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

03 Dec 2020, 07:51 GMT+10

JERUSALEM -- Israeli lawmakers on Wednesday voted in a preliminary reading in favor of a bill to dissolve the parliament, amid a coalition crisis that could force an election within two years.

The bill passed in 61-54 vote, meaning it still needs three more full rounds of votes in the parliament before its final approval. (Israel-Parliament-Dissolve)

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TEHRAN -- Iran's Guardian Council of Constitution, the highest legislative body of the country, on Wednesday approved a parliament's bill which urges suspension of UN inspections of Iran's nuclear facilities if signatories of the 2015 nuclear deal do not take steps to remove U.S. sanctions against Iran.

Abbas Ali Kadkhodaei, spokesman for the Guardian Council, was quoted by Iran Press news website as saying that the council "did not consider this plan against the constitution and approved it." (Iran-Bill-Nuclear)

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DUBAI -- The United Arab Emirates (UAE) launched Wednesday its fourth reconnaissance satellite, named Falcon Eye 2, aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket that lifted off from Guiana Space Center in French Guiana.

According to WAM news agency, Falcon Eye 2 is equipped with a High-Resolution Imager (HiRI) system with a ground resolution of 70 cm across a 20 km swath. The satellite will remain in low-Earth orbit for 10 years, taking high quality imagery of the ground below to relay to the ground control station. (UAE-Satellite)

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RAMALLAH, Dec. 2 (Xinhua) -- A senior Palestinian official said on Wednesday that Israel has transferred all tax revenue dues to the Palestinian Authority.

Hussein al-Sheikh, head of civil affairs in the Palestinian Authority, said in a press statement sent to Xinhua that the Israeli government sent about 1.2 billion U.S. dollars to the treasury of the Palestinian Authority. (Palestine-Israel-Tax)

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