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Iran parade attack: rival claims and 'embarrassing' responses
FRANCE 24’s Wassim Nasr examines the competing claims for the deadly attack on an Iranian military parade as well as the responses by the Iranian authorities. Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei once again blamed the US and its Arab allies, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), for the assault. The accusations came despite a video posted on the Islamic State (IS) group-affiliated Amaq News Agency, which purportedly showed three of the four assailants. Two Ahvaz-based separatist groups also claimed the attack. “The difference with the IS group claim is that we see the attackers, we see three of the four attackers. One of the attackers has a real resemblance with the second jihadi who speaks in the video,” Nasr said. “Although none of them refer to the Islamic State, they talk jihad and they have Iranian Revolution[ary] Guard uniforms. Up to this point, the most credible one seems to be the one by the Islamic State group.”



Abbas meets Macron in bid to get Palestinian position through to Trump
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas met with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on Friday seeking French support to offset US President Donald Trump’s policy positions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.



Putin says jet downing accidental as Israel blames Syria
President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that the shooting down of a Russian military plane near Syria's seacoast was accidental as Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu expressed sorrow at the deaths but blamed the Syrian military.



Putin sees 'chance events' behind jet downing as Israel blames Syria
President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that the shooting down of a Russian military plane near Syria's seacoast was accidental as Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu expressed sorrow at the deaths but blamed the Syrian military.



Analysis: Downing of Russian jet in Syria 'suggests communication breakdown'
FRANCE 24's Nadia Massih looks at the fallout from the downing of a Russian jet over Syria, for which Moscow has blamed Israel.



Russian jet downed over Syria: 'Very tense situation between Russia and Israel'
FRANCE 24's Nick Holdsworth has the latest on the downing of a Russian jet over Syria, for which Moscow has blamed Israel.



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