The Palestinian group Hamas had no role in a rocket attack on Israel from Lebanon and had nothing to do with a statement in the name of its armed wing that claimed responsibility for the salvo late on Saturday, Hamas officials in Lebanon said. Three rockets fired from Lebanon hit open areas near Nahariya in northern Israel on Saturday evening. Israel responded with artillery fire. The attack followed a similar rocket attack from Lebanon on Friday.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko will not attend Sunday's World Cup final in Brazil between Germany and Argentina because of the situation in his country, his office said. The presidential press service said Poroshenko had, like other heads of state, been invited. "However, considering what is happening today in Ukraine, the head of state considers it impossible for him to attend the World Cup final," it said. The decision ensures Poroshenko will not meet Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose country hosts the 2018 finals, at the final.