Yabrud (Syria) (AFP) - Syria's army and Lebanon's Hezbollah seized full control of the rebel bastion Yabrud on Sunday, dealing the opposition a heavy symbolic and strategic blow in the Qalamoun region adjoining the Lebanese border. Syrian soldiers sat in the streets after seizing the town in fierce clashes with the support of battle-hardened fighters from Lebanon's Shiite Hezbollah and pro-regime militiamen.
Nico Rosberg dominated the season-opening Australian Grand Prix on Sunday but Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo became the first casualty of new limits on fuel when he was sensationally disqualified from second place. Rosberg, demonstrating Mercedes' superior adaptation to the sport's new hybrid technology, led from start to finish and took the chequered flag 24.5 seconds ahead of Australia's Ricciardo in his Red Bull debut. McLaren's Kevin Magnussen, 21, came in narrowly behind Ricciardo in a brilliant performance in his first ever F1 race, becoming the first Danish driver ever to reach the podium.