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The Latest: Russia says it downed drone near base in Syria

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 2:55pm

The latest on the Syrian conflict (all times local):

Populists' pick to be Italian premier scorns bureaucracy

Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 2:30pm

Giuseppe Conte, a bureaucracy-allergic law professor, is hardly a household name in Italy. Yet the 53-year-old academic is the candidate two rival political leaders have chosen to head what they hope will be the country's first populist government.

2 Brazilians arrested in attempt to smuggle African migrants

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 1:46pm

Authorities say they've arrested two Brazilians suspected of trying to smuggle African migrants on a roughly 1,900-mile (3,000-kilometer) voyage across the Atlantic by boat.

International outcry grows over disputed Venezuela vote

Joshua Goodman and Scott Smith, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 1:42pm

A growing roster of nations on Monday decried Venezuela's presidential election as a farce, with the U.S. leading the charge in announcing new financial restrictions aimed at further isolating President Nicolas Maduro's embattled government.

Gunmen try to corner police reacting to shots in French city

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 1:22pm

Police officials say a group of people, some armed with guns, shot into the air in the French city of Marseille and tried to corner officers who responded to the sound of gunfire.  

Clashes escalate in eastern Ukraine

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 1:01pm

Clashes between Ukrainian forces and separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine have escalated, the worst outbreak of fighting so far this year, officials said Monday.

Commission says Nicaraguan government violated human rights

Luis Manuel Galeano, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 1:01pm

The government of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega violated human rights through the excessive use of force against street demonstrations, according to the preliminary observations of investigators from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights released Monday.

Congo Ebola vaccination campaign begins with health workers

Saleh Mwanamilongo, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 12:54pm

Congo began an Ebola vaccination campaign Monday in a northwest provincial capital in a major effort to stem an outbreak that has already made its way from rural towns into a city of more than 1 million people.

A French newspaper is reporting that hooded men shot at young people near a Marseille culture center

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 12:53pm

A French newspaper is reporting that hooded men shot at young people near a Marseille culture center.

Syrian government declares capital fully under its control

Zeina Karam, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 11:58am

Syria's military on Monday captured an enclave in southern Damascus from Islamic State militants following a ruinous monthlong battle, bringing the entire capital and its far-flung suburbs under full government control for the first time since the civil war began in 2011.

Survey: Japanese female journalists report sexual misconduct

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 11:58am

A survey of women working for Japanese newspapers and TV networks has found 150 cases of alleged sexual misconduct reported by 35 women, about one-third of it involving lawmakers, government officials and law enforcers, a researcher said Monday.

Iranian media say 15 die after eating wild mushrooms

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 11:54am

Iranian media say at least 15 people have died and more than 1,000 have been poisoned after eating wild mushrooms in recent weeks.

Ex-London mayor quits UK's Labour amid anti-Semitism scandal

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 11:40am

Former London Mayor Ken Livingstone has resigned from Britain's Labour Party, which had suspended him over allegations of anti-Semitism.

Palestinian crowd pelts US vehicle with eggs

Caron Creighton, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 11:32am

A small crowd of Palestinian protesters in the West Bank on Monday pelted an American diplomatic vehicle with eggs to protest the recent move of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem.

Serbia on EU course despite calls for Russia shift, PM says

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 11:32am

Serbia's prime minister said Monday the Balkan country's goal is to join the European Union despite calls by the defense minister for an apparent shift in course toward Russia.

Aide: Palestinian leader making swift recovery in hospital

Josef Federman, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 11:24am

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is alert and making a swift recovery after being hospitalized with a fever over the weekend and should be released within days, a top aide said Monday.

Palace shares family portrait and other royal wedding photos

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 11:18am

Kensington Palace has released three official wedding photographs taken of Prince Harry and the former Meghan Markle shortly after their wedding.

Detained Iranian-British woman learns of new charges in Iran

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 11:14am

The husband of an Iranian-British woman detained in Tehran says she now faces a new charge of "spreading propaganda against the regime."

Burundi votes to allow president to extend time in power

Eloge Willy Kaneza, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 10:10am

A majority of Burundi's voters agreed to amend the constitution in changes that could prolong the rule of President Pierre Nkurunziza until 2034, the country's electoral commission announced Monday.