March 17 Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT


AMMAN — Sixteen Palestinians died late Wednesday when their bus overturned in south Jordan, authorities said Thursday.

More than 30 were injured in the accident, some in critical condition, Jordan’s Civil Defense Department (CDD) said in a statement. (Jordan-Bus Crash)
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ANKARA/ISTANBUL — Germany on Thursday closed its diplomatic missions and schools in Turkey’s capital Ankara and its largest city, Istanbul, citing unspecified security threats.
The decision was made following “unconfirmed warning” of a possible attack, the German Foreign Ministry said. (Turkey-Germany-Threat)
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DAMASCUS — The Syrian Foreign Ministry on Thursday warned against attempts by Kurds in northern Syria to pursue federal rule in predominantly-Kurdish areas, state news agency SANA said.

The warning came amid reports that the Kurds in northern Syria have declared federal rule. (Syria-Kurds-Federal, 1st LD) Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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