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

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RAMALLAH -- The Palestinians on Sunday vowed a long-term popular resistance against the U.S.-sponsored normalization between Israel and Arab states.

The vow was made in the first press statement issued after midnight by the Unified National Command of Popular Resistance, which was formed after a meeting between the secretary generals of several Palestinian factions including the Islamic Hamas movement, ruler of the Gaza Strip, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement. (Palestine-Rejection-Normalization with Israel)

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TEHRAN -- Iran's army has improved the range of one of its submarine missiles, state TV reported on Sunday, quoting top navy commander as saying.

The army has increased range of the Jask-II missiles, which can be launched by the homegrown Fateh submarine, the Commander of the Iranian Navy Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi told the state TV. (Iran-Submarine Missile)

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ANKARA -- Turkish seismic survey vessel Oruc Reis has returned to the southern province of Antalya, state-run TRT broadcaster reported Sunday.

The vessel anchored off the Gulf of Antalya on Saturday night, the broadcaster reported. (Turkey-Seismic Survey-Return)

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JERUSALEM -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to leave late on Sunday for the United States, where he is slated to sign historic normalization agreements with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain on Tuesday.

The UAE and Bahrain will become the third and fourth Arab country to ink a peace agreement with Israel, after Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994. (Israel-Palestinian Issue-Normalization) Enditem

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