Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Jan. 18

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TEHRAN -- The Iranian nuclear chief on Wednesday stressed that there is no undeclared nuclear activity or site in Iran, according to the Iranian Students' News Agency.

Making the remarks to reporters on the sidelines of a cabinet meeting, Mohammad Eslami, president of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), said the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has also announced the same thing repeatedly. (Iran-Nuclear Activity)

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ANKARA -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hinted on Wednesday that the next general and presidential elections could be held on May 14, nearly one month earlier than the scheduled date.

Addressing his party members at the parliament, Erdogan cited the polls on May 14, 1950 when Democrat Party beat Republican People's Party, which had been in power for 27 years. (Türkiye-Presidential Elections-Date)

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JERUSALEM -- Israel's Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that a key member in the country's new extreme-right government could not serve as minister because of his criminal conviction.

Israel's top court said Aryeh Deri, leader of the ultra-Orthodox party of Shas and a powerful figure in Israeli politics, is disqualified from serving as a minister because of his conviction of tax fraud. (Israel-Supreme Court-Ministerial Post)

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BEIRUT -- About 37 percent of Lebanese residents and Syrian refugees in Lebanon, or about 1.98 million of them, face "severe food insecurity," UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Imran Riza said on Wednesday.

He made the remarks at a conference held in Beirut, capital of Lebanon, to discuss a UN study about food insecurity in Lebanon, the National News Agency reported. (Lebanon-Food Insecurity) Enditem

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