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Thousands of North Korean laborers in US-allied Gulf nations

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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.

Thousands of North Korean laborers in US-allied Gulf nations

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As pressure on North Korea grows over its nuclear weapons program, 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.

Russia Orders a Reduction in U.S. Diplomats in Response to Fresh Sanctions

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(MOSCOW) — Russia’s Foreign Ministry has ordered a reduction in the number of U.S. diplomats in Russia and said it was closing down a U.S. recreation retreat in response to fresh sanctions against Russia.

The Senate on Friday approved a new package of stiff financial sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea and sent it to President Donald Trump to sign. The legislation bars Trump from easing or waiving the penalties on Russia unless Congress agrees.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Friday that in response it has ordered the U.S. Embassy in Russia to reduce the number of its diplomats by Sept. 1. Russia will also close down the embassy’s recreational retreat on the outskirts of Moscow as well as warehouse facilities.

England v South Africa: third Test, day two – live!

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11.03am BST

60th over: England 174-4 (Cook 84, Stokes 22) You don’t need me to tell you how important today is, so that’s precisely what I’m going to do. It is, in the parlance of our time, a biggie. Shane Warne and Bumble reckon this could be a better batting day, both in terms of the pitch and the overhead conditions. Vernon Philander will bowl the first of a scheduled 98 overs. He doesn’t do looseners, and is straight into the groove of making the batsmen play. Cook gets a thick outside edge into the off side and then works a couple of runs off the pads.

That Ponting stat is something, isn’t it?” says Luke Dealtry. “Does it really say the man won 108 Test matches? That’s more than New Zealand or Sri Lanka. Australia have won 377 Tests - which means that Punter played in 29% of all Australian victories, or 7% of all Test wins ever. Can that be right? Ye gods.”

10.54am BST

If it’s good enough for you, it’s good enough for ... you

Here’s a link to an interesting article about Gary Palmer’s influence on Alastair Cook’s batting,” says David Hindle. “It is so Alastair Cook that he pays for his non-ECB approved batting coach, out of his own pocket.”

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Barclays sets aside extra £700m for PPI claims

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Bank makes pre-tax profit of £2.3bn in first six months of the year, but is hit by loss on sale of part of its African business

Barclays has set aside an extra £700m for the payment protection insurance misselling scandal and revealed that it has taken a loss on the sale of part of its African business.

The bank reported profits for the first six months of the year of £2.3bn, up 13%, but the accounting treatment of the sale of its African arm resulted in a £1.2bn loss for shareholders.

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The Rise and Decline of the “Sellout”

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It’s been so long since musicians have been criticized for corporate sponsorship or licensing that it’s conspicuous when it happens. “When I hear Grizzly Bear in a Volkswagen commercial, it kind of bums me out,” said Trent Reznor—a representative of, arguably, the last generation that worried about such things—in an interview with Vulture this week. “[S]omewhere along the line it became okay to get in bed with a sponsor. More specifically it became okay for rock bands to talk about. When I started to hear musicians talking about their sponsorship deals as something to be almost proud of, it bothered me.”

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