{FD} Al-Qaida divisions may aid Assad as he eyes Syria’s Idlib

As President Bashar Assad seeks to reassert his authority in Idlib, the only remaining province in Syria where his forces have almost no presence, he may be aided there by deep fractures within al-Qaida, the militant group that dominates the region.

{FD} The Latest: UK base incident not being treated as terrorism

The Latest on the police response at a British air base used by U.S. Air Force (all times local): 6:30 p.m. British police investigating what they called a disturbance at an English military air base used by the U.S. Air Force say the incident is not being treated as terrorism.

{FD} UN rights chief: China, White House seem ‘hostile’ on rights

The U.N. human rights chief says China’s Communist Party has taken a “hostile position” on the universality of human rights, and says “the rhetoric from the White House” is heading in the same direction.

{FD} The Latest: Hundreds of migrants along Serbia’s EU border

The Latest on the flow of migrants to Europe (all times local): 2:50 p.m. Several hundred migrants are camping along Serbia’s borders, sleeping rough in make-shift shelters in harsh winter weather as they look for a chance to cross into neighboring European Union countries.

{FD} Merkel focused on grand coalition with Social Democrats

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says her conservative bloc is embarking on exploratory talks with the Social Democrats with the goal of forming a so-called “grand coalition,” despite the center-left party saying it would also consider other options.

{FD} Grenfell report: UK high-rise fire regulations inadequate

A British official heading an investigation into London’s Grenfell Tower blaze that killed 71 people says she has been shocked by poor construction practices and inadequate building fire safety regulations that allow some builders to cut corners.

{FD} China hails Spain court’s approval of Taiwanese extradition

China says it welcomes a Spanish court’s decision to grant Beijing’s request for the extradition of 121 Taiwanese nationals to China, a decision that has drawn criticism from Taiwan, a self-ruled island.