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Hezbollah leader boasts group has 'highly accurate' missiles

Sep. 20, 2018 12:04 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah boasted Thursday the group now possesses "highly accurate" missiles despite Israeli attempts to prevent it from acquiring such weapons. Hassan Nasrallah didn't offer specifics on the precision weapons, but his comments prompted a reply from Israel's...

The Latest: UN official: Great potential for Idlib fighting

Sep. 20, 2018 11:10 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on Syria related developments (all times local): 6:05 p.m. A top U.N. humanitarian aid official for Syria says he sees "great potential for a lot of fighting" in rebel-held Idlib province despite an accord between Russia and Turkey that has delayed a military offensive. Jan Egeland...

Israeli air force chief due in Moscow after plane downing

Sep. 20, 2018 9:20 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Israel's air force chief is flying to Moscow on Thursday to brief Russian President Vladimir Putin on the incident over Syria that led to the downing of a Russian reconnaissance plane. Syrian missile forces on Monday mistook the Russian Il-20 for an Israeli aircraft, shooting it down and...

Officials say 15-year-old boy killed by Israeli fire in Gaza

Sep. 19, 2018 10:48 PM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza's Health Ministry says a 15-year-old Palestinian boy was killed by Israeli army fire during a protest near the perimeter fence with Israel. The ministry said early Thursday that Moumin Abu Eiada was shot in the head as he participated with dozens in an overnight protest in...

Russia to study Israeli data related to downed plane

Sep. 19, 2018 4:27 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has accepted Israel's offer to share detailed information on the Israeli airstrike in Syria that triggered fire by Syrian forces which downed a Russian reconnaissance plane, the Kremlin said Wednesday. Syrian forces mistook the Russian Il-20 for Israeli...

With a calmer Syria, Hezbollah may reduce its fighters there

Sep. 19, 2018 4:12 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah militia said Wednesday his group may reduce the number of its fighters in Syria because of an easing of the conflict, particularly after a recent Russian-Turkey agreement that prevented an offensive on the last rebel stronghold.   Hassan Nasrallah...

Gaza protests escalate after deal to ease blockade fails

Sep. 19, 2018 12:17 PM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Palestinians protested Wednesday at a new location along the perimeter fence between Israel and Gaza as Hamas intensified demonstrations at the border after Egyptian-led cease-fire talks stalled. The militant Hamas group was hoping its indirect talks with Israel would result in...

Putin seeks to defuse downing of Russian plane off Syria

Sep. 18, 2018 6:26 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian reconnaissance aircraft was shot down by Syrian forces responding to an Israeli airstrike, killing all 15 people aboard, in what President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday was "a chain of tragic accidental circumstances." The downing of the Il-20 highlighted the dangers posed by the...

The Latest: Mattis says plane downing won't affect IS fight

Sep. 18, 2018 6:20 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on a Russian military aircraft shot down over the Mediterranean Sea and other issues related to Syria (all times local): 12 p.m. U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says the shootdown of a Russian military aircraft by Syrian forces complicates relations between President Bashar Assad...

Michigan professor declines to endorse student's Israel trip

Sep. 18, 2018 5:39 PM EDT

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — University of Michigan officials have criticized a professor's decision not to recommend a student for a study program in Israel. The school said in a statement Tuesday it opposes boycotts of Israeli higher education institutions. It adds "injecting personal politics" in decisions...