Oct 5, 2018

President of Interpol reported missing after traveling to China

Interpol President Meng Hongwei. Photo: Mikhail Metzel/TASS via Getty Images

A French judicial official says Meng Hongwei, president of the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) since 2016, is missing after traveling to China, according to the Associated Press.

The details: Hongwei, who traveled to the country at the end of September also serves as vice minister of public security in China. His wife reported him missing on Friday and says she has not heard from him since he left for the trip, the AP reports.

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Syria's darkest chapter

Family room without a family, in Idlib. Photo: Muhammed Said/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The worst humanitarian crisis of Syriaโ€™s brutal civil war is colliding today with what could be the warโ€™s most dangerous geopolitical showdown, after at least 29 Turkish troops were killed in an airstrike.

The big picture: The fighting is taking place in Idlib in northwest Syria, where a ferocious Syrian and Russian offensive has displaced 1 million civilians and infuriated Turkey, which borders the region.

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Fear of coronavirus pandemic escalates

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In the blink of an eye, we've entered a new phase on the coronavirus.

The big picture: Italy, Iran and South Korea are at "decisive" points in their responses, the World Health Organization said on Thursday.

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