Good morning. Here are some of the top stories we’re watching today:
Winter cold blast continues
An Arctic blast moving into Midwest and Northeast with severe, record-breaking sub-zero cold forecast.
NFL playoff game in Green Bay may be played in near record coldest conditions.
Violence continues in Iraq
Sporadic clashes continue in Fallujah, Ramadi. The military says it will take two to three days to dislodge al-Qaeda fighters (ISIL).
Anbar commander says Sunni tribes are leading opposition against ISIL with army backing.
The Guardian reports that Iraqi police confirm explosions across the Iraqi capital, including two car bombs that killed 10 and wounded 26 in the Shaab area.
- Secretary of State John Kerry says the US will support the Iraqi government, but will not send troops.
Secretary of State’s Mideast trip
Secretary of State Kerry continues Mideast trip, meeting with leaders of Jordan, Saudi Arabia.
- Palestinians say Kerry is asking Palestinian President Abbas to recognize Israel as Jewish homeland.
Election violence in Bangladesh
- Opposition activists burn more than 100 polling stations in boycott of today’s national election; at least 13 killed.