Services sector activity growth slows in June: Markit

NEW YORK - U.S. services sector expansion eased for a third straight month in June, pressured by a slowdown in employment and output growth, an industry report showed on Monday.

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South Carolina legislature set to begin debate on flag removal

CHARLESTON, S.C. - South Carolina lawmakers were set to begin debate Monday on legislation to remove the Confederate battle flag that flies on the grounds of the state capitol in Columbia. | Video

Politics, U.S. 11:11am EDT

China downplays Hillary Clinton claim it hacked U.S. information

BEIJING - China on Monday downplayed an accusation by U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton that Beijing had tried to "hack into everything that doesn't move in America".

Politics, China 6:32am EDT

Yemen government raises prospect of truce, air strikes kill 30

DUBAI/ADEN - Yemen's exiled government said on Monday it expects a deal shortly on a humanitarian ceasefire that would run through the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday later this month, as air strikes by Saudi-led warplanes killed at least 30 people.

World, United Nations, Yemen 9:24am EDT

Islamic State target Iraq's Haditha town with vehicle bombs

BAGHDAD - An Islamic State militant blew up an explosive-laden bulldozer near Haditha, killing seven Iraqi soldiers in one of a wave of bomb attacks on the northwestern town on Monday, a police source said.

World, Iraq 9:09am EDT

BRICS summit gives Putin a chance to show Russia not isolated

MOSCOW - The BRICS emerging economies will launch a development bank at a summit this week which President Vladimir Putin hopes will help reduce Western dominance of world financial institutions and show Moscow is not isolated.

World, Kyrgyzstan, Davos 9:27am EDT

N.Y. judge tosses conviction of ex-Goldman programmer Aleynikov

NEW YORK - A New York judge has thrown out the conviction of former Goldman Sachs Group Inc programmer Sergey Aleynikov, saying prosecutors failed to prove that he broke an "obscure" law by copying some of the bank's high-frequency trading code.

Islamic State takes ground from Syrian Kurds after air strikes

BEIRUT - Islamic State fighters stormed a Syrian town held by Kurdish-led forces near Raqqa city on Monday, part of a wider offensive by the militants two days after their de facto capital was hit by some of the heaviest U.S.-led air strikes in the conflict.