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Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, May 15

16 May 2022, 07:49 GMT+10

ANKARA -- Sweden and Finland proposed to work with Turkey on the "security guarantees" that Ankara has demanded over their plans to join NATO, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Sunday.

Turkey has been supporting the open-door policy of NATO, but Finland and Sweden's membership bid raises security concerns for Ankara, Cavusoglu told Turkish reporters in Berlin after a NATO meeting. (Turkey-Finland-Sweden-NATO)

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RIYADH -- Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Aramco) announced on Sunday an 82 percent year-on-year increase in net income in the first quarter of 2022.

The net income increased to 39.5 billion U.S. dollars, setting a new quarterly earnings record for the company since its initial public offering in 2019, the Saudi Press Agency reported. (Saudi Arabia-Income Increase)

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BEIRUT -- Hundreds of thousands of Lebanese flocked on Sunday to polling stations across the country to vote in the parliamentary elections.

The Internal Security Forces were deployed outside and inside polling stations to ensure the safety of elections and voters, while the Lebanese army took over security in the vicinity of polling centers. (Lebanon-Parliamentary Elections)

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RAMALLAH -- A Palestinian died of injuries he sustained during an Israeli raid on Friday in the northern West Bank city of Jenin, the Palestinian medics said on Sunday.

Dawoud Zubeidi, a Palestinian man from Jenin refugee camp in the occupied West Bank, was shot during the raid on the camp. (Palestine-Israeli Raid-Death)

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