Russian plane crash in Syria kills 39

BEIRUT, Lebanon — A Russian military cargo plane crashed near an air base in Syria on Tuesday, killing all 39 Russian servicemen on board in a blow to Russian operations in Syria. The Russian military quickly insisted the plane was not shot down and blamed the crash on a technical error.

Meanwhile, shelling near the rebel-held eastern suburbs of Damascus killed dozens of people over the past 24 hours as President Bashar Assad’s government, supported by the Russian military, pushed its assault on the capital’s rebel-held suburbs.

Moms of detainees want information

SANAA, Yemen — Dozens of Yemeni mothers have marched in the city of Aden to demand information about their sons, who are allegedly detained by the United Arab Emirates in secret prisons. The protesters carried pictures of missing relatives and banners demanding that the Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemeni rebels either charge or release their relatives.