Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Oct. 2

CAIRO -- Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi announced on Monday that he will run for the upcoming presidential election slated for December this year.

Sisi made the remarks while speaking at the three-day Story of the Homeland conference that ends on Monday in Egypt's New Administrative Capital. (Egypt-Sisi-Presidential Elections)

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TEHRAN -- Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani said on Monday the country has always supported the return of the Nagorno-Karabakh region to Azerbaijan.

He made the remarks at a weekly press conference in the Iranian capital Tehran, when commenting on Iran's positions toward the latest developments in the Caucasus region. (Iran-Azerbaijan-Nagorno-Karabakh)

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ADEN, Yemen -- Chief of Yemen's special security forces Fadhal Baash survived an assassination attempt on Monday when a car bomb targeted his convoy in the country's turbulent southern province of Abyan, a government official told Xinhua.

The "terror" attack took place in the provincial capital of Zinjibar as Baash's convoy was returning to the southern port city of Aden from a work trip, the local government official said on condition of anonymity. (Yemen-Assassination-Special Security Chief-Survival)

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ALGIERS -- Niger has accepted Algeria's mediation proposal aimed at finding a political solution to the ongoing crisis in the West African country, the Algerian Foreign Ministry announced in a statement on Monday.

After Niger's acceptance of Algeria's mediation proposal, Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune has instructed the foreign minister to travel to Niamey, the capital of Niger, to start preparatory talks with all concerned parties, the statement noted. (Algeria-Niger-Mediation Proposal)

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