Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Jan. 9

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BEIRUT -- A dozen of Lebanese protesters were injured on Wednesday evening during clashes with soldiers in the city of Tripoli over increased power rationing, the National News Agency reported.

The protesters, who gathered near the Qadisha Electricity Company, threw stones at the soldiers, who fired tear gas to disperse them. (Lebanon-Protests-Power Rationing)

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TEHRAN -- At least 19 people were killed and 24 others injured as a passenger bus plunged into a ravine in north of Iran on Thursday, official IRNA news agency reported.

The accident happened on Firouz Kooh mountaineer road in Mazandaran province on early Thursday. (Iran-Bus Accident)

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DAMASCUS -- The explosion that rocked a Turkey-held area in northern Syria on Wednesday has claimed the lives of seven Turkish soldiers, a war monitor reported on Thursday.

The car bomb that exploded in the countryside of the Turkey-held Ras al-Ayn in the province of Hasakah targeted a Turkish checkpoint, leaving seven Turkish soldiers killed and seven others wounded, five of whom are in critical conditions, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. (Syria-Explosion)

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ADEN, Yemen -- Yemen's government on Thursday signed a new agreement with the Southern Transitional Council (STC) to implement the Saudi-brokered deal, including withdrawing all military forces from Aden.

An official of the Yemeni government told Xinhua on condition of anonymity that representatives of the STC and the country's government reached an agreement to withdraw forces from Aden within three weeks. (Yemen-Aden-Troop Pull-out) Enditem

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