U.S. housing data weaker than expected, but services sector expands

WASHINGTON - Contracts to buy previously-owned U.S. homes unexpectedly fell in June, but the data did little to change perceptions the housing sector was gradually recovering after slumping in late 2013.

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U.S. appeals court strikes down Virginia's gay marriage ban

- A U.S. appeals court struck down Virginia's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage on Monday, the second appeals court to come out in favor of gay marriage.

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Ford raises F-150 prices, dealers begin ordering 2015 models

DETROIT - U.S. and Canadian dealers on Monday began ordering 2015 Ford Motor Co F-150 pickup trucks, which are lighter than earlier models, priced higher and include additional standard features, the company said.

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Hague court orders Russia to pay $50 billion in Yukos case

MOSCOW/LONDON/AMSTERDAM - The Hague's arbitration court ruled on Monday that Russia must pay a group of shareholders in oil giant Yukos $50.02 billion for expropriating its assets, a big hit for a country teetering on the brink of recession.

Huge blaze out of control in Tripoli battle as Libya slides into chaos

TRIPOLI - A huge fuel depot in Libya's capital burned out of control on Monday, set ablaze in fighting between rival militias that has driven the country to chaos three years after the NATO-backed revolt that toppled Muammar Gaddafi. | Video

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Police find 15 corpses in Baghdad in bloody start to Muslim Eid holiday

BAGHDAD - Iraqi police on Monday found the corpses of 15 people, including three women shot in the head in militia-style killings, a bloody start to the holiday marking the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, security sources said.