Philippines official confident in South China Sea arbitration case
The Philippines on Monday wrapped up a week of arguments before judges in its case against China over the hotly disputed South China Sea, at a hearing boycotted by Beijing. The Philippines has asked the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague to affirm its right to areas within 200 nautical miles of its coastline, under the terms of a U.N. convention. China rejects the court's jurisdiction.
The Great Divide: how markets are shaping up ahead of Fed, ECB
By Jamie McGeever LONDON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Reserve and European Central Bank are expected to deliver sharply contrasting policy decisions next month, reflecting how the world's two largest economies have moved from the Great Recession to the Great Divide. The U.S. and euro zone central banks have been on a similar path of monetary easing since the financial and economic crisis of 2007-09. The dollar and short-term U.S. bond yields have soared, while the euro and short-term euro zone bond yields have plunged.
Congress returns to looming deadlines on budget, highways
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Lawmakers are returning to Capitol Hill to wrap up work on the budget, highway spending and taxes, an end-of-the-year stretch that will test the standing of Republican leaders like House Speaker Paul Ryan with the GOP's tea party wing and its anti-establishment presidential candidates.
Obama: Climate pact an 'act of defiance' after Paris attacks
LE BOURGET, France (AP) ? Pushing for a powerful climate deal, President Barack Obama called the global talks opening Monday outside Paris an "act of defiance" against terrorism that proves the world stands undeterred by Islamic State-linked attacks in Europe and beyond.
The Latest: Security increased, U of Chicago campus quietCHICAGO (AP) ? The latest about an online threat that led the University of Chicago to cancel classes on Monday (all times local):
The Latest: All but 9 released after violent Paris protests
Colorado Planned Parenthood shooting suspect to appear in court
By Keith Coffman COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Reuters) - The gunman accused of killing three people and wounding nine at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs was due to appear in court by video link from jail on Monday. Robert Lewis Dear, 57, was expected to face multiple counts of murder and attempted murder. Planned Parenthood says reports he told investigators "no more baby parts" after his arrest showed he had an anti-abortion agenda.
CMT awards show honoring ABC drama 'Nashville'
Putin snubs Erdogan in Paris as pilot's body returned to Russia
Russian President Vladimir Putin snubbed a meeting with Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in France on Monday as the body of a pilot killed when Ankara downed one of Moscow's warplanes returned home. Turkish authorities meanwhile again pledged not to apologise over last Tuesday's downing of the Russian jet on the Syrian border as Moscow rolled out its sanctions aimed at exacting economic revenge on Ankara.
Paul to file for president, re-election in KentuckyLOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) ? U.S. Sen. Rand Paul is officially filing for re-election and for president in his home state Monday, a move he insists does not undermine his faltering presidential campaign.