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May 12 Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT

Millions of Iraqis headed Saturday to polling stations across the country to elect the next parliament, for the first time after defeating the Islamic State (IS) group.
The polls kicked off at 7 a.m. local time (0400 GMT) as voters lined up to cast their ballots. (Iraq-Parliamentary Election)
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JERUSALEM — Israel announced on Saturday to shut down the main cargo crossing in the Gaza Strip, Kerem Shalom, one day after Palestinian protesters set fire to the fuel pipelines in the facility.
Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman ordered the Israeli Crossings Authority, which controls the crossing, to close it down after visiting there on Saturday. (Isarel-Gaza-Crossing Shutdown)
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SANAA — The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Saturday that the diphtheria outbreak has killed at least 91 people in war-torn Yemen since late October.
A total of 1,725 suspected cases of diphtheria have been recorded in 20 of Yemen’s 23 provinces, compared to 1,516 suspected diphtheria cases with 84 associated deaths reported on April 3. (Yemen-Diphtheria-WHO)
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BEIRUT — Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s chief of staff Nader Hariri resigned from all his positions on Saturday.
Saad Hariri has decided to appoint his public relations manager Mohamed Mneimne as the acting chief of staff, the prime minister’s office said in a statement. (Lebanon-Chief of Staff-Resignation) Enditem

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