Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Dec. 2

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JERUSALEM -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday denied any involvement in corruption, saying the police indictment recommendation has "no legal status."

"These recommendations were determined and leaked even before the investigations began," Netanyahu said in a statement. (Israel-Netanyahu-Corruption)

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DAMASCUS -- Turkey has urged civilians in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib to stand against the al-Qaida-linked groups which aim to undermine the demilitarized zone deal backed by Turkey and Russia, the pro-government al-Watan newspaper reported Sunday.

The newspaper cited sources as saying that the Turkish military observation points in several areas in the southern countryside of Idlib have met with civil delegations to stress the importance of the demilitarized zone. (Turkey-Syria-Idilib)

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JERUSALEM -- The Israeli government approved on Sunday a plan to strengthen the southern city of Sderot and the nearby Gaza-adjacent communities for the years of 2019 and 2020.

Worth 700 million new shekels (about 187.74 million U.S. dollars), the support plan intends to help residents of the area, who have been suffering for years from rockets and burning balloon attacks from the Gaza Strip. (Israel-Settlement)

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CAIRO -- Italian public prosecutor has asked his Egyptian counterpart here to list some policemen as "suspected" in the case of Italian student Giulio Regeni who was found dead in Cairo in early 2016, official news agency MENA reported on Sunday.

"Rome prosecution filed again its request to place the names of some policemen on the list of Italian suspects registry, a request that was turned down in December last year," MENA quoted a judicial source as saying. (Egypt-Italy-Regeni-Investigation)

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TRIPOLI -- Dozens of protesters on Sunday stormed the headquarter of the Libyan government in the capital Tripoli, demanding health insurance and payment of salaries, a government source said.

"Dozens of protesters of wounded and martyrs families stormed the government's headquarter in central Tripoli, demanding payment of outstanding salaries and medical treatment," the source told Xinhua with anonymity. (Libya-Protest)

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DAMASCUS -- The U.S.-led coalition fires several missiles on military sites in central Syria on Sunday evening, causing damages only, state-run SANA news agency reported.

The missiles targeted some military positions south of the town of Sukhneh in central Syria, said the report. (Syria-U.S.-Attack) Enditem

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