Main News of November 17


* Israel destroyed the Hamas movement’s government headquarters in Gaza overnight as the two sides continued to exchange missiles in escalating violence in the region

* The Israeli Defense Force has redeployed a fifth battery of its Iron Dome anti-rocket air-defense systems to protect the city of Tel Aviv, Palestinian rockets apparently landed close by, the IDF said

* About 20 people were detained in Baku when police dispersed an unauthorized opposition rally in Azerbaijan’s capital calling for the dissolution of parliament

* The Pakistani government has released nine leading members of the radical Islamist Taliban group at the request of the government of Afghanistan and the Afghan High Peace Council, Pajhwok news agency reported


* Eight people were injured when a UTair Mil Mi-8 transport helicopter carrying two crew and 20 passengers crashed on landing in Omsk Region, the Interior Ministry press service said

* The leader of Ukraine’s radical feminist movement FEMEN, Anna Hutsol, has been denied entry to Russia, officials at Russia’s Pulkovo airport confirmed

* Ukraine is prepared to defend its interests in a potential row with Russia over the breach of contractual obligations under the existing gas imports contract, Fuel and Energy Minister Yuriy Boyko said


* A female fan has been arrested on suspicion of throwing the pyrotechnic that injured Dynamo Moscow goalkeeper Anton Shunin, a Russian police source has told RIA Novosti

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