Syrian government and rebels trade gas attack accusations

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian rebels accused government forces of launching toxic gas attacks on civilians in a town southwest of Aleppo on Tuesday. The government rejected the claim and accused the rebels of using chemical weapons themselves.

  • Written by SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press PHILIP ISSA, Associated Press

Emirates airliner with 300 onboard crash lands in Dubai

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An Emirates flight from India with 300 people on board crash landed at Dubai's main airport Wednesday, sending black smoke billowing into the air and halting all traffic at the Middle East's busiest airport. There were no fatalities and all the passengers were safely evacuated before the plane was engulfed in a fireball.

  • Written by ADAM SCHRECK, Associated Press

N. Korea fires mid-range missile toward waters near Japan

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A medium-range ballistic missile fired Wednesday by North Korea flew about 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) and landed near Japan's territorial waters, Seoul and Tokyo officials said, one of the longest flights by a North Korean missile.

  • Written by HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press

2nd legal activist sentenced as China reins in critics

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese legal rights activist was sentenced to 7 ½ years in prison on subversion charges Wednesday, in the second in a series of cases underscoring the ruling Communist Party's determination to rein in government critics.