Lighted candles stand in front of a commemorative projection during a ceremony
Lighted candles during ceremony at Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center in Moscow. Photo by Reuters
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Holocaust Remembrance Day events began on Sunday night at 8 P.M. with the official ceremony at the Massuah Institute for Holocaust Studies in Kibbutz Tel Yitzhak. The ceremony marked the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising.

On Monday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry participated in the wreath-laying ceremony in the Yad Vashem Hall of Remembrance. Israeli President Shimon Peres sent a message to the thousands of youth from Israel and around the world participating in March of the Living in Poland.

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher died early Monday at age 87 following a stroke, her spokesman Lord Bell said. She was the longest serving and only female British prime minister, from 1979-1990.

A Palestinian human rights group in the Gaza Strip has denounced Hamas police forces for a string of recent arrests of youths whose hair styles they deemed dishonorable.

About 100 Israeli websites, including some government sites, were disrupted for varying periods of time on Sunday, but the long-promised cyber attack by anti-Israel hackers certainly didn’t “wipe Israel off the map of the Internet” as the attackers had promised.

A car bomb exploded in central Damascus, causing casualties, state television said on Monday. At least twelve people were reportedly killed, and some 45 were injured.

Egypt has halted commercial flights from Iran until mid-June, days after the first such flight in 34 years between the countries provoked protests from hardline Sunni Islamists in Cairo.

The Bank of Israel bought $100 million in foreign currency trading on Monday, marking the first time it has intervened in the forex market since July 2011, dealers said.