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26 U.S. senators introduce legislation for increased sanctions if Iran violates six-month agreement
BY Suzanne Pollak
December 26, 2013

Defying the Obama administration’s push for a diplomatic way to end Iran’s nuclear weapons program, 26 U.S. senators introduced legislation calling for increased sanctions if Iran violates an international six-month agreement that has yet to go into effect. The legislation introduced last week requires further reductions in purchases of Iranian petroleum and applies additional penalties CONTINUE »

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Philanthropist, Jewish leader dies at 84
BY Simone Ellin
December 22, 2013

Edgar Miles Bronfman, former president of the World Jewish Congress, passed away Saturday, Dec. 21 at his home in New York. He was 84. Bronfman, a billionaire beverage executive and major philanthropist to Jewish organizations, was also known for his central roles in the liberation of Soviet Jewry and the fight to secure restitution from CONTINUE »

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Two old friends deal Las Vegas a winning hand
BY Marc Shapiro
December 19, 2013

It’s no secret that Jewish Baltimore tends to head to the movies and Chinese restaurants on Christmas. In Las Vegas, Andrew Rothbart would head to the Bagel Ball, an annual event for Jewish singles, but he kept seeing the same people year after year. “I said, ‘There has to be something for Jews to do CONTINUE »

With security plan pitched, U.S. optimism on peace talks not shared by Israelis and Palestinians
BY Dmitriy Shapiro
December 12, 2013

While U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry returned from his Middle East trip last week with an optimistic message following his latest attempt to foster progress in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks and the presentation of a security proposal to both sides, Israelis and Palestinians aren’t sharing his positive outlook. From Dec. 4 to 6, Kerry was CONTINUE »

BY Larry Luxner
December 11, 2013

Can a simple handshake in South Africa someday lead to freedom for a Maryland man who’s been rotting in a Cuban jail for the last four years? On Tuesday morning, President Obama shook hands with Cuban President Raul Castro while both leaders were attending the funeral of South Africa’s Nelson Mandela. The gesture, which the CONTINUE »