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US Lagging in 'Sacred Obligation' to Care for Veterans, Biden Says

Welcoming veterans to his home on Memorial Day, Vice President Joe Biden told them this morning that the U.S. is “behind” in caring for its soldiers and that problems at the Veterans Affairs Administration must be addressed. “That is a sacred obligation, and we’re behind...

European Parliament set to usher in first neo-Nazis

Though no stranger to controversy or diatribe, the European Parliament is set to usher in its first fully-fledged neo-Nazi members, from Germany and Greece. With around 300,000 votes at Sunday's European elections the neo-Nazi National Democratic Party of Germany (NPD) is expected to claim one of the country's 96 seats in the new Parliament, in a historical ground-breaker. It describes itself as "national socialist," just like Germany's Nazis in the 1930s, and is openly xenophobic and anti-semitic so a group of German regional governments have tried to have it banned for propagating racism. Meanwhile, with almost all ballots counted in Greece, the neo-Nazi "Golden Dawn" party is claiming over nine percent of the vote, which would net it three seats in the 751-member Parliament.

Kerry vows to back new president for 'united' Ukraine

Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday said the United States will back the new Ukraine leader and support its people, just as Petro Poroshenko was named winner of the weekend's presidential election. Ukraine's election commission chief said that the tycoon won the election in the first round by collecting more than half the votes in a poll that Washington hopes will bring stability to the eastern European country. "We will support their efforts to determine their own future in a more united, secure, independent, and prosperous Ukraine," Kerry said in a statement before Poroshenko's victory was announced. Sunday's vote was seen as the most important in Ukraine's post-Soviet history as it fights to stay united after months of turmoil and avert economic collapse.

Battle for key Ukraine airport as future leader vows 'no Somalia'

Donetsk (Ukraine) (AFP) - A fierce battle erupted Monday for control of the main airport in rebel-held eastern Ukraine, just hours after president-elect Petro Poroshenko vowed he would not let the country become another Somalia. Ukrainian fighter jets and combat helicopters struck the terminal building at Donetsk airport to try to dislodge separatist gunmen who seized the complex, triggering heavy gun battles. Plumes of thick black smoke rose from the airport complex as the sound of explosions and heavy machinegun fire rang out throughout much of the day, AFP correspondents at the scene said. Scores of gunmen had stormed the airport in an apparent show of defiance against Poroshenko, the Ukrainian magnate who claimed a resounding victory in Sunday's presidential poll.

The Santa Barbara Shooter Is a Terrorist

A person who hates a group of people and goes out and kills them indiscriminately—we call that person a terrorist, right? Only sometimes.

Hollande facing KO after far-right Euro triumph

The triumph of France's far right National Front (FN) in European elections has left President Francois Hollande fighting for his political life, allies and analysts warned Monday. A day after his Socialist Party polled a record low of less than 14 percent and one in four voters backed the FN, Hollande was hit by another stinging rebuke from the country's disgruntled electorate. With his authority crumbling, Hollande also faces the prospect of a rebellion within his party, where a significant minority of deputies blame the government's attempts to comply with the rules of the euro single currency for turning voters against the party and the European Union (EU). Le Nouvel Observateur, an influential left-leaning weekly, concluded bluntly that: "Hollande no longer has any chance for 2017," and urged the French left to turn its attention to finding an alternative candidate with a better chance of combatting the FN.

Belgium probes terrorist link in Jewish Museum killings

Belgium investigators on Monday probed a possible terrorist link in a fatal weekend shooting by a lone gunman at the Jewish Museum in Brussels that has shocked the world. On Monday the inquiry was transferred to the federal public prosecutor's office authorised to handle terrorist cases and spokeswoman Wenke Roggen said a probe had been opened into "terrorist" assassination. Earlier, deputy public prosecutor Ine Van Wymersch said the decision to transfer the case was based on "the identity and nationality of the victims". Along with Israel's foreign intelligence agency, Mossad, and its domestic security equivalent, Shin Bet, the Nativ agency was under the authority of the prime minister's office.

Seth and Snoop On ‘Game of Thrones’

Move aside, Talking Dead. Everyone’s favorite stoners, Seth Rogen and Snoop Dogg, sat down together and, while passing a blunt, dove deep into the wild world of Westeros. [Warning: Some Spoilers]

French gov't regroups after far right victory

PARIS (AP) — France's Socialist government won't resign and will press forward with tax cuts and other reforms despite a record victory for the French far right in European parliament elections, the prime minister said Monday.

Medicaid surge triggers cost concerns for states

WASHINGTON (AP) — From California to Rhode Island, states are confronting new concerns that their Medicaid costs will rise as a result of the federal health care law.

Greek opposition calls for early elections

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's main opposition party has formally requested an early general election after winning Sunday's vote for the European Parliament, arguing that the country's conservative government now lacks the legitimacy to implement reforms related to international bailouts.

Heavy shooting after Ukraine rebels seize Donetsk airport

Donetsk (Ukraine) (AFP) - The main airport in Ukraine's eastern city of Donetsk was rocked by an explosion and heavy shooting on Monday after armed rebels seized the facility, an AFP correspondent at the scene said. Thick black smoke was seen rising from the airport complex as the sound of heavy machinegun fire rang out and fighter jets could be heard overhead. The strategic transport hub had been evacuated and sealed off after gunmen claiming to be from the self-declared "Donetsk People's Republic" showed up overnight demanding that Ukrainian troops guarding the airport perimeter be withdrawn. The raid was launched in the hours after billionaire Petro Poroshenko claimed victory in a presidential election Sunday that the pro-Russian rebels have dismissed as illegitimate.

Russia 'ready for dialogue' with new Ukraine leadership: Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday that Moscow was willing to talk with Ukraine's newly elected president Petro Poroshenko. "We are ready for dialogue with Kiev's representatives, with Petro Poroshenko," Lavrov said at a joint press conference with his South Sudanese counterpart Barnaba Marial Benjamin.

Jordan expels Syrian ambassador

Amman (AFP) - The Jordanian government said on Monday it has declared Syria's ambassador to Amman, Bahjat Suleiman, a persona non grata and asked him to leave the kingdom within 24 hours.

EU's Ashton, Iran FM to hold talks in Istanbul

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif are to meet Monday in Istanbul to discuss the path toward a final nuclear deal. The previously unannounced two-day meeting comes after fruitless talks between Iran and world powers in Vienna earlier this month when no "tangible progress" was made ahead of a July 20 deadline for a comprehensive agreement. The Istanbul tete-a-tete was announced on Iranian media, with the ISNA news agency citing a source close to the Islamic republic's nuclear negotiating team.

Saudi arrests professors for alleged Brotherhood ties

Saudi Arabia has arrested nine university professors for their alleged links to the banned Muslim Brotherhood movement, media reported on Monday. Investigators found the professors, two Saudis and the rest from neighbouring countries, had been involved with "foreign organisations" based on "voice recordings and emails" linked to them, Okaz daily reported. It identified the organisation as the Muslim Brotherhood, designated by the interior ministry in March as a "terror" group. Saudi Arabia and its neighbour the United Arab Emirates have cracked down on Islamists accused of links to the Brotherhood and other Islamist groups.