Around The World

BEIRUT

A year of Russian airstrikes on areas outside government control in Syria have killed more than 9,000 people, displaced tens of thousands and caused widespread destruction, an opposition monitoring group said Friday.

On Sept. 30 last year, Russia began an air campaign backing the ground forces of Syrian President Bashar Assad, turning the balance of power in his favor in many areas.

REYKJAVIK, Iceland

Iceland’s Meteorological Office has raised the aviation alert level around the Katla volcano because of seismic activity.

The activity, which began Thursday and continued Friday, prompted officials to raise the alert level to yellow, which signifies volcanic activity above background levels. There are two higher levels of alert. Officials say they raised the alert due to "the unusually high level of unrest at the Katla volcano."

KINGSTON, Jamaica

Hurricane Matthew grew into a powerful Category 4 storm on Friday as it crossed the Caribbean Sea on a course that could have it pounding Jamaica within days.

The center of the hurricane was projected to pass just to the east of Jamaica early Monday, but the storm was large enough that it could affect the entire island, and the first effects of the storm may be felt starting Saturday, said Evan Thompson, director of the National Meteorological Service.

MOGADISHU, Somalia

The Somali government has accused U.S. forces of carrying out an airstrike earlier this week which killed 13 Somali soldiers.

The Somali government on Thursday demanded an explanation from the U.S. for the airstrike, expressing concerns that American forces may have acted on a false tipoff from the rival, semi-autonomous Puntland state.

BRIEFLY ...

• JERUSALEM — Shimon Peres was laid to rest Friday by dozens of world leaders who praised Israel’s former president and prime minister for pursuing peace with an indefatigable spirit and optimism, even though his vision of a "new Middle East" was never fulfilled.

Compiled from wire reports