Thursday, March 2, 2017

World News Briefs -- March 2, 2017

Reuters: Syrian army says it has recaptured Palmyra from Islamic State

The Syrian army said it recaptured the ancient city of Palmyra from Islamic State on Thursday with help from allied forces and Russian air strikes.

The army and allied forces advanced inside Palmyra on Thursday after Islamic State pulled its fighters out of the city, a war monitoring group said.

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Syrian army re-enters town of Palmyra as IS defenses crumble.

Syria accuses main opposition of taking peace talks 'hostage'.

Turkey sets up military bases in Syrian cities of al-Bab, Azaz.

Mosul battle: Civilians feared killed in 'air strike' on mosque.

UN: 4,000 civilians flee Mosul each day amid fighting. Hungry and afraid, Mosul civilians flee.

Iraqi Kurd forces halt pumping through key oil pipeline.

Abu Dhabi hosts military drill amid Yemen war, Iran tensions.

Gaza report: 'Not about justice for Israel's victims'.


Malaysia cancels N.Korea visa-free deal after Kim murder: report.

North Korea ties at worst point in decades, South Korea says.

China may view North Korea as 'feudalistic,' analyst says.

ISIL expands in Afghan-Pakistan areas, widening attacks.

UN envoy calls for highest level Myanmar probe.

Pakistan approves landmark reforms for tribal areas.

Australia goes 25 years without recession.


Three jihadist groups in Africa's Sahel announce merger.

Russia interested in restoring full-fledged relations with Libya — Lavrov.

Amid Libya's chaos, human traffickers have free rein.

Hosni Mubarak acquitted over 2011 protester killings. Egypt's Hosni Mubarak acquitted over 2011 protester deaths.

Fighting to survive hunger in Somalia.

Cholera on the rise in famine-hit South Sudan.

Sudan's first PM since 1989 coup sworn in.


French candidate Fillon's home raided. Investigators search house of French presidential candidate Fillon: newspaper.

EU threatens fines for failing to take in refugees.

European Parliament strips Le Pen of immunity over 'Islamic State' tweets.

Northern Ireland holds snap assembly election.

German socialist party SPD's popularity hits all-time high.

EU threatens to introduce visas for US travellers.

Lviv coal mine blast kills several workers.


Ryan to GOP: Health bill to be drafted by weekend. ‘Secret’ Obamacare plan leads lawmakers on hunt across Capitol.

Trump to tour warship days after calling for rise in military spending.

FARC rebels begin disarmament in Colombia.

Venezuela is down to its last $10 billion.

How Mexico's president saw his approval rating plummet to 17%.

Carnival party over, Brazil returns to reality of political crisis.

Out West, the snow is so deep that scientists don't have any tools to measure it.


Confirmed: US conducts 20 'precision strikes' against al-Qaeda in Yemen. U.S. bombs al-Qaida targets in Yemen.

Germany arrests former Jabhat al-Nusra extremist accused of massacring 36 civilians in Syria.

Qaeda confirms coalition strike killed top leader in Syria.

ISIL expands in Afghan-Pakistan areas, widening attacks.

US drone kills two on motorbike in Pakistan: officials.


Uber's self-inflicted controversies come at a price: public loyalty.

Protectionism would be 'disaster' for autos: Renault-Nissan's Ghosn.

Snapchat firm share price soars on debut.

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