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Trump dampens Macron optimism on Iran talks

U.S. President Donald Trump appeared to brush aside French efforts to mediate with Iran on Sunday, saying that while he was happy for President Emmanuel Macron to reach out to Tehran to defuse tensions he would carry on with his own initiatives.

Hariri - Israeli drones in Beirut threaten Lebanon's sovereignty

Lebanon's prime minister said two Israeli drones which fell in the Hezbollah-dominated southern suburbs of Beirut amounted to an open attack on the country's sovereignty and an attempt to foment regional tensions.In the first such incident in more than a decade, one drone fell and second exploded near the ground and caused some damage when it crashed before dawn close to Hezbollah's media centre in the capital's Dahiyeh suburbs, a Hezbollah official told Reuters.

China's July Venezuela oil imports fall over U.S. sanctions

China's crude oil imports from Venezuela plunged 62% in July from the previous month, Chinese customs data showed on Sunday, as growing tension between Washington and the Maduro government made buyers wary of taking oil from the South American exporter.


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Trump paints picture of unity at prickly G7 summit

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday he was getting along well with Western allies at a G7 summit in France, dismissing reports of rifts among leaders and declaring that they "respect" the trade war between Washington and Beijing.