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U.S., Russia discuss Syria cooperation if Assad halts some strikes


WASHINGTON The Obama administration is considering a plan to coordinate air strikes on Nusra Front and Islamic State militants in Syria if Syria'a government stops bombing moderate rebels, U.S. officials said on Thursday.

U.S.-backed rebel group vows new attacks against IS after border raid

AMMAN A U.S.-backed Syrian Arab rebel force vowed on Thursday to continue attacks against Islamic State militants after being forced to retreat from the outskirts of a town near the Iraqi border when the jihadists counter-attacked.

World, Syria, Iraq 2:07am IST

U.S. lawmakers push for action on human rights in Bahrain

WASHINGTON Seven U.S. senators urged Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday to press Bahrain's government to do more to promote political and social reform, adding to recent concern in Washington over that country's human rights record.

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U.S. sailors divulged sensitive information while held by Iran - Navy

WASHINGTON U.S. sailors who blundered into Iranian waters in January divulged sensitive information to their captors while held at gunpoint by Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, a U.S. Navy report said on Thursday. | Video

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Saudi Arabia 'alarmed and outraged' by rights groups' criticism

UNITED NATIONS Saudi Arabia on Thursday said it was "alarmed and outraged" by a call from Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch for the kingdom to be suspended from the U.N. Human Rights Council until a Saudi-led military coalition stops killing civilians in Yemen.

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Oil falls on profit taking after best quarter in seven years

NEW YORK Oil prices dropped more than 3 percent on Thursday, pressured by returning Nigerian and Canadian crude output from outages and as traders booked profits at the end of the best quarter in seven years.

Business, Top News 1:02am IST

Palestinian kills teen in Israeli settlement, then shot dead

JERUSALEM A Palestinian fatally stabbed a 13-year-old Israeli girl in her bedroom in a settlement in the occupied West Bank on Thursday, the military said, as international sponsors of frozen peace talks prepared to issue a report on the impasse. | Video

World, Israel 12:51am IST

Turkish court frees two press-freedom campaigners, third still in jail

ISTANBUL Turkey released two prominent press-freedom activists from prison on Thursday following international condemnation of their detention, but their prosecution on terrorism-related charges will proceed, a lawyer said.

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In Egypt, Sisi's star fades as problems pile up

CAIRO It is a hot afternoon in the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan and the New Cairo club house is empty. Hisham Genena, Egypt's erstwhile corruption tsar, settles in a corner. "It's quiet here," he says. "We can speak freely."

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Ten migrants die in sinking boat off Libya - Italian coastguard

ROME Ten women died in a sinking rubber boat off the coast of Libya on Thursday and an Italian ship rescued hundreds of other migrants, the Italian coastguard said.

World, Libya 30 Jun 2016

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