Boat carrying migrants sinks near Libya - The Italian coastguard said it rescued 84 migrants from drowning near the coast of Libya. Eight others drowned when a boat sank off, and others are still missing. The United Nations says the sea crossing to Europe is a deadly route for migrants. The International Organization for Migration estimates that over 30,000 migrants have drowned or gone missing since 2000.
North Korea and South Korea look toward Olympics - According to a North Korean Olympic official, the country is expected to participate in the Winter Olympic Games. South and North Korean sports officials met in secret in December, and both sides agreed to participate in sports exchanges in 2018. The United States and South Korea have also suspended joint military operations which were set to take place during the Olympics.
Fire destroys vehicles in England A fire spread through a parking deck with a capacity to hold over 1,500 vehicles in Liverpool, England. Vehicles were destroyed, and it is believed that a fire in a vehicle caused the fire at the parking deck. Buildings in the area were forced to evacuate, and police say no one is seriously injured.
Winter storms causing issues in Europe - Winter storms in western Europe have been brutal and three people have died. Over ten thousand people lost their power and flights have been disrupted. The French Alps were put on avalanche alert, and the Eiffel Tower was closed due to strong winds.
Severed heads found in Veracruz Five severed heads were found in an abandoned taxi in Veracruz, Mexico. The bodies of the victims were found in bags inside the vehicle, and the vehicle had graffiti on it. Veracruz has seen over 2,000 homicides since December, 2016, and 70 percent of them are connected to organized crime.
Former Peru president calls for unity - In his first comments to the public since being released from custody, former Peru president Alberto Fujimori called for unity against violence. Fujimori was in the midst of a 25-year long sentence for corruption, but he was released due to medical reasons. His release saw protests in the country, and it is unknown if he can be part of politics in Peru.
New inquiry opened on the Clinton Foundation - According to a report from the Hill, the U.S. Justice Department has opened a new inquiry into the Clinton Foundation, a non-profit organization. The FBI will investigate donations, and the investigation is being led by agents from Arkansas. The investigation is inquiring if certain donations were made for political favors.
Astronaut John Young dies - United States astronaut John Young has passed away at the age of 87. Young worked as an astronaut for 42 years, and he traveled to the moon twice. He is one of 12 people to ever step on the moon, and he became the first astronaut to fly six space missions. NASA says he passed away due to complications from pneumonia.