Scientists in Singapore appear to be making advances with a new antibody test to help track the spread of COVID-19, while in the US, the Trump administration's response has been hampered by its declining trust in science. Turkey and Russia have agreed to a ceasefire deal in Syria's Idlib province. And immigration experts warn that a new office of US Department of Justice could increase denaturalizations of US citizens.
The International Criminal Court in The Hague has authorized investigations into war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Afghanistan, including alleged crimes by US forces. And, in Mexico, violence against women and girls has sparked outrage and calls for strikes to protest. And governments and businesses are taking increased measures to stem the spread of COVID-19. But the internet is providing some light-hearted reminders on how to keep germs at bay.
Top of The World: For the first time, billionaire Mike Bloomberg will join Democratic candidates for president on the debate stage this evening in Nevada. Also, passengers of the quarantined Diamond Princess are disembarking the cruise ship today, though 79 new cases of the novel coronavirus were announced onboard. And in Jerusalem, a Palestinian running group is raising awareness about decades of restrictions on the freedom of movement.
In a Twitter thread, US President Donald Trump said the US withdrawal from Syria would be a thorn in the side of Russia and China, who "love to see us bogged down, watching over a quagmire, & spending big dollars to do so." But analysts disagree.
Matthew Brunwasser reports from Istanbul about Turkey's spotty record on press freedom. Turkey claims to be a model of a Middle Eastern democracy, but is it really? Politicians of all stripes are accused of stifling free speech.
Turkey had intended to oppose the intervention in Libya, despite the country's membership in NATO. But then Ankara changed its mind and was on board, when the alliance agreed to take over the military effort. Matthew Brunwasser reports from Istanbul.
Protesters in Turkey's capital Ankara clashed with riot police on Monday and the police responded with tear gas and water cannons. This was the fourth day in a row that protesters have vented their frustration against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
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