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  • 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

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  • 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 photo taken on Thursday, April  7, 2016, an old man fishes in a lake that connects to the nearby Techa River, near the village of Muslyumovo, Chelyabinsk region, Russia, which is polluted with radioactive waste from Mayak nuclear plant. Mayak has been responsible for at least two of the country’s biggest radioactive accidents. Worse, environmentalists say, is the facility’s decades-old record of using the Arctic-bound waters of the Techa River to dump waste from reprocessing spent nuclear fuel, hundreds of tons of which is imported annually from neighboring nations. (AP Photo/Katherine Jacobsen)

    Russia’s nuclear nightmare flows down radioactive river

    MUSLYUMOVO, Russia (AP) — At first glance, Gilani Dambaev looks like a healthy 60-year-old man and the river flowing past his rural family home appears pristine. But Dambaev is riddled with diseases that his doctors link to a lifetime’s exposure to excessive radiation, and the Geiger counter beeps loudly as a reporter strolls down to the muddy riverbank.

  • Idaho dropping to FCS beginning with 2018 season

    MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) — Idaho will drop to the Football Championship Subdivision beginning in 2018 and intends to join the Big Sky Conference.

  • A Russian Soyuz 2.1a rocket carrying Lomonosov, Aist-2D and SamSat-218 satellites lifts off from the launch pad at the new Vostochny Cosmodrome outside the city of Uglegorsk, about 200 kilometers (125 miles) from the city of Blagoveshchensk in the far eastern Amur region Thursday, April 28, 2016. The launch of the first rocket from Russia's new space facility has been delayed after a last-minute problem. (Kirill Kudryavtsev/Pool Photo via AP)

    Russia launches 1st rocket from new space facility

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia on Thursday successfully launched the first rocket from its new space facility after a last-minute delay the day before.