World News Briefs -- June 5, 2013 (Evening Edition)



Pro-Government Forces Deal Syrian Rebels Big Setback -- Voice of America

BEIRUT — Now that Syrian government troops and Hezbollah guerrillas have captured the strategic border town of Qusair from anti-government rebels, military experts and diplomats say there will almost certainly be a renewed government-led offensive on the northern city of Aleppo.

The rebels had held Qusair for more than a year in their overall struggle to topple the government of President Bashar al-Assad. Its loss to government forces represented a major blow to rebels, whose most effective fighting units, the al-Qaida-linked al-Nusra front, were defending the town.

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MIDDLE EAST

Syria peace conference likely off until July. Syria peace meeting will not happen in June.

Syrian rebels lose strategic town, bolstering Assad. Syrian army retakes key town of Qusair from rebels.

Deadly battles rage on in Syrian cities.

France, Britain confirm use of sarin gas in Syria. Britain joins France in saying nerve gas used in Syria.

France's foreign minister says military options on the table after confirmation of Syria sarin gas use.

Syrian refugees strain Jordan's resources.

Turkey seeks to reassure investors over protests.

Turkish police arrest 25 people for using social media to call for protest.

Turkish trade unions join protests against PM Erdogan.

U.S. renews Iran sanctions waivers for China, India, others.

US to deploy Patriot missiles, F-16 jets to Jordan.

Yemen army starts operation against al Qaeda in east.

Russia, China join West in pressing Iran at U.N. nuclear meeting.

U.S. says Iran's nuclear reactor plans 'deeply troubling'.

Iran dissident's funeral turns into anti-government protest.

ASIA

Soldier pleads guilty in Afghan massacre, says ‘not a good reason in this world’ for slayings.

Cyber-attacks likely to take centre stage when Obama and Xi meet in California.

Michelle Obama 'snubs' China's first lady.

Malaysia detains Myanmar migrants over deaths.

North Korea accuses South of bid to kidnap nine youths sent home.

China to overhaul workplace safety after deadly fire.

Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif calls for end to drone strikes.

Analysis: Glimmer of hope for cash-starved Pakistan economy as Sharif takes over.

China hits back at EU wine over solar panel duties.

Remembering Tiananmen Square 24 years later.

AFRICA

Rights group sounds alarm over Zimbabwe pre-election abuses.

Nigeria makes more Boko Haram arrests.

Kenyan Mau Mau promised payout as UK expresses regret over abuse.

Congo hospital treating 300 rape victims every month: U.N..

Mali military claims victory against rebels.

Advancing Malian army clashes with Tuareg rebels. Malian army takes Anefis, 1st territorial gain.

Rights group slams Zimbabwe security forces.

Nigeria: Jail terms to tackle Islamist militancy.

Egypt demands Ethiopia halt Nile dam, upping stakes.

Mohammed Morsi aide apologises for on-air gaffe. Ethiopia: Egypt attack proposals 'day dreaming'.

Who owns the Nile? Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia’s history-changing dam.

EUROPE

Hollande wins Unesco peace prize for Mali intervention.

Mosque burns down in London in suspicious circumstances.

Flooding forces evacuations in Germany, Czech Rep.

Most Europeans, especially the French, unhappy about EU: survey.

Latvia to become 18th eurozone member from 2014.

Russia is purging American 'diplomats' from Moscow like bottles of bad vodka.

Moscow metro fire causes rush hour chaos.

France opens new front in war with Internet giants.

Slovenian opposition leader convicted in bribery case.

AMERICAS

Report: US hasn't seen expected 'Great Recovery'.

U.S., Venezuela to find ways to forge positive relations: Kerry.

Susan Rice to be named US national security adviser. AP source: Obama to name Samantha Power to UN post.

Food rationing to begin in big Venezuelan state.

Brazil calls in army to defuse conflicts over Indian lands.

China president visits Mexico amid tension over cheap goods.

Land dispute to blame for Marine's disappearance in Mexico, aunt says.

Report: Some 20 baseball players may face suspension in doping scandal.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

Al Qaeda weapons expert: U.S. ambassador to Libya killed by lethal injection.

Southcom general has nothing to offer Guant√°namo hunger strikers.

Militants from more than 25 countries have joined the battle in Syria.

Alive after all? U.S. offers $5M for Mokhtar Belmokhtar.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

Global $200 million credit card hacking ring busted.

China launches inquiry into European wine exports as trade war fears grow.

U.S. agency: Apple infringes Samsung patent on older iPhones, iPads. Apple BANNED from selling popular models of its iPhone and iPad in the U.S after judge rules firm 'violated patent' of rival Samsung.

Amazon to start delivering groceries in 40 U.S. cities amid fears it’ll destroy local supermarkets.

Large oil firms hit record U.S. spending in 2012, as profits drop.

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