Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Aug. 9

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RAMALLAH -- Four Palestinians were killed on Tuesday during clashes with Israeli soldiers in the West Bank, the Palestinian health ministry said.

Among the victims were three from the northern West Bank city of Nablus and one from the southern city of Hebron. (Palestine-Israel-Conflict)

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TEHRAN -- Iran's Khayyam satellite was successfully launched into space from the Baikonur space station in Kazakhstan by Russia's Soyuz satellite carrier rocket on Tuesday, the official news agency IRNA reported.

Iranian experts and researchers were waiting to receive signals from the satellite, Saeed Sediqian, deputy director of the Iran Space Agency (ISA), was quoted as saying. (Iran-Russia-Satellite Launch)

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TEHRAN -- Iranian negotiators in the nuclear talks have been ignoring "threats and empty deadlines" by the West in order to protect Iranian people's rights and the long-term interests of the country, an advisor to the Iranian team said Tuesday.

The Iranian negotiators have pressed hard on the Americans and European governments to back down from their irrational positions, both in the Vienna talks and its contacts with the other negotiating parties, Mohammad Marandi was quoted by the official news agency IRNA as saying, before leaving the Austrian capital where the talks were held. (Iran-Nuke Talks-West Threats)

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CAIRO -- Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi and Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani discussed on Tuesday the latest regional developments, highlighting concerted Arab efforts to address regional challenges, the Egyptian presidency said in a statement.

In their phone conversation, the Qatari emir expressed appreciation for Egypt's latest success in mediating a cease-fire between Palestinians and Israelis in the Gaza Strip, calling it part of the country's efforts to strengthen regional peace and security, according to the statement. (Egypt-Qatar-Ties) Enditem

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