Briefly World: Israel drawn into Syria civil war, fires warning shots

Israel drawn into Syria civil war, fires warning shots

JERUSALEM: Israel was drawn into the Syrian civil war for the first time on Sunday, firing warning shots into the neighbouring country after a stray mortar shell fired from Syrian territory hit an Israeli military post. The Israeli military said the mortar fire caused no injuries or damage at the post in the Golan Heights, which Israel captured from Syria in the 1967 Mideast war and then annexed. But in recent weeks, incidents of errant fire from Syria have multiplied, leading Israel to warn that it holds Syria responsible for fire on Israeli-held territory.

China: Congress finalises list of top officials

BEIJING: On the fourth day of their Congress to select a new set of Chinese leaders, the ruling Communist Party Sunday finalised a list of candidates for the 365-member Central Committee, an administrative and policy body, that would govern the country for next 10 years, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. The list of new leaders is expected to be announced on November 14, the last day of the Congress.

Strong quake strikes Myanmar, 12 feared dead

YANGON: A strong earthquake of magnitude-6.8 struck northern Myanmar Sunday, destroying a bridge and a gold mine, damaging several old Buddhist pagodas and leaving as many as 12 people feared dead. A slow release of official information left the actual extent of the damage unclear after Sunday morning's quake. Myanmar has a poor official disaster response system, despite having lost upwards of 140,000 people to a devastating cyclone in 2008.

Newborn among 6 killed in Afghan blast: Police

KHOST: A mother and her newborn baby were among six family members killed in a roadside bombing in eastern Afghanistan overnight, police and witnesses said Sunday. The victims were heading home from the hospital after the mother had given birth, when the bomb planted by the Taliban insurgents tore through their vehicle in Khost province on the Pakistan border, police said.

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