Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Jan. 8

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AMMAN -- Visiting U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday that the U.S. decision to withdraw forces from Syria will not impact the capacity of the international coalition to fight the Islamic State (IS) militants.

"The president's decision to withdraw our folks from Syria in no way impacts our capacity to deliver on that," Pompeo said at a joint press conference with Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi in the capital Amman. (Jordan-U.S.)

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ISTANBUL -- At least eight people were killed on Tuesday when a car capsized in northwestern Turkey.

The car skidded off the road and plunged into a stream in Tekirdag Province, the NTV broadcaster said. (Turkey-Car Accident)

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ADEN, Yemen -- Two civilians were killed and 12 others wounded when a roadside bomb blast targeted their vehicle in Yemen's southern province of Abyan on Tuesday, a local official told Xinhua.

The blast occurred in Abyan's town of Mahfad when a running vehicle touched off an improvised explosive device (IED) placed by unknown gunmen along a main road near a security outpost, the local official said on condition of anonymity. (Yemen-Suicide Bomb)

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TEHRAN -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Tuesday that the country will keep working with its global partners to neutralize U.S. sanctions against the Islamic republic.

Iran will keep working with Europe to put into effect a special purpose vehicle (SPV) which the European countries are devising for trade with Iran despite Washington threats against engagements with Tehran, Zarif was quoted as saying by Tasnim news agency. (Iran-U.S.) Enditem

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