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  • *Quarter of Israel's exports went to Asia in 2014. Citing attacks on Jews in Europe- including one in a kosher market in Paris last month- and amid fears that the European Union could take trade steps against Israel over its policy of settlement building on Palestinian land, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his cabinet last month: "We definitely want to...

  • CAIRO, Feb 1- A delegation from American oil firm Noble Energy is in Egypt for talks with the state gas company about importing Israeli gas to energy-starved Egypt, sources at the airport and the oil ministry said on Sunday. Israel's Delek Drilling, one of the partners in the field, said in November that if an agreement is signed, gas supplies to Egypt could start...

  • *France now the biggest source of new migrants to Israel. JERUSALEM, Jan 27- At a busy supermarket in Jerusalem a smartly dressed woman, recently arrived in Israel, was stopping shoppers to ask if anyone spoke French. With anti-Semitism rising in France, and their worries stoked by this month's killing of four Jews in a kosher supermarket in Paris, French Jews now...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 26- A new wave of experimental cancer drugs that directly recruit the immune system's powerful T cells are proving to be immensely effective weapons against tumors, potentially transforming the $100 billion global market for drugs that fight the disease. But top oncology researchers are concerned about the two emerging technologies, citing...

  • Why venture capital is back in Israel  Sunday, 25 Jan 2015 | 7:22 PM ET

    With innovation at an all-time high in Israel, venture capital funds are investing heavily into technology-related Israeli firms, says Fiona Darmon, Partner at Jerusalem Venture Partners.

  • UPDATE 1-Amazon to buy Israeli start-up Annapurna Labs Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 2:47 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO/ JERUSALEM, Jan 22- U.S. tech giant Amazon confirmed on Thursday that it has agreed to buy Israeli chipmaker Annapurna Labs for its cloud computing unit, Amazon Web Services. Annapurna Labs is owned by businessman Avigdor Willenz with other investors including British chip designer ARM and venture capital firm Walden International, the...

  • Obama's goals wrong: Boehner Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 11:30 AM ET
    Speaker of the House John Boehner (R) listens to President Barack Obama deliver the State of the Union address on January 20, 2015 in the House Chamber of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC.

    House Speaker John Boehner says President Obama's tax plans and veto threats "just aren't the wrong policies, they're the wrong priorities."

  • JERUSALEM, Jan 21- Israel's central bank said on Wednesday the main risk to the stability of the country's financial system was the exposure of banks and households to a potential slump in house prices, which have nearly doubled since 2007.. The central bank said the financial system was also exposed to the underpricing of risks in the corporate bond market...

  • *Israel leads OECD in R&D spending at 4.3 pct of GDP. TEL AVIV, Jan 19- Israeli entrepreneur Avi Brenmiller says he was coaxed by investors into selling Solel, his solar-thermal power firm, to Germany's Siemens for $418 million in 2009. Today, little is left of it after Siemens pulled out of the business. Israel's high tech industry is a major growth engine and...

  • JERUSALEM, Jan 13- Israel's budget deficit ran at 2.8 percent of gross domestc product last year, the Finance Ministry said on Tuesday, in line with initial projections despite the cost of the Gaza war. Israel's spending priorities changed as a result of the 50- day summer war with Palestinian militants in Gaza. Israel's cabinet had approved a deficit target of...

  • TEL AVIV, Jan 7- 83 North has raised a $200 million fund to invest in consumer and enterprise technology companies led by European and Israeli entrepreneurs, the venture capital firm said on Tuesday. In the first two funds, it backed more than 30 companies including Germany's Hybris Software, which was acquired by SAP in 2013; ScaleIO, which was bought by EMC Corp; and...

  • JERUSALEM, Dec 29- Israel's central bank raised its growth estimate for next year on Monday, saying the recovery from the Gaza war should accelerate, and its economists indicated interest rates could stay on hold until an increase in early 2016.. At its monthly policy meeting the Bank of Israel kept its benchmark interest rate at 0.25 percent for a fourth...

  • JERUSALEM, Dec 29- Israel's central bank raised its economic growth estimate for next year on Monday and indicated interest rates would stay on hold until an increase in early 2016.. At its monthly policy meeting the Bank of Israel kept its benchmark interest rate at 0.25 percent for a fourth straight month, as expected, saying it expected the economy's recovery...

  • China challenges India's polished diamond throne Thursday, 25 Dec 2014 | 7:18 PM ET

    *India seeks help from Russia to defend market share. NEW DELHI, Dec 26- India's long-held position as the world's top diamond polisher is being challenged by soaring output from China, compelling the south Asian country to seek help from ally and top rough diamond supplier Russia to defend its market share. India has traditionally relied on the middlemen in...

  • *Delek and Noble hold 85 pct of Leviathan. JERUSALEM, Dec 23- Israel's competition regulator recommended on Tuesday breaking up what it says is a monopoly control of the country's offshore gas reserves by Noble Energy and Delek Group, who together hold 85 percent of the giant Leviathan field. Following heavy political pressure, Commissioner David Gilo has...

  • JERUSALEM, Dec 22- Israel's antitrust authority said Monday it may revoke an arrangement permitting an Israeli and a U.S. company to develop Israel's largest natural gas field by branding them a cartel. The authority summoned representatives of Israel's Delek Group and Texas- based Noble Energy and told them it was "still considering to announce that buying...

  • Egypt receives 10 Apache helicopters from U.S. - sources Saturday, 20 Dec 2014 | 12:39 PM ET

    CAIRO, Dec 20- Egypt received 10 Apache helicopters from the United States in the past week, security sources said on Saturday, a sign of easing tensions between the long-time allies confronting Islamist extremism across the region. Egypt is fighting an Islamist insurgency targeting mostly security personnel and based mainly in the lawless Sinai Peninsula...

  • Israel attacks Gaza for first time since summer Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 6:14 PM ET
    A Palestinian woman takes some of her belongings from her partially destroyed home across the street from where a high rise apartment building in Gaza City was targeted by Israeli airstrikes, Aug. 26, 2014.

    It was Israel's first airstrike on the Palestinian territory since this summer's war.

  • US and Iran could become, well, BFFs...really Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 2:52 PM ET
    Robotic arms weld car bodies at the automated Khodro auto plant in Tehran, Iran, Dec. 9, 2013.

    Some observers say a less acrimonious future between the United States and Iran makes economic sense.

  • TEL AVIV, Dec 15- Israel is proud to call itself a "Start-up Nation", with more tech firms listed on Nasdaq than any other country outside the United States and China. She has brought her company to the brink of commercial success-- pre-clinical safety studies and plans for regulatory approval are underway-- thanks to investment from the office of Israel's chief...