What We're Following This Morning

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Ramadi is “fully liberated”: That’s the word from an Iraqi military spokesman this morning. Government forces have been battling the Islamic State group, which had captured the capital of Al Anbar province in May, for days. Update: More here

A deal on comfort women: Japan and South Korea have reached an agreement on the Korean women who were forced to work in Japanese brothels during World War II. Under the deal, Japan has apologized and will pay about $8.3 million to a fund for victims of its wartime policies. The issue has long been a source of tensions between the two countries. Update: More here

Weather-related fatalities mount: At least 43 people are now dead from the severe weather events that struck the South and parts of the Midwest during Christmas week. The AP has the breakup: 11 in Texas, five in Illinois, eight in Missouri, and 19 in the Southeast. Update: More here