What We're Following This Morning

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

Raising money for Syria: World leaders are gathering in London today for a conference to raise about $9 billion for those affected by the Syrian civil war. The conference starts a day after a UN-mediated attempt at peace talks between the rival Syrian factions was suspended until February 25 because of a lack of progress. Update: More here

A ruling on Julian Assange’s detention: A UN panel is expected to determine if the Wikileaks founder’s presence in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he has been living for years to avoid being extradited to Sweden, constitutes a form of arbitrary detention. He says he will surrender to U.K. police if the panel, whose decision is nonbinding, rules against him. The BBC reports that the panel has, in fact, ruled in Assange’s favor.

‘Pharma bro’ on the Hill: Martin Shkreli is expected to plead the Fifth Amendment today before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. The panel is examining the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs.

Another Democratic debate: Clinton and Sanders will debate tonight at the University of New Hampshire in Durham. A day after the Iowa caucuses, which ended in a virtual tie, Clinton and Sanders were engaged in a war of tweets (seriously) over who could don the mantle of being progressive. Tonight’s debate will be broadcast on MSNBC. And as Nora notes, there’ll be a total of six debates this winter and spring between the two Democratic hopefuls.

A $63 million mystery: A lottery winner in California has until 5 p.m. this evening to claim the massive jackpot. The winning ticket—with the numbers 46-1-33-30-16 and the Mega number 24—was sold at a 7-Eleven in Chatsworth, California. Under the rules, lottery winners have 180 days to claim their winnings. If no one comes forward, the money will go to California’s public schools.

News from last night here.