Turkish troops and their Syrian rebel allies attacked Kurdish militia in northeast Syria on Wednesday, pounding them with air strikes and artillery before starting a cross-border ground operation that could transform an eight-year-old war. The assault began days after U.S. President Donald Trump pulled American troops out of the way, prompting denunciations from senior members of his own Republican Party who say he abandoned the Syrian Kurds, loyal allies of Washington.
Two people have been killed and another two seriously injured after a masked gunman tried to break into a synagogue in the east German city of Halle. In a statement, German interior minister Horst Seehofer said: “According to the federal prosecutors’ office, there are enough indications that it was possibly a right-wing extremist motive. They have taken over the investigations.”
Former Vice President Joe Biden took a big step on Wednesday, calling for the first time for the impeachment of President Trump over the Ukrainian controversy. “To preserve our Constitution, our democracy, our basic integrity, he should be impeached,” Biden said, while speaking at a campaign event in New Hampshire, the state that holds the first primary in the race for the White House.
A power company is cutting electricity to around 800,000 homes, businesses and other locations in Northern California, in an attempt to prevent wildfires. Large swathes of the San Francisco Bay Area – though not the city itself – have lost power, angering residents. The region’s utility company, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), has warned the shutdown could last several days.
The father of an engineering student who was beaten to death at his university halls in Bangladesh has demanded justice for his son, as protests against politically motivated attacks on campuses continued. Abrar Fahad, 22, who was allegedly targeted after he criticized the government in a Facebook post, was found dead at his university halls of residence in Dhaka on Monday.