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BEIRUT -- The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on Wednesday launched a project with 2.2 million U.S. dollars in grant financing to help revitalize the cultural life in Lebanon.

Implemented by UN-Habitat, the BERYT project is financed by the Lebanon Financing Facility (LFF), a multi-donor trust fund administered by the World Bank, and UNESCO Beirut will oversee the implementation of the cultural and creative industries component. (Lebanon-UNESCO-Cultural Revival)

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LOS ANGELES -- A newly discovered asteroid named 2023 DZ2 will safely pass by Earth on Saturday more than 100,000 miles (160,000 kilometers) away, according to NASA's Planetary Defense Coordination Office.

The asteroid, about 55 meters wide, is currently moving at a speed of 36.84 kilometers per second, according to NASA's real-time tracking tool. (NASA-Asteroid-Earth)

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ATHENS -- Passenger and freight trains gradually resumed service in Greece on Wednesday, three weeks after an accident in the center of the country that resulted in 57 deaths.

Following a review of safety measures, operations will be fully restored in April, Panagiotis Terezakis, interim chief executive officer (CEO) of the Hellenic Railways Organization (OSE), said after the first train departed from Athens' central railways station, the Greek national broadcaster ERT reported. (Greece-railway-restore)

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LOS ANGELES -- A large swath of Southern California is under flood watch as a significant storm pushed onto the region Tuesday, bringing heavy rain, snow and gusty winds.

The U.S. National Weather Service (NWS) issued a brief tornado warning Tuesday night for Ventura County and Los Angeles County.

A tornado warning means that a tornado is imminent and presents "imminent danger to life and property," according to the NWS. (US-California-Flood Watch) Enditem

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