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Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, June 8

09 Jun 2021, 08:18 GMT+10

JERUSALEM -- Israeli lawmakers will vote Sunday on approving a new government that would end the 12-year rule of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, parliament's speaker announced on Tuesday.

Parliament Speaker Yariv Levin, a lawmaker with Netanyahu's Likud party and his close associate, announced that "a special session of parliament" would discuss and vote on the eight-party coalition. (Israel-New-Government)


ANKARA -- The total number of people vaccinated against the COVID-19 in Turkey exceeded 18 million on Tuesday, said the Turkish Health Ministry.

Out of Turkey's nearly 84 million population, a total of 18,114,000 people have so far been vaccinated since the mass vaccination campaign started on Jan. 14 after the Turkish authorities approved the emergency use of the Chinese Sinovac vaccine. (Turkey-COVID19-Vaccine)


AMMAN -- Jordanian citizen Abdullah Abu Jaber on Tuesday arrived in Jordan after being released by Israeli authorities, said Jordanian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Deifallah Fayez.

Fayez said Abu Jaber was transferred to the King Hussein Bridge on Tuesday morning after all procedures and necessary arrangements were completed, according to a statement by the ministry. (Jordan-Israel-Release)


TEHRAN -- Iran's ambassador to Vienna-based international organizations Kazem Gharibabadi criticized a recent report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Iran's nuclear activities as "political," official IRNA news agency reported on Tuesday.

The report by the IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi is "invalid" since it is not based on reliable sources and does not reflect all aspects of Iran's cooperation, Gharibabadi was quoted as saying. (Iran-IAEA-Report)

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