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Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart, Sergey V. Lavrov, announced that they had agreed on the delivery of desperately needed aid to besieged Syrian cities, to be followed by a “cessation of hostilities” on the way to a more formal cease-fire.

David E. Sanger
A senior Russian government official on Tuesday formally presented to the United Nations his country’s claim to Arctic Ocean seabed, including an area under the North Pole.Andrew E. Kramer | The New York Times
A fight between two inmates at a penitentiary in the northern Mexican city of Monterrey escalated into a riot early Thursday that left 52 prisoners dead, the state governor said.ELISABETH MALKIN
North Korea said Thursday that it would freeze all South Korean assets at a joint industrial complex the South shut down to retaliate for a recent nuclear test and a rocket launch by the North.Choe Sang-Hun
President Obama's budget request to Congress includes $400 million "to cover the unique circumstances confronting vulnerable Alaskan communities," including money to pay for village relocation.Chris Mooney | The Washington Post
NATO will deploy ships to the Aegean Sea in an attempt to stop smugglers moving migrants from Turkey to Greece, the military alliance’s secretary-general said Thursday.
So far, only one Alaskan has been identified as having contracted Zika virus, and that was in 2007, according to the Alaska Section of Epidemiology. Laurel Andrews
There are too few fully qualified controllers at more than a dozen of the nation's busiest air traffic facilities stretching from Atlanta to Anchorage, according to report released Tuesday by a government watchdog.Joan Lowy | Associated Press
The Department of Justice filed a civil rights lawsuit against Ferguson, Missouri, on Wednesday, less than a day after the city rejected an agreement to overhaul its beleaguered criminal justice system and address allegations of widespread abuses by its police department.Matt Apuzzo
The last four armed occupiers of a national wildlife refuge in eastern Oregon said they would turn themselves in Thursday morning after the FBI surrounded them.Rebecca Boone and Lisa Baumann