Myanmar and Bangladesh have agreed to repatriate hundreds of thousands of displaced Rohingya within a two-year period, Dhaka said on Jan. 16, the first concrete timeline given for the refugees’ return despite many refusing to go back to their homeland.
Iran has freed 440 people arrested in Tehran during anti-government protests, a judiciary official said, amid continuing uncertainty over how many were detained around the country.
The United Arab Emirates on Jan. 15 claimed that Qatari fighter jets intercepted two of its commercial airliners in international airspace on the way to Bahrain, allegations promptly denied by a Doha official.
Pope Francis said on Jan. 15 he was really afraid about the danger of nuclear war and that the world now stood at “the very limit.”
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Jan. 15 that the formation of a zone controlled by U.S.-backed militants could lead to the partition of Syria.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Jan. 15 he was “disappointed” by India’s refusal to back recognition of Jerusalem as his country’s capital but would not let it spoil his landmark visit to the Asian giant.
U.S. President Donald Trump insisted on Jan. 14 “I’m not a racist” in response to reports that he had described immigrants from Haiti and African countries as coming from “shithole countries.”
The death toll from Southern California mudslides that swallowed dozens of homes and forced the closure of a major highway along the picturesque Santa Barbara County coast rose to 20 on Jan. 14, with four other people still reported missing.
At least 25 people were killed in a double suicide bombing in the Iraqi capital Baghdad on Jan. 15, state-run Anadolu Agency reported, citing a local security official.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Jan. 15 Moscow will not support attempts by Washington to change the Iran nuclear deal.