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Thousands of North Korean laborers in US-allied Gulf nations

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 4:47am

As pressure over North Korea's nuclear weapons program grows, America's most valued Arab allies host thousands of its laborers, whose wages help Pyongyang evade sanctions and build the missiles now threatening the U.S. and its Asian partners, officials and analysts say.

Lawyer says client unaware she had poison that killed Korean

Eileen Ng, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 4:40am

A chemist's report that shows the banned VX nerve agent was used to kill the half brother of North Korea's leader needs further scrutiny, a lawyer for one of the two women accused of poisoning the man said Friday as he examined evidence ahead of a trial set for October.

'Obamacare' repeal reeling after Senate defeat

Erica Werner and Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 4:23am

Dealing a serious blow to President Donald Trump's agenda, the Senate early Friday rejected a measure to repeal parts of former President Barack Obama's health care law after a night of high suspense in the U.S. Capitol.

Treasury chief: UK may need 3-year transition after Brexit

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 4:21am

Britain's Treasury chief says the country will abide by some European Union rules for up to three years after it officially leaves the bloc in March 2019.

Spain: 50 injured in train station accident in Barcelona

Joseph Wilson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 4:11am

Some 50 people received medical treatment after a Spanish commuter train crashed into the buffers in a station in northeastern Barcelona early Friday, Catalan government officials said.

Court raises chances of diesel bans in German city

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 4:01am

A court has opened the door for possible bans on older diesel cars in the German city of Stuttgart, a major auto industry center, upholding a complaint by an environmental group.

Nissan-Renault seize lead in first half global vehicle sales

Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 3:39am

The alliance of Japanese automaker Nissan Motor Co. and Renault SA of France led in global vehicle sales for the first half of this year, the first time it has claimed top rank, beating perennial top-sellers Volkswagen, Toyota and General Motors.

After vets protests, new deal struck to end VA budget crisis

Hope Yen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 3:30am

After a week of debate and protests by veterans' groups, Congressional Republicans and Democrats say they have struck a deal for a $3.9 billion emergency spending package to fill a shortfall at the Department of Veterans Affairs. The plan sets aside $2.1 billion over six months to continue funding the Choice program, which provides federally paid medical care outside the VA and is a priority of President Donald Trump.

Penalty for refusing to get health insurance remains intact

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 3:20am

Opponents of President Barack Obama's health care law who wanted to get rid of the penalty people were assessed for not having health insurance will have to wait longer for relief after the Senate early Friday defeated the GOP's scaled-back version of legislation repealing the Affordable Care Act. .

Asian, European shares slide as tech sell-off worries spread

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 3:11am

Asian and European shares slid Friday as investors assessed corporate earnings reports, with a sell-off in Wall Street tech stocks pressuring sentiment.

The Latest: 54 injured, 1 seriously, in Spanish train crash

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 3:00am

The Latest on a train crash in Barcelona (all times local):

Rio's Olympics 1 year later: The good, the bad and the ugly

Stephen Wade and Renata Brito, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 2:51am

Neymar kissed the ball, delivered a gold medal and then wept with other Brazilians.

Pentagon, border wall covered in $788B House spending bill

Andrew Taylor, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 2:40am

The House has passed a $788 billion spending bill that combines a $1.6 billion down payment for President Donald Trump's controversial border wall with Mexico with a whopping budget increase for the Pentagon.

The Latest: Sharif formally steps down as Pakistan's PM

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 2:40am

The Latest on developments in Pakistan (all times local):

AP FACT CHECK: President Trump's phantom VA reform claims

Hope Yen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 2:35am

President Donald Trump paints a rosy picture of an improved Department of Veterans Affairs under his watch where accessing electronic medical records is "so easy and so good" and health care is freely available without any delays. The problem: It's not true.

Eni returns to profit in second quarter as output grew

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 2:35am

Italian oil and gas company Eni returned to second-quarter profits as it ramped up new production in three regions amid ongoing pricing volatility.

Russia sanctions bill gets heavy support, heads to Trump

Richard Lardner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 2:07am

The Senate's decisive vote to approve a new package of stiff financial sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea sends the popular bill to President Donald Trump, who will be under pressure to sign it after weeks of intense negotiations.

Employer: Utah woman killed on cruise was trusted adviser

Rachel D'Oro and Becky Bohrer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 1:51am

A Utah real estate agent killed on an Alaska cruise was remembered by her employer as a trusted adviser and valued sales associate.

In cold blow to US, Japan ups tariffs on frozen beef imports

Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 28th - 1:50am

In unwelcome news for American farmers, Japan said Friday that it was imposing emergency tariffs of 50 percent on imports of frozen beef, mainly from the U.S.