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People snap photos and selfies with Pope Francis, Latin America’s first pope, on Monday as he rides in the popemobile through Samanes Park in Guayaquil, Ecuador, where he celebrated Mass. Associated Press

Hundreds of thousands gather for pope Mass in South America (w/video)

GUAYAQUIL, Ecuador — Hundreds of thousands of people filled a park in Ecuador's main port city Monday for Pope Francis' first big event of his three-nation South American tour, hoping for a glimpse of Latin America's first pope returning to his home soil for a Mass dedicated to the family. Many pilgrims spent the n …

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South Carolina Senate votes to remove Confederate flag

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Obama says ISIS is losing ground

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  1. South Carolina Senate votes to remove Confederate flag

    Nation

    COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina Senate voted Monday to remove the Confederate battle flag from the grounds of the Statehouse.

    Robert Hayes, left, and Tom Clements debate as lawmakers vote on removing the Confederate battle flag from the Statehouse grounds in Columbia, S.C., on Monday.
  2. Iran pushes for end to arms embargo in nuke deal

    World

    VIENNA — A day before the new deadline for a nuclear accord, Iran pushed Monday for an end to the U.N. arms embargo on the country, a parallel deal the United States opposes as it seeks to limit Tehran's Mideast power and influence.

  3. Obama says ISIS is losing ground

    Nation

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama portrayed the U.S.-led coalition Monday as gaining ground against the Islamic State amid an expanded U.S. effort and ample signs of progress, but conceded more difficulties ahead in fighting what he described as a nimble and opportunistic enemy.

  4. Airstrike hits market north of Yemen's Aden; more than 45 killed (w/video)

    World

    SANA, Yemen — A massive airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition targeting rebels in Yemen hit a marketplace on Monday, killing more than 45 civilians, security officials and witnesses said.

  5. Germany maintains a hard line on Greek debt after vote (w/video)

    World

    ATHENS, Greece — Germany continued to maintain a hard line with Athens on Monday, just a day after Greek voters decisively rejected a bailout deal from its creditors. But some European countries showed a willingness to soften the push for austerity that has proved so contentious.