Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, May 17

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TEHRAN -- Iran on Sunday registered 1,806 new COVID-19 infections, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 120,198 since the outbreak in late February.

Meanwhile, 51 new fatalities were reported over the past 24 hours, taking the death toll to 6,988, said Kianush Jahanpur, head of Public Relations and Information Center of the health ministry. (Iran-COVID-19)

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JERUSALEM -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presented his new power-sharing government to the parliament on Sunday, breaking one and a half year of political stalemate.

Under the power-sharing deal agreed in April, the right-wing leader will remain prime minister for 18 months before being replaced by his former rival Benny Gantz, leader of the centrist Blue and White party. (Israel-Government-Power-sharing)

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ANKARA -- Turkey on Sunday confirmed 1,368 new COVID-19 cases and 44 more deaths in the past 24 hours, according to Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca.

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Turkey rose to 149,435, while the death toll surged to 4,140, Koca tweeted. (Turkey-COVID-19)

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TEHRAN -- Iranian officials on Sunday warned the United States against any attempt to block the fuel delivery by Iranian tankers to Venezuela.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in a letter to the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Sunday that "the illegal, dangerous and provocative U.S. threats" against the Iranian tankers is a form of piracy and a big threat to international peace and security. (Iran-U.S.-Venezuela) Enditem

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