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NASA named the most distant object explored by a spacecraft with a term used by Nazis

By MARCY OSTER

(JTA) — Earlier this week, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft flew by what it says is the most distant object ever explored by a spacecraft.

But calling the trans-Neptunian object by its official designation of 2014 MU69 was cumbersome and boring for NASA scientists, who considered some 34,000...
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From Jerusalem to Latin America, Israel’s diplomatic successes in 2018

By STEVE LEIBOWITZ

 — 2018 is viewed by many experts as a banner year for Israeli diplomacy, including major achievements and enhanced international reach. At the same time, analysts say the Jewish state is facing political pushback and some significant challenges as the calendar year comes to an end.

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How Facebook monitors harmful content: 5 takeaways

By ANDREW SILOW-CARROLL

(JTA) — Facebook founder Marc Zuckerberg insists that the massive social network is a force for good, but the company keeps getting called out for being slow or unable to curb the worst tendencies of users and abusers. In the latest probe of its practices, The New York...
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US court orders North Korea to pay $500M to family of Jewish student Otto Warmbier

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ

(JTA) — A U.S. court ordered North Korea to pay $501 million to the family of Otto Warmbier, a Jewish student who died in 2016 after being imprisoned there.

A District Court judge in Washington, D.C., on Monday awarded the Warmbiers approximately half the $1.05 billion they requested...
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7 of the most heartwarming Jewish stories of 2018

By JOSEFIN DOLSTEN

(JTA) — This year hasn’t been an easy one. From shootings that claimed many innocent lives, including at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, to political turmoil in the United States and abroad, there have been many moments of sorrow.

But there were bright spots too. As 2018 comes...
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Danon warns UN: ‘If Hezbollah dares to attack Israel, it will bring ruin to Lebanon

By JACKSON RICHMAN

— Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon warned the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday about the threat Hezbollah poses to the Jewish state, calling the terrorist group a “lifeblood” from Iran.

“Hezbollah has built a terror base inside a civilian population, with its...
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Labour suspends manager over anti-Semitic rhetoric

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ

(JTA) — Britain’s Labour suspended a regional manager of the party allegedly for spreading anti-Semitic rhetoric on Twitter.

Separately, police questioned fans of the Chelsea soccer team of London suspected of chanting anti-Semitic slogans aboard a train near the British capital after a match. That incident closely...
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Trump signs law conferring Congressional Gold Medal on Anwar Sadat

WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Donald Trump signed legislation that will honor Anwar Sadat posthumously with the Congressional Gold Medal for leading Egypt to peace with Israel. The medal, the highest civilian honor bestowed by Congress, would be conferred next year, the 40th anniversary of the Camp David accords. This year...
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Here’s why the arrest of a Chinese tech mogul matters for Iran — and Israel

By RON KAMPEAS 

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Canadian authorities, acting on a U.S. request, arrested a major Chinese tech mogul in Vancouver between flights on Dec. 1.

The arrest of Meng Wanzhou has already rattled U.S.-China, China-Canada and U.S.-Canada relations. China has demanded from the United States and Canada the release...
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Cape Town synagogue set ablaze, four valuable Torah scrolls completely burned

 — Torah scrolls worth more than half a million dollars were burned and damaged in a fire on Tuesday night at the Arthurs Road synagogue in Cape Town, South Africa, the congregation’s rabbi, Sam Thurgood, announced on Wednesday.

The fire enabled the fall of the roof at what was...
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