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Russia Blames Israeli ‘Provocation’ for Warplane Downed by Syrian Missile

MOSCOW — A Russian reconnaissance aircraft was shot down by a Syrian missile over the Mediterranean Sea, killing all 15 people on board, the Russian Defense Ministry said Tuesday. It blamed Israel for the crash, saying the plane was caught in the crossfire as four Israeli fighters attacked targets in northwestern Syria.

Iranian military commander and others attend during a ceremony to commemorate the 27th anniversary of the back from exile to Iran of revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the father of the 1979 Islamic revolution, at tomb of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini seen in background, in Tehran on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2006. …

BBC Report: Iran Building Permanent Military Base in Syria

Iran is building a permanent military base in Syria just south of Damascus, the BBC reported Friday, citing a Western intelligence official. The British broadcaster commissioned a series of satellite pictures that indicate widespread construction at the site.

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Norwegian Ship Rescues 503 Migrants from Med

(AP) – A Norwegian ship has rescued 503 people from the Mediterranean Sea in eight operations since Thursday. The Norwegian Police Service says the Siem Pilot arrived Sunday in the Sicilian port of Catania with 503 migrants on board. A

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4,500 African Migrants Reach Italy In One Day

Rome (AFP) – About 4,500 migrants were rescued from rubber dinghies in the Mediterranean on Thursday, the Italian coastguard said, averting another potential high seas disaster. A coastguard spokesman said it appeared many people had left the Libyan coast trying

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‘Hundreds Still Missing’ in Massive Migrant Shipwreck off Crete

In one of this year’s worst Mediterranean Sea disasters, more than 700 migrants were aboard a vessel that capsized off the coast of the Greek Island of Crete late Thursday, and despite rescue operations that managed to save 340 lives, hundreds are still missing.

Migrants and refugees wait to disembark from the Blue Star 1 passenger ship upon their arrival at the port of Piraeus on March 1, 2016.

UN Chief Calls for Expansion of Legal Migration Routes into Europe

“Deeply saddened” by the loss of hundreds of lives of migrants trying to reach Europe by sea, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has praised the joint rescue operations of Italian and European forces, while calling for “a comprehensive and collective response” as well as “expanded legal pathways” for migrants to enter Europe.

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Signal Detected From Doomed EgyptAir flight, Says Cairo

Egypt said Wednesday that a French ship has picked up signals from deep under the Mediterranean Sea, presumed to be from black boxes of the EgyptAir plane that crashed last month, killing all 66 passengers and crew on board.

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EU’s Mediterranean Naval Operation Ferries Migrants to Europe

After nine months of “Operation Sophia”, a damning report has revealed that the naval operation David Cameron promised would “smash” the gangs smuggling migrants to Europe has not just failed but is actively helping the criminal gangs. Operating outside European

A light plane after it made an emergency landing in the Mediterranean off the coast of Tel Aviv, on April 3, 2016. (AFP / JACK GUEZ)

WATCH: Light Plane Crash-Lands In Sea Off Tel Aviv Coast

The Times of Israel reports: Two pilots were lightly injured when a light plane made an emergency landing in the Mediterranean Sea off the Tel Aviv coast Sunday afternoon, police said. According to initial reports, the pilot crash-landed the plane

Palestinian boys stand on a flooded street after heavy rain in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip on October 7, 2015.

‘Gaza Sewage Crisis A Ticking Timebomb For Israel’

The Jerusalem Post reports: Gaza could be a ticking timebomb of disease for the region if a serious sewage issue is not fixed, an Israeli environmental group warned on Thursday. Gidon Bromberg, founder and Israel director of EcoPeace, told the Jerusalem

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Over One Million Migrants Reach Europe by Sea in 2015: UN

GENEVA (AFP) – Over one million migrants and refugees crossed the Mediterranean Sea to Europe in 2015, nearly half of them Syrians, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said Wednesday. The milestone marks an almost five-fold increase over 2014 figures, when UNHCR recorded