News Wrap: Russia sends Trump a warning on setting up Syrian refugee safe zones

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ANTONIO MORA: In the day’s other news — Russia warned President Trump to think twice about setting up safe zones for refugees inside Syria. The president confirmed in his ABC interview that he favors the idea, but he gave no specifics.

Today, a Kremlin spokesman warned the U.S. should thoroughly calculate all possible consequences before doing anything. Meanwhile, rebels in Syria say they want to see action, not just words.

JUDY WOODRUFF: British Prime Minister Theresa May is talking up cooperation with the new Trump administration on her first visit to the U.S. as prime minister. She addressed the Republican retreat today and drew parallels between the GOP’s victory last November and Britain’s vote to leave the European Union.

THERESA MAY, British Prime Minister: As we rediscover our confidence together, as you renew your nation, just as we renew ours, we have the opportunity, indeed the responsibility, to renew the special relationship for this new age. We have the opportunity to lead together again.

JUDY WOODRUFF: May is set to meet with President Trump at the White House tomorrow.

ANTONIO MORA: Cheers erupted in the West African nation of Gambia today as the new president returned home, following a political crisis. President Adama Barrow was welcomed by thousands of supporters.

He had waited until longtime ruler Yahya Jammeh finally left, and West African military forces secured the country. Barrow is Gambia’s first new president in two decades. He’s promised to reverse Jammeh’s authoritarian policies.

JUDY WOODRUFF: In Australia, celebrations and protests competed as the country marked Australia Day. It’s the anniversary of the first British colonists arriving in Sydney Harbor in 1788. Many Aborigines, though, now call it Invasion Day, and thousands protested in major cities. Some staged a sit-in at the Parliament House in Canberra.

ANTONIO MORA: Wall Street took a bit of a pause today, 24 hours after reaching a major milestone. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 32 points to close at 20100. It cracked the 20000 barrier for the first time yesterday. But the Nasdaq fell one point today, and so did the S&P 500.

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