An Algarve Jewish renaissance

By Susi Rogol Goodkind, November 7, 2011

There are probably no more than 50 or 60 Jews resident in the Algarve today – expats from around the world, mainly, but of course hundreds more visit the region every year, attracted by the sunshine, the golf, the laid-back lifestyle and the charm of both its unspoilt inland villages and glitzy beach resorts.


Tweeting congressman Weiner on US Jews top 50 list

By Jennifer Lipman, November 4, 2011

A Jewish-American newspaper has named a congressman who lost his seat following an online sex scandal as one of the 50 people who have made the most impact in US Jewish news this year.


Britain, France ready to abstain on Palestinian UN vote

By Jennifer Lipman, November 4, 2011

The British and French governments are reportedly planning to abstain if the Palestinian Authority's unilateral bid for UN membership reaches a vote.

The Palestinians won membership of the UN cultural agency UNESCO week, a move which France backed but Britain abstained on.


Clegg won't rule out strike on Iran

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 3, 2011

The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, described the escalating situation in Iran as "grave" and said the British government would not rule out any action against the country.


Italy antisemitism survey is 'disturbing'

By Benjamin Weinthal, November 3, 2011

Italy's parliament has issued an eye-popping study on the level antisemitism in the country.

According to the report: "Some 44 per cent of the Italian population harbour some prejudice or have a hostile attitude towards Jews."

Italian MP Fiamma Nirenstein, chair of the Committee for the Inquiry into Antisemitism, said that the results were "very disturbing" and that it was a "shock for ever


Death row for Moroccan bomber who killed JC writer

By Andrew Rosemarine, November 3, 2011

The jihadi who killed 17 people including JC writer Peter Moss and a Moroccan-Israeli couple in a bomb attack on a restaurant in Marrakesh earlier this year has been sentenced to death.

The Moroccan anti-terror court in Sale, next to Rabat, also sentenced a co-conspirator to life imprisonment, and seven others to jail terms of two to four years.


UNESCO vote prompts Israel anger

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 3, 2011

Israel has responded to the acceptance of Palestine as a full member of the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) with a range of sanctions against the Palestinian Authority.

But ministers are split over whether funds to the PA should be cut off.