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

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DAMASCUS -- A total of five people were killed Friday by Turkish airstrikes in Syria's northeastern province of Hasakah despite a cease-fire agreement with Kurdish forces, state news agency SANA reported.

Some 20 other civilians were wounded in the airstrikes that targeted the village of Um al-Kheir on the outskirts of the city of Ras al-Ayn in the countryside of Hasakah province near Turkey. (Syria-Turkey)

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ISTANBUL -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that Turkey expects the Kurdish militia to leave within 120 hours the safe zone to be established by Ankara in northern Syria.

"The YPG should leave the area which we have designated as a safe zone," Erdogan told reporters in Istanbul, referring to the People's Protection Units. (Turkey-Syria-Safe Zone)

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BEIRUT -- Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri gave political parties 72 hours to find a solution for the country's crisis amid nationwide protests against the government's policies, local TV channel MTV reported Friday.

"Political parties must find within 72 hours a solution to the country's crisis, or I will be adopting a different approach," Hariri said in his speech at Grand Serail following two days of protests against the state. (Lebanon-Protests)

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KHARTOUM -- Sudan's government and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM)/Northern sector led by Abdel-Aziz Al-Hilu signed a road-map for negotiations on Friday, official SUNA news agency reported.

Shams-Eddin Kabashi, member of Sudan's sovereign council, signed the road-map on behalf of the government with Secretary-General of the SPLM/Northern sector Amar Amoun Daldoum, the report said. (Sudan-Road-map) Enditem

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