• North Korean leader Kim Jong Un addresses the congress in Pyongyang, North Korea, Friday May 6, 2016. North Korea on Friday opened the first full congress of its ruling party since 1980, a major political event intended to showcase the country's stability and unity under young leader Kim Jong Un despite international criticism and tough new sanctions over the North's recent nuclear test and a slew of missile launches. (KRT via AP) NORTH KOREA OUT

    Behind closed doors, North Korea opens ruling party congress

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un hailed his country’s recent nuclear test to uproarious applause as he convened the first full congress of its ruling party since 1980, an event intended to showcase the North’s stability and unity in the face of tough international sanctions and deepening isolation.

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  • A North Korean man walks out of an underpass while seen framed by the Workers' Party flags, in front of the April 25 House of Culture, the venue for the 7th Congress of the Workers' Party of Korea on Friday, May 6, 2016, in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea has been duly spruced up, the masses prepped for their rallies and leader Kim Jong Un appears to be set to take center stage Friday when North Korea pulls back the curtain on what promises to be the country's biggest political show in years, if not decades: the first full congress of its ruling party since 1980. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

    North Korea readies for its biggest political show in years

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea on Friday opened the first full congress of its ruling party since 1980, a major political event intended to showcase the country’s stability and unity under young leader Kim Jong Un despite international criticism and tough new sanctions over the North’s recent nuclear test and a slew of missile launches.

  • In this photo taken on Tuesday, May 3, 2016, Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu addresses his lawmakers at the parliament in Ankara, Turkey. Long-denied tensions between Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and prime minister Davutoglu are beginning to surface publicly, leading to speculation that the country’s powerful leader may be considering replacing the premier with a figure more willing to take a backseat role.(AP Photo)

    Turkish prime minister announces decision to step down

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu announced his resignation on Thursday, paving the way for the country’s president to pursue a tighter grip on power.

  • Historic black fraternity forms New Mexico undergrad chapter

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A historically black fraternity is expanding in New Mexico, joining other black fraternities and sororities that have formed in the state in recent years.

  • Jinat Ali, 7, left, and her sister Aya Ali, 5, pick their way through the rubble of their destroyed home in the western Iraqi city of Ramadi on April 3, 2016. Months after U.S.-based Iraqi forces freed the city from the control of the Islamic State group, the vast majority of Ramadi's population of 1 million remain displaced after the extensive destruction wreaked on the city during months of fighting. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

    Iraq routed IS from Ramadi at a high cost: A city destroyed

    RAMADI, Iraq (AP) — This is what victory looks like in the Iraqi city of Ramadi: In the once thriving Haji Ziad Square, not a single structure still stands. Turning in every direction yields a picture of devastation.

  • In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian citizens and firefighters gather at the scene where one of rockets hit the Dubeet hospital in the central neighborhood of Muhafaza in Aleppo, Syria, Tuesday, May 3, 2016. Shells and mortar rounds are raining down on every neighborhood Aleppo," said Aleppo-based health official Mohammad Hazouri, speaking from Al-Razi hospital. (SANA via AP)

    US declares Aleppo cease-fire, Syria says only for 48 hours

    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Sporadic violence persisted in Aleppo on Wednesday as U.S. officials announced an agreement had been reached with Russia to extend Syria’s fragile cease-fire to the deeply contested northern city. The Syrian military said the truce would last only 48 hours.

  • Germany’s Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, right, and Riad Hijab, head of the Higher Negotiations Committee, the Syrian opposition coalition negotiating in Geneva, chat during a joint stroll prior to a meeting of the Foreign Ministers of Germany and France with the Staffan de Mistura, U.N. special envoy for Syria, and Riad Hijab, head of the Higher Negotiations Committee, the Syrian opposition coalition negotiating in Geneva at the guest house of the German Foreign Ministry in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, May 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Ferdinand Ostrop)

    The Latest: UN aid chief describes ‘carnage’ in Aleppo

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  • In this Wednesday, April 20, 2016, photo, smarTours tour director Pamela Boudrot, center, and local tour guide Enedis Tamayo, left, lead a group of tourists in Havana. The thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations has many small and medium-sized companies thinking about doing business with the nation that has largely been off-limits for more than half a century. Greg Geronemus, owner of smarTours, based in New York, began planning to increase his Cuba business two years ago, when he ran 15 tours. He expects to run 45 tours to Cuba this year, most of them leaving from Miami. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan)

    A waiting game for companies hoping to do business in Cuba

    NEW YORK (AP) — The thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations has many small and medium-sized companies thinking about doing business with the nation that has largely been off-limits for more than half a century. Most companies, however, will have to wait.

  • In this Feb. 14, 2016, file photo, Haiti's provisional President Jocelerme Privert stands for the national anthem after delivering his speech at an installation ceremony, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Haitian lawmakers chose Privert, the country's former Senate chief to lead a caretaker government to fill the void left by the departure of ex-President Michel Martelly. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

    No end in sight to election mess in struggling Haiti

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Senate leader Jocelerme Privert took office as Haiti’s caretaker president with one real task: Quickly untangle a political stalemate blocking presidential and legislative runoff elections.

  • Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, right, welcomes Staffan de Mistura, UN Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria, as they arrive for their talks in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, May 3, 2016. The United Nations’ envoy for Syria and Russia’s foreign minister have began talks in Moscow about strengthening the faltering cease-fire in Syria. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

    The Latest: Syrian army says it is repelling rebel attack

    BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on Syria’s civil war and the escalating violence in the contested northern city of Aleppo (all times local):