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Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Aug. 3

04 Aug 2022, 07:44 GMT+10

TEHRAN -- The Iranian negotiating team will leave for Vienna soon for talks on the removal of anti-Iran sanctions, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani said here Wednesday.

"Within the framework of the policy of lifting cruel sanctions against our country, the negotiating team of the Islamic Republic of Iran headed by Ali Bagheri Kani, the chief negotiator of the Islamic Republic of Iran, will leave for Vienna in a few hours," Kanaani was quoted as saying by the ministry's website. (Iran-Nuke Talk)

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BAGHDAD -- Iraqi prominent Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr called for dissolving the parliament and holding early elections, urging his followers to continue their open sit-in in the parliament building until their demands are met.

"Most of the Iraqi people are tired of the ruling class, including some faces of the Sadrist Movement," al-Sadr said in a televised speech. (Iraq-Al-Sadr-Parliament)

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ADEN, Yemen -- Yemen's internationally-recognized government and the Houthi militia have welcomed the renewal of the ongoing nationwide truce in the war-ravaged Arab country.

United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen Hans Grundberg on Tuesday announced a two-month renewal of the ceasefire in Yemen. The warring parties in Yemen had agreed to extend the truce, under the same terms, for an additional two months, from Aug. 2 until Oct. 2, Grundberg said in a statement. (Yemen-Ceasefire-Renewal)

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TEHRAN -- Iran's remote sensing satellite "Khayyam" will be launched by Russia's Soyuz satellite carrier next week, Iranian Space Agency (ISA) said Wednesday.

The satellite, which will be launched from the Baikonur space station in Kazakhstan, can help smarten different parts of the country by virtue of its accurate sensors that can be used in different areas, according to a report published on the ISA website. (Iran-Russia-Satellite)

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