• President Barack Obama walks past members of the press corp after returning to the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015, after spending three days in New York and the United Nations. Obama spoke to reporters and thanked the secret service for their work over the last few weeks in protecting the Pope, the Chinese President,  the United Nations and the King and Queen of Spain. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    In year of diplomatic triumphs, Obama still dogged by Syria

    NEW YORK (AP) — In a year of diplomatic breakthroughs, President Barack Obama can’t escape the shadow of Syria’s intractable crisis.

  • United States President Barack Obama, right, and Russia's President President Vladimir Putin pose for members of the media before a bilateral meeting Monday, Sept. 28, 2015, at United Nations headquarters. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

    Obama and Putin: Awkward moments, few breakthroughs

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin’s first formal meeting in more than two years started with an awkward handshake and ended without a breakthrough on Syria, a crisis that has strained their already tense relationship.