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US will not tolerate nuclear Iran, John Kerry tells AIPAC

By Marcus Dysch, March 4, 2014

US Secretary of State John Kerry has told supporters of Israel that Iran will not be allowed to obtain nuclear weaponry.

Speaking at the Aipac conference of Jewish leaders in Washington DC, Mr Kerry said the US would not tolerate a nuclear Iran but was determined to explore all diplomatic options.


Scarlett Johansson reportedly pregnant with her first child

By Charlotte Oliver, March 4, 2014

Simon Cowell and Natalie Portman now have another famous face to join them on the school run, amid reports that Scarlett Johansson is pregnant with her first child.

The 29-year-old, who is engaged to French journalist Romain Dauriac, is rumoured to be due in August, according to E! News.


Sommer-Herz documentary wins Oscar

By Tom Tugend, March 3, 2014

After some fairly lean Oscar years, full or partial members of the tribe scored well at the 86th Academy Awards on Sunday evening, though mainly in the less glamorous, behind-the-scenes categories.


Mazeltov! Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher engaged

By Sandy Rashty, February 28, 2014

Jewish-Ukrainian actress Mila Kunis is engaged to long-term boyfriend and kabbalah enthusiast Ashton Kutcher.

The Black Swan star, 30, was seen wearing a large diamond ring on her wedding finger while shopping with her mother Elvira in Los Angeles this week, prompting unconfirmed reports of an engagement in E! Online and People magazine.


Chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov abandons Russia over opposition to Putin

By JC Reporter, February 28, 2014

Jewish former world chess champion Garry Kasparov has been granted Croatian citizenship following mounting difficulties in pursuing pro-democracy work in his native Russia.

According to a report in the Guardian, Kasparov no longer felt able to live in his home country after being jailed and beaten by police.


Chastened Aipac prepares for annual conference

By Dan Friedman, February 27, 2014

This year’s annual Aipac conference, running from March 2-4 in Washington DC, will differ from usual. Most years the conference is an exercise in celebration and display of power - but this year, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee is both institutionally chastened and at an inflection point in the US-Israel relationship.


Revolution unleashes new fears in Kiev

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 27, 2014

Ukraine’s Jews are torn over how to respond to a rise in antisemitic attacks and a victorious revolutionary force that has racists in its ranks.

The opposition groups that ousted the government last weekend included two openly antisemitic parties.


Merkel visit overshadowed as Netanyahu finger-pointing goes viral

By Charlotte Oliver, February 26, 2014

An unfortunate image eclipsed an otherwise happy occasion on Tuesday, after German Chancellor Angela Merkel was photographed standing beside the Israeli Prime Minister at a joint press conference in Jerusalem.


Israeli fighters ‘strike Hizbollah missile base’

By Rosa Doherty, February 25, 2014

Israeli jets hit a Hizbollah stronghold on the Lebanon-Syria border last night, according to reports.

The air strike allegedly killed several Hizbollah operatives, as well as a number of civilians, in the Nabi Sheet area.

A Lebanese security source told AFP: “Two Israeli raids hit a Hizbollah target on the border of Lebanon and Syria.”


Ghostbusters star Harold Ramis dies

By Charlotte Oliver, February 25, 2014

Comedy actor, writer and director Harold Ramis, who first found fame in Ghostbusters, has died aged 69.

Mr Ramis died on Monday in Chicago surrounded by his family. He had been suffering from autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis – or swelling of the blood vessels – for the last four years.