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U.S. seeks U.N. action on Saudi attacks despite likely Russian opposition

WASHINGTON/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - A senior U.S. official on Tuesday called for a U.N. Security Council response to the attacks on Saudi oil facilities that the United States blames on Iran, but it was unclear what action he sought or whether Washington might secure Russian cooperation.

U.S. targets three people, 16 groups in new Venezuela sanctions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States imposed sanctions on Tuesday on three people and 16 groups it says helped Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and his government profit from food aid in the economically struggling country, the Treasury Department said.

Doping - Egypt banned from weightlifting world championships: state media

(Reuters) - Egypt has been banned from participating in the weightlifting world championships for doping offences, state media said on Tuesday, and the Egyptian Olympic Committee fears the suspension could extend to the 2020 Games in Tokyo.