Russia on Wednesday flatly dismissed a report from international prosecutors which concluded that Malaysian airliner MH17 had been downed by a Russian-made missile launched from a Ukrainian village held by pro-Russian rebels in 2014. In a strongly-worded statement, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the Dutch-led investigation's findings were biased and politically-motivated. "To arbitrarily designate a guilty party and dream up the desired results has become the norm for our Western colleagues," said Zakharova.
By Angus McDowall ARSAL, Lebanon (Reuters) - From a sandbagged army post near the border with Syria, Lebanese soldiers gaze through tripod-mounted binoculars into hills where jihadist militants are entrenched, a forgotten front in Syria's civil war that has led to bombings inside Lebanon. There is frequent fighting between the army and around 1,000-1,200 militants dug into the hills around Arsal in a large pocket of territory straddling the border, Lebanese General Youssef al-Dik said. The Sunni militants are members of Islamic State and the former Nusra Front, groups fighting Syria's President Bashar al-Assad.