Main News of March 3


* Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday Tehran is “buying time” in the renewed talks with the world powers in an effort to continue its nuclear activities

* Managers of private US company SpaceX and of the International Space Station (ISS) program gave the go-ahead for docking of the Dragon space freighter with the station on Sunday, NASA reported

* The British government is “shallow and immature” and has for centuries played an “unconstructive” role in the Middle East, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in an interview with the Sunday Times

* Chadian soldiers in northern Mali killed on Saturday Mokhtar Belmokhtar, one of al-Qaeda-linked commanders responsible for mass hostage taking at a desert gas plant in eastern Algeria, Al Jazeera reported

* Venezuela’s opposition leader Henrique Capriles went to the United States to find ways and means aimed at destabilizing the situation in his country, Vice President Nicolas Maduro said

* The death toll from a carbon monoxide poisoning in a northern China coal mine climbed to 12 after a missing miner was found dead, Xinhua news agency reported

* A small dog saved the life of a three-year-old girl who went missing in Poland and spent the night in freezing cold temperatures, Vesti FM radio reported

* Instructors from US special forces are training armed opposition groups that are fighting against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Syria’s state-run news agency Sana reported

* Egypt’s Appeals Court has set April 13 as the date for a retrial of ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak jailed for life for failing to prevent the deaths of protesters during the 2001 popular uprising, a court official said 

* More than 30 people were injured and scores of houses damaged after a 5.5-magnitude quake struck southwest China’s Yunnan Province on Sunday, state media have reported

* A SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule successfully docked with the International Space Station on Sunday, arriving one day late due to a temporary technical problem, NASA said

* At least 40 people were killed and more than 100 others injured in twin blasts in Pakistan’s largest city Karachi on Sunday, local media reported

* Latvia’s Harmony Center party, predominantly backed by ethnic Russians, has picked up support in a new opinion poll published by the Latvian Facts bureau


* Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has welcomed the promise by US Secretary of State John Kerry to personally take part in investigating the deaths of Russian adoptees in the United States

* Five people, including three children, were killed in a fire that broke out in a private house in the Chelyabinsk Region in the Urals, the Russian Emergencies Ministry reported

* Seven teenagers were trapped in a snow avalanche in the Republic of Tyva in southern Siberia, the Interior Ministry said

* A play about the trial against Russian punk rock band Pussy Riot was interrupted in Moscow on Sunday when migration authorities came to ask the Swiss theater director for his work documents

* Russian police prevented hundreds of participants of a flash mob from performing the popular Harlem Shake dance in downtown St. Petersburg

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