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News Wrap: Turkey warns Syria over Idlib offensive

In our news wrap Tuesday, Turkey warned it will intervene to stop a Syrian government offensive against rebels that's driving thousands of refugees in Idlib province toward the Turkish border. The word comes a day after clashes between Syrian and Turkish forces left 21 dead. Also, the U.S. nuclear arsenal has added its first new weapon in decades, a low-yield missile meant to deter adversaries.

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  • Judy Woodruff:

    In the day's other news: New numbers from China now show nearly 500 deaths from the coronavirus outbreak, with more than 24,000 cases. The semiautonomous territory of Hong Kong also reported its first death today.

    The announcement came as thousands of hospital workers in the city went on strike for a second day. They're demanding the full closure of Hong Kong's border with mainland China.

  • Apple Cheung (through translator):

    We are performing our duty diligently. But if you do not stop the virus from coming in, we cannot perform our duty, as well as ensure the safety of our citizens. We hope that Hong Kong people will be safe.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    Meanwhile, China's gambling enclave, Macau, recorded its first case. And leaders there asked casinos to close for two weeks.

    We will get more on the economic impact of the outbreak after the news summary.

    Turkey is warning that it will intervene to stop a Syrian government offensive against rebels. The Syrians are advancing in Idlib province, and driving thousands of refugees toward the Turkish border.

    But Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is quoted as saying that the Turks will stop the Syrian offensive, just yesterday, after clashes between the two armies killed eight Turks and 13 Syrian troops.

    The U.S. nuclear arsenal has added its first new weapon in decades. The Pentagon confirms a so-called low-yield nuclear-tipped missile is being deployed on submarines. Officials say it is meant to deter adversaries like Russia. The move departs from Obama era moves to lessen dependence on nuclear weapons.

    Twitter says it will label, and in some cases remove, doctored images, audio and video that are meant to mislead users. The social media giant says that the key will be whether the material is deemed harmful. That could include everything from outright threats to stalking and voter suppression. The rules take effect in March.

    And Wall Street rally today, as China move to shore up its markets and stem economic damage from the virus outbreak. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 408 points to close at 28808. The Nasdaq rose 194 points, 2 percent, to a new high, and the S&P 500 added 48 points.

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