World briefs: Syrian rebels take over dam

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BEIRUT -- Fresh from declaring that they had seized an important military airport and an air defense base just outside Damascus, Syrian rebels Monday said they overran a hydroelectric dam in the north of the country.

It is the latest in a monthlong string of tactical successes that demonstrate the rebels' ability to erode the government's dominance in the face of withering aerial attacks.

The conflict was reported to have spilled beyond Syria's border, drawing in Turkish anti-aircraft gunners who were said by the insurgents to have opened fire on a government warplane that appeared to have entered Turkish airspace as it attacked rebel positions in the Syrian town of Atma, just across the Turkish-Syrian border.

The strikes were some of the closest to the northern border so far. They came as Turkey prepared to bring NATO officials to the area today to inspect possible locations for Patriot air defense missile batteries.

Accord on Greece bailout

BRUSSELS -- A European Union official said today that a deal has been reached that would pave the way for Greece to receive the next installment of its much-needed bailout loans.

Part of the agreement is that the target for Greece's debt levels -- one of the conditions of the deal going ahead -- would reach 124 percent of its gross domestic product by 2020. The original goal had been 120 percent of GDP.

This was the third time in the past two weeks that finance ministers from the 17 European Union countries that use the euro had tried to hammer out a deal on the next installment of bailout money for struggling Greece.

Canadian to head bank

LONDON -- In a surprising departure from convention, the British government Monday selected Mark Carney, the head of the Canadian central bank, to succeed Mervyn King as the next governor of the Bank of England.

The decision to select a foreigner to lead Britain's most storied financial institution came as a shock when George Osborne, the chancellor of the Exchequer, broke the news during a session of Parliament.

The appointment is arguably the most significant in the bank's 318-year history in that Mr. Carney will not only be the first foreigner to lead the bank but will also take responsibility for the health of the British financial system.

Alarm in deadly fire ignored

DHAKA, Bangladesh -- The fire alarm: Waved off by managers. An exit door: Locked. The fire extinguishers: Not working and apparently "meant just to impress" inspectors and customers.

That is the picture survivors paint of the garment-factory fire Saturday that killed 112 people who were trapped inside or jumped to their deaths in desperation. For Bangladesh, where such factories commonly ignore safety as they rush to produce for retailers around the world, the tragedy was unusual only in scope: More than 200 people have died in garment-factory fires in the country since 2006.

About 15,000 Bangladeshi workers protested blocks from the gutted fire Monday, demanding justice for the victims and improved safety. Some 200 factories were closed for the day after the protest erupted in Savar, a suburb of Dhaka, the capital.

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Rebels widely believed to be backed by Rwanda and Uganda held their positions in the key eastern Congolese city of Goma that they seized last week, letting a midnight deadline for their withdrawal expire early today. ... Fourteen people were killed and eight injured Monday when a fire broke out at a workshop for disabled people in Titisee-Neustadt in Germany's Black Forest region. Scores had to be rescued from the building as it quickly filled with smoke.



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