Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, July 5

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ANKARA -- A car explosion on Friday hit Reyhanli town in Turkey's southern province of Hatay near the Syrian border, killing at least three Syrians and wounding another, Anadolu Agency reported.

"The initial findings suggest the explosion is likely linked to terrorism," Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters in Istanbul. (Turkey-Car Blast-Syrians)

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TUNIS -- Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi decided to extend the state of emergency for another month starting Friday.

According to a statement issued by the Tunisian presidency earlier in the day, the decision was made after consultations with Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed and President of People's Representatives Assembly Mohamed Ennaceur. (Tunisia-Emergency-Extension)

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BAGHDAD -- Iraqi leaders on Friday hailed the decision of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to re-inscribe the ancient city of Babylon on its World Heritage List.

In a statement by his office, Iraqi President Barham Salih congratulated the Iraqi people for re-inscribing Babylon in the World Heritage List. (Iraq-Babylon)

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RABAT -- Moroccan navy on Thursday night rescued 330 migrants in the Mediterranean trying to reach Spain.

The migrants, mostly sub-Saharan nationals, were trying to cross the Strait of Gibraltar aboard small boats, said Friday the Moroccan official news agency MAP quoting a military source. (Morocco-Migrants) Enditem

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