- Harsh winter adds to woes of war-torn Syrians with 11 infant deaths over the last two days of January.
- News study says European colonizers killed so many Native Americans it cooled Earth's climate.
- Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro proposes snap elections for the National Assembly.
- Germany says it will oppose stationing new medium-range nuclear missiles in Europe after the U.S. and Russia announced that they are pulling out of a landmark arms treaty.
- U.S. President Donald Trump says in an interview that military intervention in Venezuela is “an option” after Washington recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as the interim president of the country in January.
- Ten members of the EU announce they recognized Juan Guaido as the "interim president" of Venezuela.
- Afghanistan sees bloody start to the new year with over 1,700 war-related casualties in January alone.
- Pope Francis holds a mass in the United Arab Emirates, the first-ever papal mass in the Gulf region.
- A joint report submitted by the U.S. Justice Department and Homeland Security to President Donald Trump finds foreign governments had “no material impact” on the 2018 midterm elections.
- The tomb of German philosopher and the number one ideologist of communism Karl Marx is vandalized in London.
- Central African Republic strikes a peace agreement with armed groups amid talks in the Sudanese capital Khartoum.
- At least 21 people killed when a building on Istanbul’s Asian side collapsed.
- Land mines and other explosives cause 150 casualties a month in Afghanistan, according to the UN Mine Action Service program.
- The UN states the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi was planned by Saudi officials and Riyadh undermines Turkey's efforts to shed light on the brutal incident.
- Morocco recalls its ambassador to Saudi Arabia after a Saudi television channel reportedly broadcast a report “challenging Morocco’s territorial integrity”.
- Iraqi security forces close four “unauthorized” Hashd al-Shaabi outposts and detain a number of its members.
- Algeria’s ruling party officially nominates incumbent President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to run for a fifth term in office in the April 18 polls.
- Amnesty International reports new evidence of continuing violations against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.
- Grammy Awards announce winners at a ceremony attended by celebrities in Los Angeles.
- The U.S.-led coalition targets Daesh/ISIS terrorists in Deir ez-Zor province of Syria killing 50 civilians including many children and women.
- Germany bans two major propaganda outlets controlled by the PKK terrorist organization.
- Macedonia redoes road signs bearing the country’s official new name, the Republic of North Macedonia, at the border crossing with Greece, one of its first steps to implement a landmark deal with Athens.
- At least 44 Indian paramilitary personnel are killed and 20 others wounded in a car bombing in Jammu and Kashmir.
- On the eve of Nigeria’s general elections, at least 66 people are confirmed killed in attacks across eight settlements in the country’s northwest.
- U.S. President Donald Trump declares a national emergency in a bid to bypass Congress to build his long-promised U.S.-Mexico border wall.
- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says that a coup d’état sought by Washington failed, calling for “dialogue, understanding and respect” to resolve the crisis.
- Roughly 12,000 civilians are killed in the US-led airstrikes in Iraq and Syria in four years.
- The U.S. urges European states to "take back" hundreds of foreign Daesh terrorists captured in Syria and prosecute them.
- Iraqi teachers launch a two-day strike nationwide to demand financial benefits and educational reform.
- A coalition of 16 states file a lawsuit against the Trump administration to block his bid to divert billions of federal dollars to fund his border wall by declaring a national emergency.
- A British teenager who joined Daesh in 2015 will have her citizenship revoked after pleading with the government to allow her to return to the U.K.
-Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says that the country would not be able to shoulder a new potential migration wave on its own.
- Fresh off announcing a new run at the presidency, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders names a prominent Muslim civil rights lawyer to lead his effort, in a first for a major presidential bid.
- Russia will respond “asymmetrically” if the U.S. deploys short- and intermediate- range missiles in Europe, Russian President Vladimir Putin says.
- Yahya Sinwar, leader of Hamas in the Gaza Strip, refuses to meet with Tor Wennesland, Norway’s special envoy for the Middle East peace process.
- Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir announces the dissolution of the government and state emergency for a year.
- Egyptian opposition figures urge European leaders to boycott an Arab-European summit in Sharm el-Sheikh to protest this week’s execution of nine young convicts by the Egyptian authorities.
- About 400 U.S. forces will remain in Syria after the U.S. completes a pullout from the country long-sought by President Donald Trump, according to a report.
- The Indian government airlifts paramilitary soldiers to Jammu and Kashmir in a crackdown on Kashmiri leaders.
- The UN says it documented nearly 11,000 civilian casualties across Afghanistan in 2018, the highest ever figure in the war-torn nation.
- Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif announces resignation from his post.
- Around 1.2 million Yemeni children live in conflict zones in war-battered Yemen, UNICEF says.
- Indian jets enter Pakistan’s airspace amid mounting tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals but “escape” without causing any casualties or damage, Pakistan’s army says.
- Pakistan army claims that the country’s air force has shot down two Indian fighter jets that crossed into Pakistani airspace amid escalating tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbors.
- Nigeria's incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari wins the country's keenly contested presidential elections, garnering 15,191,847 votes to edge past his closest rival, who received 11,262,978 votes.
- U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un unexpectedly cut short their summit in Hanoi, Vietnam without an agreement.
- Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, a leader of the Daesh terrorist group, is still alive in Iraq’s western Anbar province, where he enjoys “U.S. protection”, an Iraqi lawmaker alleges.