What we’re watching Wednesday

BY newsdesk  January 8, 2014 at 10:00 AM EDT

Extreme cold slowly starts disappearing
The cold weather brought by a polar vortex is moving on as temperatures begin to warm after a day of single digits in the East and South. So far, 21 deaths have been blamed on the cold wave since Saturday.

Iraq’s PM urges al-Qaida-link fighters to give up fighting
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki offered Sunni fighters, linked to al-Qaida, a possible pardon for recent violence in Ramadi and Fallujah — if they stop fighting.

South Sudan peace talks remain stalled
Peace talks in Ethiopia have stalled as a rebel commander takes more ground in Bor, the capital of the state of Jonglei in South Sudan. Uganda has sent 1 ,200 troops to secure installations such as the airport and state house.