The Brief

Hong Kong's Night of Violence

Violence erupted in Hong Kong after a municipal crackdown on outdoor food vendors rapidly escalated, with enraged protesters clashing with police overnight. Police responded with pepper spray, and reportedly fired warning shots into the air

Residents inspect damage after airstrikes by pro-Syrian government forces in the rebel held Al-Shaar neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria February 4, 2016. REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail - RTX25GU1

Syrian Regime Hits Turning Point in War Against Rebels

The Syrian civil war reached a turning point when forces loyal to the regime of President Bashar Assad cut a key supply line into rebel-held city of Aleppo, imperiling one of the key strongholds of the nearly five-year-old rebellion

Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright (L) introduces Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton during a campaign stop at Rundlett Middle School in Concord, New Hampshire February 6, 2016. REUTERS/Adrees Latif - RTX25SCX

Madeleine Albright Defends Her Hillary Clinton Remarks

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright defended her recent remarks at a Hillary Clinton rally that “there’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women,” in an exclusive interview with TIME

Beyoncé, Coldplay singer Chris Martin and Bruno Mars perform during halftime of the NFL Super Bowl 50 football game Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Super Bowl Ratings Were Down From Last 2 Years

Denver's victory over Carolina in the Super Bowl reached an average of 111.9 million viewers, a number down from the last two years. The Nielsen company said the event was live-streamed by just under 4 million additional people, setting records in the digital space

Angela Merkel, Ahmet Davutoglu

Germany, Turkey to Work to End Aleppo Violence

As tens of thousands of Syrians fleeing violence massed at Turkey's border, Turkish and German leaders pledged to redouble diplomatic efforts to end the fighting around the embattled Syrian city of Aleppo and prevent more refugees making their way into Europe

A Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurant is seen in Washington, DC, December 22, 2015.

Chipotle Blames Sick Employees for Norovirus Outbreak

Chipotle Mexican Grill says sick employees sparked the Norovirus outbreak that sickened customers and tarnished its reputation. The chain has been working to regain its footing as a reliable fast-casual chain amid a number of health scares

Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during on February 8, 2016 in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Clinton to 'Take Stock' of Campaign After New Hampshire

Hillary Clinton said she plans to “take stock” on her campaign following what is anticipated to be a loss in New Hampshire on Tuesday, though she said she’s “very confident” of her staff. "What can we do better?" Clinton said

A memorial for Kayla Mueller in the Yavapai College Performance Hall Saturday, March 7, 2015 in Prescott, Ariz. (AP Photo/The Daily Courier, Les Stukenberg)

ISIS Leader's Widow Charged in Kayla Mueller's Death

The wife of an ISIS leader has been charged in the death of American Kayla Mueller. Iraqi Umm Sayyaf, 25, is accused of supporting ISIS members, including her husband, Abu Sayyaf, in a "conspiracy" that resulted in Mueller's death

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at an Elks Lodge in Salem, NH on Feb. 8, 2016.

Donald Trump's Latest Venture: Retail Politics

Donald Trump normally addresses audiences of thousands from behind a podium, but on the eve of the pivotal New Hampshire primary, he took a foray into the kind of town-hall style retail politics he has so far avoided

Loretta Lynch, U.S. attorney general, stands for a photograph after an interview in the attorney general's conference room at the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, Dec. 7, 2015.

Lynch Will Visit 6 Cities to Highlight Police Achievements

Attorney General Loretta Lynch plans to visit six cities in the coming months to highlight police departments she sees as role models for law enforcement. The locations were chosen because they embody different traits of successful policing