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BEIRUT -- "The small size of our country and its infrastructure in addition to its limited resources do not allow us to sustain any increase in population number."

President Michel Aoun said Wednesday that Lebanon does not have enough resources to sustain the increase in the big number of Syrian refugees living in the country, the presidency's website reported.

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TEHRAN -- "Through the exercise of prudence, the Iranian nation and the officials should turn the U.S. sanctions into an unprecedented defeat for the great Satan (United States)."

Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, urged the Iranians on Wednesday to withstand the U.S. sanctions against the Islamic republic, according to the leader's official website.

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Donald Trump claimed there was a "growing humanitarian crisis" on the U.S. border with Mexico in a televised speech Tuesday night amid a partisan fight over his proposed border barrier.

In his first national address from the Oval Office since assuming presidency, Trump described the situation on the southern border as "a crisis of the heart, a crisis of the soul," making his case that a "steel barrier" is "absolutely critical for border security."

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WASHINGTON -- "Faced with these headwinds, the recovery in emerging market and developing economies has lost momentum."

Global economic growth is projected to slow to 2.9 percent in 2019 from a downwardly revised 3 percent in 2018 amid rising downside risks, the World Bank said Tuesday.

In its newly-released Global Economic Prospects report, the World Bank said the outlook for the global economy "has darkened" as global financing conditions have tightened, trade tensions "have intensified," and some large emerging market and developing economies have experienced significant financial market stress.

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BRUSSELS -- The European Union (EU) "understand that there was a recent change in the way the diplomatic precedence list is implemented by the United States' Protocol," but "were not notified of any change."

EU Spokesperson Maja Kocijancic said Tuesday that the EU was not notified by the United States of the change of its diplomatic status.

According to German media the DW, the U.S. administration downgraded the diplomatic status of the EU mission to the United States from member state to international organization at the end of last year without notice. Enditem

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