What You Need To Know:
1. Syrian Government airstrikes continued in the Eastern Ghouta region as over 500 civilians were killed this week. In response, the U.N. Security Council adopted a 30-day ceasefire.
2. In Nigeria, 110 girls have gone missing after a Boko Haram attack on a school.
3. Two car bombs in Somalia‘s capital Mogadishu killed at least 45 people. Al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab militants claimed responsibility.
4. Australia‘s Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce resigned after weeks of pressure over an affair with a staffer and a new allegation of sexual harassment.
5. China‘s communist party considers scrapping term limits for President Xi Jinping.
6. Thousands protest in DR Congo against President Kabila. At least 2 protesters were killed by security forces.
7. The Russian Government admits that “several dozen” Russian citizens were killed in a recent battle in Syria. Some reports claim that over 100 Russian mercenaries were killed by U.S. airstrikes.
8. One of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu‘s closest confidant agrees to testify against him in a corruption and bribery investigation.
9. Members of the North Korean delegation visiting South Korea for the Winter Olympics said North Korea was open to talks with the United States.
10. A wave of attacks across Afghanistan has left more than 25 people dead, most of them soldiers.
- 22 soldiers killed in Taliban attack in Farah province
- Suicide bomber kills 2 in Kabul
- 3 tribal elders killed in explosion in Jalalabad
- Deputy Prime Minister Joyce resigns after harassment claim
- Michael McCormack elected new Deputy Prime Minister
- Israeli intelligence help Australia stop airliner attack
- Authorities sentence prominent activist to 5 years in prison
- 3 suspected Bahraini militants die at sea en route to Iran
- Communist party considers scrapping term limits for President Xi Jinping
- Authorities investigate possible violation of U.N. sanctions on North Korea
- Warships enter the East Indian Ocean amid Maldives tensions
The Czech Republic
- Police kill 2 in church-led protest against President Kabila
- U.N. warns of extraordinary humanitarian disaster in Southeast Congo
- President Kabila replaces Interior Minister amid declining security
- 2 French soldiers killed in bomb attack in Mali
- 13-year-old dies after falling from cliff in the French Alps
- Security forces have prevented two ISIS attacks so far this year
- Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau meets with PM Modi
- India gives Trudeau list of suspected Sikh separatists in Canada
- 2 killed as wedding gift explodes
- Prime Minister Netanyahu’s confidant to testify against him
- Police claims Netanyahu’s former spokesman tried to bribe a judge
- U.S. expected to open embassy in Jerusalem in May
- Government warns of Russian election interference threat
- Far-left protesters scuffle with police in Turin
- Thousands protest against racism, fascism, and labor reforms ahead of election
- Over 100 Central American migrants rescued from truck in Northern Mexico
- President Pena Nieto postpones visit to the U.S. after unpleasant call with President Trump
- Presidential candidate Ricardo Anaya denies corruption accusations
- 2 dead, 22 injured from bomb blast in Lashio
- Government bulldozes Rohingya Muslim villages
- 3 bombs hit different locations around Rakkhine’s state capital
- Witness contradicts police in journalists trial
- North Korean officials open to talks with the United States
- Kim Jong-un sends general to closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics
- Shots fired at North Korean linked group’s HQ in Japan
- N.K. delegation cancels planned meeting with U.S. Vice President
- Palestinian man killed after a confrontation with Israeli troops in the West Bank
- President Abbas calls for international peace summit
- Israeli navy kills Palestinian after boat breaches sailing limit
Papua New Guinea
- Police kill 10 suspected of drug trafficking
- President Duterte bans news organization from covering his events
- Government admits dozens of Russian casualties in Syria battle
- Opposition leader Navalny briefly detained by police
- Authorities ban Kremlin critic’s website before election
- Two car bombs explode in Mogadishu killing 45 people
- U.S. led air strike kills 3 al-Shabaab militants
- Car bomb and gunfire strike near President’s residence
- Gunmen kill 5 police officers in attack on police station
- Parliament to launch inquiry into mines minister Zwane
- 7 suspects accused of murder killed in church gunfight
- Grenade on bus injures 19, military rules out terrorist attack
- President reshuffles cabinet after local election defeat
- Pro-Government forces enter Afrin to aid Kurds against Turkey
- Over 500 civilians killed by Syrian Government forces this week
- U.N. Security Council adopts 30-day ceasefire in Syria, bombs continue
- 18 people suffer symptoms consistent with exposure to chlorine gas
- Turkey strikes Syrian convoy headed to Afrin
The United Kingdom
- Explosion destroys convenience store in Leicester injuring at least 5 people
- E.U. leader calls U.K.’s Brexit approach a “pure illusion”
The United States of America
- U.S. Treasury announces largest sanctions against North Korean firms and vessels
- Grand Canyon helicopter crash victim dies, 3 still critical
- At least 15 dead in Saudi-led airstrike in Northern Yemen
- ISIS car bomb in Aden kills 6, wounds dozens
- At least 14 dead in attack on counter-terrorism base in Aden
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