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European, Israeli Jews gather undisturbed in predominantly Muslim city in Russia

Hundreds of Israeli and European Jews convened in the capital of the predominantly Muslim Russian state of Tatarstan for an annual Jewish music festival as well as a Jewish learning Limmud FSU conference.

Netanyahu to meet Putin in Moscow on April 21

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on April 21 to discuss security issues in the Middle East, an Israeli political source said on Tuesday.

In wake of Russia’s planned Syria withdrawal, Putin and Netanyahu to hold security meeting

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet soon in Moscow to discuss regional security and trade.\n

Russian non-Jews can begin conversion before immigrating to Israel

Russian non-Jews who are preparing to immigrate to Israel have been given the option of beginning their conversion to Judaism in Moscow.

U.S. pulls plug on Syria rebel training effort; will focus on weapons supply

The United States will largely abandon its failed efforts to train moderate Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State, and instead provide arms and equipment directly to rebel leaders and their units on the battlefield, the Obama administration said on Friday.

U.S. ‘greatly concerned’ by Russia incursion of Turkey airspace

Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday the United States was \"greatly concerned\" about the incursion by a Russian plane into Turkish airspace over the weekend and he had intensified discussions with Moscow.

Israel-Russia military coordination talks on Syria to open Tuesday

A senior Russian military delegation will visit Israel on Tuesday for two days of talks on how the countries can avoid accidentally clashing while operating in Syria, an Israeli military officer said.

Russia steps up demand for U.S. to drop European missile shield

Russia urged the United States on Friday to scrap plans to station parts of a missile shield system in Europe now that Iran has reached an agreement with world powers to limit its nuclear program.

Auschwitz survivors urge a troubled Europe not to forget

Auschwitz\'s last survivors urged the world not to forget the horror of the Holocaust 70 years after the Nazi death camp was liberated in the final throes of World War Two, an anniversary that finds Europe again confronted by intolerance.

Rebels press Ukraine offensive, Obama promises steps against Russian-backed ‘aggression’

Pro-Moscow rebels, backed by what NATO says is the open participation of Russian troops, pressed on with their offensive on Sunday after restarting the war in eastern Ukraine with the first all-out assault since a truce five months ago.

Israeli-American ‘Big Brother’ star wins Jewish Moscow beauty pageant

Linor Shefer, an Israeli-American reality television star who was born in Ukraine, won Moscow’s first Miss Jewish Star beauty pageant.

U.S., Russia agree to share intelligence on common enemy: Islamic State militants

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov agreed on Tuesday to increase intelligence sharing between Moscow and Washington on Islamic State militants, focusing on a common enemy even as deep divisions remained over the crisis in Ukraine.

U.S. steps up sanctions on Russia over Ukraine

The United States hit Russia\'s largest bank, a major arms maker and arctic, deepwater and shale exploration by its biggest oil companies with new sanctions on Friday to punish Moscow for intervening in Ukraine.

Crisis deepens as Ukraine says Russian soldiers back rebel thrust

Ukraine\'s president said on Thursday that Russian troops had entered his country in support of pro-Moscow rebels who captured a key coastal town, sharply escalating a five-month-old separatist war.

Russia to hold war games in show of strength near Ukraine

Russia announced military exercises near the border with Ukraine on Monday in a show of strength as the Ukrainian army recaptured more territory from pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country.

Russia’s Gazprom reduces gas to Ukraine after deadline passes

Russian natural gas exporter Gazprom reduced supplies to Ukraine on Monday after Kiev failed to meet a deadline to pay off its gas debts in a dispute that could disrupt supplies to the rest of Europe.

Ukraine sees ‘understanding’ with Russia on peace moves

Ukraine said on Monday it had reached a \"mutual understanding\" with Moscow on parts of a plan proposed by President Petro Poroshenko for ending violence in the east of the country.

Divided eastern Ukraine city calm after battle, rebels seek Russian help

An uneasy calm returned to the streets of Donetsk on Wednesday after the biggest battle of the pro-Russian separatist uprising in eastern Ukraine, a conflict transformed by the landslide election of a pro-European leader who vowed to crush the revolt.

Putin marks Victory in Crimea as Ukraine violence flares

President Vladimir Putin flew in to Crimea on Friday for the first time since it was annexed by Moscow, proclaiming as he marked the Soviet victory in World War II that incorporating the former Ukrainian territory had made Russia stronger.

Wounded Ukrainian mayor ‘stable’ in Israeli hospital

The mayor of eastern Ukraine\'s biggest city was in a stable condition on Tuesday in a hospital in Israel, where he was flown after being wounded in the highest-profile assassination attempt in the standoff between Kiev and Moscow.

Russia says it will respond if Ukraine interests attacked

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused the United States of being behind the political upheaval in Ukraine and said Moscow would respond if its interests came under attack.

Ukraine peace deal falters as rebels show no sign of surrender

An agreement to avert wider conflict in Ukraine was faltering on Monday, with pro-Moscow separatist gunmen showing no sign of surrendering government buildings they have seized.

Putin in Passover greeting: Russian Jews make huge contribution

Russian Jews are making an enormous contribution to strengthening Russian society’s cohesion, President Vladimir Putin wrote in a holiday greeting to the Jewish community.

U.S. accuses Russian agents of stirring Eastern Ukraine unrest

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry accused Russian agents and special forces on Tuesday of stirring separatist unrest in eastern Ukraine, saying Moscow could be trying to prepare for military action as it had in Crimea.

Kosher nightclub to open in Moscow

A Russian Jewish group is preparing to open a kosher nightclub in the center of Moscow.

Chief Russian rabbi slams Ukrainian Jews for criticizing Putin

Berel Lazar, a chief rabbi of Russia, criticized Ukrainian Jewish leaders who condemned Moscow’s actions in Ukraine.

Longtime Washington power broker Robert Strauss dies at 95

Robert Strauss, who once headed the Democratic National Committee, served as U.S. trade representative and ambassador to Moscow, and advised presidents from both parties, died in Washington on Wednesday at age 95.

Ukraine appeals to West as Crimea turns to Russia

Ukraine\'s government appealed for Western help on Tuesday to stop Moscow annexing Crimea but the Black Sea peninsula, overrun by Russian troops, seemed fixed on a course that could formalize rule from Moscow within days.

Putin’s Jewish embrace: Is it love or politics?

When even Russian policemen had to pass security checks to enter the Sochi Winter Olympics, Rabbi Berel Lazar was waved in without ever showing his ID.

Putin rebuffs Obama as Ukraine crisis escalates

President Vladimir Putin rebuffed a warning from U.S. President Barack Obama over Moscow\'s military intervention in Crimea, saying on Friday that Russia could not ignore calls for help from Russian speakers in Ukraine.

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