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

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AMMAN -- The Yemeni government and the Houthi rebels reached an agreement in Jordan's capital Amman on Friday to exchange 2,000 bodies, 1,000 of each side.

The agreement will be implemented over three stages, said Ahmad Abu Hamzeh, a member of the negotiating team of the Houthis. (Jordan-Yemen-Houthis)

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RIYADH -- Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir rejected on Friday the attempt to link Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

He told reporters in Washington that the claims were "baseless" and those involved will be held accountable, Al Arabiya TV reported. (Saudi-Khashoggi)

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ISTANBUL -- The collapse of an eight-storey apartment building in Istanbul has left 14 dead and 14 others wounded, Turkey's Interior Minister said Friday.

The rescue operation is continuing, said Suleyman Soylu on TV. (Turkey-Building-Collapse)

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BAGHDAD -- Islamic State (IS) militants on Friday executed three brothers kidnapped one day before in Iraq's northern central province of Salahudin, local media source said.

"Three brothers were kidnapped by IS on Thursday from north of Baiji, some 220 km north of Iraq's capital Baghdad, and later were executed on Friday," Jamal al-Dulaimi, media director of Salahudin province, told Xinhua. (Iraq-IS) Enditem

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