Xinhua world news summary at 0830 GMT, July 12

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TRIPOLI -- Libyan Foreign Minister Mohamed Sayala on Thursday demanded France's explanation why French weapons were seized by the government forces from the eastern-based army recently.

Sayala asked his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian "how French weapons found in Gharyan city were acquired by (General Khalifa) Haftar's forces, when they were shipped, and how they were delivered," the ministry said in a statement later Thursday. (Libya-France-Weapon)

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WASHINGTON -- After fighting for weeks with Democrats over whether the 2020 census would include a citizenship question, U.S. President Donald Trump dropped the bid on Thursday, opting to gather the information by other means.

In a speech at the White House, Trump said due to litigation and opposition, the U.S. administration would not push for the inclusion of the question in the decennial census.

"These delays would have prevented us from completing the census on time," Trump said. "It's deeply regrettable." (US-Trump-Census)

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JALALABAD, Afghanistan -- At least five people were killed and over 40 others wounded when a suicide bomber blew his explosives packed vest among a wedding crowd in Afghanistan's eastern Nangarhar province, an official said Friday.

The incident happened in the morning when a crowd was attending a wedding ceremony at the house of a pro-government militia commander, Malik Toor in Pachir Agam district, provincial government spokesman Ataullah Khogyani told Xinhua. (Afghanistan-Suicide Bombing)

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ANKARA -- The first batch of Russian S-400 air defense systems was delivered in Turkish capital city of Ankara on Friday, the Turkish Defense Ministry said in a written statement. (Turkey-Air Defense System) Enditem

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