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Germany needs law on Nazi-looted art: World Jewish Congress

Germany must introduce a law specifically aimed at facilitating the return of Nazi-looted art, the head of the World Jewish Congress said Thursday after meeting with top German officials. WJC President Ronald S. Lauder said there were still thousands of priceless artworks in the hands of individuals and museums that were stolen from Jews under the Third Reich and said the country was not legally equipped to handle such cases.

Broadcaster CME appoints co-chief executives

PRAGUE (Reuters) - Central European Media Enterprises (CME), hit by weak TV advertising markets, tapped an executive from its main shareholder Time Warner and a consultant to Turner Broadcasting to become co-chief executives. The appointments, effective from September 16, follow the resignation last month of Adrian Sarbu, an 18-year veteran of the central European broadcaster.

Lauder re-elected World Jewish Congress head

World Jewish Congress president Ronald Lauder has been re-elected unopposed for a second four-year term at a meeting being held in Budapest in solidarity with Hungary's embattled Jewish community. "I am excited to serve as (president) for another four years," Lauder told the more than 500 delegates from 70 Jewish communities around the world after the vote late Monday, calling the position the "top assignment" for Jewish people.

World Jewish Congress head praises Pope Francis

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder congratulated Cardinal Jorge María Bergoglio, the archbishop of Buenos Aires, on his election as Pope Francis I on Wednesday. "Pope Francis I is no stranger to us. In recent years he attended many inter-faith events co-organized by the WJC and our regional affiliate, the Latin American Jewish Congress," he wrote, adding he had met him in Buenos Aires in 2008.

France honours World Jewish Congress chief Ron Lauder

French President Francois Hollande on Wednesday presented France's highest honour, the Legion of Honour, to World Jewish Congress chief Ronald Lauder, praising him as "a man of peace, culture and commitment". "Since 2007, you have been the president of the World Jewish Congress, which brings together representatives of Jewish communities from 100 countries, you criss-cross the world and you carry a message of tolerance and peace," Hollande said in a ceremony at the Elysee Palace in Paris, where he bestowed the medal on the American.
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