Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Nov. 21

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TEHRAN -- The total number of COVID-19 infections confirmed in Iran rose on Saturday to 841,308, after 12,931 new cases were registered in the past 24 hours.

Sima Sadat Lari, the spokeswoman for Iran's Ministry of Health and Medical Education, said at her daily briefing that 2,155 of the newly infected required hospitalization. (Iran-COVID-19)

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KHARTOUM -- Sudan has decided not to participate in a ministerial meeting slated for Saturday regarding the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

"Sudan has decided not to participate in the ministerial meeting regarding the GERD, which was scheduled to be convened on Saturday afternoon," said Sudan's Irrigation and Water Resources Ministry in a statement on Saturday. (Sudan-Nile Dam-Meeting)

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BAGHDAD -- The Iraqi Health Ministry reported on Saturday 1,786 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the nationwide infections to 533,555.

The new cases included 412 in the capital Baghdad, 275 in Kirkuk, 176 in Duhok, 169 in Nineveh, 119 in Sulaimaniyah, and 114 in Najaf, the ministry said in a statement. (Iraq-COVID-19)

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RIYADH -- Saudi Arabia announced on Saturday it will launch a national investment strategy next year, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The Saudi Minister of Investment Khalid Al-Falih revealed in Riyadh at a media briefing ahead of the Group of 20 (G20) Leaders' Summit that the strategy grants full ownership rights to Saudi and foreign investors. (Saudi-Investment) Enditem

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