Xinhua Middle East News Roundup at 2200 GMT, 23 January

Xinhua Middle East News Roundup at 2200 GMT, 23 January

— Turkish President Recep Erdogan warned Sweden on Monday that it should not expect ’s support to join after the Koran was burned outside the Turkish embassy in .

“Those who allow such shameful acts in front of the Turkish embassy in Stockholm cannot expect good news from us about NATO membership,” Erdogan said at a press conference after the cabinet meeting. (Türkiye-Sweden-Quran Burning)

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BEIRUT – The judge investigating the Beirut port bombing resumed work on Monday after a 13-month suspension under political pressure, the National reported.

Returning to , Judge Tarek Bitar ordered the release of five detained suspects and announced his plan to file charges against others. (Lebanon-Beirut port explosion probe)

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– Tunisia will hold the second round of legislative elections on January 29, the Independent Electoral Authority (ISIE) said on Monday.

Polling stations across the country will open to voters at 8 a.m. local time (0700 GMT) and close at 6 p.m. local time, according to an ISIE statement. (Tunisia legislative elections)

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ADEN, Yemen — A bomb blast hit a Yemeni forces vehicle on Monday in the country’s southern Abyan province, killing at least two soldiers and wounding five others, a military official told Xinhua.

The bomb was planted by Yemen-based militants on the roadside in the Mudiyah district and detonated with a remote-controlled device, killing two soldiers on the military vehicle, the local military official said on condition of anonymity, adding four others and one policeman were seriously injured. (Yemen-the bomb blast-Al-Qaeda)

Source: sn.dk

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