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International Briefs

Published:Friday | July 14, 2017 | 7:00 AM

Trump overheard complimenting Macron's wife

PARIS (AP):

President Donald Trump was captured complimenting the French president's wife's appearance in a video posted by the French government's Facebook account.

The footage shows Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron and their wives chatting after their tour of the museums at Les Invalides.

Trump at one point turns to Brigitte Macron and tells her: "You're in such good shape."

He repeats the observation to the French president before turning back to the French first lady, and remarking: "Beautiful."

11 killed by gunmen at party in central Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP):

Authorities in central Mexico say gunmen burst into a party and opened fire, killing seven men and four women.

The Public Safety Department in the state of Hidalgo says in a statement that the killings occurred early yesterday in a house near Tizayuca, just north of Mexico City.

The motive in the killing remains under investigation. The area had largely been spared the violence affecting other parts of Mexico.

Two property owners die battling Italian wildfire

MILAN (AP):

Italian media says two property owners have died battling wildfires fuelled by heat and winds that have consumed vast swathes of southern Italy.

The news agency ANSA reported that two retirees in their 60s died in separate incidents in the southern region of Calabria trying to defend their property from encroaching flames, but were instead overcome by smoke.

The Legambiente environmental group says some 26,000 hectares (more than 64,000 acres) of woodlands have been destroyed by flames since mid-June.

Authorities say the number of blazes 125 wildfires are now active in Sicily alone suggests that some are tied to arson. Italy's environment minister did not rule out Mafia involvement in the blazes in an interview in the Corriere della Sera.