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Egypt Today's international news wrap-up - File Photo

Egypt Today's international news wrap-up - File Photo

CAIRO – 17 December 2017: Egypt Today brings you the latest top of the hour news from around the world over the past 24 hours in this round-up.

Middle East

Egypt is strategic partner of EU -- EU official

EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos said Egypt is a strategic partner to the

European Union

(EU) on several levels.

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European Commissioner for Migration and Home Affairs Dimitris Avramopoulos addresses a news conference at the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, August 14, 2015. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir



Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria FMs meet on Libyan crisis

The fourth coordination meeting on the

Libyan crisis

kicked off Sunday in Tunisia with the participation of Egyptian, Tunisian and Algerian foreign ministers.

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Sameh Shoukry - File Photo



Israel arrests Palestinian in Jenin

Israeli occupation forces detained Sunday a young man at the entrance to Salem camp in the west of Jenin city in the northern

West Bank

, according to witnesses.

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Israeli security forces arrest Palestinian men following clashes outside Jerusalem's Old city July 21, 2017. REUTERS/Ammar Awad



Haftar says will listen to 'will of free Libyan people'

Eastern Libyan military commander

Khalifa Haftar

, whose forces control parts of the country, said on Sunday he would listen to the "will of free Libyan people", in the strongest indication so far that he might run in elections expected next year.

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FILE PHOTO: General Khalifa Haftar, commander in the Libyan National Army (LNA) in Moscow, Russia August 14, 2017. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin



Sisi discusses strengthening relations with Italian Interior Min

President

Abdel Fatah al-Sisi

received Italian Interior Minister Marco Minetti on Sunday to discuss ways of boosting relations between the two countries.

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President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi received Italian Interior Minister Marco Minetti - File photo



Have Cairo and Rome moved past Regeni’s case?

In light of the increasing cooperation between Italy and Egypt which is taking place lately, is it safe to assume that Italy has turned a new leaf with Egypt after relations became tumultuous following the baffling murder of Ph.D. candidate

Giulio Regeni

?

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An Egyptian activist holds a poster calling for justice to be done in the case of the murdered Italian student Giulio Regeni -Cairo, Egypt, April 15, 2016. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany



Europe

Kremlin says U.S. tip-off helped Russia halt terrorist attack

Russian President

Vladimir Putin

telephoned U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday to thank him for a tip-off that helped prevent a terrorist bomb attack on a cathedral in the Russia city of St Petersburg, the Kremlin said.

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U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the their bilateral meeting at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany July 7, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria



From Belgium and jail with love: the surreal Catalan campaign

With one candidate speaking via video conference from Belgium and another sending dispatches from prison,

Catalan

separatists are engaged in a highly abnormal campaign ahead of pivotal elections on Thursday.

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Catalonia's sacked leader Carles Puigdemont delivers a speech during a meeting with Catalan mayors in Brussels



UN council weighs measure rejecting US Jerusalem decision

The

UN

Security Council is considering a draft resolution affirming that any change to the status of Jerusalem has no legal effect and must be reversed, in response to the US decision to recognize the city as Israel's capital.

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The United States is expected to use its veto power to block the measure while it is predicted most, if not all, of the 14 other council members are expected to back the draft resolution (AFP Photo/EDUARDO MUNOZ ALVAREZ)



Australia arrests man accused of trying to sell missile parts for N. Korea

Australian

police said on Sunday they had arrested a man accused of working on the black market to sell missile components and coal on behalf of North Korea, the first charges ever brought in Australia over the sale of weapons of mass destruction.

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AFP officers arrest a 59-year-old Chan Han Cho who had been living in Australia for more than 30 years. Photograph: Australian federal police



Brexit deal proves critics wrong: UK's May

British Prime Minister

Theresa May

has hit back at critics of her handling of Brexit, writing in the Sunday Telegraph that she had "proven the doubters wrong" after securing an interim deal.

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Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May attends a bilateral meeting during the Eastern Partnership summit at the European Council Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium November 24, 2017. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann “Iraqi-British relations have witnessed an i



Daesh claims suicide bombing of church in Pakistan

Terrorist

Daesh

group claimed Sunday its responsibility of a suicide bomb attack on a church in Pakistan's Quetta, leaving eight people dead and 44 others wounded, Sky News reported.

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Security officials gather at the site of a blast outside a public park in Lahore, Pakistan, March 27, 2016. REUTERS/Mohsin Raza



Car bomber attacks NATO convoy in Afghanistan

A car bomber attacked a

NATO

convoy in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar on Sunday, killing one civilian and wounding four others but without causing casualties among international forces, Geo News quoted officials as saying.

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An Afghan official investigates a damaged Danish convoy at the site of a car bomb attack in Kabul, Afghanistan September 24, 2017. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

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