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MOSCOW, April 21 (Xinhua) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said it is important to maintain close contacts with Israel amid the unstable situation in the Middle East.

Putin met with visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday. A statement from the Kremlin said Putin and Netanyahu exchanged views on key issues on bilateral cooperation, particularly in the field of security, as well as urgent regional and global issues including the Palestinian-Israeli peace process and the Syrian crisis.

Netanyahu's visit came days after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas visited Russia.

The Russian president said when meeting with Netanyahu that there are reasons for maintaining close contacts with Israel "taking into consideration the uneasy situation in the region."

Netanyahu said he came to Russia "with one particular main purpose: to strengthen the coordination between us in the field of security, in order to prevent all sorts of mistakes and misunderstandings."

The Israeli prime minister said his country was doing everything in its power to prevent the transfer of "super modern weapons" from Syria and Iraq to the Hezbollah militant organization in Lebanon.

He also insisted that "the Golan Heights (territories in northern Israel the country occupied from Syria in the 1967 War) will remain part of the sovereign territory of Israel with or without an agreement."

Netanyahu also vowed to prevent the appearance of "another terrorist front" directed against Israel in the Golan Heights.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said during a briefing earlier that Russia maintained its position on the Golan Heights based on a United Nations (UN) Security Council resolution, which stipulated inadmissibility of the acquisition of a territory by war and the necessity to find a solution terminating its occupation through talks.

On Monday, Putin discussed the Middle East peace process at a meeting with Abbas.

He voiced Russia's support for Palestinian efforts "aimed at the activation of all means that are necessary to establish a constructive dialogue," while Abbas urged the international community to define the principles on which the Middle East settlement could be reached and formulate a timetable for negotiations.

WELLINGTON Kids Alshon Jeffery Jersey , June 30 (Xinhua) -- The world's oldest dance group has a rule when they go overseas: if you die on tour, then you get cremated because it's cheaper to take your ashes home than it is your body.

The humor might be black, but it reflects a joy of life that this troupe of aging hip-hoppers will take to China's Taiwan in November when they make their first foray into Asia.

New Zealand's Hip Op-eration Crew, who range in age from 67 to 95 Kids Nelson Agholor Jersey , see much that is admirable in Chinese culture, particularly the respect shown for the elderly, manager and choreographer Billie Jordan told Xinhua.

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Twenty-two dancers would perform two numbers over six minutes at the Taipei Stadium before an anticipated live audience of 14, 000 people at the "Seniors on Broadway" event to celebrate the elderly on stage.

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"As well as practicing their dance moves, they've been learning to say 'Nihao' and other Chinese phrases and things like presenting their business cards with two hands."

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"We also have some with dementia, but it doesn't matter if they can't remember what they did recently because the body has muscle memory, so when the music is playing their bodies know what to do and how to move," she said.

While it donates a lot of its earnings from performances to youth charities Womens Zach Ertz Jersey , the group aims to fight ageism and the idea that the elderly are less capable than younger people.

"We want the Hip Op-eration Crew to be role models to show that you can keep learning and enjoying life as you get older. They might not be able to perform all the moves as they get older, but they still want to grow as people," said Jordan.

The group, who performed to a standing ovation at the World Hip- Hop Championship Finals in Las Vegas last year Womens Jake Elliott Jersey , all have their own hip-hop stage names, such as "Kara Bang Bang" ("Because she likes to play the drum") and "Shake it up Sheila" ("She likes to party") and their favorite hip-hop performers are Missy Elliott and Eminem.

A feature length documentary on the Hip Op-eration Crew, who are all neighbors on the small island of Waiheke off Auckland in the Hauraki Gulf, will also be released in cinemas around the world from October this year.

They would be the only Western performers at the Taipei event and would also exchange experiences with local senior citizens.

"They're all really looking forward to it. Most of them have a foot or an arm or a leg or a shoulder that can't be used Womens Alshon Jeffery Jersey , but it's all about showing people that they can still get out of their comfort zone and do something they enjoy," said Jordan. "It keeps them alive."

WASHINGTON, March 18 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday denounced the deadly attack on a museum in the Tunisian capital, vowing continuing support for the North African country.

"The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms today's deadly terrorist attack at the National Bardo Museum in Tun.

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