Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Jan. 7

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ANKARA -- A Panamanian-flagged ship on Monday sank in the Black Sea off Turkey's northern province of Samsun, killing six crew members, state-run agency Anadolu reported.

After receiving a call from the ship of 13 crew members, a coastguard team was dispatched 124 km off the Samsun coast and saved seven of them, Anadolu cited the local governor as saying. (Turkey-Sinking-Panamanian Ship)

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BEIRUT -- Lebanese General Security Chief Abbas Ibrahim said Monday that he rules out the possibility of a war between Lebanon and Israel while assuring that Lebanon is prepared for the war if it happens, local media reported.

"We do not want a war but we are ready for it while Israel is not prepared for a war even if it wants it," Ibrahim was quoted as saying by the National News Agency. (Lebanon-Israel)

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JERUSALEM -- Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday harshly slammed legal authorities over several ongoing corruption investigations in which he is a suspect.

In a televised statement broadcast nationwide, Netanyahu accused the police of mistreating him in order to sabotage the election campaign. (Israel-Netanyahu-Corruption)

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CAIRO -- Egypt's Foreign Ministry condemned on Monday the coup attempt in Gabon, a statement by the ministry said.

"Egypt stands by the legitimate authority in Gabon in accordance with the African Union's governing principles," the statement read, calling for respecting the rule of the law and the constitution in the West African country. (Egypt-Gabon) Enditem

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