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Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Aug. 8

09 Aug 2022, 07:55 GMT+10

TEHRAN -- An Iranian Foreign Ministry official said Monday that partial progress has been achieved toward resolving some remaining issues in the Vienna nuke talks on reviving the 2015 nuclear deal, according to the official news agency IRNA.

During the past few days, four rounds of "intensive negotiations" on the outstanding issues have been held with the other sides to make sure they take into account Tehran's considerations and concerns, the Iranian diplomat told IRNA on condition of anonymity. (Iran-Nuclear Talks-Progress)

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JERUSALEM -- A fragile ceasefire between Israel and Gaza's Islamic Jihad group appeared to be holding into Monday, in a sign of restoring the calm in the region.

The ceasefire deal, mediated by Cairo, came into effect on Sunday at 11:30 p.m. local time (2030 GMT). It followed three days of deadly Israeli airstrikes and barrages of rockets fired by Islamic Jihad militants at cities in southern and central Israel. (Israel-Gaza-Ceasefire)

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BEIRUT -- The first shipment of grain exported from Ukraine since the outbreak of the Russian-Ukraine crisis is now looking for a new buyer after the initial Lebanese buyer rejected it due to the delay in delivery, the Ukrainian embassy in Lebanon said on Monday.

"The initial buyer in Lebanon refused to receive the shipment due to the delay in delivery for more than 5 months. Therefore, the shipment supplier is now looking for another buyer who could be in Lebanon's Tripoli city, or in another country or port," the embassy said in a statement.(Lebanon-Ukrainian Grain Export-New Buyer)

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JERUSALEM -- Israel recorded 249,900 tourists arrivals in the country in July, the highest monthly record since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the country in early 2020, Israel's Central Bureau of Statistics said Monday.

Israel has logged a total of 1.26 million foreign tourists since the beginning of 2022, about eight times higher than the 156,200 tourists in the January-July period last year. However, the monthly number is still behind the pre-pandemic level seen in February 2020, when some 343,800 tourists arrived in Israel. (Israel-Tourist Arrivals-Monthly Record)

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