Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Dec. 25

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TEHRAN -- Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) announced Sunday that it has arrested "seven leaders of recent riots" who had been linked to Britain.

The IRGC branch of southern Kerman Province has dismantled "an organized network called Zagors, which was led directly by the elements from Britain and formed a team of active anti-revolutionary elements inside and outside the country," Iran's official news agency IRNA quoted a statement from the IRGC branch as saying. (Iran-Riot Leaders-Britain)

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JERUSALEM -- Israel's Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu pledged on Sunday that his coalition government will not pass bills allowing discrimination against LGBTs and denying them access to services.

His remarks came in response to statements by two of his extreme-right partners, in which they vowed to pass laws allowing physicians and business owners to discriminate against LGBT people. (Israel-Anti-LGBT Law-Discrimination)

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SANAA -- Yemen's Houthi militia on Sunday accused the Saudi-led coalition of launching five drone strikes on the Yemeni Red Sea port city of Hodeidah, Houthi-controlled Saba website reported.

The attacks were among "97 coalition breaches of the truce in the city committed by the coalition forces on Sunday, including heavy flying of reconnaissance drones on Hays district in the southern part of the city," it added. (Yemen-Coalition-Truce Breach)

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KHARTOUM -- China XD Group signed on Sunday a contract with the Sudanese government to build an electrical substation in Al-Fula, the capital of Sudan's West Kordofan State, to connect cities in the state with the national power grid.

Sudanese Finance Minister Jibril Ibrahim, representatives of the Chinese Embassy in Sudan and officials from West Kordofan State attended the signing ceremony in Sudan's capital Khartoum. (Sudan-China-Electrical Substation) Enditem

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