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BERLIN (JTA) — For the third time since January, some 100 people have gathered to discuss the Holocaust memorial planned for Berlin.

And, for the third time since January, the politicians, scholars, government officials and others failed to reach a consensus.

The money for the project is in place, but plans for the memorial appear to remain at an impasse.

No agreement was reached Friday of last week on the exact location for the monument, whether it should be dedicated to just the Jewish victims of Nazi terror or even what it should look like.

Russian right-winger lauds Libyan leader

MOSCOW (JTA) — Russian ultra-nationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky has voiced support for Libya in the name of the people and Parliament of Russia.

Zhirinovsky made the comment during a visit to the North African nation as part of a delegation of Russian lawmakers that included Communists and ultra-nationalists.

Libya has faced international sanctions since 1992, when the United Nations imposed them in an effort to force Libyan leader Moammar Khadafy to give up two men wanted in connection with the 1988 bombing of a U.S. passenger jet over Lockerbie, Scotland.

Zhirinovsky has often voiced his support for Khadafy.

Hungary seeks art stolen from Jews

MOSCOW (JTA) — The Hungarian government has asked Moscow about the fate of art treasures stolen by the Nazis from Hungarian citizens and now kept in Russia.

In its request, Hungary mentioned at least one Hungarian Jew as being the rightful owner of a collection of paintings now in Russia, according to news reports here.

The request comes after the lower house of the Russian Parliament last week passed a bill to reassert Russia's ownership of art treasures taken from Germany by Soviet squads after World War II.

The bill has been criticized for not distinguishing between art works that belonged to Germany and those that had been looted by the Nazis from other countries.

About 200,000 pieces of "trophy art," which the Soviets collected after the war, are significant to the Jewish community outside Russia because some of the works may have been stolen from their Jewish owners by the Nazis.