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G8 urge substantive Israeli-Palestinian talks

By Jennifer Lipman, May 26, 2011

The leaders of the G8 countries have released a draft communiqué calling for the immediate resumption of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

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Tony Kushner accepts honorary degree at New York university

By Jennifer Lipman, May 25, 2011

Tony Kushner has accepted an honorary degree from a New York college following the controversy over his being given a degree from another university because of questions over his stance on Israel.

Mr Kushner, the award-winning writer of Angels in America, was given the award during the Manhattan-based New School's graduation ceremony on Monday.

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Nazis had barking mad talking dog plan

By Jennifer Lipman, May 25, 2011

The Nazis hoped to develop an army of talking canines, according to an academic at Cardiff University who has written a book on the subject.

Dr Jan Bondeson claims that the Nazis believed dogs possessed almost human intelligence and created a "school" to develop their communication skills. Adolf Hitler and other senior officials were known for their love of dogs.

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Netanyahu's address to Congress: full text

May 25, 2011

I am deeply moved by your warm welcome. And I am deeply honored that you have given me the opportunity to address Congress a second time.

Mr Vice President, do you remember the time that we were the new kids in town?

And I do see a lot of old friends here. And I see a lot of new friends of Israel here. Democrats and Republicans alike.

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Lebanon photo exhibit closed because of anti-Israel 'censors'

By Jennifer Lipman, May 24, 2011

Anti-Israel activists in Lebanon forced a prestigious international photography competition to close its exhibition because it included the work of an Israeli journalist.

The organisers of the annual World Press Photo exhibit said they refused to give in to the protesters who wanted Amit Sha'al's work to be removed from the gallery.

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The Nazis, Stalin and the Roswell alien invasion

By Jennifer Lipman, May 24, 2011

The Nazi doctor named the "Angel of Death" for his experiments on Jewish prisoners was one of the shadowy figures behind the notorious Roswell incident, according to the author of a new book about alien invasions and cover-ups.

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Robert 'Bob Dylan' Zimmerman at 70

By Jennifer Lipman, May 24, 2011

Bob Dylan celebrates his birthday today.

The legendary musician, whose songs - from Blowin' in the Wind and The Times They Are a-Changin' - were anthems of the 1960s counter-culture, has just turned 70.

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Jewish man severely burned in religious feud attack

By Jennifer Lipman, May 23, 2011

A Hasidic plumber from New York suffered third degree burns to at least half his body in an attack police said was down to a religious feud.

The victim, named as Aron Rottenberg by The Journal News, was attacked yesterday morning near his home in a strongly Hasidic area, the New Square village in Rockland County.

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Austrian Jews fight Israel over community history

By Jennifer Lipman, May 20, 2011

Members of the Austrian Jewish community have begun legal action against a Jerusalem archive over a collection of documents about Viennese Jewry.

Before the Holocaust Vienna was home to a thriving Jewish population, but the Nazis murdered an estimated 65,000 Austrian Jews.

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Auschwitz visitor arrested for stealing souvenir

By Jennifer Lipman, May 20, 2011

Police have detained a French tourist who stole a piece of the wire fence at the Auschwitz concentration camp - because he wanted a souvenir.

According to a Polish news site, the man was arrested as he attempted to board a plane in Krakow.

After the wire was spotted when his luggage was scanned, he admitted to the border guards that he had taken it.

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