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News Wrap: Turkish, Syrian forces clash in Syria’s Idlib province

In our news wrap Monday, deadly fighting erupted between Turkish and Syrian forces in northwestern Syria. It started after Turkey sent a military convoy into Idlib province and Syria responded with shelling. Also, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is vowing action after an Islamic extremist who had been released early from prison wounded two people in a London stabbing attack on Sunday.

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  • Judy Woodruff:

    In the day's other news: The final arguments have come and gone in the impeachment trial of President Trump. The U.S. Senate, acting as the jury, heard today from both sides. Now the senators get to speak their minds before a Wednesday on whether to convict or acquit.

    We will get all the details after the news summary.

    The viral outbreak in China keeps getting worse. As of tonight, 414 deaths and nearly 20,000 cases have been reported. Those numbers came today as a new hospital opened in Wuhan, epicenter of the outbreak. It was built in just 10 days to treat victims of the virus.

    Meanwhile, in Geneva, the head of the World Health Organization warned against panic and appealed for unity.

  • Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus:

    The only way we would defeat this outbreak is for all countries to work together in a spirit of solidarity and cooperation. We're all in this together, and we can only stop it together. So, the rule of the game is solidarity, solidarity, solidarity.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    We will hear from the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Alex Azar, later in the program.

    In Northwestern Syria, fighting erupted today between Turkish and Syrian forces. Turkey said eight of its soldiers and civilians died in Syrian shelling in Idlib province. The Turks killed at least 13 Syrian troops in response.

    It all started after Turkey sent a military convoy into Idlib.

    And, today, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a warning.

  • President Recep Tayyip Erdogan:

    We are determined to continue our operations for the security of our country, our people and our brothers in Idlib. Those who question our determination will soon understand that they have made a mistake.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    Erdogan says that Syria's offensive against rebels in Idlib has driven one million new refugees to the Turkish border.

    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned today that a peace deal in Afghanistan depends on — quote — "demonstrable evidence" that the Taliban will curtail attacks.

    Pompeo spoke during a visit to neighboring Uzbekistan. He said an Afghan agreement is close, but that the Taliban must show it is serious.

    Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson is vowing to keep terrorists in prison after a Sunday stabbing attack. An Islamic extremist wounded two people in London before being killed by police. He had been released early from prison. In a speech today, Johnson promised action.

  • Prime Minister Boris Johnson:

    Why was there no system of scrutiny, no parole system to check whether he was really a suitable candidate for automatic early release?

    And that is a very complex legal question. And, as you know, we're bring forward legislation to stop the system of automatic early release. But the difficulty is how to apply that.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    Sunday's stabbing attack was the second in London in just over two months.

    Back in this country, defense lawyers in the Harvey Weinstein trial grilled an actress who says that he raped her in 2013. In New York, Jessica Mann was asked why she stayed in touch with Weinstein and had other sexual encounters with him. She said she was protecting her career.

    Mann broke down sobbing after five hours and complained of a panic attack. Her testimony resumes tomorrow.

    Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh has announced that he has lung cancer. He told listeners today that the illness is advanced, but he gave no details. He said he will take some time off to get more tests and to determine treatment.

    On Wall Street today, stocks recovered a bit of Friday's losses. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 143 points to close near 28400. The Nasdaq rose 122 points. And the S&P 500 added 23.

    And Kansas City Chiefs fans today are celebrating their first Super Bowl win in 50 years. The Chiefs outscored the San Francisco 49ers 31-20 in Miami last night. That set off a fireworks show over downtown Kansas City, and fans partied into the night. A championship parade is set for Wednesday morning.

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