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Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, Jan. 12

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PARIS -- French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday held talks with U.S. President Donald Trump via telephone, in which they discussed issues related to Iran and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, according to the Elysee Palace.

In his conversation with Trump, Macron reiterated "the determination of France to support the strict implementation of the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement and the importance of it being respected by all signatories," the president's office said in a press release. (France-US-Macron)

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LOS ANGELES -- Eight people are still missing in deadly mudslides that have claimed 17 lives so far in Santa Barbara County in the western U.S. state of California, local authorities said Thursday.

"The correct number of missing is down to eight," Mike Eliason, a public information officer for the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, told Xinhua in a phone interview. (US-Mudslides)

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QUITO -- WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been granted Ecuadorian citizenship, Ecuadorian Foreign Affairs Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa said on Thursday.

Assange, who has been holed up at Ecuador's embassy in London for five and a half years, "filed for naturalization on Sept. 16, 2017," and met the all the requisites, Espinosa told reporters at a press conference here. (Ecuador-Assange)

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MOSCOW -- The recent attempted attacks by drones on Russian military bases in Syria was a provocation aimed at destroying previous agreements and damaging relations between Russia, Turkey and Iran, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday.

"We know who they are, who paid who for this provocation and what the actual sum was ... This kind of incidents ... are provocations aimed at destroying previous agreements," Putin said at a meeting with heads of Russian printed media and news agencies. (Russia-Syria-Drone attacks)

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RIYADH -- Saudi air defence intercepted on Thursday a ballistic missile launched by the Houthi militias on border city Najran, Al Arabiya local news reported.

The forces also intercepted a missile that targeted Najran last week in which it caused a minor damage to private property of one citizen, while no injuries reported. (Saudi Arabia-Houthi-Missile) Enditem