Last 24 Hours: Geneva Syria peace talks whittle down

As Syria peace talks keep on in Geneva, the United States and Russia move up their meetings to be earlier in the week than previously planned. This is due to how two days have gone without any progress in this current round of talks. In a stretch for reaching change, the opposition has reached out to Russia for help. Geneva meetings are due to adjourn this Saturday.

Activists in Syria say government forces are now pushing an assault near the Lebanon border, along with Hezbollah forces, slamming the Syrian city of Yabroub. And over in Homs, the governor says the ceasefire could be extended again for more humanitarian aid. Evacuations are still ongoing from the city of Homs.

In a full week of continuous protests over corruption and high unemployment, the opposition in Bosnia want their regional government to step down. The prime minister has rejected the calls to resign and has requested for early polls.

A United States embassy warns of a “specific terrorist attack” in the Ugandan capital of Kampala sometime in February or March.

Should know

South Africa; Police clash with ANC supporters at opposition march — Pakistan; Gunmen kill nine at policeman’s house as peace talks proceed — Vatican City; Two threaten to set themselves on fire in St. Peter’s Square — Libya; Tripoli TV station hit with grenades — Lebanon; Army seizes top al-Qaeda militant — Venezuela; More arrests in protests, president slams ‘coup-seekers’ 

Gaza; Hamas deploys border patrol to prevent rocket attacks on Israel — Cyprus; Leaders try again at power sharing deal — Burundi; Ethnic power-sharing under threat, party says —  Surveillance ; France’s Hollande says trust restored over U.S. spying — United States; House passes ‘clean’ debt ceiling bill with no conflict — Court rules the government can keep Gitmo hunger strikers alive by force

To watch

United Nations, Syria; Russia says will veto Syria aid resolution — Colombia; President seen poised for re-election — Koreas; North and South seek better ties at rare high-level talks — United States, Afghanistan; U.S. intelligence says Karzai likely to not sign security pact — South Sudan; Rebels withdraw threat to boycott peace talks — Egypt; Former presidential hopeful predicts new revolt


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