Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Sept. 7

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TEHRAN -- In a fresh move to reduce commitments subject to the 2015 landmark nuclear deal, Iran started up advanced centrifuges on Saturday to boost the country's stockpile of enriched uranium, state TV reported.

The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) activated 20 IR-4 centrifuges and 20 IR-6 centrifuges, the AEOI spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi was quoted as saying. (Iran-Advanced Centrifuges)

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RABAT -- Morocco's trade deficit increased by 4.3 percent by the end of July to 12.92 billion U.S. dollars, the country's foreign exchange regulator said on Saturday.

According to the office's periodical data published on its website, the coverage rate of imports by exports has reached 57.8 percent against 58.1 percent a year earlier. (Morocco-Trade)

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DAMASCUS -- The Syrian air defenses intercepted rebels' drone attack on army positions in central Syria, state news agency SANA said on Saturday.

The attack was intercepted on Friday night over the al-Ghab Plains in the countryside of the central province of Hama, said SANA. (Syria-Air Defense)

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BAGHDAD -- Two roadside bombs went off Saturday evening in two areas in the Iraqi capital Baghdad and left five civilians wounded, an Interior Ministry source said.

One of the blasts took place when a roadside bomb detonated in Bab al-Sheikh neighborhood in downtown Baghdad, leaving three civilians wounded and caused damage to nearby shops and buildings, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity. (Iraq-Bomb) Enditem

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