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Briefing of KUNA main news for Thursday until 00:00 GMT

LONDON -- The UK Defense Ministry says Iranian military vessels tried to impede the passage of a BP oil tanker but were warned off by a British warship in Gulf waters.

KHARTOUM -- Sudan's ruling Transitional Military Council reveals it has thwarted a military coup attempt and arrested several officers said to have been involved.

VIENNA -- In its monthly July oil market report, OPEC forecasts 1.14 million barrels a day demand growth in 2019 and 2020 with global economic growth expected to remain steady at 3.2 percent.

RIYADH -- Kuwaiti relief aid bodies operating in Yemen pledge to provide continuing assistance worth a total USD 2.3 million amid talks with other assistance-providing Gulf countries.

WASHINGTON -- Tropical Strom Barry forms in the Gulf of Mexico and is expected to make landfall as a hurricane along the Louisiana coast on Saturday, US forecasters say.

KUWAIT -- Tunisia schedule a tough Africa Cup of Nations semifinal against favourites Senegal, as Algeria progress ahead of an encounter with three-time champions, Nigeria. (end) sd