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Rebels seized a village from government forces near Aleppo overnight, a monitoring group and rebel sources said on Friday, gaining important ground near the Syrian city where the United States and Russia are trying to de-escalate the war. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 73 people had been killed in the battle for Khan Touman, some 15 km (9 miles) southwest of Aleppo in a location near the Damascus-Aleppo highway. While multiple rebel sources said it had been captured, a Syrian army source denied Khan Touman had fallen.
By William James and Elisabeth O'Leary LONDON/EDINBURGH (Reuters) - The Labour Party suffered losses on Friday in regional and local elections, especially in Scotland, but waited to see if it would, as expected, capture the big prize of London mayor. It was not clear whether the scale of the losses would increase pressure on its new, leftist leader Jeremy Corbyn from centrists fearing a swing back to old-style socialist policies. While the party, Britain's official opposition, fared poorly in some of dozens of contests in Scotland, Wales, parts of England and Northern Ireland, it looked set to win London's mayoral election, where former human rights lawyer Sadiq Khan was expected to become the first Muslim to take the post.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — At the Cafe Gratitude restaurant chain in California, waiters serve plates of vegan rice bowls, vegetable pizzas and tempeh sandwiches with names such as "Gracious," ''Warm-Hearted" and "Magical."