Russia has deployed anti-aircraft missiles to its naval base in Syria for the first time, following a halt in peace talks with the United States.
Russia confirmed the S-300 missile defence system was sent to secure the naval base in Tartus, Syria from air attacks. A spokesman for the Russian defence ministry, Igor Konashenkov, insists the move is concerned solely with defence and will not pose any threat.
“It is unclear why the deployment of the S-300 caused such alarm among our western partners,” Mr Konashenkov told a Russian news station. The S-300 is an extremely mobile system: its radars and command system can be mounted on heavy vehicles. It joins another air defence system, S-400, at Russia’s second air base near Lataki, Syria. On Monday the US announced a halt in peace talks with Russia over the constant bombing of the Syrian city of Aleppo.
Colombia rejects deal with FARC rebels
Colombia’s unexpected rejection of a peace referendum offering relief from the country’s 52-year civil war has left the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) members rushing for a solution. The deal reached by the government and the FARC guerrillas cannot be put into practice after the no vote won 50.2 per cent support against the yes vote’s 49.8 per cent.
The deal, deemed too lenient by voters, would have allowed FARC members to avoid jail if they confessed to their crimes. After the referendum result, President Juan Manuel Santos announced he “will not give up and will continue seeking peace until the last day of [his] presidency”.
Philippines President tells Obama to go to hell
Phillippine President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to break up with the US, telling President Obama to “go to hell”. The heated tirade against Obama came after the US criticised Mr Duterte’s aggressive anti-drug campaign in which thousands of suspected drug dealers have been killed.
On Tuesday the US and the Philippines started joint military exercises that are due to run until mid-October. Mr Duterte has said “this will be the last joint military exercise with the US”.
Hurricane Matthew tears through Haiti
Hurricane Matthew has roared across south-west Haiti, tearing off rooftops and uprooting trees with 230-kmh winds. The system is now heading towards Cuba and expected to hit the eastern coast of Florida.
A fisherman has reportedly drowned in Haiti and four deaths were recorded in the Dominican Republic, bringing the death toll to at least seven. – Compiled from web sources by Alicia Camilleri, Samantha Besgrove, Nikolina Matijevic and Sinead Fogarty
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