Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, July 13

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ANKARA -- Turkey on Saturday received second shipment of components of Russian S-400 air defense systems, the Defense Ministry said.

Local TV footage showed an Russian aircraft landing at Murted Air Base near the Turkish capital Ankara. (Turkey-Russia-S-400)

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ANKARA -- Turkey launched a new wave of military operation against Kurdish militants in northern Iraq late Friday, the Turkish Defense Ministry said Saturday.

The new operation, dubbed Operation Claw-2, which began at 10 p.m. local time (GMT 1900), targets caves and shelters used by members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in the Hakurk region, according to a ministry statement. (Turkey-Iraq-PKK)

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BAGHDAD -- The European Union (EU)'s top diplomat Federica Mogherini said on Saturday that the EU supports Iraq's proposal to hold peace conference to ease tensions between the United States and Iran.

Mogherini, the EU's high representative for Foreign affairs and Security Policy and European Commission vice president, made her comment during a joint press conference with the Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammed al-Hakim during her official visit to the Iraqi capital Baghdad earlier in the day. (EU-Iraq)

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SANAA -- Representatives from both Yemeni warring parties are scheduled to meet on a UN ship on the Red Sea within next days to resume discussions on the implementation of a stalled forces pullout from Yemen's main sea port of Hodeidah as agreed at a December cease-fire deal, sources from both rival parties told Xinhua on Saturday.

Hodeidah is the main Yemeni port city on the Red Sea and key lifeline entry of most Yemen's commercial imports and humanitarian aid. (Yemen)

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KHARTOUM -- The African Union (AU) Envoy to Sudan Mohamed Hacen Lebatt announced on Saturday that the talks between Sudan's Transitional Military Council (TMC) and the opposition Freedom and Change Alliance, have been delayed to Sunday.

"The meeting, which was scheduled to be held Saturday between the TMC and the Freedom and Change Alliance, has been delayed to Sunday," Lebatt told reporters. (Sudan-Political Crisis) Enditem

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