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Algeria and France signed cooperation agreements in Paris

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Eleven cooperation agreements between Algeria and France were signed Thursday in Paris, in the presence of the Prime Ministers of the two countries, Ahmed Ouyahia and Edouard Philippe, at the end of the 4th session of the Intergovernmental Committee of High Level (CIHN) . The eleven agreements concern the sectors of economy, higher education, health  and culture. The two parties concluded with a partnership agreement on the creation of excellence training courses in the energy, electricity and automation trades. industrial. In the same vein, a declaration of intent was signed by the PSA-Peugeot Group, the Algerian Ministry of Vocational Training and Education and the French Ministry of Education, creating in Oran, a training center for the automotive trades. In terms of higher education, the two countries have agreed on a framework convention on research and training and research on the French language and Francophone expressions (LaFEF).

Youths Day: Basha calls on youths to stand up

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During a speech organized in the framework of Students’ Protest 27th anniversary, the Democrat leader Lulzim Basha called on youths to stand up and change the country. On the same line of the former Prime Minister Sali Berisha (historic leader of Democratic Party), who addressed to the youth to bring down the actual government, Basha addressed to young people to not leave the fate of the country in Rama’s government hands. ‘ You have thousands and one reason to stand up and put an end to this governance largely implicated in several illicit activities’ declared Berisha, while Basha highlight that even if 27 years have passed since the end of communism, political freedom is still limited. ‘Instead of talking about modern politics and new business in Albania we are still talking about parliament’s cleansing by the incriminated individuals’, stressed Basha, adding that Democratic Party will support the cause for a better future.

Angry Tunisia

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The decision of the US administration to make the city of Jerusalem the capital has provoked disapproval among the international community and particularly among the public opinion in the Arab world. Tunisia was among the first Arab countries to have courageously expressed its refusal of this unilateral decision. Indeed, the head of state Beji Caid Essebsi decided this Friday, to invite the American ambassador to Tunis, Daniel H. Rubinstein, to inform him of the position of Tunisia regarding the decision of Donald Trump. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs also denounced the decision a few minutes after its announcement. The Assembly of the representatives of the people adopted, Thursday, in plenary session a motion also condemning this decision. Tunisians for their part spontaneously mobilized to express their solidarity with the Palestinian people. Many national organizations and components of civil society have called on Tunisians to participate massively in protest movements against this decision in several forms of militancy, including the peaceful marches and the boycott of American products.

Lavrov, Tillerson Discuss Syria, Ukraine, N Korea, Recruitment of Journalists

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The two cabinet-level officials met during the summit of Foreign Ministers of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), one of the few organizations that both the US and Russia are members of. According to the Russian Foreign Ministry press release, the two officials discussed the next steps in resolving Syria’s civil conflict through establishing a negotiation process that would incorporate all of the Syrian political powers. The negotiations can go on at various sites, including the Geneva conference on Syria and the upcoming Syrian National Dialogue Congress that will take place in Sochi. Addressing Ukraine, Lavrov once again stated that the Minsk accord of February 2015 has no alternatives and must be fulfilled. He insisted that it is Kiev that has to implement the points of the agreement. Lavrov and Tillerson found some common ground regarding North Korea, agreeing that Pyongyang must strictly abide by UN Security Council resolutions. Meanwhile, Sergey Lavrov underscored that the escalation of tensions brought about by aggressive US rhetoric and military preparations in the vicinity of the Korean Peninsula is unacceptable.

Tillerson holds tough line on Russia sanctions over Ukraine

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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson held his tough line on Russia during a visit to Europe on Thursday, saying in front of his Russian counterpart that Washington would keep sanctions in place until Russian forces withdraw from Ukraine, according to Reuters. The conflict between Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed separatists has claimed more than 10,000 lives since it erupted in 2014. Russia denies accusations it fomented the conflict and provided arms and fighters, as reported by Reuters. Speaking at a meeting of foreign ministers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Tillerson went even further in spelling out Russia’s involvement in the conflict and the consequences it faced than he had the day before when he met NATO allies in Brussels. “We should be clear about the source of this violence”, Tillerson said, referring to increasing ceasefire violations recorded by the OSCE’s Special Monitoring Mission of observers in eastern Ukraine.

Tunisia: urgent meeting of European ambassadors

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The European Union ambassador to Tunisia, Patrice Bergamini, announced on Thursday, December 7th, 2017, to have called all the ambassadors of the member countries of the European Union in Tunis to an urgent meeting. The ambassador who spoke in an interview with Express Fm on Thursday said the meeting should be held after his meeting today with the head of the national unity government Youssef Chahed. Patrice Bergamini said that this urgent meeting should focus on measures to find a solution to remove Tunisia from the blacklist of 17 tax havens validated last Tuesday by the 28 finance ministers of the European Union. Recall that Patrice Bergamini announced Wednesday, December 06, 2017 that the EU will begin a series of negotiations with Tunisia so that it is removed from the blacklist by January 2018. According to the European leader, the EU is determined to find common ground to overcome this crisis as soon as possible.

 

Tunisia condemns the American decision to make Jerusalem capital of Israel

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In a statement released, the Foreign Ministry said Tunisia condemns the decision of the US administration to make Jerusalem the capital of Israel and its intention to transfer its embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city stating that such decision represents an infringement of the city’s legal and historical status and a violation of United Nations resolutions. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs added that this decision constitutes a serious threat to the peace process as well as to the efforts made to resume negotiations. He added that this provocative decision of the feelings of Muslims and Arabs could have a negative impact on the stability of the region. In this context, Tunisia has reaffirmed its support for the Palestinian cause while appealing to all the components of the international community to abstain from taking decisions representing any recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel recalling that this holy city is an inseparable part of the Palestinian territory under Israeli occupation since June 1967.

DP Objects the Election of a Temporary Attorney General

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During the meeting of the Committee on Legal Affairs, Public Administration and Human Rights, Democratic MP Enkelejd Alibeaj clearly opposed the opening of procedures for the election of a Provisional General Attorney. The mandate of the Attorney General Adriatik Llalla has in fact expired, and the election of a temporary Attorney would have the function of fulfilling its role until the successor of Llalla is elected by the High Council of the Prosecution, which has not yet been constituted. This temporary office is supported by the Socialist MP Ulsi Manja, who chairs the Legal Affairs Committee, as well as by the American Embassy in Albania and the European Union, according to which it is necessary to ensure the continuation of the work of the Public Prosecutor. According to the Democratic deputy, however, the question of a possible institutional standstill is non-existent, and the election of a temporary general prosecutor by harnessing the head of this institution would cause an aggravation of the political climate.

 

Putin’s military strategy is low on casualties

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As Russia has worked to convince the world that its military power is growing, it has concealed its costs in terms of blood and treasure. But newly revealed statistics show surprisingly low casualties despite engagements in Crimea, eastern Ukraine and Syria. It was the latest evidence that President Vladimir Putin’s military strategy is far more calculated than his predecessors, who were willing to win at all costs. Boris Yeltsin’s losses in Chechnya gutted his public support and the Soviet Union’s costly, failed Afghanistan adventure helped speed the end of an empire. Putin’s position is far more secure, which makes his approach to war all the more difficult to explain. Russia has not reported active-duty casualties since 2010 even as it expanded its military operations on several fronts. In 2015, Putin was accused of trying to hide losses in eastern Ukraine, where Russia stubbornly denies military involvement, by classifying data on losses incurred in “peacetime military operations”.

Iraq gets millions in EU and UK for reconstruction and demining

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On Wednesday, Iraqi Planning Minister Salman al-Jumaili signed with European Union representatives an agreement for EU funding of reconstruction and demining projects worth 60 million of euros as international donors continue efforts to address the dilemma of millions displaced by the war against the Islamic State. In a press conference following the signature of the deal he said that the projects purpose is to restore stability and to repatriate civilians to areas recaptured from militants. In fact, Iraq is getting 50.4 million of euros for reviving economic activity, rehabilitating infrastructures and supporting small-sized enterprises at liberated areas and 10 million of euros will address explosives contamination at those areas. In a separate declaration, the UK embassy in Iraq announced that next year the UK will provide £30 million to help restore livelihoods, essential infrastructures and basic services in Iraq, including to support displaced communities to return safely to liberated areas. At least £20 million will also be provided in humanitarian aid “to help deliver urgent life-saving assistance like food, shelter and access to clean water”, as he said.

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