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Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, May 19

20 May 2022, 08:05 GMT+10

ANKARA -- Turkey would say "no" to Finland and Sweden's NATO membership bid, as the country would not make the same "mistake" again, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday.

"We told our relevant friends that we would say 'no' to Finland and Sweden joining NATO, and we will resolutely continue this policy," he said. (Turkey--NATO-Veto)

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SANAA -- Yemen's Houthi militia said they are considering a request by the UN envoy to extend the ongoing two-month truce with the Yemeni government, Houthi-run al-Masirah TV reported on Thursday.

"The supreme political council is now considering the request to extend the truce, which expires on June 2," the TV said. (Yemen-Truce-Extension)

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JERUSALEM -- Israel's governing coalition on Thursday became a minority in Knesset or the parliament, after an Israeli-Arab lawmaker announced her resignation.

Ghaida Rinawie Zoabi, an Israeli-Arab with the liberal Meretz party, handed in her resignation letter to Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, leaving his eight-party coalition with only 59 seats in the 120-seat parliament. (Israel-Governing Coalition-Parliament-Minority)

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TEHRAN -- A senior Iranian judiciary official said Thursday that the country has not given up on its efforts to bring to justice those involved in the assassination of former Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani.

Making the remarks in a ceremonial address, Iranian Judiciary's First Deputy Mohammad Mosaddegh said the "U.S. act of terror" against the Iranian commander reveals its "ugly" nature, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported. (Iran-US-Soleimani Assassination)

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