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Wed, Dec. 27, 2017
CAIRO – 25 December 2017: Rounding up the last 24 hours, Egypt Today brings you the top news from around the world.

Middle East

Saudi king, Turkey PM discuss Jerusalem status at talks

Saudi

King Salman

and Turkey's premier on Wednesday discussed boosting ties and the status of Jerusalem, in a first high-level meeting since the US controversially recognised the city as Israel's capital.

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© Saudi Royal Palace/AFP | Saudi King Salman (R) meets with Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim on December 27, 2017 in Riyadh



Palestinian officials meet with Egyptian intel. officials

Top officials of the two main

Palestinian

political factions, Fatah and Hamas, are scheduled to meet with Egyptian intelligence officials Wednesday to follow up on the progress of the Palestinian reconciliation that took effect last October.

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Heads of Fatah and Hamas delegations, Azzam al-Ahmad (L) and Saleh al-Aruri (R) after signing a reconciliation deal in Cairo, October 12, 2017 - AFP/KHALED DESOUKI



Egypt, Saudi Arabia discuss activating an electronic linkage

In a meeting with a delegation of the Saudi Labor Ministry, Manpower Minister

Mohamed Saafan

Wednesday probed means by which to activate an electronic linkage between Cairo and Riyadh.

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Egypt's Minister of Manpower Mohamed Saafan - Press Photo



Hundreds risk lives in Morocco 'mines of death'

They call them "the mines of death". In the neglected northern

Moroccan

mining city of Jerada, hundreds of people risk their lives every day to scrape a meagre living from perilous abandoned coal pits.

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Moroccans shout slogans and wave a national flag at a protest on December 26, 2017, days after two brothers died while digging in an abandoned coal mine in the northeastern city of Jerada - AFP / by Hicham Rafih with Hamza Mekouar in Rabat



Opposition groups quit Iraqi Kurdish government over protests

Opposition groups quit the government of Iraq’s

Kurdish

region on Wednesday in protest at violent unrest in which at least three people were killed, with one group saying authorities had shown a flagrant disregard for life.

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People are seen outside the Directorate of province building after it was set on fire by Kurdish protesters in Pera magroon district in Sulaimaniyah, Iraq December 19, 2017 - REUTERS/Ako Rasheed



Pope Francis asserts support to Egypt's efforts to achieve stability

Pope Francis

of the Roman Catholic Church asserted his support to Egyptian efforts to bring about security and stability and combat terror and violence in the Middle East.

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Pope Francis attends a welcome ceremony after arriving at the airport in Dhaka, Bangladesh November 30, 2017. REUTERS/Max Rossi



Arab Parliament rejects Israeli candidacy to UNSC seat

The Palestine committee at the

Arab Parliament

(AP) drew up a plan for the parliament's action to stand up to Israel's candidacy to a non-permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council for 2019-2020.

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The Arab League in session in an undated picture. (Reuters)



Dozens of critically ill evacuated from Syria's Eastern Ghouta region

The

Syrian

American Medical Society, another medical relief organisation, said the evacuations covered "29 critical cases, approved for medical evacuation to Damascus. Four patients were evacuated today."It said the remainder would be evacuated in the coming days.

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Volunteers from the Syrian civil defence carry a victim following a reported air strike in the rebel-controlled town of Hamouria, in the eastern Ghouta region near Damascus, on December 3, 2017 - AFP/Amer Almohibany



Europe

Turkey is one of worst countries in treating reporters

Head of the Tunisian Press Syndicate Nagui Baghouri said on Wednesday that

Turkey

is one of the worst countries in treating reporters.

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Protestors carry placards during a demonstration to support arrested German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yucel outside theTurkish Embassy in Berlin, Germany, February 28, 2017 - REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch



Spain pulls police reinforcements from Catalonia

Spain on Tuesday began to pull the police reinforcements it had sent to

Catalonia

ahead of a contested independence referendum in the region on October 1, the government said.

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© AFP | Shocking scenes of riot police using batons and rubber bullets to remove people from polling stations on October 1, the day of the referendum that was banned by the courts made headlines around the world and fuelled tensions in Catalonia.



Asia

Blast rips through supermarket in Russia's St Petersburg

A blast ripped through a supermarket in Russia's

St Petersburg

on Wednesday evening, injuring at least 10 shoppers, investigators said.

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A bomb has been detonated on a trolleybus in Russia killing at least 10 people (Picture: AFP)



Russia to invite observers from all continents to monitor presidential election

Russia’s

Central Election Commission (CEC) will send invitations to electoral bodies in about 100 countries to monitor the upcoming presidential election in Russia scheduled for March 18, 2018, CEC Chairperson Ella Pamfilova told TASS on Tuesday.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting of the Presidential Council for Culture and Art at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia December 21, 2017. REUTERS/Maxim Shipenkov/Pool



Russia's Lavrov: main part of battle with Islamic State in Syria is over - RIA

Russian Foreign Minister

Sergei Lavrov

said on Wednesday the main part of the battle with Islamic State in Syria was over, according to the state-run RIA news agency.

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks during a news conference following the talks with British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson in Moscow, Russia December 22, 2017 - REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov



South America

28 arrests after Venezuela looting, violence

Venezuelan

authorities said on Tuesday they had arrested 28 people in southern Bolivar state for looting and disorder over Christmas in the latest unrest during a severe economic crisis.

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Demonstrators clash with security forces during an opposition rally in Caracas, Venezuela April 4, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins



Brazil expels Venezuela's top diplomat amid tensions

Brazil

expels Venezuela's top diplomat's ministry of foreign affairs said Tuesday it considers Venezuelan chargé d'affaires Gerardo Antonio Delgado Maldonado a persona non grata.

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Brazil's Foreign Minister Aluysio Nunes Ferreira delivers a speech during the LI Meeting of the Mercosur Common Market Council at Itamaraty Palace in Brasilia, on December 20, 2017 - AFP/Evaristo Sa

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