February 21, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Seventy-two years after Nazis began deporting French Jews to concentration camps, the French government is negotiating to pay reparations for the first time to several hundred Holocaust survivors now living in the U.S. who survived unspeakable conditions while being transported in government-owned rail cars and in the death camps at the end of the line. Stuart Eizenstat, a Washington lawyer who advises the State Department on Holocaust issues, said in an interview Friday that the French government entered into formal talks Feb. 6 and appeared to be intent on wrapping up negotiations by the end of the year.
February 11, 2014 |
CAIRO - An Algerian military transport plane carrying at least 78 people crashed Tuesday in eastern Algeria, and rescuers who rushed to the scene found one survivor but confirmed the deaths of dozens of others, the state news agency said. The aircraft, a U.S.-built C-130, went down in mountainous terrain as it was making its descent in the province of Oum El Bouaghi, about 250 miles east of the capital, Algiers, the official Algeria Press Service said. Seventy-four passengers, mostly soldiers and their families, and four crew members were reported to be aboard.
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February 2, 2014 |
Painful memories have the power to surface fresh and raw, even after many years. A great-grandmother once again can become a terrified little girl. A grandfather surrounded by friends and family can feel all alone in a vicious world. So it was at the Los Angeles Jewish Home in Reseda the other afternoon, when the drama club put on a play. The audience was made up almost entirely of octogenarians and nonagenarians. The cast ranged in age from 85 to 92. The performance understandably didn't rely on action.
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January 25, 2014
Shulamit Aloni Israeli champion of civil rights Shulamit Aloni, an Israeli legislator who championed civil rights and was fiercely critical of Israel's treatment of Palestinians, died Friday at her home in a Tel Aviv suburb. Meretz, the party she helped found and led, announced her death in a statement but did not reveal the cause. She was widely reported to be 85, but her son Nimrod told the New York Times that she was 86 and born in Tel Aviv in 1927. Aloni fought in the 1948 war that led to Israel's creation; and after winning a seat in Israel's parliament, the Knesset, in 1965, she served for 28 years and held a number of cabinet posts.
January 19, 2014 |
It looks like Kevin Hart will easily lock up a first-place finish at the box office during the busy Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend, coming in ahead of last week's victor "Lone Survivor" and the new "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. " Universal Pictures' buddy-cop comedy "Ride Along," starring the fast-talking Hart alongside Ice Cube, grossed an estimated $41.2 million in ticket sales through Sunday in the U.S. and Canada and is on track to take in $47.8 million through Monday, beating all expectations. Not adjusting for inflation, that would make it the highest-grossing Martin Luther King Jr. Day four-day weekend opener ever, topping 2008's monster movie "Cloverfield," which generated $46.1 million in its holiday debut.
January 18, 2014 |
The buddy comedy "Ride Along" drove to the top of the box office rankings Friday, earning an estimated $14.5 million. The comedy starring stand-up favorite Kevin Hart and musician-turned-actor Ice Cube was projected to perform well at the box office in its first weekend, with pre-release audience surveys forecasting earnings that could reach as high as $40 million. The film marks the first leading role for Hart, who also appeared in the previous feature from "Ride Along" director Tim Story, 2012's "Think Like a Man. " "Lone Survivor," which posted an opening total of $37.8 million last weekend, is tracking for second place thus far this weekend with $6.7 million, according to estimates.