Saudi Arabia

Defense officials replaced

Saudi Arabia has replaced its military chief of staff and other defense officials amid its stalemated war in Yemen. The kingdom gave no reason behind the shake-up that was announced early Tuesday morning. Those fired included the country’s military chief of staff, Gen. Abdulrahman bin Saleh al-Bunyan. The kingdom also announced a plan on “developing” its Defense Ministry, without elaborating. Saudi Arabia and a coalition including the United Arab Emirates launched a war in Yemen in March 2015 against Shiite rebels there.

Syria

Civilians mock daily truce

As a U.N. cease-fire failed to take hold in Syria, Russia on Monday ordered a daily “humanitarian pause” to allow civilians to evacuate an embattled rebel-held enclave near Damascus, while airstrikes continued and Syrian ground forces fought to push into the besieged area from the west. But civilians caught in the violence mocked Russian President Vladimir Putin’s order of a limited, five-hour daily truce. “It is like legitimizing the strikes on civilians,” said activist Firas Abdullah, a resident of Douma, a town in the region where at least 13 members of a family were killed Monday when their home collapsed after an airstrike.

Poland

Rescuers of Jews make plea

The last surviving Christian Poles who helped Jews during the Holocaust appealed Monday to Polish and Israeli authorities to return to a path of “dialogue and reconciliation” amid a diplomatic crisis and a surge of anti-Semitism sparked by a new Polish law that criminalizes some forms of Holocaust speech. They made their appeal in an open letter which 89-year-old Anna Stupnicka-Bando read to Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki during a ceremony in Warsaw also attended by five other surviving rescuers.

United Arab Emirates

Police say actress drowned

Indian actress Sridevi drowned in her hotel bathtub after losing consciousness, the Dubai police said in a statement Monday, though two police officials said she was also under the influence of alcohol at the time. The 54-year-old, who for years was one of Bollywood’s top actresses, died late Saturday while in Dubai for a wedding. Her brother-in-law Sanjay Kapoor had told an Indian newspaper that she died of a cardiac arrest. In a tweet, the Dubai police said that her death was “due to drowning in her hotel apartment’s bathtub following loss of consciousness.”

Beacon Journal/Ohio.com wires