SYRIA

US warns Russia

over missile defense

The Trump administration is warning Russia that supplying Syria with an advanced missile defense system would be a “major mistake” and should be reconsidered. It also says U.S. forces will not leave Syria until Iran leaves.

National security adviser John Bolton said Monday that delivery of the Russian S-300 would be a “significant escalation” in already high tensions in the region.

Russia announced earlier Monday that it would give Syria’s government more modern, S-300 missile defense systems after last week’s downing of a Russian plane by Syria in a friendly fire incident.

UNITED NATIONS

US: Myanmar military

targeted Rohingya

The U.S. announced $185 million in new humanitarian assistance for Rohingya Muslims displaced by a military crackdown in Myanmar.

Foreign ministers from more than a dozen countries met behind closed doors Monday at the U.N. to discuss the plight of the Rohingya.

A U.S. government investigation released Monday found that Myanmar’s military targeted Rohingya civilians indiscriminately and often with “extreme brutality” in a coordinated campaign to drive the minority Muslims out of the country.

The hard-hitting State Department report is based on a survey of over 1,000 refugees among the hundreds of thousands who have fled to neighboring Bangladesh in the past two years.

The 20-page report does not say whether the abuses constitute genocide and crimes against humanity, as U.N. investigators have surmised.

VENEZUELA

Government: Envoys

may be tied to attack

Venezuela’s government said Monday that diplomats from Colombia, Chile and Mexico working in Caracas may have played a role in an attempt to assassinate President Nicolas Maduro, and it demanded the foreign governments investigate.

 

Beacon Journal/

Ohio.com wires