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Max von Sydow died

Dreamwalker and exorcist

The Swedish actor Max von Sydow, who became famous with the films of Ingmar Bergman and was also indispensable in Hollywood, has died.

The two of them stand rigidly at the memorial service, the little boy and the old admiral. The boy lost his father in the accident of the Russian Kursk submarine, which none of the crew survived. The admiral wanted to honor and comfort the children and women of the dead – he had resisted for many days to accept Western aid for the rescue of those trapped underwater in their submarine. The boy stands there silent and refuses to take the old man’s offered hand. The refused handshake has now become one of the strongest gestures.

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Iran, China, Russia drill

The naval drills, the first of their kind, were launched on Friday with the aim of securing international trade routes in strategic waterways and boosting preparedness among participants against piracy and marine terrorism.

The three countries have sent some of their most advanced vessels to take part in the four-day exercises.

Iran’s Navy Commander Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi said the drills are designed to heighten security in the region’s crucially important waterways.

Rear Admiral Gholamreza Tahani, Iranian flotilla chief, said the maneuvers cover 17,000 square kilometers and consist of “various tactical exercises,” including target practice and rescuing ships from assaults and fires.

“Among the objectives of this exercise are improving the security of international maritime trade, countering maritime piracy and terrorism, exchanging information regarding rescue operations and operational and tactical experience,” he said.

Tahani also stressed that the joint drills serve as a signal to the world that ties between Tehran, Moscow and Beijing have reached a “meaningful” level.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the naval drills with China and Russia “make clear our broader commitment to secure vital waterways.”

Protesters clash with security forces in Beirut

Major fields in the Lebanese capital were also violent Monday night. Lebanese sources announced the return of tensions and unrest to Beirut for the third consecutive night.

 Some protesting youths threw stones, firecrackers and explosives at security forces and fired tear gas at the security forces to disperse them.

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