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Vogue does strictly Orthodox fashion

By Jessica Elgot, June 23, 2011

They may not often grace the pages of Vogue, but strictly Orthodox women regularly reinterpret celebrity and catwalk fashion - with a modest twist, according to research by the London College of Fashion.

Chassidic women have interpreted mainstream fashion trends such as knitwear with embellished shoulder detail, ruffles, 60s-style pill box hats and evening dresses tempered with white shirts to

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Geert Wilders acquitted of inciting hatred against Muslims

By Jennifer Lipman, June 23, 2011

An Amsterdam court has acquitted Dutch politician Geert Wilders of inciting hatred against Muslims.

The 47-year old populist, who leads the right-wing Party for Freedom, was cleared and told his comments were "acceptable within the context of the public debate".

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Writers urge UN Security Council for Syria resolution

By Jennifer Lipman, June 23, 2011

The Israeli author Amos Oz has joined six other intellectuals including the French Jewish philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy in calling on the UN Security Council to go further in its reaction to the government crackdowns in Syria.

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US warn American flotilla group not to sail to Gaza

By Jennifer Lipman, June 23, 2011

American pro-Palestinian activists planning to join a flotilla attempting to challenge the blockade of Gaza have been warned by their government that they will be putting themselves in danger.

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John Galliano tells Paris court he can't recall anti-Jewish rant

By Jennifer Lipman, June 22, 2011

John Galliano has told a Paris court that he is unable to recall the comments which led to the loss of his job at Christian Dior because he was under the influence of alcohol, valium and sleeping pills.

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Nazi Joseph Goebbels' Berlin home for sale

By Jennifer Lipman, June 22, 2011

House-hunters looking for a home abroad with lakeside views, greenery and plenty of space could be in luck – if they don't mind buying a property previously owned by Adolf Hitler's right-hand man.

A German company is hoping to attract buyers for a house near Berlin which was occupied for seven years by Hitler's propaganda minister, Joseph Goebbels.

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John Galliano anti-Jewish rant trial opens in Paris

By Jennifer Lipman, June 22, 2011

John Galliano's trial has opened in Paris.

The fashion designer is in court charged with making public insults based on origin, religious affiliation, race or ethnicity.

Mr Galliano could face a fine of up to £21,000 if he is convicted or even a six-month stint in prison.

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Lithuania Holocaust restitution 'step towards justice'

By Jennifer Lipman, June 22, 2011

Lithuania will pay more than £32 million in compensation for assets that the Nazis stole from the Jews during the Holocaust.

The agreement, backed by a majority of the Lithuanian parliament at a vote on Tuesday, has been sought for years by Jewish organisations. The US state department praised it as "an important step towards historical justice and reconciliation".

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Galliano to stand trial for antisemitic behaviour

By Jessica Elgot, June 21, 2011

British fashion designer John Galliano will appear in a Paris court tomorrow charged with anti-Jewish behaviour, a criminal offence in France.

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Obama: The Middle East needs new tactics

By Jessica Elgot, June 21, 2011

US President Barack Obama has stressed that the US and Israel must try new tactics to create peace in the new Middle East landscape.

Addressing a crowd of Jewish supporters at a fundraising dinner, he said: “Both the United States and Israel are going to have to look at this new landscape with fresh eyes. It's not going to be sufficient for us just to keep on doing the same things.”

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