World News Briefs -- June 5, 2013



Syrian Army Regains Strategic City Of Qusayr -- Al Jazeera

State TV says southwest city, which has been under siege for more than two weeks, is now in hands of government forces.

The Syrian army has regained control of the strategic city of Qusayr on the border with Lebanon, Syrian rebels and state television have said.

"Our heroic armed forces have returned security and stability to all of the town of Qusayr," a statement carried by the station said on Wednesday.

Rebels confirmed they had pulled out of Qusayr, where they had fought fierce battles with government forces, who are backed by Lebanese Hezbollah fighters, for more than two weeks.

One Hezbollah fighter told the Reuters news agency that they took the town in a rapid overnight offensive, allowing some of the fighters to flee.

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MIDDLE EAST

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.

Turkish trade unions join protests against PM Erdogan.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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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