Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Feb. 3

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ANKARA -- Türkiye's annual inflation eased for the third month in a row, recording a 57.68-percent growth in January, official data showed on Friday.

Meanwhile, consumer prices registered a month-on-month growth of 6.65 percent in January, according to the Turkish Statistical Institute. (Türkiye-Inflation-Ease)

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BEIRUT -- Lebanon and Cyprus have signed a cooperation agreement for 2023 to exchange military expertise between the two countries, the Lebanese Armed Forces announced on Friday.

The Lebanese Deputy Chief of Staff for Planning Youssef Haddad signed the agreement on Thursday in Cyprus with Colonel Loukas Hadjikonstantas, who represented the Cypriot army, the Lebanese Armed Forces said in a statement on its website. (Lebanon-Cyprus-Military Cooperation)

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RAMALLAH -- A Palestinian young man was killed on Friday by Israeli soldiers near the village of Huwara south of the West Bank city of Nablus, the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) said.

Abdulla Qalalweh, 24, died after being shot by Israeli soldiers at an army checkpoint near the village, the PRCS said in a press statement. (West Bank-Palestinian-Killing)

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TRIPOLI -- The UN envoy to Libya on Friday stressed the need to hold national elections in the North African country.

Abdoulaye Bathily, the special representative of the UN Secretary-General for Libya, made his remarks during a meeting with the National Consensus Bloc in the High Council of State, where he listened to their assessment and ideas to overcome the political impasse through an initiative they presented. (Libya-UN-Elections) Enditem

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