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U.S., Turkey weigh which Syrian rebels to support in border area


WASHINGTON - The United States and Turkey have not yet agreed which Syrian opposition fighters they will support in a joint effort to help clear Islamic State from an area along the Turkish border, officials said on Tuesday, underscoring uncertainty surrounding the campaign plan.

U.N. aid chief says no warring parties observed Yemen truce

UNITED NATIONS - United Nations aid chief Stephen O'Brien said on Tuesday none of the warring parties in Yemen had observed a humanitarian pause in fighting announced by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition forces and accused both sides of failing to respect international law.

World, Yemen 4:05am IST

U.S. to parole convicted Israeli spy Pollard on November 21

WASHINGTON - Jonathan Pollard, a former U.S. Navy intelligence analyst convicted of spying for Israel, will be released on parole on Nov. 21 after 30 years in prison, a federal parole board ruled on Tuesday.

World, Israel 2:47am IST

Kerry warns U.S. Congress scrapping Iran deal would mean path to nuclear weapon

WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John Kerry intensified efforts on Tuesday to beat back criticism of the Iran nuclear deal and convince U.S. lawmakers that rejecting it would give Tehran a fast track to a weapon and access to billions of dollars from collapsed sanctions.

Top News, World 2:33am IST

U.S. defence contractor copied secret military documents - Justice Department

BOSTON - The U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday accused a former Chinese army serviceman of copying classified files from a U.S. military computer network while employed as a U.S. defence contractor in Kuwait in 2013.

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Iraqi militia leader says U.S. not serious about fighting Islamic State

NAJAF, Iraq - The head of one of Iraq's fiercest Shi'ite militias called the U.S.-led coalition's campaign against Islamic State ineffective and accused Washington of lacking the will to uproot radical Sunni jihadis controlling large swathes of Iraq and Syria.

World, Iraq 2:16am IST

EU's Mogherini in Iran to discuss nuclear deal, region - TV

ANKARA - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday the nuclear deal reached between Tehran and major world powers this month will help fight terrorism and bloodshed in the Middle East, Iran's state TV reported.

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Suicide bomber, clashes kill 12 Libyan soldiers in Benghazi

BENGHAZI, Libya - Nine Libyan soldiers were killed in the eastern city of Benghazi on Tuesday by a suicide bomber and in ensuing clashes between troops and Islamist fighters, medics and military sources said.

World, Libya 1:09am IST

Libyan court sentences Gaddafi son Saif, 8 other ex-officials to death

TRIPOLI - A Libyan court on Tuesday sentenced Muammar Gaddafi's most prominent son, Saif al-Islam, and eight others to death over war crimes including killings of protesters during the 2011 revolution that ended his father's rule. | Video

World, Libya, Top News 12:57am IST

BP profits slump after huge oil spill charge

LONDON - BP's second-quarter profit slumped by nearly two thirds from last year as it grappled with lower oil prices, a write off in Libya and a $10.8 billion charge for the 2010 crude spill in the Gulf of Mexico. | Video

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