Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Nov. 22

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BAGHDAD -- At least two demonstrators were killed and some 40 others wounded Friday in a clash with riot police in Baghdad as demonstrations continued in Iraq over lack of jobs and public services, a security official said.

The clash erupted in the morning when dozens of protesters tried to cross a security wall in Rasheed Street in downtown Baghdad, which houses the Central Bank of Iraq and the main headquarters of the government-owned banks of al-Rafidain and al-Rasheed, an Interior Ministry official told Xinhua on condition of anonymity. (Iraq-Protest)

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ISTANBUL -- Turkish prosecutors on Friday issued detention warrants for 138 suspects, including soldiers on duty and expelled military students, over their alleged links to a group accused of orchestrating a coup attempt in 2016.

Police launched operations simultaneously in 23 provinces to catch 46 suspects with suspected links to the network headed by the U.S.-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen upon the order of the Chief Public Prosecutor's Office in the northwestern city of Bursa, the state-run Anadolu Agency said. (Turkey-Coup Suspects)

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TEHRAN -- Drills, codenamed Guardians of Velayat's Sky-98, entered its second day on Friday in the central Iranian province of Semnan, according to Fars news agency.

The drills, which are held over an area of 416,000 square km, aim to boost combat readiness over potential threats in the Gulf and Strait of Hormuz, said the report. (Iran-Drills)

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CAIRO -- The Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) announced on Friday that the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has awarded the festival Oscar qualifying film festival status.

The 10-day festival kicked off on Wednesday and showcases 150 films from 63 different countries. (Egypt-Film) Enditem

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