SYRIA

Rebels capture dam

Syrian rebels on Monday captured a hydroelectric dam on the Euphrates River in the country’s north after days of heavy clashes, carting off boxes of ammunition from defeated regime forces in the latest in a string of recent strategic advances for opposition fighters, activists said. Also Monday, activists said rebels and pro-government Kurdish gunmen struck a truce to end days of fighting in the town of Ras al-Ayn near the border with Turkey that opposition forces entered earlier this month.

Bangladesh

Garment workers protest

Thousands of Bangladeshi garment workers staged angry protests Monday, demanding justice after at least 112 people died over the weekend in a fire at a factory on the outskirts of Dhaka. The protests paralyzed much of the Ashulia area, an important industrial belt north of Dhaka, the capital, as workers blocked roads, prompting some factories to close for the day.

Belgium

EU deal helps Greece

The 17 European Union nations that use the euro have struck an agreement with the International Monetary Fund on a program to reduce Greek debt and put Athens on the way to get the next installment of its much-needed bailout loans. The first disbursement is set to take place Dec. 13, said Jean-Claude Juncker, head of the eurogroup of finance ministers, after today’s decision.

Mexico

Beauty queen killed

A 20-year-old state beauty queen was killed during a running gunbattle between soldiers and the gang of drug traffickers she was traveling with in northern Mexico, the chief prosecutor of the state of Sinaloa said Monday. The body of Maria Susana Flores Gamez was found lying near an assault rifle on a rural road in a mountainous area of the drug-plagued state. It was unclear if she had used the weapon. The slender brunette was voted the 2012 Woman of Sinaloa in a beauty pageant in February.

Compiled from wire reports.