Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Feb. 4

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TEHRAN -- Iran's Foreign Ministry on Monday condemned the recent terrorist attack on a bus carrying a number of Iranian pilgrims in Iraq as "brutal."

In a statement on Monday, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi said that the Iranian Foreign Ministry and the country's embassy in Baghdad are seriously looking into the incident. (Iran-Pilgrims-Iraq)

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TEHRAN -- The Iranian judiciary chief said on Monday that his country would never accept the "humiliating conditions" in the EU's payment channel for trade with Iran, Tasnim news agency reported.

"After nine months of procrastination and negotiation, Europeans have created a mechanism with limited capacity, not for exchanging money but for food and medicine," said Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani. (Iran-EU-Payment Channel)

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TEHRAN -- Iran has become self-sufficient in producing oxygen-18 with high purity, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran said Monday.

Iran has managed to produce oxygen-18 with a purity level of 97 percent, Ali Akbar Salehi was quoted as saying by Tasnim news agency. (Iran-Oxygen 18-Purity)

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BAGHDAD -- An Islamic State (IS) leader, and two children were killed while five people injured on Monday in separate incidents in Iraq.

In Iraq's central province of Salahudin, Mohammed al-Bazi told Xinhua that an improvised explosive device planted by the IS went off as a family was having a picnic in the city of Samarra, some 120 km north of Baghdad, killing a child and injuring five of the family members. (Iraq-IS-Incidents) Enditem

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