Two thousand Syrian fighters have traveled from Turkey or will arrive imminently to fight on the battlefields of Libya, Syrian sources in all three countries have said, in an unprecedented development that threatens to further complicate the north African state’s intractable civil war. The deployment came after Turkey agreed last month to come to the aid of the Libyan prime minister, Fayez al-Sarraj.
Bernie Sanders has denied telling his Democratic rival Elizabeth Warren that a woman could not be elected president. During the latest Democratic debate in Iowa, Mr Sanders rejected Ms Warren’s claims that he made the remark during a private meeting in 2018 – describing it as “incomprehensible”. There are just three weeks to go until Iowa becomes the first state to hold a caucus and choose their preferred candidate.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani dismissed on Wednesday a proposal for a new “Trump deal” aimed at resolving a nuclear row, saying it was a “strange” offer and criticizing U.S. President Donald Trump for always breaking promises. In a televised speech, Rouhani told Washington to return to the nuclear pact, which Washington abandoned in 2018, under which Tehran curbed its nuclear work in return for the lifting of international sanctions on Iran.
Vladimir Putin has proposed a flurry of constitutional changes in what appears to be the outline of a new settlement allowing him to stay on after his presidential term expires in 2024. Among the changes proposed during the course of an annual state of the nation address, Mr Putin suggested giving parliament new powers to choose the prime minister and cabinet, and to introduce a maximum two-presidential term limit.
At least 71 people have been killed and dozens more injured in northeast Pakistan after a series of avalanches destroyed and buried houses on Tuesday. The avalanches were triggered by heavy snowfall in the Neelum Valley, in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, according to local authorities.
Dozens of houses had been wrecked and buried by the snow, with most of those killed and injured in their homes when the avalanches hit.