Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Nov. 13

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ISTANBUL -- The blast in Istanbul's popular pedestrian avenue that killed six and wounded 81 was confirmed to be a terror attack, Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay said Sunday.

"We evaluate this to be an act of terror, carried out seemingly by a female assailant," stated the vice president. (Türkiye-Blast-Terror Attack)

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JERUSALEM -- Israeli President Isaac Herzog on Sunday tasked former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with forming a new government, after the victory of the veteran politician and his alliance of far-right parties in parliamentary elections.

In broadcast joint statements, Herzog said he doesn't "turn a blind eye" to Netanyahu's ongoing criminal trial over corruption charges and it should not "be taken lightly." However, he said, the Supreme Court has ruled that Netanyahu was fit to form a government. (Israel-Cabinet-Formation)

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TRIPOLI -- The foreign ministers of Libya and Malta discussed on Sunday in Libya's capital Tripoli the means to activate bilateral agreements between the two countries.

Libyan Foreign Minister Najla al-Mangoush and his Maltese counterpart Ian Borg talked about strengthening bilateral relations in several fields, including energy, education, health and illegal immigration, according to a statement issued by the Libyan foreign ministry. (Libya-Malta-Ties)

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TEHRAN -- Iran has started to export cars to Venezuela, visiting Venezuelan Transport Minister Ramon Velasquez said Sunday.

A total of 80,000 orders for Iranian cars have been placed in Venezuela, and 1,000 of them will be sent in the first stage, Velasquez was quoted by Iran's Labour News Agency as saying. (Iran-Venezuela-Car Trade) Enditem

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