• This image made from video and posted online from Validated UGC, shows a building on fire after airstrikes hit Aleppo, Syria, Thursday, April 28, 2016. A Syrian monitoring group and a first-responders team say new airstrikes on the rebel-held part of the contested city of Aleppo have killed over a dozen people and brought down at least one residential building. The new violence on Thursday brings the death toll in the past 24-hours in the deeply divided city to at least 61 killed. (Validated UGC via AP video)

    After brief lull, new air raids over Syrian city of Aleppo

    BEIRUT (AP) β€” After a brief morning lull, Syrian government warplanes launched fresh airstrikes Friday targeting rebel-held parts of Aleppo, raising fears of more casualties after days of carnage that propelled the contested northern city once again as a main battlefield in Syria’s devastating civil war.

  • An employee displays a popular North Korean street food snack called Injogogibap in Korean at a restaurant in Incheon, South Korea, Friday, April 15, 2016. For much of the world, North Korea is known as an isolated enclave of prison camps, poverty and hunger. But for tens of thousands of people scattered across South Korea and living underground in China, it’s a complicated memory of their home they left behind. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

    Yearning for North Korea – the nation they fled

    INCHEON, South Korea (AP) β€” For much of the world, North Korea is a Stalinist nightmare, an isolated enclave of prison camps, poverty and hunger.

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  • In this Saturday, April 16, 2016 photo, a woman shops at the Hamadiyah market, or souk in Arabic, that was named after the 34th Sultan of the Ottoman Empire Abdul Hamid II, in the Old city of Damascus, Syria. In Damascus, it is easy to forget the war beyond. The airstrikes, the ruins and starvation, sometimes only few miles away, seem distant and unseen. Since a partial cease-fire went into effect at the end of February, the mortar shells from opposition-held suburbs have stopped.  (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

    In Damascus, an uneasy stability boosts Syria’s Assad

    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) β€” Looking out from the Syrian capital these days, one can understand why President Bashar Assad would be in no hurry to make concessions at peace talks in Geneva, let alone consider stepping down as the opposition demands.