Thu 24 Jul 2014 | 15:21 EDT

Iraq parliament elects senior Kurdish politician president 10:27am EDT

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's parliament elected senior Kurdish lawmaker Fouad Masoum as president on Thursday, a long-awaited step in creating a new government capable of countering a Sunni Muslim insurgency.  Full Article

Canadian retail sales up 0.7 percent in May to new record Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Strong car sales helped push Canadian retail trade up by 0.7 percent in May to a new record C$41.98 billion ($39.23 billion), Statistics Canada reported on Wednesday, pointing to continued energy in the economy despite a weak first quarter.  Full Article