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Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Dec. 9

10 Dec 2022, 07:55 GMT+10

JERUSALEM -- Israeli President Isaac Herzog announced Friday that he would give the Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu another 10 days to form a government, announced the Presidency in a statement.

Netanyahu submitted the extension request on Thursday evening before the mandate expires at midnight between Saturday and Sunday, as he has not secured agreements with all his potential coalition partners. (Israel-Gov't Formation-Extension)

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TEHRAN -- A senior Sunni Muslim cleric was murdered in Iran's southeastern Sistan and Baluchestan Province while security forces said a similar attempt was foiled in Khorasan Razavi Province, Iranian media reported Friday.

Local cleric Molavi Abdulvahed Rigi was found dead on the roadside in Khash County earlier in the day, with three bullets in the head, Press TV reported, citing Sistan and Baluchestan's prosecutor Mehdi Shamsabadi. (Iran-Murder-Sunni Cleric)

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ADEN, Yemen -- Three soldiers of the Yemeni government forces were killed and eight others injured on Friday by unidentified gunmen who ambushed their convoy in the country's southeastern province of Hadramout.

The gunmen, suspected of belonging to terror groups, ambushed the soldiers in the Al Abr District of Hadramout, a local security source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity. (Yemen-Gov't Forces-Gunmen Ambush)

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TEHRAN -- Iran announced the finalization of negotiations between the Islamic republic and the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) on bilateral free trade of over more than 7,500 commodity items, Tasnim news agency reported on Friday.

Mirhadi Seyyedi, the head of Iran's negotiating group with the EAEU, said that during thirty rounds of talks with the EAEU over the past two years, the dimensions of the free trade agreement were discussed and the agreement was reached, which has the largest coverage in terms of goods coverage. (Iran-EAEU-FTA)

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