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Palestine becomes UN observer

 138 out of 193 UN members have voted for a resolution to grant Palestine status of a UN observer, 9 states voted against, 41 abstained, 5 did not vote. The resolution expresses hope that the Security Council will give a positive reply to the application of Palestine filed on September 23, 2011, to become a full-fledged member of the organization.

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UN to vote on Palestinian status

The UN general Assembly will vote on granting Palestine status of an observer state of the organization today, although Washington will most likely block the decision.132 out of 193 states approve the idea. France, Belgium, Denmark and Switzerland want Palestine to become an observer. Israel, Germany and Lithuania are against it.As an observer, Palestine may file lawsuits to the International Criminal Court, which is what Palestine plans to do if exhumation of Yasser Arafat proves involvement of Israeli intelligence in his death.

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Hurriyet published an article by Murat Yetkin devoted to Turkey's request to deploy Nato Patriots missiles. The article is headlined 'What will Patriots bring to Turkey?'  "To give a short answer to the question above before expanding it further, it could be said that the Patriot missiles will bring the reiteration of the NATO umbrella against a possible attack from the Middle East - today from Syria, tomorrow perhaps as a result of an Israeli-Iranian conflict or another threat that is not seen today," the article begins. 

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Gelenjik and Netanya become twin cities

 Gelenjik (Krasnodar Territory, Russia) accepted the cooperation proposal of Netanya (Israel) to exchange experience, RIA Novosti reports.Netanya started searching for a Russian twin city after the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin in June 2012 where he opened a memorial for Soviet soldiers.The twin cities of Netanya are Angul (France), Hildesheim (Germany), Kallithea (Greece) and Vitebsk (Belarus). 

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Israel to help Azerbaijan reconstruct plumbing

 by Peter Lyukimson, Israel. Exclusively for Vestnik KavkazaAlex Vizhnitser, chairman of the board of the National Water Company of Israel (Mekorot), and Shimon Ben-Hamo, the Director General of the company, have arrived in Baku to discuss plumbing reorganization in Azerbaijan.The Azerbaijani water system has remained unchanged since the 1960s. Azerbaijan chose the Israeli company as one of the world’s best in purifying, monitoring and transporting water in Europe and Asia.

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Arafat to be exhumed today

 Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat will be exhumed in Ramallah today for expertise of tissues and then reburied at the mausoleum of Palestinian Administration of Muata.Arafat died in November 2004. Investigation of his death started after Al Jazeera (Qatar) announced presence of polonium-210 in his items. Palestine suspects Israel of killing the leader. 

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BSEC PA holds session in Baku

 The Parliamentary Assembly of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) is having the 40th plenary session in Baku today, News Azerbaijan reports.Jalya Aliyeva, chairwoman of the committee for culture, education and social affairs, described the social changes Azerbaijan had experienced lately. Lilia Grigorovich, a Ukrainian member of the committee, made a report on social reforms of members of the organization.

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On November 24th Hurriyet published an article by Murat Yetkin headlined 'New wars possible, new borders too.' "Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan warned about a sectarian and ethnic-based civil war in Iraq on Nov. 22 and pointed to energy wars as the main motivation behind it. The next day, Iraq’s Shiite-origin Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, sent a strong “Not if you trigger it” reply to Erdoğan, only to be snubbed as “delusional” by the Turkish Foreign Ministry.

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Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has hailed what he called 'the victory of the people of Gaza over the Israeli regime in the recent Tel Aviv aggression against the coastal enclave.' In a telephone conversation with Secretary General of the Islamic Jihad of Palestine Ramadan Abdullah, Ahmadinejad said 'the resistance and bravery of the Palestinian nation was the key to their victory over Israel.' He underlined unity and solidarity among all Palestinian groups, adding that the eight-day war proved that the biggest objectives can be achieved through unity.

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