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Kerry defends diplomacy as Russian-backed forces pound Aleppo

CARTAGENA, Colombia/BEIRUT U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry defended his efforts to negotiate with Moscow over the war in Syria on Monday, despite the collapse of a ceasefire that has led to a massive Russian-backed assault on the besieged rebel-held sector of Aleppo.

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Portugal's Guterres leads race for U.N. chief after fifth ballot

UNITED NATIONS Former Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Guterres leads the race to become the next United Nations Secretary-General after a fifth U.N. Security Council secret ballot on Monday, diplomats said.

United Nations 12:46pm EDT

'Ottoman' Boris Johnson makes first visit to Turkey since Erdogan poem

ANKARA British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on Monday kicked off his first official visit to Ankara by highlighting his "proud ownership" of a Turkish washing machine and steered clear of his past prize-winning insults of President Tayyip Erdogan.

1:47pm EDT

EU launches program to issue cash cards to migrants in Turkey

ANKARA The European Union launched a program on Monday to issue monthly electronic cash grants to benefit a million refugees in Turkey, as part of a deal under which Ankara will curb the numbers trying to enter Europe.

Turkey 3:14pm EDT

Bosnian Serb leader summoned for questioning over referendum

SARAJEVO Bosnia's chief prosecutor has summoned the president of the country's Serb Republic for questioning after he defied the top court by holding a banned referendum on whether his autonomous region should mark a national day.

2:58pm EDT

Japan navy chief urges resumption of China port visits

WASHINGTON The head of Japan's navy on Monday repeated criticisms of China's pursuit of territorial claims in Asia but called for a resumption of port and personnel visits suspended for several years amid rising tensions between the two Asian powers.

China, Japan 3:12pm EDT

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