Pro-Rouhani Allies Win Most Seats In Iranian Run-Off Election

Allies of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani won the most seats in run-off parliamentary elections held Friday, according to preliminary results published by the Iranian Labour News Agency.

The pro-Rouhani moderate-reformist “Hope” bloc won at least 37 seats, the Tehran-based semi-official news agency, known as ILNA, said Saturday. Independent candidates gained 15 seats, while the conservative Principlists garnered 13 seats, it said.

The run-off vote followed elections in February that showed growing support for allies of Rouhani and a setback for rival conservatives who have dominated parliament for a decade. Politicians were competing for 68 seats in the 290-seat legislature.

If the latest results are confirmed, the moderate-reformists will have 120 seats, the Principlists 90 seats, independents 75 and religious minorities five, according ILNA and first-round results published by the Iranian Students’ News Agency.

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London – Britain’s Labour Party Launches Anti-semitism Inquiry

London — Britain’s opposition Labour party has launched an inquiry into how to tackle anti-semitism after suspending former London mayor Ken Livingstone days before it contests elections in London, Scotland and Wales. Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn — a close ally of party veteran Livingstone — said in a statement that he would propose a […]


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Omaha, NE – Buffett Says Berkshire ‘fine’ With Trump Or Clinton

Omaha, NE — Warren Buffett said on Saturday that Berkshire Hathaway Inc is poised to do well no matter who wins the White House in November, and the billionaire investor defended the performance and tactics of the conglomerate’s several large investments. Buffett presided over his 51st Berkshire annual meeting in Omaha, Nebraska, where he and […]


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Omaha, NE – Buffett Says Berkshire ‘fine’ With Trump Or Clinton

Omaha, NE — Warren Buffett said on Saturday that Berkshire Hathaway Inc is poised to do well no matter who wins the White House in November, and the billionaire investor defended the performance and tactics of the conglomerate’s several large investments. Buffett presided over his 51st Berkshire annual meeting in Omaha, Nebraska, where he and […]


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Today’s Yahrtzeits and History – 23 Nissan

Rav Moshe ben Yosef MiTrani, the Mabit (1505-1585). Son of Rav Yosef MiTrani (Mahait), Rav Moshe was born in Salonika, Greece. He was sent to sent to Adrianople (Italy) as a boy to pursue his studies under the supervision of his uncle Aaron. At the age of 16 he went to Safed and completed his studies under Yaakov Beirav. He was one of four people to receive the special semicha from him in 1538, in Safed, along with Rav Yosef Karo, Rav Moshe Cordovero, and Rav Yosef Sagis. In 1525 he was appointed rabbi at Safed; he held this office until 1535, when he moved to Jerusalem, where he lived until 1585. His main work was Kiryat Sefer, a commentary on Rambam’s Yad Chazakah. Hamabit, was an halachic responsa with 841 answers. He also wrote Beit Elo-him — a thematic discussion of the elements of prayer.

-Rav Yisrael Shalom Yosef of Bohush (a village south of Sarny and Klesiv, in the Ukraine)(1863-1923). One of his disciples, Rebbe Eliezer Zusia of Skulen (1898-1982), was the author of Noam Eliezer.

Today in History — 23 Nissan

· A fast-day was observed by the Jewish community of Cologne in commemoration of anti-Jewish violence during the Second Crusade, 1147.
· Portuguese Marranos who had reverted back to Judaism were burned to death in Ancona, Italy, 1556.
· A devastating earthquake struck San Francisco, followed by destructive fires; estimates of the final death toll were more than 3600, 1906.
· Jews were killed by Arabs in Jaffa, 1921.
· Haganah captured the strategic village of Katamon near Yerushalayim, 1948.

{Matzav.com Newscenter/Chinuch.org/Manny Saltiel and Kehillas Anshe Emes (www.anshe.org)}

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United Nations – Iran Asks U.N. Chief To Intervene With U.S. After Court Ruling

United Nations — Iran asked U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon on Thursday to convince the United States to stop violating state immunity after the top U.S. court ruled that $2 billion in frozen Iranian assets must be paid to American victims of attacks blamed on Tehran. Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote to Ban a […]


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Institute warns Israel it could lose Jewish majority; Recommends easing conversion policy


Halevy, Norman warn that the country could lose its Jewish majority within decades.

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Berlin – Report: Germany Rethinks Its Policy Of Automatic Support For Israel

Berlin — Israel-German ties remain very close and healthy, and reports to the contrary are the result of internal German domestic politics, a senior Israeli official said Saturday night. The official was responding to a story in the German weekly Der Spiegel under the headline: “Skepticism of German-Israeli Friendship Growing in Berlin.” According to the […]


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New York – NYC Police Officer Caught On Camera Stomping On Suspect’s Head Found Guilty

New York — Finding him guilty of misdemeanor assault, a judge said a New York City police officer “gratuitously” stomped on a suspect’s head as fellow officers tried to handcuff the man. Officer Joel Edouard was convicted Friday after a non-jury trial at state Supreme Court in Brooklyn. Prosecutors said the 38-year-old officer had stopped […]


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New York – Probe Of NYC Mayor Casts Harsh Light On Lax Campaign Laws

New York — A probe swirling around New York City’s mayor has cast a harsh light on some of the nation’s most lax campaign finance laws, with contribution limits so easy to get around that even government watchdogs acknowledge a ring of truth to the familiar excuse: Hey, everybody’s doing it. Mayor Bill de Blasio […]


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