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PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Japan's foreign minister says he and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will work closely with South Korea on a new U.N. Security Council resolution that includes more stringent measures against North Korea following its second test-launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile. Kyodo News service says Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida held telephone talks with Tillerson hours after Pyongyang's latest launch of a missile that analysts say is capable of reaching the U.S. mainland.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Outgoing White House chief of staff Reince Priebus says that he formally resigned from his job after it became clear the president wanted to go in a different direction. Priebus tells CNN that he resigned on Thursday. President Donald Trump announced the staff shakeup in a Friday tweet. Trump has picked Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly as his new chief of staff.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate crash of the seven-year Republican drive to obliterate the Obama health care law has incited GOP finger-pointing. But it's left the party with wounded leaders and no evident pathway forward on an issue that won't go away. The GOP-run Senate voted 51-49 early Friday to reject Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's last-ditch attempt to sustain their drive to dismantle President Barack Obama's health care overhaul with a dramatically trimmed-down bill.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. John McCain looked like he was going to be the savior of GOP health legislation, after returning to Capitol Hill following a brain cancer diagnosis. Instead he became the bill's executioner. In a stunning move, the longtime Arizona senator was one of three Republicans who joined Democrats to vote against an effort to repeal and replace "Obamacare." His final vote defied President Donald Trump and Senate GOP leaders, who conceded that there were few options to move forward.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Donald Trump will sign legislation implementing tough new financial sanctions against Russia. The legislation includes language that bars Trump from easing or waiving the additional penalties on Russia unless Congress agrees. It also imposes financial sanctions against Iran and North Korea. Moscow has responded by ordering a reduction in the number of U.S. diplomats in Russia and closing the U.S. Embassy's recreation retreat.
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