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  • TRENTON, N.J.— New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has shot down a bill that would have expanded paid leave for workers in the state. The Republican issued a conditional veto on Friday of the law passed by the Democrat-led Legislature that would have increased the eligibility period for family leave insurance from six to 12 weeks.

  • *Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank falls after quarterly earnings. *Saudi's Alinma Bank, Arabian Shield rise after earnings. DUBAI, July 23- Islamic finance firm Amlak helped to boost Dubai's stock market on Sunday while Qatar pulled back after events at the weekend failed to point to progress in resolving the diplomatic crisis between Doha and neighbouring states.

  • DUBAI, July 23- Saudi Arabia's National Commercial Bank, the kingdom's largest lender, reported a 0.9 percent dip in second-quarter net profit on Sunday as a drop in operating expenses was offset by lower operating income. The bank made a net profit of 2.42 billion riyals in the three months to June 30, down from 2.44 billion riyals in the same period of 2016, it said...

  • The Ecovation Hub Education and Training Consortium brings together Anticoch University New England and Keene State College in New Hampshire, Greenfield Community College in Massachusetts and the School for International Training in Vermont. Cary Guant, Keene State's director of sustainability, said the consortium wants to take advantage of the...

  • HAVANA/ NEW YORK, July 23- U.S. tour operators that send Americans to Cuba are banding together to try to limit damage to business from tighter restrictions on travel to the communist-run island expected in September from the Trump administration. President Donald Trump in June rolled back parts of Barack Obama's historic opening to Cuba, saying his...

  • Turkey's president has arrived in Saudi Arabia to begin a three-nation tour aimed at helping to forge a resolution to the diplomatic crisis between Qatar and four of its Arab neighbors. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut ties and transport links with Qatar in early June, accusing it of supporting extremists. Saudi Arabia, the United...

  • MADRID— Spain's economic minister says the economy is doing better than the government expected as it continues to rebound strongly from recession. Minister Luis de Guindos tells Spanish newspaper ABC that he expects Spain's economy to expand 3.2 percent this year. Spain emerged from recession in late 2013 and is now one of the European Union's...

  • ST PETERSBURG, Russia, July 23- Key OPEC and non- OPEC oil nations will discuss the situation in producers including Libya and Nigeria at a meeting on Monday, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak told reporters on Sunday. Speculation has been swirling in oil markets that the meeting might ask Libya and Nigeria to join a production cutting deal from which they...

  • HONG KONG, July 23- Hong Kong lowered a typhoon alert on Sunday evening as Typhoon Roke weakened, with the local airport and transport authorities rushing to restore normal operations in the Asian financial hub. At 6 pm local time, Roke was estimated to be 180 kilometres west-northwest of Hong Kong and was forecast to move west or west-northwest at about 20...

  • TEL AVIV, July 23- Teva Pharmaceutical Industries said on Sunday it would lay off some of its 7,000 employees in Israel in the coming months as it reorganises in a drive to improve competitiveness. Teva employs 4,000 workers in production in Israel. Teva's acting chief executive, Yitzhak Peterburg, said the company was committed to do all it can to guarantee that...

  • LONDON— Lucy Harris thinks Britain's decision to leave the European Union is a dream come true. Harris, founder of the pro-Brexit group Leavers of London, says she is hopeful, rather than confident, that Britain will really cut its ties with the EU. After an election last month clipped the wings of Britain's Conservative government, remainers are gaining in...

  • MADRID— The city of Madrid has asked Spain's anti-trust watchdog to investigate whether Uber's new airport transport service violates fair competition laws. Uber, the San Francisco- headquartered mobile ride-hailing service, offers rides from 15- 29 euros from Madrid's airport to the city center. In a statement Saturday evening, Madrid's city hall says "...

  • LONDON— Prominent women at the BBC want the broadcaster's gender pay gap to be resolved immediately rather than in several years. The salary disparity came to light after the publicly funded BBC was forced to publish the salary range of its best-paid actors and presenters. The open letter to BBC Director-General Tony Hall says the documents confirmed a...

  • RIYADH, Saudi Arabia— Turkey's president waded into the diplomatic crisis gripping Qatar and four other Arab nations on Sunday, traveling to Saudi Arabia at the start of a three-country Gulf tour aimed at helping break the impasse. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose country has deployed troops to Qatar, is the fifth high-level visitor from outside the Gulf to try to...

  • BEIJING, July 23- China's exports of diesel rose in June on a year ago as refiners turn to foreign markets to offload their excess product, while liquefied natural gas imports also rose, customs data showed on Sunday. For the first six months of 2017, China's diesel exports were up 21 percent to 7.97 million tonnes, Sunday's data showed. China's imports of liquefied...

  • *China revised June dollar-denominated exports 11.3 percent y/y (prelim +11.3 percent y/y). *China revised June dollar-denominated imports 17.2 percent y/y (prelim +17.2 percent y/y). *China revised June trade balance $42.75 billion (prelim.

  • BEIJING, July 23- China's exports of diesel rose in June on a year ago as refiners turn to foreign markets to offload their excess product, while liquefied natural gas imports also rose, data from the General Administration of Customs showed on Sunday. Diesel exports rose 19.3 percent in June to 1.31 million tonnes. That is up from 1.23 million tonnes in May but less...

  • CARACAS, July 22- Venezuela's opposition announced on Saturday it would hold a two-day strike next week among other protests designed to pressure President Nicolas Maduro into aborting a controversial July 30 election for a new congress.

  • CARACAS, July 22- A young Venezuelan violinist who has become one of the best-known faces of protests against President Nicolas Maduro was injured on Saturday in violent clashes in Caracas. Clashes ensued for several hours as hundreds of masked youths hurled stones and Molotov cocktails at National Guard troops firing tear gas from motorcycles.

  • FRANKFURT, July 23- Germany has warned Russia that breaches of sanctions including the relocation to Crimea of four gas turbines delivered to Russia by Siemens are straining political relations between the two countries, Bild am Sonntag reported on Sunday. "The government has reminded Russia of these assurances again and pointed out that such a massive...