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Israel accepts ceasefire deal, Hamas stays silent

By Charlotte Oliver, July 17, 2014

Israel has agreed to a comprehensive ceasefire deal that will put an end to its air strikes, according to an Israeli official – but Hamas has yet to comment on its position.

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'Prickly' Gordimer, anti-apartheid star

By Jenni Frazer, July 17, 2014

Finding Nadine Gordimer's Johannesburg home in 1998 was not as easy as she had firmly insisted on the telephone.

The new ANC-dominated government, in a burst of enthusiasm to rid itself of all Afrikaaner references, had announced a renaming of streets, so that the central Jan Smuts Boulevard, off which Gordimer lived, no longer appeared on maps under that name.

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Iran nuclear talks still in deadlock

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 17, 2014

Talks between world powers and Iran over its nuclear programme remained at an impasse this week as the deadline for achieving a comprehensive agreement loomed.

US Secretary of State John Kerry, who participated in the negotiations for two days, said on Tuesday that despite some progress, "very real gaps" remained.

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Woman removed from plane after Gaza war row

By Sandy Rashty, July 15, 2014

A Jewish woman was thrown off an American airline after a heated row with a Palestinian passenger about the conflict in Gaza.

Lisa Rosenberg was asked to leave the jetBlue flight from Palm Beach to New York after a heated row with a Palestinian woman, who was alleged to have called Ms Rosenberg “a Zionist pig” after overhearing her phone call.

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Anti-apartheid Nobel laureate Nadine Gordimer dies aged 90

By Charlotte Oliver, July 14, 2014

South African author and Nobel Prize winning activist Nadine Gordimer died on Sunday at the age of 90, her family have announced.

A statement said the author, who was considered to be a leading world voice against apartheid, died peacefully in her sleep at home in Johannesburg, with her two children present.

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Paris shul attacked with rocks

By Rosa Doherty, July 14, 2014

A synagogue in Paris came under siege last night during an anti-Israel protest.

Hundreds of congregants were attending a gathering for peace inside Synagogue de la Roquette when the building was attacked by demonstrators.

The attackers, numbering in the hundreds, had been on a march to Bastille Square, but broke off from the main protest to assault the shul.

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Jewish life in east will disappear, says Ukrainian leader

By Orlando Radice, July 11, 2014

The head of the Ukrainian Confederation of Jewish Organisations believes that in the long term, Jewish life in eastern Ukraine is doomed.

Mr Zissels, speaking ahead of a conference on Jewish life in the Ukraine at University College London last week, estimated that around one third of the Jewish population in the east had already left, with a large majority looking to escape.

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Berlin seeks law change on burials

By Toby Axelrod, July 11, 2014

Berlin's Jewish community is trying to change a longstanding state law banning burials within 48 hours after death.

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Déjà vu? Another French chief rabbi accused of copying

By Roger Sloan and Shirli Sitbon, July 11, 2014

Two weeks after his election as Chief Rabbi of France, Haim Korsia has been accused of plagiarism.

The allegations come in the wake of an uproar over Rabbi Korsia's predecessor, Rabbi Gilles Bernheim, who stepped down after admitting to plagiarising several authors and lying on his CV.

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I begged Hamas for a ceasefire, but they said: No, bring it on

By Gershon Baskin, July 10, 2014

I spent hours this week trying to convince my main Hamas contact to speak to his leaders to call for an immediate, unconditional, 24-hour ceasefire in order to stop the escalation.

My message made it all the way up to Khaled Mashal, Hamas's leader. I wanted to help prevent the inevitable deaths of innocent people and the destruction that this war would cause.

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