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Fatah pact with Hamas breaks down

January 22, 2015

Both main Palestinian factions, Fatah and Hamas, are under increasing pressure as the reconciliation pact they signed nine months ago appears to have broken down.

Although the agreement led to the formation of a Palestinian unity government, which is still in office, there is no real co-ordination between the Fatah-dominated West Bank, and Gaza under Hamas rule, and no date has been set for new

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Far-right leader resigns over Hitler photo

By Josh Jackman, January 21, 2015

The leader of a German far-right movement has resigned after a photo of him posing as Adolf Hitler on Facebook went viral.

Lutz Bachmann co-founded Pegida, which stands for Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West, in October and has since organised weekly marches that have attracted up to 25,000 people.

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Four men charged over Paris killings

By Sandy Rashty, January 21, 2015

Four men have been accused of assisting the gunman who shot four hostages at a Parisian kosher supermarket this month.

The men – aged 22, 25, 26 and 28 – have received preliminary charges of association with terrorism.

They are believed to have provided Amedy Coulibaly – who shot a French policewoman a day before attacking the kosher Hyper Cacher store – with logistical support.

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Games of Thrones is coming to Tel Aviv

By Josh Jackman, January 21, 2015

Become a Lannister, Stark, Targaryen, or Baratheon and make your move for the Iron Throne in the dramatic, deadly world of Westeros.

For Game of Thrones fans in Tel Aviv, this dream will become a reality when an interactive exhibition of the HBO adaptation arrives in the city during Pesach, from April 5 - 9.

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EU appeals court decision to delist Hamas as terror group

By Sandy Rashty, January 20, 2015

The European Union will appeal a decision by its central court to remove Palestinian group Hamas from the EU terrorism blacklist.

Last month, the court annulled the designation of Hamas as a terrorist group and ended the freezing of Hamas funds on procedural grounds, although no cash will be released until the case is resolved.

The move was condemned by pro-Israel groups.

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'Three people taken hostage in Paris'

By Sandy Rashty, January 16, 2015

A gunman who took up to five people hostage in a Paris post office today, has handed himself over to police.

He was armed with a Kalashnikov rifle and numerous grenades. No one was injured in the incident.

Sources told the Liberation newspaper he was reacting to a "heartbreak - disappointed in love".

The post office is said to be in Colombe, in north-western Paris.

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Jewish schools close in Belgium and Holland after terror threat

By Josh Jackman, January 16, 2015

Jewish schools in Belgium and the Netherlands will remain closed on Friday due to fears they could be targeted by Islamist terrorists.

Schools in Antwerp and Brussels cancelled lessons for the day, while the only Orthodox institution in Amsterdam, the Jewish Children Community Cheder, also closed its doors as a precaution.

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Polish Holocaust movie nominated for Oscar

By Josh Jackman, January 15, 2015

A Polish film about a young nun who finds out her parents were Jews killed in the Holocaust has been nominated for an Academy Award.

Ida will compete with four other nominees for the Best Foreign Language Film award at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre on February 22.

Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski, the film centres on Anna, an orphaned nun played by newcomer Agata Trzebuchowska.

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'I knew he was there to kill me'

By Naomi Firsht and Shirli Sitbon, January 15, 2015

Hyper Cacher is a kosher supermarket like any you would find in cities across Britain.

The aisles are too narrow to contain the large families who come to do their shopping all together and, on a Friday afternoon, full of noise and people, there to pick up their last few bits for Shabbat.

Father-of-five Daniel Benhamou was doing just that when Coulibaly entered the shop.

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Thousands mourn as the dead are buried in Jerusalem

By Charlotte Oliver, January 15, 2015

Thousands of Israelis joined leading public figures in Jerusalem on Tuesday for the funerals of the four men killed in the Paris supermarket attack..

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