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Brazil says no way back for Maduro, Venezuelan military must step in

24 May 2019

PARIS Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro will not be able to reverse the democratic transition that is taking place in his country, but the military will also need to support that change, Brazil's foreign minister said on Friday.

Migration will dictate Hungary ruling party ties to EU centre right: foreign minister

23 May 2019

PARIS Migration policy will determine whether Hungary's ruling party remains in the centre-right European People's Party (EPP) grouping after the bloc's parliamentary elections, the foreign minister said on Thursday.

Hungary criticizes western Europe's 'hypocrisy' on China trade

23 May 2019

PARIS Hungary's foreign minister on Thursday accused major Western European nations of "hypocrisy" and "hysteria" for criticizing central European countries' business dealings with China, and defended Hungary's use of Huawei 5G mobile phone technology.

France: 5G telecoms decision based on security and performance, nobody to be ruled out

21 May 2019

PARIS Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said a decision by France regarding the 5G telecoms network would be based on security and performance of networks, and added that Paris would not rule out a specific operator as not being welcome.

Iran insists on ramping up oil sales to stay in nuclear pact: sources

14 May 2019

LONDON/BRUSSELS Iran insists on exporting at least 1.5 million barrels per day (bpd) of oil, triple May's expected levels under U.S. sanctions, as a condition for staying in an international nuclear deal, sources with knowledge of Iran-EU talks said.

Iran insists on ramping up oil sales to stay in nuclear pact - sources

13 May 2019

* Sanctions-hit Iran's exports seen dropping as low as 500,000 bpd

Amid outcry over Yemen war, Saudi ship leaves France without arms cargo

10 May 2019

PARIS/LE HAVRE A Saudi vessel that had been due to load weapons at a northern French port on Friday set sail without them and headed for Spain, a day after a rights group tried to block the cargo on humanitarian grounds.

China and India seen as Europe's last hope to save Iran deal

10 May 2019

BRUSSELS/PARIS/BERLIN, May 9 The European Union will defend the Iran nuclear accord despite Tehran's decision to backtrack on its commitments in response to U.S. sanctions, diplomats believe, but European powers expect it to collapse without a deal to sell Iranian oil to China or India.

Rights groups try to block Saudi vessel loading French arms

10 May 2019

LE HAVRE, France Two French human rights group on Thursday sought to block the loading of weapons onto a Saudi Arabian vessel that is due to dock in northern France later in the day, the groups said, arguing the cargo contravened an international arms treaty.

UPDATE 1-Rights groups try to block Saudi vessel loading French arms

09 May 2019

* All sides in Yemen may have committed war crimes-UN (Changes dateline, adds map data, local official, update on case)

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