Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, July 21

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CAIRO -- The Egyptian aviation minister met on Sunday with Britain's ambassador to Egypt at the ministry headquarters, where he expressed displeasure with British Airways' decision to suspend flights to the Egyptian capital for seven days.

Egypt's Minister of Civil Aviation Younis al-Masry "expressed his displeasure that British Airways makes a unilateral decision concerning the security of Egyptian airports without referring to the competent Egyptian authorities," the Egyptian Ministry of Civil Aviation said in a statement on Sunday. (Egypt-British-Airways)

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DAMASCUS -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday exchanged congratulations on the 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

According to the state news agency SANA, Assad underscored the importance of boosting the relations with Russia on all levels to achieve benefit for both countries. (Syria-Russia-Ties)

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ADEN -- Two Yemeni children were killed when a projectile hit their house in a residential area in the southwestern province of Taiz, a security official told Xinhua Sunday.

"A projectile landed overnight on a citizen's house in Dar Nasser residential area in southeastern Taiz," the security source based in the province said on condition of anonymity. (Yemen-Attack-Taiz)

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TEHRAN -- The Iranian ambassador to Britain on Sunday warned London not to escalate tensions with Tehran.

"The UK government should contain those domestic political forces who want to escalate existing tension between Iran and UK well beyond the issue of ships," Hamid Baeidinejad tweeted. (Iran-Britain-Oil Tanker Seizure) Enditem

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