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New suspect in Burgas bus attack

SOFIA — A third suspect has been identified in the bombing of a tour bus in Burgas that killed five Israelis and their Bulgarian bus driver.

The new suspect announced on Feb. 20, 2014 was not named.

The two suspects previous- ly identified in the July, 2012 bombing are believed to be in Lebanon.

They are Meliad Farah, a 32-year-old Australian also known as Hussein Hussein, and Hassan el-Hajj Hassan, a 25-year-old Canadian.

Both are said to be associated with Hezbollah, the Lebanon-based terrorist group; both also hold Lebanese citizenship.

Chief Prosecutor Sotir Tsatsarov told reporters on Feb. 20 that the discovery of a new suspect will prolong the current investigation, which prosecutors had hoped to conclude by April, according to Reuters.

 
International

Ukraine Jews hunkering down

Ukraine Jews hunkering downKIEV — The turmoil in Ukraine has left one of Europe’s largest Jewish communities on edge. After an outbreak of violence in Kiev last week that left dozens of protesters and policemen dead, President Viktor Yanukovych fled the capital and parliament installed an interim leader to take the still-contested reins of power. Like their compatriots, Ukraine’s Jews are waiting to see what the future holds for their country, but with the added fear that they could become targets amid the chaos. ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 27 February 2014 12:59 )

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International

Pope looking forward to visit to Israel

Pope looking forward to visit to IsraelROME — Pope Francis called on Jews and Christians to work together to construct a “more just and fraternal world,” and said he looked forward to his upcoming visit to Israel. Francis made his remarks during an audience at the Vatican on Feb. 13 with a 50-member delegation of American Jewish Committee leaders. He called his visit to Israel, scheduled for May, a pilgrimage of “communion, hope and peace.”

Last Updated ( Thursday, 20 February 2014 14:58 )

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National

Presbyterians assail Zionism

Presbyterians assail ZionismWASHINGTON — Presbyterians who engage in dialogue with Jewish groups are scrambling to undo what they say is the damage caused by a congregational study guide assailing Zionism distributed by a group affiliated with their denomination. The guide, “Zionism Unsettled,” posits that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is fueled by a “pathology inherent in Zionism” and rejects theologies — Christian and Jewish — that uphold Zionism. Jewish groups expressed outrage at the guide released l...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 20 February 2014 15:04 )

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Local

Abq. deli targeted again

Abq. deli targeted againALBUQUERQUE — A Jewish deli in Albuquerque was targeted by anti-Semitic vandalism for the second time in about two weeks. Mailing labels with anti-Semitic slurs written on them were stuck to the front door of the Nosh Deli on Feb. 8, KOB Eyewitness News 4 in the New Mexico capital reported. On Sunday, Feb. 9, the stickers were pasted on the restaurant and the block on which the deli is located, on parking meters and light poles. Similar labels and messages, including “To the Kikes who sho...
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In Muslim Kosovo, Jewish remnant stakes claim to nation’s past and future

Ron Kampeas The European Union’s newest country and its tiny Jewish community cooperate in their quests for recognition. ... [Link]

Man wrongly convicted of N.Y. rabbi’s murder receives $10 million settlement

Ben Sales Jabbar Collins, who was wrongly convicted of the 1994 murder of a New York City rabbi and spent 16 years in prison, received a $10 million settlement from the city. ... [Link]

Judge blocks protest against Israeli Film Festival in Australia

Ben Sales A pro-Palestinian protest at the opening night of the Israeli Film Festival in Sydney will not go ahead, a judge ruled. ... [Link]

Israel Police: Put lawmaker Hanin Zoabi on trial for incitement

Ben Sales The Israel Police recommended that Hanin Zoabi be put on trial after the Arab-Israeli Knesset member allegedly insulted and threatened officers during an interrogation. ... [Link]

Israel attempts hit on Hamas commander as clashes resume

Ben Sales Israel attempted to assassinate a Hamas leader as clashes between Hamas and Israel resumed following Hamas rocket fire on Israel. ... [Link]

Philadelphia synagogue’s historian found murdered in home

Julie Wiener A Philadelphia man who served as his synagogue’s informal historian was found beaten to death in his home. ... [Link]

State Dept. designates Gaza-based council a terrorist group

Marcy Oster The U.S. State Department designated a Gaza-based jihadist umbrella group as a terrorist organization. ... [Link]

Barrage of rockets strikes Israel as bomb shelters ordered open

Marcy Oster Hamas claimed responsibility for a barrage of rockets fired on southern and central Israel, including Tel Aviv. ... [Link]

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