News Wrap: Iranian Foreign Minister Sends ‘Happy Rosh Hashanah’ Tweet
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KWAME HOLMAN: The new foreign minister of Iran has confirmed he sent a message on Twitter yesterday celebrating the Jewish new year. The tweet said, “Happy Rosh Hashanah,” and came from the account of Mohammad Javad Zarif. He said it was aimed at Iran’s small Jewish community. The gesture came amid continuing tensions between Iran and Israel over Iran’s nuclear program.
Many of the striking gold miners in South Africa accepted a new wage offer today. Tens of thousands walked off the job late Tuesday, demanding up to a 60 percent increase in pay. Today, a spokesman for the mine workers union said most have now agreed to salary increases of up to 8 percent. South Africa’s gold industry is one of the biggest in the world, but it’s been plagued by falling gold prices.
The last surviving witness to Adolf Hitler’s final days is dead. Rochus Misch passed away Thursday at his home in Berlin. Misch was in Hitler’s Berlin bunker, working as his S.S. bodyguard as the battle for Berlin raged in April 1945. He said he didn’t hear the gunshot when Hitler committed suicide. Rochus Misch was 96 years old.
There were signs the U.S. birth rate may be stabilizing after falling sharply four straight years during the recent recession. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported today that nearly four million babies were born in 2012. That was only a few hundred short of the year before. At the same time, the birth rate among women in their early 30s was up for the first time since 2007.
Wall Street finished out the week on a disappointing note. The Dow Jones industrial average lost nearly 15 points to close at 14,922. The Nasdaq rose one point to close at 3,660. For the week, the Dow gained less than 1 percent; the Nasdaq rose 2 percent.