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Ultra-Orthodox Women in Israel Become Entrepreneurs
New Mega-Mosque Outside Jerusalem
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Egypt’s Gas Shortage Sparks Tensions
by Sherif Elhelwa on Sunday, April 13, 2014

Egyptians Angry at Frequent Blackouts [CAIRO]  Egypt has faced almost daily power cuts since the uprising that led to the ouster of the former President Hosni Mubarak in 2011. Now, as summer approaches, officials say they expect up to six hours of power shortages each day as energy consumption increases and supply diminishes. Gas consumption in Egypt has doubled during the past decade, but production has been in decline since 2009. Currently, the country of more than 80 million.....

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Premier Cancer Researcher Cites Successes and Sees Hope
by Felice Friedson on Sunday, April 06, 2014

Bones tell much about breast cancer; foresees personalized prevention routine Dr. Larry Norton is the Deputy Physician-in-Chief of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York and hailed by many as one of the foremost cancer researchers in the United States. Dr. Norton was in Israel for a conference hosted by Soroka Medical Center in Be’er Sheva, highlighting the new frontiers in cancer research. Dr. Norton was interviewed by The Media Line’s Felice Friedson.   TML:  Dr. Norton, why Soroka Medical Center? Dr......

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Premier Cancer Researcher Cites Successes and Sees Hope
by Felice Friedson on Sunday, April 06, 2014

Bones tell much about breast cancer; foresees personalized prevention routine Dr. Larry Norton is the Deputy Physician-in-Chief of Memorial Sloane Kettering Cancer Center in New York and hailed by many as one of the foremost cancer researchers in the United States. Dr. Norton was in Israel for a conference hosted by Soroka Medical Center in Be’er Sheva, highlighting the new frontiers in cancer research. Dr. Norton was interviewed by The Media Line’s Felice Friedson.   TML:  Dr. Norton, why Soroka Medical Center? Dr......

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A Hub for Ultra-Orthodox Entrepreneurs
by Linda Gradstein on Wednesday, April 02, 2014

“Haredi” women learn business skills, defy stereotypes Nava Gabai, a mother of six from a “Haredi” (ultra-Orthodox) family, designs delicate gold-fill necklaces interspersed with colored crystals. Until a few months ago, she worked at home, making her jewelry and selling mostly to friends and acquaintances. Then she rented an office at the hub, an incubator of sorts for women’s businesses near Jerusalem’s Central Bus Station. Her “office” is a room where she can come anytime she wants to work.....

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Israeli Lawmaker: Switch Settlement Freeze for Prisoner Release
by Felice Friedson on Thursday, March 27, 2014

Labor Party parliamentarian Hilik Bar sees “win-win” in unlikely change of plans In order to jumpstart John Kerry’s peace mission last July, Israel agreed to release 104 security prisoners in four stages during the course of the allotted nine month period, a gesture vehemently opposed by Israelis across the political spectrum. With the final installment of 26 prisoners due within days, Israel’s opposition lawmakers have asked the prime minister to make a switch. The man behind the idea.....

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Despite Crackdowns, Weapons Still Rife In Yemen
by Iscander al-Mamari on Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Gun Markets, Real and Virtual Continue to Flourish At the center of the country, it’s difficult to find a bottle of water to buy while you can effortlessly purchase a firearm. UN aid worker Khalid Abdu told The Media Line that during a recent visit to Sawadia District of the central Province of Baydha, he found most of the shops were closed except for those selling firearms. He later learned there were tribal feuds taking place in the area. "Owners.....

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Palestinian Unification Still Far Away¯ Despite Televised Optimism
by Abdullah H. Erakat on Monday, March 24, 2014

Hamas sees Jenin deaths as hub for unity [ABU DIS] -- Hamas and Fatah officials marching together in the funeral procession for three Palestinians killed over the weekend in a shootout with Israeli troops should not be interpreted as a sign of rapprochement between the two rival factions according to a political analyst aligned with Fatah.  Abdelmajeed Sweilem told The Media Line that the image of the two factions walking together does not mean the parties are any.....

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Jerusalemites Want Palestinian Recognition of Israel as a Jewish State
by Linda Gradstein on Thursday, March 20, 2014

Little Optimism That Current Negotiations Will Produce a Deal Israelis enjoying the early spring sunshine and a surprisingly good amateur swing band on Jerusalem’s Ben Yehuda pedestrian mall were clear that they want Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas to recognize Israel as a Jewish state. The issue has been a sticking point in the negotiations recently, with Abbas saying the Palestinians have already recognized Israel, and Israeli officials insisting upon explicit recognition of Israel as a Jewish state. “I think.....

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Hungarian Jews in Israel Remember Nazi Takeover
by Linda Gradstein on Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Remaining survivors join to commemorate beginning of the end Sara Israeli remembers the day her life changed forever. The seven-year-old daughter of a privileged family from a town near Budapest, Sara remembers the Nazi takeover of her house. “I was holding my favorite doll and a Nazi soldier kicked it out of my hands,” she told The Media Line, at a march and ceremony at Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust Memorial, to mark seventy years since the beginning of the.....

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Mother of Slain Soldier Presents Gilad Shalit with Spirit of Hope Award
by Felice Friedson on Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Esther Wachsman urged prime ministers to release son’s killer for captive soldier The woman whose poignant pleas to the Israeli government to do whatever it would take to repatriate captured soldier Gilad Shalit – even releasing her own son’s killer – served as presenter of the Shalva “Spirit of Hope” award to the former hostage at the organization’s 24th Anniversary dinner in New York. Esther Wachsman, whose son Nachshon was kidnapped by Hamas in 1994 and killed during a.....

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