Here is a round-up of global news developments:
- Former United Nations official Carla Del Ponte, who is currently probing rights abuses in Syria, has expressed support for Russia’s airstrikes against terrorist groups in the country. The former war crime prosecutor said the Russian military campaign in Syria is a good thing because finally someone is attacking the terrorists.
- Yemen’s Ansarullah fighters and allied army units have killed at least fifteen mercenaries in southwestern Ibb province. The attack was in response to Saudi Arabia’s bombing of a water supply facility in capital Sana’a. Yemeni officials say 30-thousand people are affected by the strike on the facility.
- US presidential candidates enter the final stretch of campaigning on the eve of America’s first primary. Front runners Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders and Republican Donald Trump make desperate pleas to prospective primary voters in New Hampshire; as the state heads to the polls on Tuesday.
- The US defense department plans to deploy an advanced missile system to South Korea quickly to counter what it calls the threat of North Korea. The Pentagon will start formal talks with Seoul on placing the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense System on the North's doorstep.
- Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, has temporarily suspended three lawmakers from its meetings over their visit of the families of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces. Netanyahu on Sunday vowed to advance a piece of legislation that enables the Knesset to disqualify members over what he called inappropriate behavior.
- At least nine civilians and 16 militants from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party have been killed as Turkish security forces press ahead with a crackdown in mainly Kurdish southeastern regions. Ten of the militants died in the city of Jizre and six in the district of Sur in Diyarbakir province.
- The Turkish president reportedly warned the European Union in November of letting refugees pour into Europe if the bloc didn’t offer Ankara a better deal. According to the Greek website euro-today, the demand was made during a meeting between Rejep Tayyip Erdogan and EU officials Jean-Claude Yoonker and Donald Toosk.
- French investigators are set to probe new allegations of sexual abuse of young children in the Central African Republic. A sister and brother made the allegations to UN investigators, saying they were forced to perform sex acts for French soldiers in exchange for water and biscuits in 2014.