U.S. steps up Islamic State operation in Syria, but for how long, no one knows

American troops in Syria, like those in neighboring Iraq, shifted their focus from anti-extremist operations to force protection after a Jan. 3 strike in Baghdad killed Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani.

In Israel, election politics again runs through the Oval Office

Israelis see President Trump’s invitation to the White House and the debut of a peace plan as the latest attempt to boost Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
China has expanded travel lockdowns and granted local governments emergency powers.
The World Health Organization said Thursday that it would hold off designating the outbreak a global health emergency.
Chinese health officials confirmed that the pneumonialike coronavirus came from wild animals sold at a market in Wuhan, the city of 11 million people and capital of the Hubei province in China.
Since late December, more than 800 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed.
Health experts say China failed to heed lessons from the SARS epidemic.
The British prime minister doesn’t want to gloat.
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The tolerance I experienced there has been replaced by religious fervor.
Extensive efforts are underway in China to stop travel and large gatherings during the Lunar New Year holiday.
Experts say masks can be helpful in preventing the spread of the virus — if worn properly, under the right conditions.
Marchers encouraged by a firebrand Shiite cleric and backed by pro-Iran militias turned out en masse to denounce U.S. forces as occupiers.
Photographer Emilienne Malfatto captures the mood in Baghdad in the shadow of escalating tensions between the United States and Iran.
Medical services are stretched to the limit by the coronavirus outbreak in sealed-off Wuhan.
Mass shootings are rare in the country, which has strict gun ownership laws.
On front pages and newscasts across the continent, the Senate trial received little attention throughout the week.
Peruvians cheered the dissolution of their scandal-plagued, unloved legislature. But polls show widespread apathy ahead of Sunday’s special election.
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To close out the week, here are a few snippets overheard by Today’s WorldView.
Beijing and Wuhan have banned large public gatherings, and an area of central China that is home to 20 million people is now under a travel freeze.
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Philippine authorities have lowered the alert level at Taal Volcano, two weeks after it began spewing ash, steam and rocks, a move that will allow many of the more than 376,000 displaced villagers to return home
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Hundreds of feminists have swarmed the streets of Mexico City to demand justice for two feminist activists murdered in Mexico this month
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Iran’s foreign minister says his country is not ruling out negotiating with the United States even after the American drone strike that killed a top Iranian general
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Former Canadian Cabinet minister Peter MacKay criticized Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as he officially announced he is running to be leader of Canada’s Conservative Party
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A Toronto hospital says it has a confirmed case of the deadly virus from China, Canada’s first
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