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By Mark Hosenball and Alistair Bell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Top aides to former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton fretted over how she would be portrayed after the 2012 Benghazi attacks that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans, emails released on Friday showed. The emails from Clinton's personal email account made public by the State Department do not appear to contain any revelations that could badly damage her bid for the presidency in 2016 or provide fodder for Republicans who accuse her of being negligent before the Benghazi attacks. A senior adviser to Clinton forwarded a fawning email from a State Department official about positive media coverage of a statement she gave on Sept. 12, 2012, the day after the killings.
Russia's foreign ministry has warned its citizens traveling abroad of the risks posed by U.S. law enforcement bodies and special services, which it said were hunting for Russians around the world. In a statement on Friday it also accused Washington of kidnapping Russians, citing cases such as that of Vladimir Drinkman, who was extradited to the United States from the Netherlands earlier this year. "By believing that it is allowed to do all it wants, Washington goes as far as kidnapping our citizens," the foreign ministry said.
By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The chairman of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee on Friday released his proposal for how to handle U.S. spy agencies' domestic surveillance authorities before they expire at the end of the month. Republican Senator Richard Burr announced his bill as lawmakers tried to break a deadlock over how to handle provisions of the USA Patriot Act that allow spy agencies to sweep up millions of Americans' telephone records. Although Republicans control both the Senate and House of Representatives, the two chambers have been unable to agree on how to deal with the expiration of the surveillance authorities on June 1.