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Woody Allen could make next film in Germany

By Jennifer Lipman, August 24, 2011

Woody Allen is in talks with a Munich film studio for his next project.

If a deal is agreed, it will be the first time the Jewish director has filmed in Germany.

Mr Allen has filmed in locations all over the world, including recently in London, Paris and Barcelona.

His latest film, The Bop Decameron starring Jesse Eisenberg¸ is set in Rome.

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Strauss-Kahn a free man as maid's case collapses

By Jennifer Lipman, August 24, 2011

More than three months after his arrest at New York's Sofitel Hotel, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, 62, left court with his wife Anne Sinclair and told reporters that he was delighted that their "nightmare" was over.

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Israeli escapes German torture chamber

By Jennifer Lipman, August 23, 2011

An Israeli woman managed to free herself from the clutches of a German captor after he trapped her in a room rigged with explosives.

The woman, who is 26, has not been named but reportedly was acquainted with her captor. Despite being handcuffed in the tiny room – an adapted telephone box - she escaped after a few hours when her captor Thomas Fischer failed to lock the door.

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Assault charges dropped against Strauss-Kahn

By Jennifer Lipman, August 23, 2011

A judge has dropped the sexual assault charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn pending an appeal.

The case has not been fully dismissed because Justice Michael Obus said the accuser was still hoping to get a special prosecutor appointed.

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Jewish soldier who fought in Afghanistan attacked as worse than Hitler

By Dan Goldberg, August 23, 2011

An Australian Jewish soldier who killed a civilian in Afghanistan was allegedly described in letters by a Muslim man as "a dirty animal" and "not much better than" Hitler, a court has heard.

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Australia to boycott Durban review conference

By Dan Goldberg, August 23, 2011

Australia has joined America, Canada, Israel and several European nations in withdrawing from the controversial UN conference on racism next month.

A spokesperson for Prime Minister Julia Gillard confirmed Tuesday that she was not convinced that "unbalanced criticism of Israel and the airing of antisemitic views" would be avoided, her spokesperson said.

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Elvis songwriter Jerry Leiber dies in Los Angeles

By Jennifer Lipman, August 23, 2011

The man who wrote the lyrics for famous hits by Elvis Presley and the Rolling Stones has died at the age of 78.

Jerry Leiber and composer Mike Stoller were behind some of the most memorable songs of the 1950s and 1960s, including Presley's Jailhouse Rock and Hound Dog, both of which topped the charts.

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Strauss-Kahn case set to be dropped

By Jennifer Lipman, August 23, 2011

Since it emerged in May that Dominique Strauss-Kahn had been arrested for the "criminal sexual act, unlawful imprisonment, and attempted rape" of a hotel maid, France's Socialist Party has been mourning the loss of a rival to President Nicholas Sarkozy.

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Circumcision surgeon 'amputated penis'

By Jessica Elgot, August 22, 2011

A man is suing the Louisville Jewish H ospital in Kentucky for amputating his penis during a routine circumcision.

Philip Seaton was scheduled to have a circumcision to remove inflammation. But the lawyer for surgeon Dr John Patterson said that Dr Patterson had discovered cancer during the surgery in October 2007.

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Israel divided as PA declares statehood bid

August 18, 2011

The Palestinian Authority formally announced last weekend that it would seek unilateral recognition of an independent Palestinian state within the pre-1967 borders at the United Nations General Assembly next month. The Israeli government is still divided on how best to respond to the challenge.

At least 120 UN member-states are expected to support Palestinian statehood at the General Assembly.

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