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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

Five villagers in Nigeria killed by Boko Haram jihadists

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Boko Haram jihadists have raided three villages in northeastern Nigeria, killing five people and setting fire to several homes and fields, residents told AFP on Thursday. Armed members of the extremist group on Wednesday sped into the villages of Huyum, Sabongarin Huyum and Wasada on motorbike, killing five villagers and looting their property before setting fire to their homes and farms, witnesses said. Hundreds of people living in the three villages fled for the relative safety of the town of Askira, located some 10km away.

A defense cooperation agreement between Russia and Philippines

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Russia and the Philippines will hold talks on signing a defense cooperation agreement, according to a government decree, signed by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. On 20th of November, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte announced he will be sending his Foreign and Defense Ministers to Russia ahead of his own visit, at the personal invitation of President Vladimir Putin. Relationships between the Philippines and its long-term ally, the United States, have deteriorated in recent months. Duterte has said he is looking for other potential partners across the globe, including Russia and China. Last week the Filipino President met President Vladimir Putin for the first time at the APEC summit in Peru, where he praised his Russian counterpart’s leadership skills.


Construction of 'security wall' around Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp stopped by Lebanon

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The Palestinian Unified National Leadership of the Uprising said in a statement on Friday that the Lebanese military responded to its demands to halt construction on the so-called “security wall” being built around a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon. The statement said that efforts were conducted by the leadership over the past few days in order to stop the construction of the wall around the Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp. In a meeting on Thursday between the leadership and the Lebanese intelligence director of the southern districts, Khader Hamouda, it was agreed that the Lebanese military would halt construction of the wall, according to the statement.

Belarus President will visit Azerbaijan next 28-29 November

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Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko will pay an official visit to Azerbaijan on 28-29 November, the Belarus president’s press-service said in a statement on Nov. 25. While in Azerbaijan Alexander Lukashenko is expected to meet with Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev for face-to-face negotiations and expanded-participation negotiations. A number of international documents will be signed as a result of the talks.

16 Palestinians detained by Israeli Police over suspicions of starting fires in Israel

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Between Thursday and Friday, Israeli forces detained at least 16 Palestinians across Israel and the occupied West Bank over suspicions of starting fires that erupted in Haifa and have continued to spread for the fourth consecutive day. Israeli authorities have claimed that the fires were started by “political arson” against the Israeli State. However, other sources have said the fires were likely caused by a combination of extreme winds and a drought.

Russia confirms the will of finding a political soultion to the crisis in Syria

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Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Friday reiterated Russia’s firm stance towards a political solution to the crisis in Syria, adding that “Sadly for us, without meeting reciprocity from the current US administration.” Peskov added that “It is premature to say how the new US administration will act, which position it will take” regarding the crisis in Syria and the situation in the whole region. He added  that “Neither the Kremlin nor representatives of the Russian Foreign Ministry have had anything to do with an event in Paris on the situation in Syria, in which US President-elect Donald Trump’s son took part.”

Israeli police arrested 3 residents suspected of having started a fire

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On Friday, Israel Police arrested three residents of an Arab village in the north, on suspicion of starting a fire in the area of Alon Hagalil, a community in the Lower Galilee. The arrests bring the number of suspects in custody to 15. The detainees were all held on suspicion of setting or inciting at least some of the hundreds of fires that have engulfed Israeli towns and forests this week. The families of the three suspects said they started a peaceful bonfire in the village grounds and remained close to it until it was doused, and as such there was no basis to the allegations against them.

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