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Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, May 28

29 May 2023, 07:55 GMT+10

ANKARA -- Turkish Supreme Election Council chairman declared incumbent President Recep Tayyip Erdogan the winner of the presidential runoff.

Ahmet Yener said to reporters that Erodgan is reelected Türkiye's president according to initial results. (Türkiye-Presidential Runoff-Erdogan)

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CAIRO -- The Egyptian parliament approved on Sunday new tax and fee hikes on a number of imported goods and entertainment activities to boost government revenues amid strained public finance.

The parliament approved amendments to three laws that will impose an additional one-percent stamp tax on life insurance premiums, two percent on physical injury insurance premiums, and 11 percent on land, river, maritime, and air transport insurance premiums, the state-run Ahram Online news website reported. (Egypt-Tax Hikes-Revenues)

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TEHRAN -- At least four people were killed in flash floods in northeastern Iran on Saturday night, the official news agency IRNA reported on Sunday.

The floods were caused by heavy rainfall in Faruj and Shirvan counties in North Khorasan province, IRNA quoted Gholamreza Shafiq, the head of the provincial crisis management organization, as saying. (Iran-Flood-Casualty)

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JERUSALEM -- Israeli President Isaac Herzog will pay a state visit to Azerbaijan, the first visit by an Israeli president to the Muslim-majority country.

Herzog will depart on Tuesday for the two-day trip at the invitation of President Ilham Aliyev and the two leaders will meet in Baku, the capital city of Azerbaijan, Herzog's office said in a statement on Sunday. (Israel-Azerbaijan-Ties)

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