Following is a summary of current world news briefs.
Peruvians elect fractured Congress to replace opposition-led legislature
Peruvians on Sunday elected a new Congress with some 10 parties represented and no single majority, according to an Ipsos exit poll reported by local news, refilling the empty legislature that was dissolved in September. The initial readout indicates Popular Force, the opposition party led by Keiko Fujimori, has lost control of the Congress and received just 7.1% of the votes.
Italy's center-left seen beating League in key regional vote: exit poll
Italy's center-left Democratic Party (PD) looked on course to beat Matteo Salvini's rightist League party in a closely watched election in the northern region of Emilia-Romagna, an exit poll said on Sunday. The left has governed Emilia-Romagna since World War Two and Salvini has campaigned relentlessly in the region, seeking a shock victory that he hoped would bring down the fragile national government, which includes PD.
Libya's Haftar makes push in western Libya
Eastern Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar sought on Sunday to open a new front by moving forces towards the city of Misrata, which is allied to the country's internationally recognised government, officials and residents said. In another sign that a shaky truce was faltering, Tripoli's Mitiga further to the west airport was hit by two rockets, which wounded two civilians and damaged the tarmac and buildings, the U.N. mission to Libya said.
Turkey searches for last people missing from quake that killed at least 38
A woman and her young child were pulled out alive from under a collapsed building before Turkey began winding down its rescue operation on Sunday following an earthquake that killed at least 38 people. The magnitude 6.8 quake struck in eastern Turkey on Friday evening, killing 34 people in Elazig province and four in the neighboring province of Malatya. More than 1,600 others were hurt, Turkey's AFAD disaster authority said.
Trump to meet with Netanyahu and Gantz as he readies Mideast peace plan
U.S. President Donald Trump will hold back-to-back meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli opposition leader Benny Gantz on Monday as he prepares to release his long-delayed Middle East peace plan. Trump will meet first with Netanyahu, Israel's veteran right-wing leader, and then with the latter's election rival Gantz, who just last week dropped his objection to having the peace plan published before Israel's March vote, a schedule released by the White House showed.
Iraqi security forces clash with hundreds of protesters in central Baghdad
Iraqi security forces firing teargas and live bullets clashed with hundreds of protesters in central Baghdad on Sunday, a Reuters witness and security sources said, following a push to clear out a sit-in camp in the heart of the capital. At least 14 protesters were injured, the security and medical sources said.
China has world's second-largest arms industry, think tank estimates
Newly available data suggests that China is the world's second-biggest arms producer, behind the United States and ahead of Russia, a leading conflict and armaments think-tank said on Monday. A lack of transparency means the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute has excluded China from its annual global rankings of arms makers, but it said credible financial information had become available for four major companies.
Sorrow and triumph, an Auschwitz survivor's journey back to a former hell
Jona Laks could smell the burning flesh as she walked towards death at the Auschwitz crematorium. More than 75 years later, aged 90, she has returned to what was the most notorious Nazi death camp of World War Two's Jewish Holocaust. "I can see it now," she says, gazing upon the crematorium where the corpses of Jews from across Europe who were murdered in gas chambers were later burned in furnaces.
Dutch Prime Minister apologizes for country's role in Holocaust
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Sunday he was sorry for his country's role during the Holocaust and the lack of action against the persecution of Jews, becoming the first Dutch premier to make such an official apology. "With the last remaining survivors among us, I apologize on behalf of the government for the actions of the government at the time", Rutte said at an event in Amsterdam to mark the 75th anniversary on Monday of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp.
Hong Kong bans entry of visitors from China virus province
Residents of China's Hubei province, where the new coronavirus outbreak was first reported, will be banned from entering Hong Kong from Monday as China tries to halt the rapid spread of the outbreak. China's Cabinet also announced it will extend the week-long Lunar New Year holiday by three days to Feb. 2 and schools will return from their break later than usual, state broadcaster CCTV said.