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BEIRUT (AP) — The Pentagon says U.S. commandos have carried out a raid in eastern Syria, killing a senior Islamic State leader, capturing his wife and rescuing a Yazidi woman being held as a slave. No Americans were hurt in last night's operation. It's the first known U.S. ground operation targeting IS militants in Syria. The only previous time American troops set foot on the ground in Syria was in an unsuccessful commando mission to recover hostages last summer.

BEIRUT (AP) — Activists say Islamic State fighters in Syria are moving closer to a world heritage site whose 2,000-year-old ruins drew thousands of tourists before the civil war. The Roman-era colonnades are southwest of Palmyra. In recent days the militants have seized a gas field northeast of Palmyra as well as nearby villages. One activist in the area says the group has now taken control of a government building and the water company.

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Security and tribal officials say fighting is raging in several Yemeni provinces on the fourth day of a humanitarian truce between a Saudi-led coalition and Shiite rebels. The officials report fierce fighting today in three cities, including the southern city of Aden (AY'-duhn), where they say three civilians were killed by mortar shells. The five-day truce has been repeatedly violated, with each side blaming the other.

MOSCOW (AP) — A commission is being set up to look into the latest failure for Russia's troubled space industry. A Russian rocket carrying a Mexican satellite malfunctioned shortly after it was launched. The Russian Federal Space Agency says a problem involving steering engines occurred in the rocket's third stage about eight minutes into its flight. The agency says the rocket and Boeing-constructed satellite did not reach their planned orbit and almost all of the debris burned up in the atmosphere.

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has scored eight goals in an exhibition hockey game, mostly on assists from retired NHL stars Pavel Bure (PAH'-vel BUR'-ay) and Valeri Kamensky. Three of the remaining goals were scored by Russia's defense minister. The game was played in Sochi as Russia prepared to play the United States in a semifinal game of the ice hockey world championships.

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