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The State Department released nearly 2,000 emails from Hillary Clinton's time as top US diplomat late Tuesday, following orders from a federal judge. The large tranche of emails were made public shortly before 9:00 pm (0100 GMT Wednesday) on the State Department's Freedom of Information Act website. At first glance, the 3,000-some pages of exchanges contain schedules, communications with staffers, cables about China and concern over late Libyan strongman Muamer Kadhafi's 2009 US stay.
Confidence among major Japanese manufacturers increased in the three months to June, beating expectations to rise to its highest level in more than a year, a Bank of Japan survey showed Wednesday. The central bank's closely-watched quarterly Tankan report showed the confidence index stood at plus 15 in June, up from plus 12 for the two previous surveys.