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First moon passenger to invite guests

LOS ANGELES—After announcing that he'll take the first-ever commercial rocket trip around the moon, Yusaku Maezawa said he wants company for the week-long journey.

The Japanese billionaire said he plans to invite six-eight artists, architects, designers, and other creative people to join him on board the SpaceX rocket “to inspire the dreamer in all of us.”

Russia blames Israel for shooting down of plane off Syria

MOSCOW — A Russian reconnaissance aircraft was brought down by a Syrian missile over the Mediterranean, killing all 15 people on board, the Russian defence ministry said Tuesday. It blamed Israel for the crash, saying the plane was caught in the crossfire as four Israeli fighters attacked targets in northwestern Syria.

Hope fades in Philippines for dozens trapped in landslides

ITOGON, Philippines — A Philippine mayor said Monday that it’s unlikely any of the dozens of people feared buried in a huge landslide set off by Typhoon Mangkhut will be found alive, though rescuers are still digging through the massive mound of mud and debris covering a chapel where they had taken shelter.