News in Brief

Elderly Jerusalem man arrested for allegedly stabbing his wife

A man in his 80s was arrested on Saturday for allegedly murdering his wife, after she was found stabbed to death in their Jerusalem home early Saturday morning. Paramedics from Magen David Adom were called to the home and found the woman, also in her 80s, dead, according to police. They found the man next to her bleeding, police sources said. He was brought to the hospital in moderate condition. The man had reportedly called an emergency hotline for the elderly overnight to say he murdered his wife, but that message was never passed on to the authorities, police sources said. The woman’s son from her first marriage said he had been called by hotline workers, however. Police are investigating suspicions of negligence on the part of the hotline. ‏(Yair Ettinger‏)

U.S. appeals court to reconsider Jerusalem passport case

A U.S. court of appeals will again hear arguments on whether Americans born in Jerusalem can have “Israel” listed as their birthplace in their passports. Nathan Lewin, the lawyer who last year won a Supreme Court decision requiring lower courts to resolve the issue, this week said that new hearings will begin on March 19 in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. An array of Jewish groups had joined Lewin in pressing the courts to allow a hearing in the case of Menachem Zivotofsky, whose family for years has sought to force the State Department to name Israel as his birthplace, citing a 2002 law. President George W. Bush signed the law, but refused to implement it, citing executive prerogative in foreign policy. President Obama has continued that practice. (JTA)

Nigerian extremists claim they killed 7 hostages

A breakaway Islamic extremist group said Saturday that it killed seven foreigners who its members kidnapped from northern Nigeria, according to an online message purportedly from the group. The message, identified as coming from Ansaru, could not be immediately verified by The Associated Press, though it included photographs the group claimed showed the dead, who were kidnapped from a construction company compound in February. Those kidnapped included three Lebanese citizens and one each from Britain, Greece, Italy and the Philippines. (AP)

Somali pirates free chemical tanker hijacked a year ago

Somali pirates have released a chemical tanker they hijacked a year ago with about 20 crew on board after receiving a ransom, the pirates and a minister from the semi-autonomous Puntland region said Saturday. The pirates said they had abandoned the UAE-owned MV Royal Grace, which was seized off Oman on March 2 last year. “We got off the vessel late last night. We happily divided the cash among ourselves,” a pirate who identified himself only as Ismail told Reuters by telephone. The EU anti-piracy taskforce, EU Navfor, said its flagship received a radio call from the master of the MV Royal Grace. ‏(Reuters‏)

Researchers: Stonehenge started as huge graveyard

British researchers have proposed a new theory for the origins of Stonehenge: It may have started as a giant burial ground for elite families around 3,000 B.C. Researchers say that analysis of cremated bones of 63 people excavated from the site suggested that family groups were buried at a circular enclosure − a larger, earlier version of Stonehenge, built 500 years before the monument we know today. ‏(AP‏)