Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, July 20

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RAMALLAH -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday met with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry at his office in the West Bank city of Ramallah, official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

Abbas briefed Shoukry over the latest political developments in Palestine, with a focus on diplomatic efforts to prevent the possible Israeli move to annex areas of the West Bank and apply Israeli civil law on settlements in the occupied territory, said WAFA. (Palestine-Egypt-Ties)

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CAIRO -- The Egyptian Parliament issued on Monday a mandate allowing the Egyptian president to send troops abroad to "protect national security."

The parliament's decision came a few days after Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi vowed that his country will not stand idle in the face of any direct threats to the security of Egypt and Libya. (Egypt-Army-Libya)

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DAMASCUS -- The Syrian air defenses responded to an Israeli missile attack over the capital Damascus on Monday evening, state news agency SANA reported.

The Israeli warplanes launched their attack from over the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. (Syria-Israel-Missile)

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BAGHDAD -- The Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi on Monday postponed his official visit to the neighboring country of Saudi Arabia, as Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud had been admitted to the hospital.

A statement by his office said that al-Kadhimi received the news that "King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud was exposed to an urgent health problem, and he subsequently was admitted to hospital for checkups." (Iraq-Saudi-Visit) Enditem

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