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September 18, 2018 3:29 PM Israel blames Syria for Russian aircrew deaths but 'expresses sorrow'

Israel says Syria is to blame for the deaths of 15 Russian aircrew shot down by Syrian forces after Israel launched an air raid on the city of Latakia. Israel "expressed sorrow" for the deaths but blamed "extensive and inaccurate" Syrian anti-aircraft fire. The Il-20 plane was downed over the Mediterranean Sea on Monday evening. Russia initially blamed 7

September 18, 2018 8:25 AM Russia blames Israel after military plane shot down off Syria

Russia has said Syria shot down one its military planes - but laid the blame for the deaths of the 15 personnel on board with Israel. The defence ministry said Israeli jets forced the Il-20 plane into the path of Syrian air defence systems on Monday after failing to give Moscow enough warning of a strike on Syrian targets. The Il-20 disappeared off the radar 8

September 18, 2018 5:27 AM Russia blames Israel after plane shot down in Syria 'friendly-fire' incident

The aircraft was coming into land at a base in Syria when it is said to have been downed by air defence missiles. It said Israeli jets attacking targets nearby had "used the Russian plane as a cover, exposing it to fire from Syrian air defences". Russia's defence ministry said the aircraft, carrying 15 servicemen, disappeared from radar 22 miles (35km) off Syria 8

September 18, 2018 1:02 AM BREAKING: Russian military aircraft 'SHOT DOWN' over Mediterranean during assault in Syria

A RUSSIAN il-20 aircraft carrying 14 Russian soldiers has gone off radar in Syria during an attack by Israel in the Latakia province, the Russian Defence Ministry has claimed. The Russian MOD confirmed in a report that air traffic controllers lost contact with the plane on Monday evening. It stated: "On September 17, at about 11 pm Moscow time (9pm BST), the communication 6

September 15, 2018 10:09 AM EXCLUSIVE: Furious MEPs tear apart Juncker speech – shows he is 'away with the fairies'

EUROPEAN MEPs found common ground this week as they tore apart Jean-Claude Juncker's last speech as European Commision leader, coming together to condemn his calls for "more Europe" in the face of growing dissent. Chief Eurocrat Jean-Claude Juncker delivered his last State of the Union speech in Strasbourg on Wednesday before stepping down at the end of his mandate 8

September 13, 2018 10:42 AM Skripal suspects: 'We were just tourists in Salisbury'

Two men named as suspects in the poisoning of a Russian ex-spy in the UK claim they were merely tourists. The men, named as Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, told the RT channel that they went sightseeing in Salisbury but returned to London within an hour. They are accused by the UK of trying to kill Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter 12

September 12, 2018 8:30 AM Skripal poisoning: Putin says suspects 'civilians, not criminals'

The two suspects in the poisoning of ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter are civilians, not criminals, Russian President Vladimir Putin says. The UK government named them as Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, and said they were from Russia's military intelligence service, the GRU. Mr Putin said his government had found the pair and he hoped 10

September 10, 2018 9:07 AM Display of flower power from Kim

NORTH Korea held a major military parade to celebrate the country’s 70th anniversary – but without any intercontinental ballistic missiles. The festivities featured singing, dancing and even flower-waving in Pyongyang. Kim Jong Un was joined by one of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s closest advisors, Li Zhanshu. At the end of the parade, both joined hands 11

September 9, 2018 5:54 PM Brexit racist? UK is Europe's ‘ONLY member’ not to have anti-immigrant party in parliament

BRITAIN has the most positive view of immigration in the European Union despite claims on the Continent that the Brexit vote was fuelled by racism and xenophobia, Dan Hannan has declared. Much of the bloc now sees the UK as “intolerant, introverted and unwelcoming” to Europeans - but in fact the opposite is true, the leading Brexiteer said. Mr Hannan 10

September 9, 2018 1:53 PM Top-secret US technology SPOTTED? Mysterious ‘triangle UFO’ linked to military experiments

A SHOCK "triangular UFO" has been spotted close to a secretive US military base, amid speculation that the aircraft is the mysterious TR-3B on a test-run in Texas. Incredible footage has captured a bizarre "triangle UFO" flying across the El Paso sky in Texas this week. The mysterious sighting has been linked to top-secret US technology developed at a nearby 7