Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Oct. 24

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BEIRUT -- The massive protests that swept through Lebanon in the past week were triggered by domestic problems rather than foreign intervention, Lebanese analysts said.

"This protests started genuinely by people in Lebanon because the current political class has committed a lot of mistakes in the past years without being held accountable for its false practices and failing policies," Pierre Khoury, a Lebanese economist and political researcher, told Xinhua. (Lebanon-Protests-Domestic Problems)

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ANKARA -- The Turkish Foreign Ministry said on Thursday that Ankara rejects a decision by European Parliament (EP) against Turkish incursion into northern Syria.

"We fully reject the position adopted today (Oct. 24) on the Operation Peace Spring," said the ministry in a written statement. (Turkey-Syria-Europe)

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RABAT -- Morocco has signed an agreement with Russia to build a petrochemical complex in the North African country, official news agency MAP reported Thursday.

The agreement, which is estimated to be worth 2 billion euros (2.2 billion U.S. dollars), was signed on the sidelines of the Russia-Africa Economic Forum by the Moroccan private company MYA Energy, the Development Bank of the Russian Federation and the Russian Center for Exports in the Russian city of Sochi on Wednesday. (Morocco-Russia-Refinery)

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CAIRO -- Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi and Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed have agreed to immediately resume the work of the technical committee of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), the Egyptian presidency's office said Thursday.

"The committee aims to reach a final vision of the rules for filling and operating the dam," said Bassam Rady, spokesman of the presidency, in a statement. (Egypt-Ethiopia-GERD) Enditem

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