Morning Brief

An Iranian woman walks past electoral posters and fliers during the last day of the parliamentary election campaign in Tehran on Feb. 19.

Low Turnout Could Help Hardliners in Iran’s Election

Recent crises and growing disillusionment could keep Iranians from turning up at the polls today, benefiting conservative candidates.

Children play in front of their tent at the Haranabush camp on Feb. 19 in Idlib, Syria.

Tensions Escalate Between Turkey and Syria

Thousands of Turkish reinforcements are arriving in northwest Syria as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warns of a possible military operation.

Vera Jourova, vice president of the European Commission  for values and transparency, shakes hands with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in Brussels on Feb. 17.

European Union Unveils Proposed Tech Rules

The EU’s draft digital strategy plan has prompted visits to Brussels from Silicon Valley executives.

A man wears a protective mask as he stands on the subway during rush hour on Feb. 17 in Beijing.

China Could Postpone Top Political Meeting

The Chinese legislature is likely to delay its annual congress amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani takes part in a panel discussion during the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, on Feb. 15.

The First Steps Toward an Afghan Peace Deal

With a seven-day reduction in violence agreed, the United States and the Taliban are paving the way to an end to the war in Afghanistan.

U.S. President Donald Trump stands with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He before signing the phase one trade deal at the White House, on Jan. 15.

Will China Uphold Its End of the Trade Deal?

The phase one U.S.-China trade agreement already looked unrealistic, but the coronavirus outbreak has put some of Beijing’s commitments in doubt.

A Chinese worker wears a protective mask as she has her temperature checked in Beijing on Feb. 12.

Coronavirus Epicenter Reports Surge in New Cases

China’s Hubei province has confirmed thousands of new coronavirus cases after using a new diagnostic method, raising fears.

Syrian government forces deploy near the Damascus-Aleppo highway in Syria's Aleppo province on Feb. 10.

Crisis Grows in Northwest Syria

Turkey launches attacks in Idlib province in attempt to slow the government offensive against the country’s last rebel stronghold.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during the 74th United Nations General Assembly at the United Nations on Sept. 26, 2019.

Palestinian Leader Responds to Trump’s Peace Plan at the U.N.

In New York, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will express opposition to the White House peace proposal, but he won’t see a vote on a resolution against it.

Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald celebrates with her supporters after being elected on Feb. 9 in Dublin, Ireland.

Ireland’s Sinn Fein Hopes to Form a Government

The Irish nationalist party declares a political “revolution” after a historic surge in Saturday’s elections.

Iraqi students they march in an anti-government protest in the southern city of Basra, Iraq, on Feb. 6.

Iraq’s Protesters Appeal to Top Shiite Cleric

Anti-government demonstrators in Iraq have called on Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani for support after attacks on protest camps.

Syrians gather their belongings, as they prepare to flee after Russian airstrikes on the rebel-held town of Ariha in Syria's Idlib province on Jan. 30.

United States Issues Warning to Russia Over Syria Policy

Washington seeks to send a message to Moscow amid standoffs between U.S. and Russian soldiers.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi welcome President Donald Trump as he arrives for his State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, on Feb. 4.

Trump’s Impeachment Trial Ends as U.S. Election Season Begins

The U.S. president laid out his case for a second term in Washington on the eve of his likely acquittal in the Senate.

A man wears a protective mask as he walks down the street on Feb. 3 in Wuhan, China.

Wuhan Virus Death Toll Rises as International Response Takes Shape

Even as China hits out at the U.S. response, WHO experts are expected to travel to Wuhan in the coming days.

Travelers arrive in Los Angeles, California, wearing medical masks to protect against the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak on Feb. 2.

Health Experts Say Wuhan Virus Could Be Pandemic

As countries increase travel restrictions over the new coronavirus, scientists say the outbreak could be difficult to contain.

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