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Russia blames Israel for friendly fire attack on its aircraft by Syria which killed 15 servicemen

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Russia and Israel risked a military confrontation on Tuesday after a Russian reconnaissance plane with 15 people onboard was mistakenly shot down by allied Syria forces that were targeting Israeli jets. Russia's defence ministry said that Israeli F-16 pilots were using its Ilyushin Il-20 turbo-prop aircraft signal as cover while carrying out strikes against targets in Latakia province and put it in the line of fire from Syrian missiles. The aircraft was hit 22 miles off Latakia’s coast in the eastern Mediterranean on Monday evening as it was returning to a Russian airbase nearby. President Vladimir Putin was forced to step in to defuse the escalating row between the two countries, which have an uneasy alliance despite backing opposing sides in the Syrian war. Israel, which appears to have been targeting an ammunitions depot linked to the Lebanese Shia militia Hizbullah, denied it was its intention to provoke Syria into firing at the Russian plane. A IL-20PP reconnaissance aircraft of the Russian Air Force taking  Credit: Alamy However, the Russian defence ministry said they were given only a one-minute warning from Israel over their deconfliction hotline, leaving it with insufficient time to reach a safe area. Israeli pilots carrying out attacks on Syrian targets "used the Russian plane as a cover, exposing it to fire from Syrian air defences," Igor Konashenkov, Russian military spokesman, said in televised remarks. Idlib offensive: Why the looming fight for Syria's last rebel stronghold could be the bloodiest yet “We consider these provocative actions by Israel as hostile. Fifteen Russian military service members died because of irresponsible actions of the Israeli military. It's absolutely contrary to spirit of Russia-Israeli partnership,” he said. “We reserve right for adequate response." Mr Putin later downplayed the incident, saying the downing of the plane was the result of "a chain of tragic circumstances" and that Moscow would look into boosting security for its servicemen. The Russian president and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly spoke over the phone to clear the air. Russia military aircraft (Il-20) disappeared of the coast of Syria Israel and Russia have so far managed to carefully coordinate military action in Syria. Israel has carried out more than 200 attacks on Hizbollah and Iranian targets in Syria in the last few years in an attempt to stop its foes becoming too entrenched in the country. Moscow has never interfered. However, the latest incident marks the worst loss of Russian life to friendly fire since Moscow intervened in the conflict in 2015 and could change the way they view the Israeli raids, particularly so close to Russian bases. Improving relations between the two countries has been a source of tension between Russia and client state Syria, which is technically at war with Israel. Russian troops were recently sent to the border of the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights to act as a buffer between Syrian forces and the Jewish state. A general view shows Russian fighter jets on the tarmac at the Russian Hmeimim military base in Latakia in 2016 Credit: AFP/Getty Images The Ilyushin aircraft was reported missing shortly after Moscow announced an agreement with Turkey to set up a demilitarised zone in the last rebel stronghold of Idlib. The two countries said they would be sending military police to patrol the area and help expel jihadists. The deal temporarily delays off an all-out offensive by Syrian forces to retake the province, which the United Nations had warned would spark the worst humanitarian crisis this century. The EU hailed a political solution for Idlib, but said any deal must protect civilians and ensure humanitarian access. Experts however warned that the agreement was lacking in detail and cautioned that it does not guarantee that an offensive is no longer on the table further down the line. November 2015: Turkey shoots down Russian jet for airspace 'violation'  

Tesla confirms criminal probe into Musk talk of going private

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Tesla confirmed Tuesday that US Justice Department officials were looking into possible criminal aspects of a seemingly spontaneous, and later aborted, announcement by chief executive Elon Musk on taking the electric automaker private. Tesla shares ended the formal Nasdaq trading day down 3.35 percent to $284.96. Tesla said it was confident the matter would be quickly resolved with the Justice Department.

Twitter Users Rib Ted Cruz For Joking Beto O'Rourke Will Ban BBQ

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) must be getting desperate in his re-election bid for

The Best Ways to Help in the Aftermath of Hurricane Florence

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Hurricane Florence has been downgraded to a tropical depression, but flood waters are still a threat. And across the Southeast, especially in the Carolinas and Virginia, residents face a long and...

Lithuania Says Walmart Has Agreed To Stop Selling Soviet-Themed T-Shirts

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Lithuanian officials said that Walmart has agreed to remove Soviet-themed

Latest: Suspect in golfer's slaying has history of violence

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AMES, Iowa (AP) — The Latest on the killing of a champion golfer from Spain whose body was found on a golf course in central Iowa (all times local):

How This Couple Got Their Dream Beach Wedding Just Before Hurricane Florence Hit the Area

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Leah and Brandon Frick's original wedding date was during the height of the storm.

Israel determined to stop Iran in Syria, PM tells Putin

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed Tuesday that Israel would keep acting against its arch foe Iran in Syria, after a Russian aircraft was accidentally downed there by Syria during an Israeli missile strike. Netanyahu also "expressed sorrow" over the deaths of the 15 Russian crew members onboard and said Israel would assist Moscow in the investigation.

Photographer travels the globe to capture the world's most beautiful libraries

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This photographer has an incredible body of work after traveling the globe in to capture images of some of the world’s most beautiful of libraries. The photographer, from Florence, Italy, said that everything about these grand venues attracts him — from the simple smell of dust, leather and wood, to the pleasure of opening an aged book.

Everything we know about SpaceX's first moon passenger, Yusaku Maezawa

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SpaceX revealed the first passenger its signed up to fly to the moon on Monday for one very expensive art project. The Elon Musk-founded company will send 42-year-old Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa into deep space, but he doesn't want to take the trip all on his own. The entrepreneur hopes to bring along "six to eight artists" who will capture the experience on a four to five day mission in 2023. SEE ALSO: Take a look at the first space suit that let Americans walk in space If all goes according to plan, Maezawa will be the first non-American to orbit the moon.  Here's what we know about him and his larger-than-life lunar ambitions:  Who is Yusaku Maezawa? A skateboarder and former drummer in a hardcore band called Switch Style, Maezawa is now the 18th richest person in Japan with a net worth of $2.9 billion according to Forbes.  He is the founder of Start Today, a mail-order CD and record business he founded in 1998, which expanded into the online fashion business with Zozotown in 2004. Last year, the site boasted 7.2 million customers. Hanging out with @yousuck2020 before the @SpaceX moon mission announcement — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 18, 2018 Maezawa is not shy when it comes to spending his riches, as evidenced when he made headlines for shelling out a record $110.5 million for Jean-Michel Basquiat's 1982 painting of a skull last year. At another auction in 2016, he spent $81 million in one night. His love for Basquiat was something he echoed in the press conference, when he wore a t-shirt featuring a painting by the artist, and also spoke of his work. Basquiat died in 1988. "One day, when I was staring at his painting, I thought, what if Basquiat had gone to space, and had seen the moon up close, or saw Earth in full view. What wonderful masterpiece could he have created?" he said. Why does he want to go to the moon? Maezawa said his interest in the moon started as a child. "Ever since I was a kid, I have loved the moon," he said. "Just staring at the moon filled my imagination. It's always there and has always continued to inspire humanity." But he doesn't want to go alone either. He's taking along artists representing Earth who will contribute to a project called #DearMoon. He will first reach out to artists that he loves to see if they'd like to go, but it'll be open to painters, sculptors, film directors, architects, fashion designers, and others. "I love art. And I'm very much looking forward to seeing what different artists getting together could bring to life," he said. According to the project schedule on DearMoon's website, selection of the artists will begin this year, with training and preparation to take place before planned liftoff in 2023. "He is the bravest person and the most willing to do so, and he was the best adventurer I think," Musk said of Maezawa. "He stepped forward to do it. To be clear, we are honored that he would choose us. This is not us choosing him... He is a very brave person to do this." Image: screenshotMaezawa has made a down payment on the trip, but declined to reveal how much he spent in total.  Musk said the money spent on the trip will help to fund the BFR's development, with the goal of one day opening up space travel to the average person. The artists would be travelling for free, and an exhibition will take place on Earth sometime after the trip finishes. As for Musk, he's not sure when he'll go to space, even though Maezawa extended the invitation to him. WATCH: Why BMW's riderless bike is less badass than you might think

The 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI Adds More Power and a Rabbit Edition

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All trims now come standard with 228 horses.

Apple CEO says optimistic on U.S.-China trade talks

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"I'm optimistic because trade is one of those things where it's not a zero-sum game," Cook told ABC News' "Good Morning America" program on Tuesday. The iPhone was not among the ‘wide range’ of products that Apple told regulators would be hit by the $200 billion round of tariffs in a Sept. 5 comment letter to trade officials. Apple had feared for its Apple Watch and its wireless AirPod headphones, but both were left off the list announced on Monday.

Venomous cottonmouth snakes spotted in Florence floodwaters

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Raw video: North Carolina man encounters two venomous vipers in aftermath of Hurricane Florence.

Philippine miners dig for their own in typhoon landslide

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Itogon (Philippines) (AFP) - The miners in the mountains of the northern Philippines usually dig for gold. But on Tuesday they were digging for their colleagues and relatives buried under a vast landslide unleashed by Typhoon Mangkhut.

Trump's Space Force Would Cost $13 Billion In First 5 Years: Air Force Memo

15 hours 31 min ago

The proposed sixth branch of the military could have more than 13,000 employees, according to an internal Air Force memo.

Hurricane Florence Has Killed At Least 1.7 Million Chickens In North Carolina

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At least one livestock company has reported massive losses in the wake of

George W. Bush: Standing up for tolerance after 9/11

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Peter Baker, author of “Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House" spoke to Yahoo News about the younger Bush’s defining moment of presidential leadership: standing up to anti-Muslim hatred and discrimination after the attacks on Sept. 11. 2001.

Asia Argento Threatens to Sue Rose McGowan Over 'Horrendous Lies' About Sexual Assault Allegations

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 23:27

McGowan and Argento were previously close allies in the #MeToo movement

The Game of Thrones Cast Loved Getting Trolled at the Emmys

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 23:16

The endless wait for season eight came back to bite them

Japanese Billionaire Will Fly To The Moon With SpaceX, Elon Musk Says

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 22:00

SpaceX, Elon Musk's ambitious rocket endeavor, said Monday it had signed a