Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Feb. 20 that the city center of Syria’s Afrin will be “encircled” in the coming days by advancing Turkish soldiers and members of the Free Syrian Army (FSA).
The Turkish Embassy in Moscow received an envelope containing white powder, state-run Anadolu Agency reported on Feb. 20, citing an embassy employee.
The Turkish General Staff said in a statement on Feb. 21 that a total of 1,780 militants have been “neutralized” since the start of “Operation Olive Branch” in the northwestern Syrian district of Afrin.
Banking giant HSBC more than doubled pre-tax profit to $17.2 billion in 2017, it announced on Feb. 20, after a recovery drive to streamline its business and slash costs.
EU Economic Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici has said that he does not expect a “perfect” accord on reforming the single currency at an EU summit in June.
China’s tech giants Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and Tencent Holdings Ltd, worth a combined $1 trillion, are on a retail investment binge, forcing merchants to choose sides amid a battle for shoppers’ digital wallets.
Representatives from Bangladesh and Myanmar will meet on Feb. 20 to discuss the repatriation to Myanmar of more than 6,500 Rohingya Muslims trapped on a strip of unclaimed land between the two countries, Bangladeshi officials said.
Pope Francis backed down Feb. 19 and accepted the resignation of Nigerian bishop who had been rejected for years by the priests of his diocese, setting a precedent that could have repercussions elsewhere.
Four Indonesian men have been arrested over the killing of an orangutan shot some 130 times with an air rifle, police said on Feb. 19, in the latest fatal attack on a critically endangered species.