Two Reuters journalists were sentenced to seven years in prison by a Myanmar court for breaking the Official Secrets Act while investigating a massacre of Rohingya Muslims, which the UN calls ‘ethnic cleansing.’. The journalists, Myanmar nationals, pleaded not guilty when charged in July. The journalists believe their arrests were a ‘preplanned and staged’ effort.
President Trump warned the Syrian government and Russian and Iranian allies against ‘recklessly’ attacking the rebel-held Idlib province early Tuesday morning. Syrian government forces are believed to be preparing a major offensive on the last large rebel stronghold. The State Department warned that Washington will respond to any chemical attacks by Damascus.
Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Monday that funds invested in Africa were not for ‘vanity projects’ but to help the continent build its infrastructure. Xi pledged an additional $60 billion for the continent’s development at a summit with African leaders in Beijing. The summit will strengthen Africa’s role in Xi’s Belt and Road initiative.
Elephants Without Borders discovered the bodies of 87 elephants killed and stripped for their tusks near a Botswana protected sanctuary. Many of the elephants were killed within the last few weeks. Botswana’s government disarmed the country’s anti-poaching unit in May. The scale of the deaths is said to be the largest in Africa to date.
Dutch prosecutors announced on Monday that the suspect who stabbed two American tourists Friday night at Amsterdam’s Central Station may have done so because he believes Islam is insulted in the Netherlands, following the previous announcement of a ‘terrorist motive.’ Prosecutors say the victims were not targeted because of their nationality but because of their location.
The latest UN refugee agency report claims fewer people are crossing the Mediterranean to get to Europe but the death toll has risen. The count is one death for every 18 arrivals this year compared to one for 42 last year. The report claims the increase is due to fewer NGO boats on Libya’s coast.