On Tuesday, Stephen Bannon lost his seat on the National Security Council after criticism that Bannon’s white nationalist political views risked politicizing foreign policy. Trump’s order removed Bannon from the principals committee and reduced the role played by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the intelligence director.
Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, denied the occurrence of ethnic cleansing of the Muslim minority in Myanmar, saying the phrase is “too strong” a term to use. Suu Kyi has come under pressure internationally since the government began conducting insurgency operations in the Rakhine state.
Following an attack with chemical weapons in northern Syria, Russia faced sharp criticism at the UN Security Council when the UK foreign secretary and weapons expert said evidence pointed to an attack by the Syrian government, Russia’s ally.
A top prosecutor in Guatemala has charged the former minister of social welfare with negligent homicide after 41 girls perished in a fire at a government run shelter. The suspects of the fire were fired by President Morales. Months before the fire, it had been suggested that the shelter close down following accounts of rape and negligence to minors.