Macron held a phone call with his Turkish counterpart on Saturday night in light of French concerns about the Turkish military operation against Kurdish fighters in Afrin, northwestern Syria. The two presidents agreed to work on a diplomatic road map for Syria in the coming weeks.” Several rounds of talks under the watch of the United Nations have so far failed to bring an end to the civil war that has claimed the lives of nearly half a million people and displaced millions more both inside and outside the country.
Meanwhile, HRW reported that the Hashd al-Shaabi militias forcibly displaced at least 235 families suspected to have ties with the Islamic State (ISIS). According to officials, camp management, and three international organizations, the Hashd al-Shaabi forced people who allegedly had ISIS relatives to go to Daquq camp in Kirkuk Province. The human rights organization added that as these families were forcibly displaced, the Hashd destroyed their homes, kidnapped their children, and looted their belongings.
Lastly, congratulations to Kylie Jenner, confirmed on Sunday that she has given birth to a baby girl. The 20-year-old was rumoured to be expecting a child, but had remained quiet about her pregnancy. Jenner announced on Instagram on Sunday that she had given birth on 1 February and that the father rapper Travis Scott and her hadn’t yet picked a name.