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Judge orders search of new Clinton emails for release by September 13

A U.S. judge ordered the State Department on Thursday to release by Sept. 13 any emails it finds between Hillary Clinton and the White House from the week of the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, among the thousands of additional emails uncovered by federal investigators.

U.S. Navy ship fires warning shots at Iranian vessel

WASHINGTON A U.S. Navy ship fired warning shots toward an Iranian fast-attack craft that approached two U.S. ships, a Pentagon spokesman said on Thursday, in the most serious of a number of incidents in the Gulf area this week. | Video

Top News, World 3:26am IST

Oil up on U.S.-Iran scare, dollar; Saudi output stance cuts gains

NEW YORK Oil prices rose 1 percent on Thursday on U.S.-Iran military tensions in the Gulf and speculation the dollar will fall on a monetary policy speech due from the U.S. Federal Reserve chair.

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Turkey fires on U.S.-backed Kurdish militia in Syria offensive

KARKAMIS, Turkey Turkish troops fired on U.S.-backed Kurdish militia fighters in northern Syria on Thursday, highlighting the complications of an incursion meant to secure the border region against both Islamic State and Kurdish advances.

World, Top News, Syria 2:30am IST

Boycotter says to rejoin Libya's U.N.-backed government

TRIPOLI One of two boycotting members of the leadership of Libya's U.N.-backed government said on Thursday he would resume his role, potentially helping to overcome resistance to its rule and win support for a team of ministers.

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Russia backs 48-hour Aleppo truce, U.N. wants other sides to commit

GENEVA Russia has agreed to a 48-hour humanitarian ceasefire in the divided Syrian city of Aleppo to allow aid deliveries, but security guarantees are awaited from other parties on the ground, U.N. officials said on Thursday.

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Russia to work with U.S. on response to Syria gas attacks report

UNITED NATIONS Russia said on Thursday it is prepared to work with the United States at the United Nations on how to respond to a report that blamed Syrian government forces for two chlorine gas attacks and Islamic State militants for using sulfur mustard gas.

World, Syria 12:21am IST

Iraqi defence minister sacked as Mosul battle looms

BAGHDAD Iraq's parliament impeached Defence Minister Khaled al-Obeidi on Thursday over corruption allegations, removing him from office as the army gears up for an assault on Islamic State's de facto capital, Mosul.

World, Iraq 25 Aug 2016

Kerry calls for unity government in Yemen to end war

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday he had agreed in talks with Gulf Arab states and the United Nations in Saudi Arabia on a plan to restart peace talks Yemen with a goal of forming a unity government.

World, Yemen 25 Aug 2016

Iran vessels make 'high speed intercept' of U.S. ship - U.S. official

WASHINGTON Four of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) vessels "harassed" a U.S. warship on Tuesday near the Strait of Hormuz, a U.S. defense official said, amid Washington's concerns about Iran's posture in the Gulf and in the Syrian civil war.

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