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

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ANKARA -- Turkish police on Thursday detained 17 foreign nationals in Ankara suspected of being linked to the Islamic State (IS) group, semi-official Anadolu Agency reported.

The Ankara police department had been keeping track of the suspects for a while, the report said. (Turkey-IS Suspects-Detention)

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CAIRO -- An Egyptian court on Thursday sentenced a defendant to 15 years in imprison over charges of forming an Islamic State (IS) cell, official news agency MENA reported.

In a retrial of the case, publicly known as "Daesh (IS) Upper Egypt Organization," the defendant, whose identity was not revealed, was accused of forming an IS-affiliated terrorist cell operating in six Upper Egyptian governorates. (Egypt-Court-IS Suspect)

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ALGIERS -- Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed on Thursday said that President Kais Saied will visit Algeria within the next few weeks, the Algerian state radio reported.

"I came here with a message of friendship and amity from Tunisian President Kais Saied to the Algerian people and leadership," Chahed told reporters following talks with Algeria's interim president, Abdelkader Bensalah. (Algeria-Tunisia-President Visit)

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TUNIS -- Two Tunisian ministers on Thursday announced their resignations from the current government of Prime Minister Youssef Chahed.

The ministers are Zied Laadhari, minister of development, investment and international cooperation, and Iyed Dahmani, minister in charge of relations with the Tunisian parliament and cabinet spokesman. (Tunisia-Ministers) Enditem

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