• Jan Egeland, Senior Advisor to the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, speaks  at the European headquarters of the United Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland, on Friday, Feb. 12, 2016.  (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP)

    Diplomats aim for temporary Syria truce in a week

    BEIRUT (AP) — A diplomatic push for a temporary pause in Syria’s civil war and the delivery of humanitarian aid faced huge hurdles Friday, with Russia saying it would continue its airstrikes and government planes dropping leaflets urging rebels to surrender because “the belt is narrowing around you.”

  • In this Monday, Jan.  18, 2016 file photo, Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill, conducts an Orthodox Epiphany service in Christ The Savior Cathedral in Moscow, Russia. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

    In meeting Pope Francis, patriarch asserts Russia’s role

    MOSCOW (AP) — When Patriarch Kirill meets Pope Francis this week, the historic event will allow the head of the Russian Orthodox Church to assert Russia’s leading role in the Eastern Christian world. It may also allow Kirill, a skillful political player with close ties to President Vladimir Putin, to open a new avenue of communication for the Kremlin as it tries to escape Western isolation.

  • Williams beats Sevastova to reach semifinals of Taiwan Open

    KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan (AP) — Top-seeded Venus Williams beat Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia 7-5, 6-2 to advance to the semifinals of the Taiwan Open on Friday.

  • In this photo taken Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016, junior athletes run past a sign for Athletics Kenya at the Discovery cross country races in Eldoret, western Kenya.  Two Kenyan athletes Joy Sakari and Francisca Koki Manunga who are both serving a four-year ban for doping at the 2015 world championships say the country’s governing body for track and field chief executive of Athletics Kenya, Isaac Mwangi, asked them each for a US  dlrs 24,000 bribe to reduce their suspensions. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

    Kenya under investigation for breaching anti-doping code

    Kenya is being investigated for breaching the world anti-doping code, WADA said Thursday, and could be declared non-compliant in a matter of weeks.

  • Troicki, Mahut to meet in Rotterdam quarterfinals

    ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — Eighth-seeded Viktor Troicki made the quarterfinals of the World Tennis Tournament by defeating Hyeon Chung of South Korea 7-6 (5), 6-2 on Thursday.

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, right, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov attend a news conference after the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) meeting in Munich, Germany, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016. Talks aimed at narrowing differences over Syria and keeping afloat diplomacy to end its civil war have gotten under way in Munich. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

    Kerry and Lavrov open Syria talks as countries trade barbs

    MUNICH (AP) — Diplomats trying to secure a cease-fire for the civil war in Syria fell short early Friday in organizing a truce but agreed to try to work out details and implement a temporary “cessation of hostilities” in a week’s time. The deal appeared to be the result of a compromise between the United States, which had wanted an immediate cease-fire, and Russia, which had proposed one to start on March 1.

  • Belinda Bencic of Switzerland returns the ball to Annika Beck of Germany during the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy-2016 tennis tournament match in St. Petersburg, Russia, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

    Bencic beats Beck for place in St. Petersburg quarterfinals

    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Caroline Wozniacki was knocked out of the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy by Dominika Cibulkova 6-4, 7-5 after a heated dispute with the umpire over a mistaken call.

  • Switzerland's Lara Gut smiles after completing an Alpine Ski women's World Cup Super G race, in Garmisch Partenkirchen, Germany, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Gio Auletta)

    Gut leads opening downhill training; Vonn 16th in Crans

    CRANS MONTANA, Switzerland (AP) — Challenging Lindsey Vonn for the overall World Cup title, Lara Gut of Switzerland led the opening training session on Thursday for a World Cup downhill.

  • A South Korean vehicle returning home from North Korea's Kaesong arrives as customs officers talk with a driver at the customs, immigration and quarantine office near the border village of Panmunjom, in Paju, South Korea, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016. South Korean workers on Thursday began shutting down a jointly run industrial park in North Korea, a move that will end, at least temporarily, the Koreas' last major cooperation project as punishment over Pyongyang's recent rocket launch. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

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  • German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier briefs the media prior to the Syria talks in Munich, Germany,  Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

    The Latest: Russia hits 1,900 targets in Syria in a week

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