Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Aug. 18

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DAMASCUS -- A car bomb exploded in Syria's northeastern city of Qamishli on Sunday, state TV reported.

The car exploded near a high school in the Arbawiyeh neighborhood in the city amid reports of damage, said the report, spelling no further details. (Syria-Bomb)

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KUWAIT CITY -- Kuwaiti Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah met on Sunday with visiting Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on regional developments, the Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) said.

The two sides discussed measures to de-escalate tensions and ways to protect maritime navigation in this important region of the world. (Kuwait-Iran)

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JERUSALEM -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu departed on Sunday for a meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kiev.

During the two-day trip, Netanyahu is expected to discuss with Zelensky the establishment of a free trade zone and the issue of pension rights for Ukrainian immigrants in Israel, the Prime Minister's Office said in a statement. (Israel-Ukraine)

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KHARTOUM -- Sudan's opposition Freedom and Change Alliance on Sunday announced that all its components have agreed on naming the alliance's five candidates for the sovereignty council, official SUNA news agency reported.

"The Freedom and Change Alliance has submitted the list of its candidates for the sovereignty council," Sati Al-Haj, a leading member in the Freedom and Change Alliance, was quoted in the report as saying. (Sudan-Opposition) Enditem

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