Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Dec. 5

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ISTANBUL -- Istanbul's chief prosecutor on Wednesday issued arrest warrants for two Saudi Arabian citizens over the killing of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a local newspaper reported.

The Hurriyet daily identified the suspects as former deputy head of Saudi intelligence General Ahmed Asiri and Saud al-Qahtani, a former aide to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud. (Turkey-Khashoggi-Suspects)

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ISTANBUL -- U.S. actor and filmmaker Sean Penn and his crew on Wednesday did some shooting in front of the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul reportedly for a documentary on the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the mission.

The private NTV broadcaster said the actor has been trying to gather detailed information on the scene to make a documentary about the murder of Khashoggi, a case that has sparked an international outcry. (Turkey-Khashoggi-Documentary)

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TEHRAN -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Wednesday that Europe will finalize a cooperation mechanism for facilitating mutual financial transactions "soon" to avoid the U.S. banking sanctions on Iran.

He was informed during last week's trips to Brussels and Geneva that Europe has made final arrangements for a special purpose vehicle (SPV) and the financial mechanism will be established in the near future, Zarif was quoted as saying by Tasnim news agency. (Iran-EU-SPV)

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JERUSALEM-- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke Wednesday over the telephone with UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, about Israel's operation to locate and destroy cross-border tunnels dug by Lebanon-based Hezbollah militia.

The Prime Minister's Office issued a statement saying the prime minister told the secretary-general that he views "with utmost gravity the flagrant violation of Israeli sovereignty," which the tunnels caused. (Israel-Lebanon-Hezbollah) Enditem

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