Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, March 12

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DUBAI -- The aviation regulator of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) said it has grounded all Boeing 737 MAX models in the country's airspace, Emirates News Agency (WAM) said on Tuesday.

The decision was "issued to ensure the safety of the UAE's civil aviation industry and the public," the report quoted the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) of the UAE as saying. (UAE-Boeing 737 MAX)

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DOHA -- Qatar on Tuesday announced that the United States and Taliban have made progress in their longest round of negotiations in Doha to end a 17-year-old war in a strife-torn Afghanistan.

The two sides agreed on a four-point draft comprehensive peace deal to be implemented in accordance with time frames and conditions to be agreed upon, according to the official Qatar News Agency (QNA). (Qatar-Taliban-U.S.)

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ANKARA -- Turkey and Russia are discussing possible "joint patrols" in Syria's Tal Rifaat, local media reported on Tuesday.

"Coordinated efforts are ongoing in order to prevent attacks from the PKK/YPG in Tal Rifaat in the region of the Operation Euphrates Shield," daily Hurriyet quoted a security official on condition of anonymity. (Turkey-Syria-Patrol)

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TEHRAN -- Iran is boosting its military power for deterrence purposes, Iranian Defense Minister Amir Hatami said on Tuesday.

"Other countries fill our region with weapons and bombs," Hatami said, adding that this strategy would lead to war and deaths in the region. (Iran-Military) Enditem

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