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Macron Pressed Putin for Release of Arrested French Investor, Aide Says

French President Emmanuel Macron last month urged his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to help release arrested French businessman Philippe Delpal, an aide to Macron told AFP on Tuesday.

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Merkel Stays Seated again after Shaking Spells

German Chancellor Angela Merkel remained seated for national anthems at an official ceremony Tuesday for the second time in a week, after a series of shaking spells sparked concern about her health.

Merkel took a seat next to visiting Moldovan Prime Minister Maia Sandu during military honours for her guest, one day before the German leader's 65th birthday.

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China Calls Iran Nuclear Deal 'Irreplaceable'

The Latest on tensions in the Persian Gulf amid a crisis between the United States and Iran (all times local):

3:05 p.m.

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Iran's Judiciary Confirms Arrest of French-Iranian Academic

Iran's judiciary confirmed Tuesday the arrest of French-Iranian academic Fariba Adelkhah, after the French foreign ministry said she had been detained and denied contact with consular staff.

"She is among suspects that have been recently arrested," judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili said, without specifying the accusations against her.

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Beijing Rebuffs Trump Claims over Economic Slowdown

China on Tuesday rejected claims from US President Donald Trump that it is being forced to make a trade deal because of its slowing economy, as the two sides prepare for more talks.

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N. Korea Warns US-S. Korea Drills Will Affect Nuclear Talks

North Korea on Tuesday said looming US-South Korea military drills could impact the proposed resumption of nuclear talks between Pyongyang and Washington, and hinted that it could reconsider its moratorium on nuclear testing.

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Turkey Says Will Increase Cyprus Activities after EU Measures

Turkey will "increase" its activities off Cyprus after the EU approved measures to punish Ankara for drilling operations in the eastern Mediterranean, the Turkish foreign minister said on Tuesday.

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Sudan Paramilitaries 'Torture' Civilian to Death, Say Doctors

Sudan's feared paramilitaries have beaten and tortured to death a civilian in a town in war-torn Darfur, a doctors committee linked to the protest movement said Tuesday.

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New Zealand PM 'Utterly' Disagrees with Trump Tweets

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Tuesday joined international condemnation of US President Donald Trump's xenophobic tweets about progressive Democrat congresswomen.

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Iran's Top Diplomat Warns US is 'Playing with Fire'

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warned Monday that the United States is "playing with fire," echoing remarks by President Donald Trump as the two sides are locked in a standoff over Tehran's nuclear program.

The United States quit an international deal aimed at curbing Iran's nuclear program last year, hitting Tehran with crippling sanctions.

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