Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Jan. 6

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KHARTOUM -- New demonstrations began on Thursday in the Sudanese capital Khartoum to demand handing over the authority to a civilian government.

Groups of protesters set out from Al-Daim neighborhood and Al-Qurashi Park in Khartoum and headed towards the busiest bus station Sharwani, in a bid to march to the Republican Palace, eyewitnesses said. (Sudan-Protest)


KUWAIT CITY -- Kuwait's Minister of Health Khaled Al-Saeed has tested positive for COVID-19, the Kuwaiti Ministry of Health said on Thursday.

The ministry said in a statement that the minister is now in isolation following protocols stipulated by the ministry in case of infection. The minister will continue his duty remotely. (Kuwait-COVID-19)


BAGHDAD -- Unidentified gunmen on Thursday killed five family members of a paramilitary Hashd Shaabi member in Iraq's capital Baghdad, an interior ministry source said.

Earlier in the day, a group of gunmen broke into the house of the Hashd Shaabi member in the al-Maalif district in southwestern Baghdad and opened fire on the family, seriously wounding him and killing five of his family members, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity. (Iraq-Paramilitary Member-Killing)


ANKARA -- Turkey on Thursday reported 68,413 new COVID-19 cases, the highest daily figure since the outbreak, raising its total tally to 9,787,274, according to its health ministry.

The number of daily cases in the country has about doubled since early January as the Omicron variant rapidly increases. (Turkey-Coronavirus-Cases) Enditem

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