Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, July 6

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TEHRAN -- A senior Iranian official said Iran may increase the purity of its enriched uranium to five percent from the current 3.67 percent from July 7, Press TV reported Saturday.

The move, if implemented, would be part of Tehran's decision to reduce its commitments under a 2015 nuclear deal, said Ali Akbar Velayati, an advisor to the Iranian supreme leader. (Iran-Uranium)

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ANKARA -- Turkey removed its central bank governor Murat Cetinkaya and replaced him with his deputy, a presidential decree said on Saturday.

Murat Uysal, the deputy governor, will take over the post, the decree published in the official gazette said without giving reason for the change. (Turkey-Reshuffle)

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BAGHDAD -- Iraq on Saturday rejected the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories and confirmed its commitment not to establish relations with Israel.

"We reaffirm that Iraq's position on the Palestinian issue is the same as our principled and historical position of rejecting the Israeli occupation of the Arab land," the Iraqi Foreign Ministry said in a statement. (Iraq-Israel-Ties)

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TUNIS -- The Tunisian maritime guard recovered on Saturday 13 bodies of illegal African immigrants who drowned off the southeastern coast three days ago, a Tunisian Red Crescent official told Xinhua.

The bodies were found off Jorf coast in the province of Medenine and Katf coast of the city of Ben Guerdane close to the Libyan border, said Mongi Slim, head of the Medenine branch of the Tunisian Red Crescent. (Tunisia-Illegal Immigrants) Enditem

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