Tel Aviv murder
Police officers searching for clues after finding a body stuffed in a suitcase in south Tel Aviv, August 3, 2013. Photo by Hadar Cohen
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Four Israel Defense Forces soldiers were wounded early Wednesday when an explosive device was detonated near the Lebanon border where they were patrolling.

Hong Kong authorities have said that former Bank of Israel governor-designate Jacob Frenkel was both arrested and charged for shoplifting in 2006. The officials denied having apologized to Frenkel over the affair, dismissing claims he made to that effect.

The Jerusalem Magistrate's Court on Tuesday convicted Rabbi Moti Elon, a highly regarded figure in the Religious Zionist community, on two counts of forcible sexual assault against a minor.

Despite police assurances to the contrary, a women’s prayer group that holds a monthly service at the Western Wall was once again prevented from entering the women’s section, instead being relegated to a distant section of the plaza. Throughout the service, ultra-Orthodox protestors tried to disrupt the Women of the Wall prayer service.

An ultra-Orthodox college in Jerusalem has threatened to revoke the scholarships of female students who come to campus wearing “immodest clothing” that does not meet the school’s dress code.

Israel Police has identified the woman whose decapitated and partially dismembered body was found in a suitcase in Tel Aviv over the weekend as Ilona Denis, a foreign worker from Romania. Her boyfriend, a 50-year-old Turkish national who came to Israel to work in construction is suspected of the grisly killing.

Israeli scientists warn that cutting ties with the European Union could cause irreparable harm to Israeli research. The warning came in reacting to Economy Ministry Naftali Bennett's call for the Israeli government to end all cooperation with the EU in response to new guidelines banning funding to Israeli entities with ties to West Bank settlements, East Jerusalem or the Golan Heights.

A shelter for single refugee mothers and their children in south Tel Aviv may have to close, after the UN Refugee Agency announced it will end its financial support for the program at the end of the year. Unless alternative funding is found, the dozen-plus women from Eritrea and Ethiopia who live there with their children – 19 in all – could end up on the street.