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'Last Nazi' Demjanjuk guilty, but goes free

By Toby Axelrod, May 19, 2011

Relief washed over the Munich courtroom as John Demjanjuk was pronounced guilty of war crimes.

But among Jewish observers there were mixed feelings about his release from Stadelheim prison, pending appeal.

While co-plaintiffs said they respected the court's decision to temporarily free Demjanjuk, prosecutors challenged the decision - and the sentence itself.

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Barack may be barracked at AIPAC

May 19, 2011

Move Over AIPAC, an organisation founded to oppose the pro-Israel lobby group, will hold a demonstration directly outside the doors of this Sunday's AIPAC conference at which US President Barack Obama is due to speak.

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Obama not well prepared for test

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, May 19, 2011

President Barack Obama appointed former senator George Mitchell as his special envoy for Middle East peace within days of taking office, in January 2009. The appointment of a high-profile American statesman with Northern Ireland peace under his belt as the first foreign policy decision of the new president signalled Obama's intention to prioritise Middle East peace in his foreign policy agenda.

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Tension as moment of truth looms

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 19, 2011

Israel and the United States have agreed over the past two weeks to set out the principles for a peace deal and to try to prevent a unilateral recognition of an independent Palestinian state at the UN in September.

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Controversial choice: Philip Roth wins Man Booker

By Jennifer Lipman, May 19, 2011

Philip Roth has been awarded the 2011 Man Booker International prize.
The biannual prize, given out this year for the fourth time, is worth £60,000.

Mr Roth was honoured over 12 other writers, including Australian-Jewish author David Malouf.

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Lars Von Trier banned from Cannes for Hitler rant

By Jennifer Lipman, May 19, 2011

Lars Von Trier has been declared "persona non grata" at the Cannes Film Festival following his bizarre rant about understanding Adolf Hitler.

The controversial Danish director expressed regret if his comments had hurt anyone, and the Cannes organisers released a statement saying they would never allow the event to become the forum for such pronouncements".

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Ad campaign aims to show true face of Hamas

By Jennifer Lipman, May 19, 2011

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Struass-Kahn quits IMF to focus on assault case

By Jennifer Lipman, May 19, 2011

Dominique Strauss-Kahn has resigned from the International Monetary Fund.

It comes after the former IMF chief was accused of sexual assault by a hotel maid in Manhattan. He was arrested and taken to Riker's Island jail. He is set to appear in court on Friday.

The French politician, 62, said in a statement that he was leaving to "protect the institution."

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San Francisco to vote on circumcision ban

By Jennifer Lipman, May 19, 2011

A San Francisco-wide ban on the circumcision of males under the age of 18 has moved a step closer to reality after sufficient residents signed a petition to get the issue on the agenda for a vote in November.

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Lars Von Trier sorry for hurtful Nazi rant

By Jennifer Lipman, May 18, 2011

Danish film director Lars Von Trier has apologised for a string of comments in which he claimed to sympathise with Adolf Hitler and joked about the Final Solution.

Mr Von Trier said he was sincerely sorry if his remarks, made at the Cannes press conference for his new film Melancholia, had hurt anyone.

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