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The Latest: Syrian military declares victory in capital

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 7:08am

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

Syrian military declares capital, surrounding areas free from militants for first time in nearly 7 years

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 7:01am

Syrian military declares capital, surrounding areas free from militants for first time in nearly 7 years.

Syrian government captures most of IS-held area in Damascus

Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 6:50am

Syrian government forces on Monday captured most of a key neighborhood in southern Damascus held by the Islamic State group, hours after resuming their offensive against the extremists in the area.

Medical teams sent to south India amid deadly virus outbreak

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 6:44am

A deadly virus has killed at least three people in southern India, officials said Monday, with medical teams dispatched to the area amid reports that up to six other people could have died from the disease and others are ill.

Poland's Walesa visits disabled protesters in parliament

Vanessa Gera, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 6:42am

Former Polish president and anti-communist leader Lech Walesa met Monday with disabled people and their parents who have been staging a sit-in in the parliament for over a month, offering them his solidarity and strongly denouncing the country's populist government.

14-nation Latin American political alliance denounces Venezuela vote, vows to reduce diplomatic ties

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 6:36am

14-nation Latin American political alliance denounces Venezuela vote, vows to reduce diplomatic ties.

Nurse dead in Congo as Ebola vaccination campaign starts

Saleh Mwanamilongo, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 6:14am

A nurse has died from Ebola in Bikoro, the rural northwestern town where the outbreak began, as the country Monday begins a vaccination campaign in three health zones affected by the deadly outbreak, Congo's health minister said.

Funeral for Polish WWII hero held in Warsaw

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 6:11am

A funeral with military honors for a World War II hero and Warsaw Rising fighter has been held in the Polish capital.

Sri Lanka storms, landslides kill 5, leave 1,000 displaced

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 5:49am

Heavy rain and lightning strikes across Sri Lanka have left at least five people dead and displaced more than 1,000, officials said Monday.

In North Korea nuke site closure, spectacle trumps substance

Eric Talmadge, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 5:34am

Foreign journalists will be allowed to journey deep into the mountains of North Korea this week to observe the closing of the country's Punggye-ri nuclear test site in a much-touted display of goodwill before leader Kim Jong Un's planned summit with President Donald Trump next month.

Survey: Japanese female journalists report sexual misconduct

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 5:28am

A survey of women working for Japanese newspapers and TV networks has found 156 cases of alleged sexual misconduct reported by 35 women, about one-third of which involved lawmakers, government officials and law enforcers.

Australian state government proposes protecting wild horses

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 5:16am

An Australian state government has decided to legally protect rather than kill thousands of wild horses, infuriating scientists who argue the feral species is doing severe environmental damage to the country's iconic Snowy Mountains alpine region.

4 charged in Greece over attack on Thessaloniki mayor

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 5:04am

Greek authorities have charged four men over a weekend mob attack on the 75-year-old mayor of the country's second-largest city, carried out in an apparent venting of nationalist sentiment.

Defiant new Catalan leader wants jailed separatists in gov't

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 4:54am

Catalonia's newly elected president is showing no sign of backing down from the region's political standoff with Spanish authorities, insisting he wants jailed former lawmakers to join his pro-independence Catalan government.

2 men arrested 30 years after German teen death in N Ireland

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 4:48am

Police in Northern Ireland have arrested two men in the death of a German backpacker 30 years ago, after much-publicized appeals on the anniversary of the teenager's death yielded a break in one of the region's most notorious unsolved murders.

Paraguay opens embassy in Jerusalem, after US and Guatemala

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 4:47am

Paraguay opened its new embassy in Jerusalem on Monday, following in the footsteps of the United States and Guatemala.

Afghan official: Taliban kill 5 workers clearing land mines

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 3:43am

An Afghan official says the Taliban killed at least five members of a demining team in southern Kandahar province.

Detained Iranian-British woman learns of new charges in Iran

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 3:42am

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

Verdict to be delivered in family ax murder trial

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 3:40am

A South African man accused of murdering three members of his family with an ax arrived in court on Monday morning to hear the verdict in his case.