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

Xinhua
04 Aug 2021, 19:18 GMT+10

TEHRAN -- Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday endorsed Ebrahim Raisi as the new president of the Islamic republic.

Khamenei gave his official approval to Raisi at a ceremony broadcast live on state television. (Iran-Raisi-New President)

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ISTANBUL -- Turkey's annual inflation jumped to 18.95 percent in July, the highest in the last 26 months, the Turkish Statistical Institute revealed on Tuesday.

The country's monthly inflation increased by 1.8 percent in the same month, according to the data. (Turkey-Inflation)

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JERUSALEM -- Israel is gathering international support for action against Iran over an alleged attack on an Israeli-managed oil tanker in the Gulf last week, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said Tuesday.

During a tour to the army's northern command headquarters, Bennett said that Israel is able to "act alone" against Iran. (Israel-Iran-Oil Tanker)

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BAGHDAD -- Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi launched on Tuesday investigations in two ministries into the complaints about officials' misuse of state resources in their election campaigns for the upcoming parliamentary elections in October.

A statement from al-Kadhimi's media office said "there are complaints about the exploitation of state resources in election campaigns by ministers or officials nominated in the elections." (Iraq-Election Scandals-Investigations)

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