Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, April 1

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TEHRAN -- Iran welcomed a recent Arab League (AL) statement which endorses Syria's sovereignty over the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, Press TV reported on Monday.

AL's move to support Syria's territorial integrity was a positive and promising step amid U.S. efforts to legitimize Israel's occupation of Golan Heights, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi said on Sunday. (Iran-Syira-Golan Heights)

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ADEN, Yemen -- Yemeni government forces and the Houthi rebels engaged in intense clashes and exchanged heavy artillery fire on Monday, leaving at least 10 people injured, a local official told Xinhua.

The Houthis launched artillery shelling from their positions located inside the residential neighborhoods and targeted military sites of the joint pro-government forces in the eastern part of Hodeidah city, according to a local military official on condition of anonymity. (Yemen-Clash)

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ALGIERS -- Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika said he will resign before his term ends on April 28, said a statement from the presidency carried by the official APS news agency.

"The resignation of President Bouteflika will occur before April 28, the date of the end of his term in office," said the statement. (Alegeria-President-Resignation)

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ISTANBUL -- The mayoral candidate for Istanbul from Turkey's ruling party admitted on Monday that his main opposition rival was taking the lead with a margin of 25,000 votes.

However, "the process has been continuing" as there were over 300,000 invalid votes, Binali Yildirim, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) candidate, said in a televised speech. (Turkey-Local Elections) Enditem

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