. THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
Northern California Battered Again With Heavy Rain, Snow
A series of storms has hammered the state, causing at least several billion dollars worth of damage, according to a meteorologist.
Russia changes commander again in Ukraine as battle for Soledar rages
Moscow named a new commander for its invasion of Ukraine while Russian private military firm Wagner Group said its capture of the salt mining town Soledar in eastern Ukraine was complete, though the Ukrainian military said the battle was not over.
Russia to discuss JCPOA with Iran on January 17
Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will meet with his Iranian counterpart on January 17, the Russian Foreign Ministry revealed on Thursday. The two officials will discuss the restoration of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and speak about the free trade area between the two countries.
. AL JAZEERA
New Zimbabwe law threatens health workers with jail over strikes
The law, signed last week, imposes punishments of up to six months in jail for defiant workers or union leaders in Zimbabwe.
. THE RIO TIMES
Peru adds 48 deaths after the death of a protester in Cusco is confirmed
A citizen identified as Remo Candia Guevara died this Wednesday in Peru after days of protests in the southern region of Cusco, bringing the death toll to 48, official sources confirmed today.
. NIKKEI ASIA
India, Japan boost defense ties with 1st joint fighter jet drills
Allies to go beyond naval, ground forces exercises as China flexes muscles