Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Oct. 7

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ANKARA -- A passenger plane of Al Jazeera Airlines on Thursday made an emergency landing in Turkey's Trabzon province airport after a bomb warning, the local governorate said.

The Turkish security officials have evacuated the passenger aircraft, which took off from Kuwait and was bounded to Trabzon on the Black Sea coast of northeastern Turkey, Governor Ismail Ustaoglu told reporters. (Turkey-Kuwait-Emergency Landing)


JERUSALEM -- Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Russian President Vladimir Putin held a phone conversation on Thursday.

"The two discussed various regional matters regarding security and diplomacy," the Israeli prime minister's office said in a statement. (Israel-Russia-Phone conversation)


RABAT -- Morocco's King Mohammed VI approved on Thursday the lineup of the new government formed following the legislative elections on Sept. 8.

At the Royal Palace in the central city of Fes, the king received new Prime Minister Aziz Akhannouch, also president of the National Rally of Independents Party (RNI), and approved the list of his 24-member cabinet. (Morocco-King-Cabinet)


TEHRAN -- The Iranian Health Ministry reported on Thursday 11,625 new COVID-19 cases, taking the country's total infections to 5,674,083.

According to an official briefing published by Iran's state TV, the pandemic has claimed 122,012 lives in the country so far, after 233 new deaths were registered in the past 24 hours. (Iran-COVID19) Enditem

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