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Review shows 100,000 veterans face long waits for healthcare

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 17:23
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More than 100,000 veterans are experiencing waits of more than 90 days for appointments at medical centers run by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, according to an internal audit released by the troubled agency on Monday.

American detained in North Korea was on vacation tour, lawyer says

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 16:52
AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - The U.S. citizen detained in North Korea, Jeffrey Fowle, 56, is a father of three with a passion for adventure who was in the country as part of a vacation tour, his lawyer said on Monday.






Killers of Las Vegas cops harbored anti-government ideology

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 16:02
LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - A married couple who shot dead two Las Vegas police officers in a weekend pizza parlor ambush harbored anti-government and white supremacist ideology and threw a swastika on the body of one of the officers they gunned down, police said on Monday.






Obama moves to ease student loan burdens, urges Congress to act

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 15:59
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Monday signed an executive order making it easier for up to 5 million people to pay off college tuition debt, and scolded congressional Republicans for opposing legislation that would lower student-loan borrowing costs.






Iran says six-month extension of nuclear talks may be necessary

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 14:36
GENEVA/DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran's talks with global powers on curbing its nuclear program in exchange for an end to sanctions could be extended for another six months if no deal is reached by a July 20 deadline, a senior Iranian official said on Monday.

Ukraine sees 'understanding' with Russia on peace moves

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 13:57
KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine said on Monday it had reached a "mutual understanding" with Moscow on parts of a plan proposed by President Petro Poroshenko for ending violence in the east of the country.

Ukraine, separatists battle to control border with Russia

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 13:50
MARYNIVKA/LUHANSK Ukraine (Reuters) - Ukrainian border guards stand grim-faced and nervous at the remote Marynivka checkpoint on the frontier with Russia, fearing an attack by pro-Moscow separatists at any time.






Killers of Las Vegas cops harbored anti-government ideology: police

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 12:55
LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - The couple who shot two Las Vegas police officers to death in a weekend ambush before killing a bystander and themselves in a nearby Wal-Mart harbored anti-law enforcement, anti-government ideologies but are believed to have acted alone, authorities said on Monday.

Tyson wins bid for Hillshire in battle of meat titans

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 12:11
(Reuters) - Tyson Foods Inc won the bidding war for Hillshire Brands Co with an all-cash offer that values the maker of Jimmy Dean sausages at $8.55 billion and would be the biggest deal yet for the global meat business.






More than two dozen dead as Taliban assault Pakistan's main airport

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 11:52
KARACHI (Reuters) - Taliban militants disguised as security forces stormed into Pakistan's busiest airport on Sunday night, triggering an all-night battle in which at least 27 people were killed.






Merck & Co to buy Idenix to boost hepatitis C drugs portfolio

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 11:00
(Reuters) - Merck & Co Inc MRK.N said Monday it would buy Idenix Pharmaceuticals Inc IDIX.O for $3.85 billion and plans to combine the two companies' most promising drugs to produce a faster, more effective cure for hepatitis C.






Sisi keeps Egyptian premier to fix economy after turmoil

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 10:49
CAIRO (Reuters) - Newly inaugurated President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi reappointed Egypt's prime minister on Monday, signaling continuity as he sets out to fix the economy and overcome political divisions after a long period of turmoil and bloodshed.

GM faulty-switch cases sent to New York court

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 09:46
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal judicial panel ruled on Monday that lawsuits against General Motors Co from customers who say they suffered economic damages from a recall over faulty ignition switches will be heard in New York.

Las Vegas cop killers may have white supremacy links: report

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 09:05
LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Law enforcement officials are looking into whether a man and woman who killed two Las Vegas police officers and a third person before killing themselves Sunday had links to the white supremacy movement, according to a report on Monday.






Libyan court says PM's election invalid, raising hopes of end to stalemate

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 08:58
TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libya's Supreme Court ruled on Monday that parliament's election of Prime Minister Ahmed Maiteeq a month ago was unconstitutional, a ruling that could reduce volatile political tensions in the major OPEC member state.

Russia would react to NATO build-up near borders: minister

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 07:53
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia would consider any further expansion of NATO forces near its borders a "demonstration of hostile intentions" and would take political and military measures to ensure its own security, a senior diplomat was quoted on Monday as saying.






Thai junta to explain itself to international rights groups

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 05:53
BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's junta said on Monday it had ordered the Thai ambassadors to the United States and Britain to meet human rights groups in an effort to "create understanding" about last month's seizure of power.






Well-trained and armed, Taliban tried to hijack plane in Pakistan

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 05:48
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Their backpacks stuffed with food and ammunition, a squad of highly trained Taliban fighters attacked Pakistan's biggest airport in what they clearly expected to be a protracted siege.

Amazon expands middleman role in latest online payments push

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 04:46
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc will start managing subscription payments for start-ups and other companies - the latest in a series of quiet moves the e-commerce giant has made into PayPal's turf over the past year.

Fear, loathing sully debate on Scottish independence

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 04:41
EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Retired military general Norman Arthur represented Queen Elizabeth in his Scottish neighborhood and is passionate that the country should remain part of the United Kingdom. Stuart Campbell, a pro-independence campaigner based hundreds of miles south in England, disagrees fervently.