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Trump Calls British Ambassador to U.S. 'a Very Stupid Guy'

U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday called the British ambassador to the United States "a very stupid guy," one day after declaring he would cut contact with the diplomat following a leak of cables describing Trump as "inept."

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Macron's Top Adviser in Tehran in Bid to Save Nuclear Deal

French President Emmanuel Macron's top diplomatic adviser is spending two days in Tehran as part of an urgent bid to deescalate rising tensions with Iran over its unraveling nuclear deal with world powers.

An Elysee Palace official said that adviser Emmanuel Bonne left for Tehran on Tuesday, seeking ways to restart dialogue. The official wasn't authorized to speak publicly on the matter and asked for anonymity.

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UK Prime Minister Stands by Embattled US Ambassador

Prime Minister Theresa May backed Britain's ambassador to the United States on Tuesday after President Donald Trump cut off contact with him following the leak of diplomatic cables that branded the U.S. administration as "inept."

May stood by Kim Darroch amid the controversy over the release of the documents published in the Mail on Sunday newspaper. Darroch's forthright views have created awkwardness between two countries who often celebrate having a "special relationship."

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Maduro 'Optimistic' after Opposition Talks Resume in Barbados

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro said Monday he was "optimistic" after dialogue between his government and the opposition resumed in Barbados.

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Europe's Once Biggest Migrant Centre to Close in Italy

What was once Europe's biggest migrant reception centre, in Mineo in Sicily, is to officially close on Tuesday in the presence of its biggest critic, far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini.

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Alan Kurdi Rescue Ship Picks Up Another 44 Shipwrecked Migrants

The migrant rescue boat Alan Kurdi has saved another 44 people, including women and infants, in distress on the Mediterranean, its operator German charity Sea-Eye said on Tuesday.

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Death Toll in Nigeria Petrol Pipeline Fire Rises to 12

The death toll from a fuel pipeline blast in Nigeria's commercial hub Lagos has risen to 12, a senior official said, after ten victims died of their injuries from last week's explosion.

A huge fireball was sparked by vandals who broke open a state-run pipeline in order to steal petrol in the Ijegun area of the city on Thursday, in the latest in a string of similar tragedies. 

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South Korean Defected to North after Decades of Stigmatisation, Say Friends

A South Korean man who made a rare defection to North Korea was partly driven by the stigma and financial hardship that followed his parents' own high-profile flight to Pyongyang more than three decades ago, friends said Tuesday.

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Ex-UN Official Jailed for Child Abuse in Nepal

A former UN official has been jailed for sexually abusing children in Nepal, officials said Tuesday, following a trial underscoring the country's growing appeal for foreign paedophiles.

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China Demands US Cancel Arms Sale to Taiwan

China urged Washington Tuesday to "immediately cancel" the potential sale of $2.2 billion in weapons to Taiwan, including battle tanks and anti-aircraft missiles.

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