Members of Canadian military band participate in a commemoration ceremony to mark the 77th anniversary of the Battle of Britain , in Vancouver, Canada, Sept. 10, 2017. The Battle of Britain was the first major campaign to be conducted entirely in the sky over southeast Britain and the English Channel from July to October 1940.(XinhuaLiang Sen)
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ZAGREB, July 9 (Xinhua) -- Two more Croatian sites have been included in UNESCO's World Heritage List on Sunday , at the 41st Session of the World Heritage Committee in Krakow, Poland.
The two newly inscribed are the old walls of the town of Zadar and the St. Nicholas Fortress in Sibenik.
"We are delighted. We have been working on this project for six years and this award will be a big push for touristic promotion of the country. This could lead to opening new jobs," Davor Trupkovic, assistant of Croatian Minister of Culture, told Xinhua on Sunday.
Located on the island Ljuljevac in the Adriatic Sea, near the town of SibenikSt , Nicholas Fortress dates back to the 16th century. With a specific triangular shape, the fortress was built to protect the city from raids by Ottoman Turks, but has never fulfilled its function as it was not active. However, it has become an attractive tourist spot nowadays.
Zadar, another Croatian coastal city, was once the largest city-fortress in the entire Republic of Venice. Its walls were built between the 15th and 17th century. Some of the walls and eight gates are still well preserved today.
Early on Friday , UNESCO also recognized beech forests in Northern Velebit and Paklenica National Parks in Croatia as part of a trans-boundary heritage site of primeval beech forests that stretch over 12 countries.
With these newly-added sites, Croatia now has 11 places on the UNESCO list.
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ISTANBUL, Feb. 12 (Xinhua) -- An Arabic book fair opened here on Friday, meeting an urgent demand of Syrian refugees being sheltered in Turkey.
"With this international fair, we aim to embrace Syrian refugees who found refuge in Turkey and grant them the Arabic publications that they have long needed," said Cezmi Akgul , manager of Turkey's Semerkand publishing house and organizer of the fair.
The Turkish authorities have had difficulties in meeting the growing demand of the Syrian refugees, now numbering some 2.5 million, for Arabic publications like books, magazines and newspapers, Akgul said.
He noted that needs of kids were taken into consideration as well, as Turkish publishers have published an Arabic-language magazine for them.
The fair , the first of its kind in Turkey, is showcasing publications from more than 15 countries, including Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Morocco and Kuwait.
The ten-day event is expected to draw some 50,000 visitors. Enditem
Michael Fassbender says taking on the role of Macbeth was a daunting task and he sought advice from his X-Men co-star Scottish actor James McAvoy in the latest big screen adaptation of William Shakespeare's tragedy.
Shame and Steve Jobs actor Fassbender stars alongside French actress Marion Cotillard as Lady Macbeth in the movie , which is directed by Justin Kurzel.
"It's definitely daunting because the work is so excellent you feel a responsibility to it and you don't want to make a shambles of it," Fassbender told Reuters.
One of Shakespeare's best known plays, Macbeth tells the story of a Scottish general whose ambitious wife urges him to commit murder to accede to the throne.
"There's just so many endless versions you can do and various interpretations of it which is very encouraging and also kind of depressing because I would walk away thinking 'God ... there's another thousand ways that could have been done,'" Fassbender said.
"It's not one of those texts where you can sort of go in, look at it in the morning before and sort of wing it. It's definitely something that I just spent many hours at home practising and getting comfortable with."
Fassbender said he spoke about the part to McAvoy, who has played Macbeth on stage.
"James and I had a few conversations about it and he actually gave me a sort of miniature Macbeth book ," he said.
"We discussed various things about the relationship [between Macbeth and his wife], what we felt it was about."
The movie, which screened at the Cannes Film Festival in May, was partly shot on Scotland's Isle of Skye. It features stark, cold landscapes and grisly battle scenes.
"The landscape is almost a central character in itself," Fassbender said.
"I could definitely understand the mysticism of Scotland."
Macbeth , already in movie theaters in several countries and regions around the world, opens in US cinemas on Friday.
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BERLIN， April 15 (Xinhua) -- The 20152016 Champions League is special due to the fact that there are no favorites .