Weekly News Highlights: Top 6 stories from Feb. 21 to 27
Editor's Note: GYV's Weekly News Highlights posts aim to recapitulate the most compelling world stories that mark each week in politics, business, culture and sports.
Here are the most important events of the past week.
1. Syrian crisis
At least 50 Syrian nationals died and 200 others were injured after three explosions blasted in a Shiite suburb in Syria's capital Damascus Feb. 21.
But the violence is set to diminish as a new deal between the United States and Russia enforced a ceasefire in Syria starting Feb. 27.
2. Samsung flagship release
Samsung unveiled two new flagship smartphones Feb. 21, the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.
Both devices have similar design to their predecessors but offer new features and noticeable improvements like 5.1- and 5.5-inch screens respectively, a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera, larger batteries, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, water resistance and wireless charging.
3. Europe's refugee crisis
Refugees entering Greece have exceeded 100,000 in less than two months. Last year, this figure was not reached until the end of June.
European ministers met in Brussels Feb. 25 to reach an agreement concerning the humanitarian crisis threatening Greece in particular and Europe in general, but the meeting intensified relations between Greece and Austria and ended with Greece recalling its ambassador to the country.
Austria and the Balkan states like Macedonia have been capping the numbers of refugees entering their soil, causing tensions to boil on the borders with Greece.
4. Chocolate scandal
German chocolate manufacturer Mars recalled its chocolate products from 55 countries, including France, Germany and the Netherlands, after pieces of plastic were found inside the bars.
The recall cost the company tens of millions of dollars.
5. US elections 2016
After regaining momentum in Nevada, former U.S. Secretary of State and Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton won the South Carolina primary by a large margin that was considered by some as the key to her party's nomination. But both Clinton and her rival, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, are looking to Super Tuesday, which is a day when several U.S. states hold primary elections.
On the Republican side, business mogul Donald Trump scored another win in Nevada Feb. 23, his third consecutive after South Carolina and New Hampshire, asserting himself as the party's presidential frontrunner.
6. Iranian elections
Iranian citizens cast their first votes Friday to elect a new Majlis, the Iranian parliament, and members of the assembly responsible for choosing the next supreme leader.
Early results showed loss of hardliners and strong gains for reformists or supporters of Iran's President Hassan Rouhani.