Apr 262016

A Labour MP who was forced to apologise after backing calls for Israel to “relocate” to America has resigned as an aide to the party’s shadow chancellor.

Naz Shah,


who made the controversial comments in 2014, will no longer carry on in her role as parliamentary private secretary (PPS) to John McDonnell.

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Apr 262016

Romania is to fast-track claims from Holocaust survivors under an amended law on property restitution which are expected to be passed by parliament next week, legislators said on Tuesday.

Romania was an ally of Nazi Germany during World War Two until it changed sides in August 1944, and much of the property seized during the war was later nationalised under communist rule which followed.

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Apr 062016

A far-right Israeli politician has been admonished by his party and roundly condemned by commentators after suggesting Jewish and Arab women should be separated in maternity wards in apartheid-style segregation.

Betzalel Smotrich,


a 36-year-old member of parliament from the Jewish Home party, which is part of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition, is an ultra-nationalist settler who is frequently outspoken on issues of religion and the Palestinians.

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Apr 062016

Labour’s leadership does not understand anti-Semitism, the party’s London mayoral candidate has said as he criticised Jeremy Corbyn for not stopping “unacceptable” racism against Jews from some members.

Sadiq Khan


said recent high-profile incidents of anti-Semitism in Labour should be a “badge of shame” for the party and called for members of the ruling body to be retrained in what constitutes discrimination.

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Apr 032016

An Amtrak train carrying about 350 people derailed south of Philadelphia on Sunday morning, resulting in a suspension of Northeast Corridor service between New York City and Philadelphia.

Palmetto Train 89 was headed from New York to Savannah, Ga., when it struck a backhoe on the tracks, causing the lead engine to derail, Amtrak said in a statement. It was carrying seven crew members and about 341 passengers, some of whom were being treated for injuries, Amtrak said.

Two Reported Dead After Amtrak Train Derails Near Philadelphia

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