Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Dec. 27

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CAIRO -- -- Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and U.S. President Donald Trump discussed the recent developments in the talks on Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam in a phone call, the Egyptian presidency said in a statement.

During the phone call late on Thursday, al-Sisi expressed his appreciation for the U.S. support for the talks between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia. (Egypt-US-Ethiopian Dam)

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JERUSALEM -- The Israeli ruling party Likud announced on Friday that incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won a landslide victory in the primary, ensuring his leadership of the right-wing party in the national elections in March.

The official results released by the Likud in the morning showed that Netanyahu won 72.5 percent of the party members' votes while his rival Gideon Saar, a lawmaker of Likud, gained 27.5 percent of the votes. (Israel-Likud-Netanyahu)

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ISTANBUL -- No casualties were reported after a Liberia-flagged cargo ship hit the shore of the Bosporus Strait in Istanbul on Friday and the traffic was not disrupted either, the authorities said.

The incident occurred near the Rumeli Hisari neighborhood on the European side of the city after the ship named Songa Iridium signaled a machine failure, the Istanbul governor's office said in a written statement. (Turkey-Ship Incident)

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BEIRUT -- Heavy rain, floods and fire on Friday destroyed Syrian tents in several areas in Lebanon, the National News Agency reported.

Floods destroyed tents of Syrian refugees in Akkar, north of Lebanon, prompting the Lebanese Red Cross to move the refugees to other tents temporarily while providing them with blankets. (Lebanon-Syrian Refugees) Enditem

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