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Hamas and Islamic Jihad may partecipate to Fatah’s 7th conference

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The Hamas movement is currently discussing the possibility of attending Fatah’s seventh conference later this week, Hamas spokesman Hazem Qasim told Ma’an on Sunday. The announcement came almost a week after Hamas denied reports that it had been invited to attend the congress. Qasim said that Hamas had recently received an invitation to attend the Nov. 29 event in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Meanwhile, Islamic Jihad spokesman Daoud Shihab told Ma’an that the political faction had also received an invitation to the conference, and that it would send a representative to participate.

Authorities arrested an IS member who killed a Saudi soldier

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Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Interior has captured and arrested the main suspect responsible for killing a soldier in Tabuk. Mohammed al-Atwi pledged allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and was arrested by authorities for killing Saudi soldier Abdullah Nasser al-Rashidi. He confessed to his crime and said he was driven by the ideology of the Daesh terrorist group and that he acted in response to the group’s orders to target members of the military.

4 IS-affiliated terrorists killed by IDF airstrikes

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An Israeli airstrike killed four members of an Islamic State-affiliated terrorist group in southern Syria on Sunday morning, following a clash near the border. No Israeli soldiers were injured in the exchange. Soldiers from the Golani Brigade’s reconnaissance unit had crossed the security fence with Syria to conduct an “ambush operation,” while remaining inside Israeli territory, when they came under attack from small arms fire.
They returned fire, but soon came under attack from mortar shells. In response, the Israel Air Force targeted a truck “that had some sort of machine gun on top of it” and killed the four terrorists who were riding in it.

US-Saudi criminal air strikes killed 16 civilians

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A total of 16 civilians, mostly women and children, were martyred when the US-Saudi aggression warplanes launched a series of air strikes on several districts of al-Hodayda port city overnight. In Marawiah, 12 citizens, mostly women and children were killed when the air strikes targeted two families’ houses in al-Katie area. In Khokha, the air raids hit a family home that resulted in the death of a woman and a girl, as well two others were wounded. In al-Durayhemi, the air strikes killed two citizens in Koud Enabah area.

Yemeni President expressed his condolences on death of Fidel Castro

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President Saleh al-Sammad on Sunday sent a cable of condolences to the President of the Republic of Cuba Raul Castro on the death of former Cuban President Fidel Castro. The President also expressed his and the Yemeni people’s sincere condolences and sympathy to the Fidel Castro’s family and to the Cuban people on the death of the freedom hero Fidel Castro.

 

93 out of 95 criteria for the liberalization of visas fulfilled by Kosovo

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In a press conference delivered in Brussels European Enlargement Commissioner, Johannes Hahn said that Kosovo had to fulfill 95 conditions in order to benefit from the visa liberalization regime and so far, it has delivered 93. This is the reason why the European Commission may present a last report on Kosovo in May of next year and that will show if there’s a need to issue a second report or not.

Japan’s PM expressed regret about the Russian placement of a missile system in the Kuril islands

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On Friday, Japanese Foreign Minister, Fumio Kishida, affirmed, in response to a question from a legislator,  that Japan has lodged a protest against Russia’s deployment of anti-ship missiles in the southern Kurils. Japan’s Prime Minister Sindzo Abe expressed regret about the deployment of the Russian anti-ship missiles. Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov earlier said that the placement of missile systems in the Kurils was a well-founded move and should not affect negotiations with Tokyo, including those on a future peace treaty. According to Maria Zakharova, Russian Foreign Minister’s spokeswoman,  the deployment of the missile system Bastion in the southern Kuril islands is expected to strengthen the national security, so it would not be a threat to stability in the region.

Project of cultural cooperation between Tunisia and France

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A delegation from the European Union gathering four experts in the cultural sector paid Thursday afternoon a visit to the governorate of Manouba where they visited the regional delegation of cultural affairs, the regional library and the culture centre Mohamed Abdelaziz Agrebi. According to the regional delegate of cultural affairs Sallouha Inoubli, this visit is part of vitalising a cooperation project between the Tunisian Ministry of Cultural Affairs and the French Ministry of Culture and Communication. Funded by the European Union, this project aims to contribute to strengthening the strategic role of culture in the Tunisian societal project and to make it one of the pillars of economic and social development, he said. On this occasion, members of the delegation met with representatives of the delegation and discussed ways of strengthening and developing co-operation, in particular as regards the improvement of skills in the cultural field and the rehabilitation of cultural centres with a view to best serve the needs of young people and meet their expectations.

Ukraine wants to organize missile-firing exercises over Crimea

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Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency Rosaviatsiya reported that Ukraine has made a unilateral decision to organize missile-firing exercises over Crimea, in the sovereign airspace of the Russian Federation. Rosaviatsiya affirmed that Kiev’s move breaches a number of international laws and agreements, adding that the military exersice will not only invade the Russian territory, but also the plans had not been coordinated with Moscow. Ukraine released an aviation notification on Thursday, activating “dangerous zones” in all flight levels near Crimea and the city of Simferopol for 1st and 2nd December. The dangerous areas include airspace above open sea which is in Russia’s area of responsibility, and over Russian territorial waters. Rosaviatsiya added that  Moscow is taking all the measures to provide security for the flights, the agency also said that Russia will be forced to ban all flights in the Crimea region if Ukraine doesn’t cancel the decision

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