• U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, and the UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura, right, speak to the media during a press briefing after their meeting on Syria in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, May 2, 2016. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP)

    Kerry seeks path to calm in Syria

    GENEVA (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday said “several proposals” aimed at finding a way to restore at least a partial truce in Syria are being discussed, amid continuing attacks in the city of Aleppo.

  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, right, talks to the media next to Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh, left, during a bilateral meeting on Syria in Geneva, Switzerland, Sunday, May 1, 2016. Kerry has appealed once more to his Russian counterpart for assistance in containing and reducing the violence, particularly around the Syrian city of Aleppo. (Denis Balibouse/Pool via AP)

    US once again forced to turn to Russia for help on Syria

    GENEVA (AP) — Scrambling to resuscitate a nearly dead truce in Syria, the Obama administration has again been forced to turn to Russia for help, with little hope for the desired U.S. outcome.

  • In this Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015 file photo,  North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waves at a parade in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea is preparing to hold a once-in-a-generation congress of its ruling party that is intended to rally the nation behind leader Kim Jong Un and could provide an important glimpse into Kim’s plans for the country’s economy and military. The congress is set to begin May 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)

    North Korea party congress to show unity around Kim Jong Un

    TOKYO (AP) — North Korea is preparing to hold a once-in-a-generation congress of its ruling party that is intended to rally the nation behind leader Kim Jong Un and could provide an important glimpse into Kim’s plans for the country’s economy and military.

  • Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, left, shakes hands with China's Premier Li Keqiang during a meeting at the Zhongnanhai leadership compound in Beijing Saturday, April 30, 2016. (Jason Lee/Pool Photo via AP)

    China, Japan foreign ministers meet to smooth tense ties

    BEIJING (AP) — China laid out firm conditions Saturday for improved ties with Japan, telling Tokyo’s visiting foreign minister that there could be “no ambiguity or vacillation” in meeting Beijing’s demands over historical interpretation, relations with Taiwan and other key matters.

  • Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi speaks at a joint press conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, at the Chinese Foreign Ministry in Beijing, China, Friday, April 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

    Russia, China in agreement on North Korea, South China Sea

    BEIJING (AP) — Denouncing what they see as outside interference in the South China Sea and Korean Peninsula, the foreign ministers of Russia and China voiced mutual support Friday as they seek to counter the influence of Washington and its allies, particularly in Asia.

  • File - In this Sunday, April 17, 2016 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, center, poses with ministers prior to the weekly cabinet meeting in the Israeli controlled Golan Heights. Netanyahu has sparked a new diplomatic brushfire by declaring that the Golan Heights, seized from Syria in the 1967 war, is and should remain sovereign Israeli territory. But following some tough international criticism, Israeli officials have begun to backtrack, saying that a 1981 decision to apply Israeli law to the strategic plateau fell short of annexation and implying that Netanyahu misspoke. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, File)

    Israel treads carefully with claim to Golan

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has sparked a new diplomatic brushfire by declaring that the Golan Heights, seized from Syria in the 1967 Mideast war, is and should remain sovereign Israeli territory.

  • This image released by Yari Film group shows Adrian Sparks as Ernest Hemingway in a scene from the film, "Papa: Hemingway in Cuba." The film is the first full-length Hollywood feature filmed on the island since the 1959 Cuban Revolution. (Yari Film Group via AP)

    In ‘Papa,’ Hemingway returns to Cuba via the silver screen

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ernest Hemingway left Cuba shortly after Fidel Castro’s revolution, as relations with the United States began to fall into a deep freeze. Over five decades later, the author of “The Old Man and the Sea” returns to the island thanks to the magic of the silver screen.

  • In this image made from video and posted online from Validated UGC, a Civil Defense worker carries a child 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)

    Syria activists say airstrikes in rebel-held Aleppo kill 20

    BEIRUT (AP) — Airstrikes and artillery killed more than 60 people in the past 24 hours in Aleppo, including dozens at a hospital in a rebel-held neighborhood, as Syria’s largest city was turned once again into a major battleground in the civil war, officials said Thursday.