Pessimism rules among Jordan’s would-be revolutionaries


35 activists from Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Jordan and elsewhere in the region, will discuss strategies for the changing Middle East in workshop being held in Amman for anti-government organizers.

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IDF drills for multi-front war


Military holds war games aimed at preparing forces for all-out war against Hezbollah, Syria, Hamas; exercise did not include soldiers, live-fire.

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UK begins amending universal jurisdiction legislation


An amendment nullifying a law that allows Israelis to be prosecuted in the UK for alleged war crimes moves to the House of Lords for final approval.

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Culinary fest leaves bad taste in some Jerusalem mouths


Chief Rabbinate’s kashrut division, prominent rabbis objected that festival would include non-kosher food served in the eateries spread out among the Old City.

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Catholic reps. reiterate Jews’ ‘chosen people’ status


Senior Vatican delegation reaffirms “chosen” status of the Jews at annual meeting with representatives of the Chief Rabbinate in J’lem.

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Higher salary cost cuts into FIBI profit


Fourth quarter net profit falls 8 percent from NIS 152m. for the corresponding quarter of 2009.

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Discount Bank profit falls 21%


Bank’s return on equity falls to 6.9% for 2010, from 9.8% for 2009.

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Bank Hapoalim profit for 2010 jumps 69%


Provisions for doubtful debts fall 49% to NIS 1.03b. at the end of 2010 (0.49% of credit), from NIS 2.02b. (0.9% of credit ) at the end of 2009.

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Global Agenda: Business as usual


Inflation is rising in almost all countries, eating away at personal income and wealth and aggravating already severe disparities between rich and poor.

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Israel-Chinese intellectual-property bank makes acquisition


Maiden local hi-tech acquisition made; IP Bank acquires intellectual-property rights to advanced technology of two local companies, Pulsar and Ghost.

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