**China Convicts 2 Tibetans of 'Inciting' Self-Immolations**
China has convicted two Tibetans of "intentional homicide" for inciting self-immolations in protest of Chinese rule.
The official Xinhua news agency says 40-year-old Lorang Konchok was condemned to death with a two-year reprieve, a sentence that usually amounts to life in prison. The court in southwestern Aba prefecture in Sichuan province also sentenced that his nephew, 31-year-old Lorang Tsering, to 10 years in prison.
Xinhua says the two men "incited and coerced" eight people to self-immolate. It says three of the eight set themselves on fire and died in 2012, while the others "willfully abandoned their plans" or were stopped by police.
Nearly 100 Tibetans have set themselves on fire since 2009 to protest what they see as oppressive Chinese rule of ethnic Tibetan areas of China.
**Israeli Warplanes Strike inside Syria**
Russia is expressing concern about an alleged airstrike by Israeli warplanes inside Syria.
The Russian Foreign Ministry says such action, if confirmed, amounts to "unprovoked attacks" against a sovereign nation, in violation of the United Nations charter.
Differing accounts of the Wednesday airstrike have emerged, with Syrian authorities saying Israeli jets fired on a military research facility near Damascus, killing two people.
Israeli and Western news media reported an Israeli airstrike at a different location, close to the Syrian-Lebanese border. They say the target was a convoy delivering missile parts to Hezbollah, the strongly anti-Israel Shi'ite militia based in Lebanon.
Hezbollah condemned the attack in a statement Thursday and expresses its "full solidarity" with Syria.
The conflicting reports could not be resolved or independently confirmed by early Thursday and it remains unclear whether one or two separate strikes occurred. Israel routinely declines to acknowledge preemptive military actions and refused all comment Wednesday.
In recent weeks, Israeli officials have warned that they will not tolerate any transfer of Syrian weapons to militants such as Hezbollah.