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Broadway show for Woody Allen and Coen brother

By Jennifer Lipman, May 18, 2011

Woody Allen has revealed plans to write a new Broadway show.

He told the New York Times that he was working on a one-act play, to be staged on Broadway from September alongside another by filmmaker Ethan Coen.

The comedies will be shown with a third act written by Primary Colours screenwriter Elaine May.

The show will be directed by Hollywood actor John Turturro.

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Facebook's Zuckerberg beats Winklevoss twins - again

By Jennifer Lipman, May 17, 2011

The twins who claimed Mark Zuckerberg stole their idea for Facebook have lost their latest bid for an appeal to overturn an earlier multimillion dollar settlement.

In 2008 identical twins Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss accepted a deal with Mr Zuckerberg worth £12.2 million and a partial ownership of the company.

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Tunisian Jews cut Lag B'Omer festivities over security fears

By Jennifer Lipman, May 17, 2011

Security concerns have led to the cancellation of the main part of an annual Tunisian Jewish pilgrimage for the first time in 20 years.

Tunisian Jews have long marked Lag B'Omer with a mass visit to the historic El Ghriba synagogue on the island of Djerba.

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Rahm Emanuel sworn in as Chicago mayor

By Jennifer Lipman, May 16, 2011

Rahm Emanuel has been sworn in as the first Jewish mayor of Chicago.

The former chief of staff to President Barack Obama officially replaced long-time incumbent Richard Daley on Monday afternoon following his victory in February's bitterly fought election.

Mr Emanuel, whose father fought for Israel during the war of independence, also previously worked for President Bill Clinton.

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Italy upgrades Palestinian delegation to mission

By Jennifer Lipman, May 16, 2011

Italy is to follow in the footsteps of the United Kingdom, France and Spain and upgrade the status of the Palestinian delegation in Rome to a full diplomatic mission.

The announcement by Italian President Giorgio Napolitano comes just days after Silvio Berlusconi pledged that Italy would not accept a unilateral declaration of statehood by the Palestinians.

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Coen Brothers: Israel boycott not a solution

By Jennifer Lipman, May 16, 2011

The Coen Brothers have criticised the reasoning of artists who boycott the state of Israel.

The Academy-Award winning filmmakers, whose successes have included the recent western True Grit and the reworking of the biblical Job story A Serious Man, made the comments while in Israel for an award ceremony.

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Far-right strengthened by Strauss-Kahn assault arrest

By Jennifer Lipman, May 16, 2011

The derailment of IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn's political career over sexual assault allegations could strengthen the influence of France's far-right.

Mr Strauss-Kahn was arrested and charged with the "criminal sexual act, unlawful imprisonment, and attempted rape" of a 32-year-old chambermaid at a New York hotel yesterday.

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Middle East envoy George Mitchell to resign

By Jennifer Lipman, May 13, 2011

The United States special envoy to the Middle East is expected to announce his resignation today.

George Mitchell, 77, was appointed by President Obama in 2009 with the intention of restarting the peace process.

Mr Mitchell was at the forefront of peace discussions between Israel and the Palestinians in Washington last September. The negotiations made little progress.

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Rabbi who groped Israeli soldier sentenced to jail

By Jennifer Lipman, May 13, 2011

The rabbi who was convicted of groping a female IDF officer on a flight to New York will spend two months behind bars.

Father-of-11 Gavriel Bidany was arrested after the woman, 23, accused him of touching her underneath her airline blanket without her consent.

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Berlusconi: Italy won't support unilateral Palestine

By Jennifer Lipman, May 13, 2011

Silvio Berlusconi has promised that Italy will not recognise a Palestinian state if one is declared without agreement with Israel.

The Italian Prime Minister, speaking during a Yom Ha'atzmaut event in Rome, was quoted pledging that Italy would "absolutely not" accept a unilateral declaration.

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