When divorce refused, Orthodox Jewish society acts

July 23, 2011, for The Associated Press by Josh Lederman LAKEWOOD, N.J. — Yisrael Briskman’s wife in Israel wanted a divorce, and a rabbinical court decided she should be granted one. But Briskman refused and fled to the United States, where the FBI says an Orthodox Jewish rabbi and his wife lured him to their […]

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Rabbi gets probation in NJ corruption case

The spiritual leader of the Syrian Jewish community in the United States was sentenced Wednesday to two years of unsupervised probation for using a charity he controlled to illegally funnel money to Israel.

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Gov. Christie: Union’s labor complaint a ‘good sign’

PRINCETON, N.J. — The unfair labor practice claim filed against Gov. Chris Christie by the state’s largest public workers union is a sign that contract negotiations are going well, Christie said Friday. “I know I’m doing well because they’ve already sued me once,” the Republican governor told a public forum.

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Israel unveils seized arms cache from cargo ship

ASHDOD, Israel – Rows of boxes, crates and containers filled with weapons stretched out on a dock Wednesday alongside a ship commandeered by Israel’s navy, a display of what Israel said was a shipment of arms, some sophisticated, to Palestinian militants in Gaza.

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Palestinian Authority seeks UN status for Bethlehem’s Nativity Church

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BETHLEHEM, West Bank – The Palestinian Authority announced Monday it has asked U.N.’s cultural agency to designate the church built at the traditional birth site of Jesus as the first world heritage site in the Palestinian territories. However, only U.N. member states can nominate sites, calling into question the feasibility of the state-building measure.

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Arab Israeli gets 9 years in prison for spying

JERUSALEM – An Israeli court on Sunday sentenced an Arab-Israeli activist who confessed to spying for Lebanon’s Hezbollah militants to nine years in prison. Court documents said Makhoul used encryption software to send Hezbollah information about Israeli military facilities and defense capabilities.

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Israel arrests man wanted in Srebrenica massacre

JERUSALEM – Israeli police on Tuesday arrested a former Bosnian Serb soldier implicated by Bosnian authorities in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre. Aleksander Cvetkovic, 42, is wanted as a suspected member of an eight-man firing squad involved in executing between 1,000 and 1,200 Bosnian Muslims at the Branjevo Farm.

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Paralyzed Palestinian girl given Israeli residency

JERUSALEM – A Palestinian girl paralyzed in an Israeli airstrike on Gaza will be allowed to remain in the country for medical care. Nine-year-old Marya Amen, along with her brother and father, can stay in Israel as temporary residents. The status ensures state-sponsored health insurance and compensation for Amen, who needs a respirator to breathe.

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US fugitive commits suicide in Israeli prison

JERUSALEM – An Israeli doctor fighting extradition to the United States on murder charges has committed suicide in a Jerusalem jail, Israeli prison officials said Tuesday.

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City pays $16M in class-action police abuse suit


The City of Chicago is not admitting it violated the constitutional rights of people arrested by the Chicago Police Department despite agreeing to a $16.5 million settlement in a class-action lawsuit that may affect more than 500,000 people arrested since 1999.

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