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Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, May 24

25 May 2022, 07:44 GMT+10

ANKARA -- Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Tuesday demanded a "written agreement" from Finland and Sweden on steps to end their "support for terrorism" if they want to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

Cavusoglu's remarks came a day before Turkey will hold consultations with the two Nordic countries in Ankara on their NATO bids.(Turkey-NATO-Finland-Sweden)

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JERUSALEM -- Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu began his two-day visit to Israel and Palestine on Tuesday, the first trip to Israel by a senior Turkish official in over a decade.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry issued a statement saying the minister landed at the Ben Gurion Airport outside Tel Aviv and was welcomed by the ministry's Chief of State Protocol Gil Haskel and other officials.(Israel-Turkey FM-Visit)

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TEHRAN -- The death toll in a 10-story commercial building collapse in southwestern Iran rose to 10, a local Red Crescent Society official said on Tuesday.

The number of injuries rose to 35 in the Metropol Building incident that took place on Monday in the city of Abadan, Vahid Shabani, the Red Crescent managing director in Khuzestan province, was quoted by the official news agency IRNA as saying. (Iran-Building Collapse-Casualty)

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ABU DHABI -- The United Arab Emirates (UAE) confirmed on Tuesday its first case of monkeypox in a 29-year-old woman who arrived from west Africa.

The patient received medical care and the UAE health authorities took all necessary measures, including investigation, examination of contacts, and monitoring, the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention said in a tweet, which did not specify which country origin of the woman.(UAE-Monkeypox-First Case)

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