Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Jan. 26

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TEHRAN -- Iranian Foreign Ministry censured French foreign minister's recent threats to impose sanctions on Iran over Tehran's ballistic missile program.

Iran's missiles are for deterrence purposes and non-negotiable, said Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi, according to a report by Foreign Ministry on Saturday. (Iran-Europe-Sanctions-Missiles)

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BAGHDAD -- Kurdish demonstrators Saturday broke into a Turkish military base inside the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan in northern Iraq, protesting against Turkish cross-border airstrikes and artillery shelling.

Dozens of protesters stormed a Turkish base in Shiladze in Iraq's northern province of Duhok and set fire to military vehicles inside the Turkish military site, said the Kurdish media net of Rudaw. (Iraq-Turkey-Military)

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SANAA -- The head of a UN team monitoring the UN-backed cease-fire in Yemen's Hodeidah arrives on Saturday in the rebel-held capital Sanaa to resume his mission, Houthi-controlled Saba news agency reported.

Patrick Cammaert, a retired Dutch general, leads a joint committee from both Yemeni rival forces, namely the Saudi-backed government and the Iranian-allied Houthi rebels, overseeing the implementation of the cease-fire in the Red Sea port city of Hodeidah. (Yemen-UN)

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TUNIS -- Russia would like to see Tunisia's support for the return of Syria to the Arab League (AL), said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during his visit to Tunisia on Saturday.

Lavrov made the comment at a joint press conference after talks with his Tunisian counterpart Khemaies Jhinaoui, Russian news agency Sputnik reported. (Tunisia-Russia)

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RAMALLAH -- A senior Palestinian official announced on Saturday that Russia will host and sponsor an internal Palestinian dialogue in Moscow on reconciliation and ending internal division in mid February.

Palestinian ambassador to Russia Abdulhafiz Noufal told the official Voice of Palestine Radio that Moscow had sent invitations to ten Palestinian factions, including Islamic Hamas movement and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Fatah Party. (Paletine-Russia) Enditem

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