BEIRUT (AP) -- The Syrian state news agency SANA, citing initial reports, says Israeli missiles have targeted a military research center near the capital Damascus.
A Syrian activist group, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, reported large explosions in the area of the Jamraya research center early Sunday.
If confirmed, Sunday's strike would mark the third Israeli attack inside Syria this year. Israel has said it will not allow sophisticated weapons to flow from Syria to the Lebanese militia Hezbollah, an ally of the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
Israeli officials were not immediately available for comment early Sunday.
On Saturday, Israeli officials confirmed that a day earlier Israeli aircraft targeted a weapons shipment apparently bound for Hezbollah.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Officials say seven U.S. service members have been killed in Afghanistan. The U.S.-led coalition reports five were killed by a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan.
Later, the coalition reported that a soldier with the Afghan National Army turned his weapon on coalition troops in the west, killing two in the most recent of so-called insider attacks.
Another coalition service member was killed in an insurgent attack in northern Afghanistan.
The attacks come about a week after the Taliban announced the start of their spring offensive.
The renewed violence came as Afghan President Hamid Karzai acknowledged at a news conference that regular payments his government has received from the CIA for more than a decade would continue.
Karzai also said that talks on a U.S.-Afghan bilateral security agreement to govern future American military presence in the country had been delayed because of conditions the Afghans were placing on the deal.
CAIRO (AP) -- Thousands of Egyptian Christians are marking Coptic Easter at the same church that was the site of sectarian clashes weeks earlier.
Worshippers, as well as Muslim figures opposed to President Mohammed Morsi, gathered Saturday at St. Mark's Cathedral in Cairo for the evening mass, which lasts several hours.
It is the first Easter Mass to be led by Pope Tawadros II as head of Egypt's Coptic Church. High-ranking police officials were among those seated as guests.
In April the pope criticized Morsi, an Islamist, for not protecting the church, which serves as the papal seat, when policemen fired tear gas into the cathedral's grounds during clashes between Christians inside and a Muslim crowd outside.
Egypt's Orthodox Coptic Christians make up 10 percent of the country's 90 million people.
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi electoral officials say a coalition led by Iraq's prime minister has won the largest single bloc of seats in seven of 12 provinces participating in local elections, and tied in eighth, although it failed to achieve a majority in any of the districts.
The results announced Saturday showed little change to preliminary results released last week.
Crucially, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's State of Law coalition was the top vote-getter in Baghdad and in the southern oil hub of Basra.
The vote offers a measure of support for the country's political blocs heading into next year's parliamentary elections, which will determine who holds the prime minister's job and other federal posts.