Putin toasts win
MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin has congratulated Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on regaining the city of Palmyra, a Kremlin spokesman said. "Assad highly valued the help Russian air forces have provided and underlined that such successes as regaining Palmyra would have been impossible without Russia's support," Dmitry Peskov said.
Kill suspect held
TEGUCIGALPA - Honduras has arrested a suspect in the murder of an environmental rights activist and colleague of recently slain award-winning indigenous leader Berta Caceres, officials said. Didier Enrique "Electric" Ramirez was apprehended for his alleged role in the killing of Nelson Garcia, 39, who was shot dead earlier this month by at least two assailants following a dispute with local landowners, authorities said in a statement.
ATHENS - Hundreds of migrants stranded at a makeshift Greek camp protested near the border with Macedonia, demanding that the border be opened as they clung to hopes of making it into Europe despite new EU moves to send some refugees back. About 50,000 migrants and refugees remain trapped in Greece after a domino of border closures by countries along the Balkan route has prevented them from continuing their journey into wealthier European countries.
Al Jazeera jobs
DOHA - Qatar's Al Jazeera broadcasting network is laying off about 500 employees or more than 10 per cent of its staff, it announced, reflecting financial pressures on the tiny Gulf state because of low global prices for oil and natural gas. Most of those affected are based at its Doha headquarters, according to a statement from Al Jazeera, which is controlled by Qatar's royal family. Before the lay-offs, the network had about 4000 staff, a spokesman said.
DHAKA - The new governor of Bangladesh's central bank has sent formal letters to the New York Fed, as well as central bank and money laundering chiefs in the Philippines, asking them to help recover its stolen $81million, a senior central bank official said. The news came as Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith said the government was waiting to hear the recommendations of an investigation committee to decide whether the central bank should file a suit against the Fed after one of the biggest cyber heists in history.
DUBAI - A court in the United Arab Emirates has sentenced 11 people charged with terrorism and raising money for al-Qaida and Islamic State in Syria to life imprisonment, state news agency WAM reported. A total of 41 defendants were charged with "possessing firearms and ammunition with the intention of committing terrorist crimes," WAM said.