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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".


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.


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.


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.


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.


'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.


Rifkind praises UN Libyan vote

By Jessica Elgot, March 18, 2011

Libya has declared a ceasefire to comply with a United Nations resolution passed last night.

The announcement of a ceasefire by foreign minister Moussa Koussa came as Prime Minister David Cameron said RAF warplanes would be in places in the "coming hours".


Why no outrage over West Bank family slaughter?

By Anshel Pfeffer and Robyn Rosen, March 17, 2011

The negligible coverage in the international media of the terror attack in Itamar last Friday night, in which five members of one family died, has enraged the authorities in Israel.


USA: Radio executive is caught in video 'sting'

By Yoav Sivan, March 17, 2011

As the United States debated federal funding for public broadcasting after the release of a sting video of a National Public Radio executive attacking the Tea Party movement, Jewish organisations focused on certain comments pertaining to control of the media.


French radio station forced to withdraw Le Pen invite

By Michel Zlotowski, March 17, 2011

Radio J, a Jewish independent radio station, has infuriated leaders of the community by inviting Marine Le Pen to a political talk show.

Under heavy pressure, the station had to withdraw its invitation to the new leader of the extreme right-wing National Front party.