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US economic indicators

US jobless claims decline by 1,000 to 261,000, lowest level in 5 weeks - Bloomberg

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Obama's efforts to close Guantanamo Bay

US Vice President Biden says expects Guantanamo prison to close before Obama leaves office in January - Reuters

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University attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 24, 2016

US Embassy in Kabul condemns attack on American University Afghanistan: 'The targeting of Afghan students and university staff who are working to improve the future of Afghanistan is a cruel and cowardly act.'

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Fight against Islamic State militants

Turkey says it didn't ask for US support for operation, but they are backing from air, which is useful, defense minister says - Reuters

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Fight against Islamic State militants

Turkey: US says Syrian Kurds have started pulling back east of Euphrates in contested northern Syria region - AP

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markets

Asian stocks slip, taking their cue from a drop on Wall Street; indexes in Australia, South Korea and Japan are all down - Reuters

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2016 Olympics

Statement: Hope Solo says she is 'saddened' by US Soccer decision to suspend her - @GrantWahl

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2016 Olympics

US Soccer suspends Hope Solo 6 months for 'conduct that is counter to the organization's principles' following her Olympic comments - @GrantWahl

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rail industry

Japan's US ambassador says his country has authorized $2 million to support a feasibility study on building a high-speed train between Baltimore and Washington - AP

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University attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 24, 2016

Afghan military commander: Apache helicopters flying over the American university; 20 people rescued in last 15 minutes - @bsarwary

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Fight against Islamic State militants

US post-strike assessment: A US strike on an Islamic State weapons facility near Ar Raqqah, Syria, may have resulted in civilian casualties - CENTCOM

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Iran

US Defense official: 4 Iranian military vessels carried out a 'high-speed intercept' of a US destroyer in the vicinity of the Strait of Hormuz on Aug. 23 - Reuters

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Iran

#Breaking US defense official says two Iranian vessels came within 300 yards of the US destroyer, incident was ‘unsafe & unprofessional’ - @AlArabiya_Eng

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Comverse Technology

Former CEO of Comverse Technology pleads guilty in Brooklyn, NY, to securities fraud, a decade after he fled to Namibia from the US to avoid prosecution - Reuters

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markets

US stocks closed lower as investors await speech from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen; Dow drops about 65 - CNBC

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United States Federal Reserve System

New York Federal Reserve President William Dudley: Fed could potentially raise interest rates as soon as next month - Bloomberg News

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Turkey-Syria tensions

Turkey must control its own border with no occupation from any other group, US Vice President Biden says - Reuters

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North Korea nuclear program

US State Department condemns latest North Korean submarine-launched ballistic missile test - Reuters

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Italy earthquake, Aug. 24, 2016

US Embassy Rome issues emergency message to US citizens following deadly earthquake in Italy., recommending citizens defer travel to regions affected by quake - NBC News

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Turkey

Turkish President Erdogan says bilateral agreements between US and Turkey require detention and arrest of cleric Fethullah Gülen; says Gülen is managing 'terror organization' from the US - Reuters

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