18 Sep 2018

Russia to Israel: you are wholly to blame for the downing of the plane
The Russian Minister of Defense Sergei Shoigo slammed Israel on Tuesday, claiming that its “irresponsible actions,” led to the downing of a Russian military aircraft and the deaths of 14 servicemen over Latakia, Syria late Monday night. According to Russia, Israel only warned it one minute before launching the strikes.

Two Palestinians killed by missile strike close to security fence in Gaza
Gaza medics said on Tuesday two Palestinians were killed by an Israeli missile strike near the enclave’s boundary with Israel after the Israeli Defense Forces said it attacked a group suspected of tampering with the border fence. There was no immediate word on the identities of those killed in the overnight missile strike east of Qarara village.

Police detain 5 Shabab al-Aksa activists on Temple Mount
Police units in Jerusalem arrested five Arab suspects on the Temple Mount on Tuesday morning who allegedly disrupted the regular visits taking place on the Temple Mount. Police said they repeatedly requested that the five activists from the Shabab al-Aksa terrorist group stop causing disruptions and they detained the suspects and removed them from the area after they continued to do so.

Korea nuclear talks: Moon goes North to push stalled negotiations
The leaders of North and South Korea are meeting in the North Korean capital for talks centred on the stalled denuclearisation negotiations. North Korea has embarked on an unprecedented series of meetings this year with both the South and the US. But talks with Washington have reached deadlock, with both sides so far agreeing only to very general goals.

US imposes new tariffs on $200bn of Chinese goods
The US is imposing new tariffs on $200bn (£150bn) of Chinese goods as it escalates its trade war with Beijing. These will apply to almost 6,000 items, marking the biggest round of US tariffs so far. Handbags, rice and textiles will be included, but some items expected to be targeted such as smart watches and high chairs have been excluded.

Syria war: Russia and Turkey to create buffer zone in Idlib
Russia and Turkey have agreed to create a demilitarised buffer zone in Syria’s Idlib province to separate government forces from rebel fighters based there. Russian President Vladimir Putin said it would be 15km to 25km (9-15 miles) wide and come into force by 15 October. Troops from Russia, an ally of Syria’s government, and Turkey, which backs the rebels, will patrol the zone.

DHS Terror Advisory Warns of Drone, Chemical Weapon Use Outside Combat Zones
The Department of Homeland Security reissued for the seventh time a National Terrorism Advisory System Bulletin, which makes note of terrorists’ potential to use drones and chemical attacks outside of the groups’ occupied territory and conflict zones. The NTAS Bulletin replaced in December 2015 the post-9/11 color-coded alert system.

In Carolinas, a question as the rivers rise: Stay or go?
The river seethed a quarter-mile away, bulging from its banks, so the patrol cars circled the neighborhood three times. “Get out now,” a voice boomed from a bullhorn. “This is an emergency.” Waheeda Reese and her 14-year-old daughter, Anissa, were inside watching news reports about drowned towns all over the state and rain that hadn’t yet stopped.

EU approves controversial Copyright Directive, including internet ‘link tax’ and ‘upload filter’
The European Parliament has voted in favor of the Copyright Directive, a controversial piece of legislation intended to update online copyright laws for the internet age. The directive was originally rejected by MEPs in July following criticism of two key provisions: Articles 11 and 13, dubbed the “link tax” and “upload filter” by critics.

Report: Syria accidentally downs Russian plane following alleged IAF strike
Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces accidentally shot down a Russian military aircraft on Monday evening following a missile strike on the Syrian coastal city of Latakia that was attributed to the Israel Air Force, according to CNN. The report was based on information provided by “a US official with knowledge of the incident”, who told the US news outlet that Assad’s forces were responding to a barrage of Israeli missiles.

U.S. to sharply limit refugee flows to 30,000 in 2019
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday the United States would cap the number of refugees allowed into the country at 30,000 for fiscal-year 2019, a sharp drop from a limit of 45,000 it set for 2018. “We proposed resettling up to 30,000 refugees under the new refugee ceiling as well as processing more than 280,000 asylum seekers,” Pompeo said in an announcement at the State Department…

Ahead of Yom Kippur, ultra-Orthodox Jews cast out sins with chickens and water
Waving chickens above their heads, ultra-Orthodox Jews in Israel performed the ritual of “kaparot” ahead of Yom Kippur, the most sacred day of the Jewish calendar, which begins at sundown on Tuesday. In the Mea Shearim neighborhood of Jerusalem and in other cities around Israel, religious Jews said prayers as they performed the traditional rite with the birds, which then go to slaughter.