Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Jan. 21

TEHRAN -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is scheduled to visit the Republic of Azerbaijan for talks on bilateral ties, Iran Press news website reported on Thursday.

During his visit to Baku on Jan. 24, Zarif will meet senior Azerbaijan officials to discuss Tehran-Baku ties as well as regional issues. (Iran-Azerbaijan-FM Visit)

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BAGHDAD -- The Chinese Embassy in Iraq on Thursday delivered donation to Iraq, helping the Iraqi government confront the COVID-19 pandemic and improve the livelihood of Iraqi people.

Chinese Ambassador to Iraq Zhang Tao and Iraqi Interior Ministry's Senior Deputy Minister Hussein al-Awadi signed the handover of the Chinese donation in the presence of representatives from foreign and finance ministries. (Iraq-China-Donation)

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BAGHDAD -- At least 32 people were killed and 110 others wounded on Thursday in the twin suicide bombings in Iraq's capital Baghdad, Iraqi Health Minister Hassan al-Tamimi said.

Baghdad's hospitals received 32 bodies, while 110 wounded people were admitted for treatment, al-Tamimi said in a statement. (Iraq-Suicide Bombings-Casualties)

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TEHRAN -- Iran's UN envoy urged for "immediate" removal of U.S. sanctions against Syria, Tasnim news agency reported on Thursday.

The "political, unlawful, and inhumane" sanctions imposed against Syria have been imposed at a time when Syrians are suffering badly from several issues, Iranian Ambassador to the United Nations Majid Takht Ravanchi was quoted as saying. (Iran-U.S.-Sanctions)

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