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WASHINGTON -- "We are going to have a shutdown, there is nothing we can do about that, because we need the Democrats to give us their votes."

U.S. President Donald Trump said late Friday that he hopes an impending partial shutdown of the federal government will not "last long."

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TEHRAN -- "The harsher the sanctions get, the more defensive capabilities Iran will achieve."

Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) will continue missile tests and will do relevant researches more actively than before in defiance of the U.S. pressure and sanctions, Ali Fadavi, the IRGC deputy commander for coordination, was quoted as saying by Press TV on Friday.

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UNITED NATIONS -- "Guinea-Bissau risks lurching from one political crisis to another, unless decisive steps are taken by the government to meet the new election date decreed by the president."

UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Taye-Brook Zerihoun on Friday warned of the danger of a new political crisis in Guinea-Bissau over delayed legislative elections.

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ATHENS -- "I want to reassure you that until these tragic conditions that made you leave your country and your families end, Greece and the Greek society will embrace you with warmth and consider you its own children."

Greece and the European Union are standing by the refugees, trying to ease their pain until they return to their homeland, Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos told a group of unaccompanied refugee minors on Friday. Enditem

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