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US urges Turkey to halt Syria strikes WASHINGTON: The United States pressed Turkey on Saturday to halt military strikes on Kurdish and Syrian regime targets Saturday in the northern province of Aleppo, as Ankara weighs a joint ground assault with Saudi troops."We are concerned about the situation north of Aleppo and are working to de-escalate tensions on all sides," State Department spokesman John Kirby said in a statement.State-run news agency Anatolia, quoting a military source, said the armed forces shelled Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) targets around the town of Azaz, and also responded to regime fire on a Turkish military guard post in Turkey's southern Hatay region.There were no further details on the nature of the Turkish strikes, but they likely would involve artillery fire from tanks."We have urged Syrian Kurdish and other forces affiliated with the YPG not to take advantage of a confused situation by seizing new territory," Kirby said."We have also seen ...

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Dozens of newly released Clinton emails now classified WASHINGTON: A new tranche of 551 email documents from Hillary Clinton's private server released by the State Department on Saturday includes 84 that have been reclassified as "confidential" or "secret."The former top diplomat, a top White House candidate in the 2016 race, has been dogged by allegations that her use of a private email server while in office, rather than a secure government system, had put US secrets at risk.The State Department has so far ...

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Northeast U.S. in deep freeze, could break Valentine's Day records BOSTON: A dangerous cold snap gripped the northeastern United States on Saturday, with temperatures in some areas set to fall below zero and Boston facing its coldest Valentine's Day in almost four decades.Officials warned people to stay indoors away from what the National Weather Service described as "life threatening" cold. Wind chill advisories were in effect over parts of nine states extending from northern Pennsylvania to western Maine, with forecasters expecting gusts up to 45 ...

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Magnitude 5.1 and 3.9 earthquakes strike Oklahoma -USGS Two earthquakes, one with a magnitude 5.1 and the other of 3.9, struck northern Oklahoma on Saturday morning and were felt through much of the state but no damages were immediately reported, the U.S. Geological Survey and local media said.Both quakes were centered about 95 miles (153 km) northwest of Oklahoma City. The first quake hit at 11:07 local time (1707 GMT), and the second one came about 10 minutes later, the USGS said.The larger ...

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NY cop found guilty in 2014 fatal shooting of unarmed black man NEW YORK: A jury on Thursday found a rookie New York police officer guilty of manslaughter in the 2014 fatal shooting of an unarmed black man -- an incident that fueled US protests against police tactics.Peter Liang now faces up to 15 years in prison for the death of Akai Gurley, a 28-year-old father who was struck in the chest by a bullet that ricocheted off the wall in the stairwell of a Brooklyn public ...

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US jobless claims fall WASHINGTON: Fewer Americans filed new claims for US unemployment insurance benefits last week as the labor market overall shows improvement, government data released Thursday showed.Initial jobless claims, a sign of the pace of layoffs, fell by 16,000 to 269,000 in the week ending February 6, the Labor Department said. The prior week's level of 285,000 was not revised.Last week's claims level was the lowest since December 19.The drop in claims surprised analysts, whose average estimate ...

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Bernie Sanders' brother gets frontline role with UK Greens LONDON: The brother of Democratic US presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders was named as the new health spokesman for England and Wales's Green Party Thursday, two days after his sibling's New Hampshire primary win.Larry Sanders, who is 81 and has lived in Britain since 1969, is a retired social worker. He stood unsuccessfully as a candidate for the Greens in Oxford at last year's general election and has also represented them on the local council."Bernie's main ...