A Cyprus court on Monday found a British woman guilty of lying about being gang-raped by Israeli youths six months ago. In a case closely followed by rights groups, a district court in the town of Paralimni ruled that the woman, aged 19 at the time, had lied about being sexually abused by 12 Israeli teenagers. Sentencing was set for Jan. 7.
A suspected Russian-made missile has exploded over northern Cyprus, in an incident which officials believe is linked to military operations in Syria. Syrian air defenses intercepted “hostile missiles” launched by Israeli warplanes targeting military positions in Homs and the Damascus outskirts, the Syrian Defense Ministry said on Twitter on Monday. Russia continues to support the Syrian government in its ongoing conflict against rebel groups.