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


TEHRAN -- Iran's Basij, a force of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), held on Thursday a naval parade on the shores of Assaluyeh port in the Gulf, official IRNA news agency reported.

The parade, attended by more than 700 light and heavy vessels, is a show of support to Iran's defense goals and the IRGC's navy, Hossein Salami, chief commander of the IRGC, was quoted as saying. (Iran-Navy-Parade)

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BAGHDAD -- An Iraqi court issued Thursday an arrest warrant for outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump over the killing of deputy chief of the Iraqi paramilitary Hashd Shaabi forces in January 2020.

"A judge in Baghdad's al-Rusafa court in charge of investigating the killing of Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy chief of Iraq's paramilitary Hashd Shaabi forces, issued an arrest warrant against the U.S. President Donald Trump," the Iraqi Supreme Judicial Council said in a statement. (Iraq-U.S.--Trump Warrant)

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TEHRAN -- Iran can enrich uranium to 90 percent of purity, the spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) announced on Thursday.

"Our achievements are so great that we can easily enrich uranium in different percentages up to 90 percent," Behrooz Kamalvandi told state TV. (Iran-Uranium-Enrichment)

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JERUSALEM -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday that riots at the U.S. Capitol "must be vigorously condemned."

The remark was made during statements at the beginning of a meeting between the prime minister and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin at the prime minister's office in Jerusalem. (Israel-U.S.-Riots)

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