Monday, February 29, 2016

World News Briefs -- February 29, 2016 (Evening Edition)

NPR: On Day 3, Syria's Cessation Of Hostilities Still Largely Holding

Syria's cessation of hostilities is largely holding on its third day, even as the main opposition umbrella group accuses the Syrian regime of violations.

Riad Hijab, the opposition's general coordinator, wrote a letter to the U.N. Secretary-General detailing the alleged breaches of the truce, which was brokered by the U.S. and Russia. The letter reads, in part:

"Right from the onset of the truce, a large number of violations have been committed by the regime and its allies in several parts of Syria. The regime has continued to target populated areas using helicopter raids to using explosive barrels, resulting in a large number of fatalities and causing significant injuries, most of whom were innocent women and children."

Hijab said the opposition's main umbrella group recorded breaches of the agreement in 26 different areas of Syria.

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U.S.-led coalition discussed possible Syria ground incursion: Saudi official.

Syria’s cease-fire frays as Russia resumes airstrikes. UN chief says Syria truce holding despite growing breaches.

Thousands may have starved to death in Syria: UN.

U.S. leads 24 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq, Syria.

Suicide bombings kill 40 in eastern Iraq, eight west of Baghdad.

IS conflict: This weekends Baghdad bombings death toll rises to 70.

Iraq's Mosul Dam faces 'risk of catastrophic failure,' U.S. says.

Turkish military hits Islamic State positions inside Syria: broadcaster NTV.

Yemen conflict: air strike on market 'kills 30 people'.

Iranian hard-liners losers in parliament, clerical body.


Pakistan says it needs F-16s from US for counterterror ops.

China bracing for North Korean response to new sanctions.

Pakistan not to blame for Afghan troubles, official says on U.S. visit.

Afghan police suspected of aiding Taliban killed, detained by army.

Pakistan braces for violence after execution of Governor’s killer.

Philippines asks China to respect sea dispute arbitration.

China fixes yuan at four-week low despite pledge.

Missing Hong Kong booksellers paraded on Chinese TV.

North Korea says U.S. student confessed to stealing item with propaganda slogan.


UK troops sent to Tunisia to bolster Libyan border.

Nigeria's Buhari orders investigation into Benue clashes.

At least 12 killed in eastern Congo by suspected Ugandan rebels.

Al-Shabab attack: 30 civilians killed in south Somalia.

Regional talks on al-Shabab urge resumption of military operations.

African Union plans to deploy military monitors to Burundi.

Crises give Eritrea routes for closer global engagement.

Police fire tear gas at supporters of Liberian anti-government activist.

Egypt migrant departures stir new concern in Europe.


Russia and Ukraine urged to live up to 2015 peace agreement.

Teargas fired as refugees try to breach Greece-Macedonia border. Desperate refugees riot at Greek-Macedonia border. Migrants charge through Macedonia fence on Greek border.

Merkel warns of `chaos' in Greece as refugees mass at border.

French authorities pull down homes in Calais 'Jungle' camp. France starts demolishing massive refugee camp known as the 'Jungle'.

Moscow expects no warming in relations with US after presidential elections — diplomat.

Irish rivals drag out stalemate, say both trying to form government.

Energy price slump sends eurozone into deflation.

Woman detained in Moscow carrying severed head of child.


Argentina, 'vulture' funds end 15-year debt battle. Argentina and US creditors reach deal in longstanding spat.

Brazil's justice minister quits in internal row over graft probe.

Ex-President's brother arrested in Colombia death squad case.

Trump, Clinton heavy favorites going in to Super Tuesday. Poll: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have huge, commanding leads over their fields.

Racial feud erupts as Republicans fight 'unstoppable' Trump.

President Obama faces pivotal week in fight to replace Antonin Scalia.

Colombia: ELN rebels 'taking over Farc areas' ahead of peace deal.

Colombia's defense minister investigated over rebel visit.

Hard to find bread in shortage-stricken Venezuela.

Bolivian president's woes deepen as ex-girlfriend is held.

Zika outbreak concerns some athletes planning families.


U.S. waging cyber war on Islamic State, commandos active.

Yemen: Al Qaeda controls more territory than Houthis, Islamic State

Nigeria's trouble with Islamist terrorism.

Boston bomber passed citizen test months before deadly attack: paper.


Google says it bears 'some responsibility' after self-driving car hit bus.

U.S. shale's message for OPEC: above $40, we are coming back.

Putin summons top Russian oilmen on Tuesday: sources.

UK EU exit would be global economy 'shock' - G20 leaders.

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