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Thailand floods damage Koh Samui Jewish centre

By Jennifer Lipman, March 29, 2011

Days of intense rainfall have caused severe damage to a Jewish centre on Thailand's Koh Samui island.

The south of the country has been hit by unseasonably heavy downpours over the last five days, causing flooding and landslides on main roads. Thousands of tourists were left stranded after Koh Samui airport suspended flights and the ferry service to the mainland could not sail.

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Gandhi had Jewish architect lover, claims biographer

By Jennifer Lipman, March 28, 2011

A biographer of Mahatma Gandhi has claimed that the hero of Indian independence had a male Jewish partner who almost caused the break-up of his marriage.

In his book, Great Soul, former New York Times executive editor Joseph Lelyveld said Gandhi met German Jewish architect Hermann Kallenbach in 1908.

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Claims of Argentina-Iran deal on Jewish centre bombing case

By Jennifer Lipman, March 28, 2011

Israel has demanded a response from Argentina’s foreign minister to allegations that he agreed to abandon the investigation into Iran’s role in the deadly 1994 bombing of a Jewish centre, in return for favourable trade links.

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No shiva, but Jewish burial for Elizabeth Taylor

By Jennifer Lipman, March 25, 2011

Elizabeth Taylor kept within the faith she adopted, even at the end of her life. The actress, who died on Wednesday at the age of 79, was buried the next day in accordance with Jewish tradition.

The service was presided over by Rabbi Jerry Cutler, who also presided over the funerals of Shelley Winters and Walter Matthau.

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National Front reaches out to Jewish community

By Michel Zlotowski, March 24, 2011

France's extreme-right National Front party is seeking to rebuild its connections to the Jewish community.

The National Front's vice president Louis Aliot said that his party must "reactivate" the "National Circle of Jewish Frenchmen to fight against the discrimination organized by CRIF and some lobbies".

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Jail or the Mob? Tough choice for diamond dealer

By Ellen Tumposky, March 24, 2011

A Jewish diamond dealer has begged a New York City judge to let him remain in prison rather than face retribution for testifying against a member of the Mafia.

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Actress Elizabeth Taylor dies at 79

By Jennifer Lipman, March 23, 2011

Actress Elizabeth Taylor has died at the age of 79.

The Hollywood star, who had seven husbands, was married to Jewish actor Eddie Fisher for five years and previously to Mike Todd, a theatre producer whose original name was Avrom Goldbogen and whose grandfather was a rabbi.

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Africa's Jewish apartheid fighters honoured with stamp set

By Jennifer Lipman, March 22, 2011

The “extraordinary” efforts of Jewish heroes of the struggle against apartheid in South Africa have been honoured by three African countries.

Liberia, Sierra Leone and Gambia have issued three sets of special commemorative stamps to mark the contribution of figures including Helen Suzman, Eli Weinberg and Ronald Segal.

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Natalie Portman, Dianna Agron hit by Hollywood hackers

By Jennifer Lipman, March 21, 2011

Natalie Portman and Glee actress Dianna Agron are among the Hollywood elite who have been targeted by a group of hackers.

According to celebrity website TMZ, more than 100 famous names have had their contact details stolen, including telephone numbers and email addresses.

Other celebrities have had private photographs and videos taken.

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'Nigerian bribe' lawyer pleads guilty at US court

By Jessica Elgot, March 18, 2011

British lawyer Jeffrey Tesler must forfeit £90m and faces up to 10 years in prison after he pleaded guilty at a US court of helping to bribe Nigerian officials to get £4bn in construction contracts.

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