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Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Jan. 13

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TEHRAN -- Iran's Foreign Ministry said Saturday that the Islamic republic will never succumb to pressure of the United States to renegotiate the 2015 nuclear deal.

The U.S. President Donald Trump once again had to extend waivers that are mandatory under the deal reached between Iran and world powers, officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the Foreign Ministry said in a statement. (Iran-U.S.-Nuclear Deal)

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ANKARA -- Turkish EU Minister Omer Celik said that Turkey will not accept a "privileged partnership" with the EU, state-run Anadolu Agency reported Saturday.

Speaking in an interview with local news channel Haberturk on Friday, Celik said, "If we are offered a privileged partnership, we will not even consider it." (Turkey-EU)

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CAIRO -- The Egyptian parliament will hold an emergency meeting on Sunday to discuss President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi's request of a cabinet reshuffle, official MENA news agency reported on Saturday.

The emergency session will be held amid speculations about a possible retirement of Prime Minister Sherif Ismail over health problems. (Egypt-Cabinet-Reshuffle)

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BAGHDAD -- Two people were killed and up to 24 others wounded Saturday in a suicide bomb attack in northern Baghdad, an Iraqi Interior Ministry source told Xinhua.

The attack was carried out by a suicide bomber who detonated his explosive-laden motorcycle at the crowded Adan Square at the entrance of the holy Shiite neighborhood of Kadhmiyah, destroying 11 cars, the source said on condition of anonymity. (Iraq-Suicide Bombing) Enditem