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Shanghai’s Jewish refugees

China | During World War II, Shanghai became a home for thousands fleeing Nazi violence
by June Cheng
Posted 6/29/18, 05:24 pm

In the Hongkou district of Shanghai stands the Ohel Moshe Synagogue, a European-style red-and-black brick building with archways and wraparound balconies. It’s a piece of Shanghai’s history that is now nearly lost in its race toward modernity: During World War II, Shanghai was home to 20,000 Jewish refugees who had fled Europe and needed a place to take them in. The Ohel Moshe Synagogue, established by Russian Jewish immigrants in 1907, was converted to a psychiatric hospital and an office space under the reign of Mao Zedong.

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Gaza protesters launch balloon bombs into Israel

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/15/18, 10:31 am

Intensified protests resumed Friday along the Gaza border as Muslims celebrated the Eid al-Fitr holiday, which marks the end of the month of Ramadan. Mohammed al-Tayyar, a Palestinian protester, said an Israeli drone struck a tent protesters were using to launch kites and balloons rigged with incendiary devices into Israel. Israeli police detonated one of the balloons as it drifted onto a highway earlier in the day.

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Spain gets new socialist leader

by Leigh Jones
Posted 6/01/18, 10:47 am

Spain’s socialist opposition leader is set to become the country’s new prime minister after sponsoring a no-confidence vote that ousted Mariano Rajoy’s conservative government. Pedro Sanchez, the Socialist Party’s 46-year-old leader, managed a historic feat: unseating a serving leader for the first time in Spain’s four decades of democracy. Unlike the populist parties roiling Italian politics, Sanchez supports the European Union and the eurozone’s shared currency. Rajoy led Spain for six years.

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