With careful staging, Obama backs Clinton, nudges Sanders

WASHINGTON (AP) — Testifying to Hillary Clinton's grit and experience, President Barack Obama endorsed his former secretary of state's bid to succeed him on Thursday and urged Democrats to line up behind her. It was all part of a carefully orchestrated pressure campaign aimed at easing Clinton rival Bernie Sanders toward the exit and turning fully to the fight against Republican Donald Trump.

  • Written by KATHLEEN HENNESSEY, Associated Press KEN THOMAS, Associated Press

After years of siege, first food aid reaches Syria's Daraya

BEIRUT (AP) — An international aid convoy delivered desperately needed food aid to the opposition-held, war devastated Damascus suburb of Daraya for the first time in nearly four years, but opposition activists said distribution of the aid was held up amid heavy bombardment from the air by government forces Friday.

  • Written by BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press