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  • Diane Madison, the mother of American serial killer Michael Madison, is stabbed to death in her home. Three children are also injured. Her grandson Jalen Plummer is arrested and charged with aggravated murder and felonious assault. (Cleveland.com)

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  • 2019 Venezuelan presidential crisis
  • Venezuelan refugee crisis
    • Chile is extending its offer of "democratic responsibility" visas, allowing Venezuelans to live in the country for up to two years, so that they may be applied for from any Chilean embassy or consulate in the world instead of just in Venezuela. However, Chile border control now also demands visas upon entry for Venezuelans, a tightening of the previous 90-day free period. The move should aid Venezuelans trying to travel through other Latin American nations that have changing restrictions. (Reuters)

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  • A seven-story building collapses in Sihanoukville, Cambodia, killing at least 25 people and wounding 24 others. Several others are missing. (BBC)

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  • The Antitrust Division of the U.S. Justice Department files a lawsuit against two large printing companies contemplating a merger. If the deal is allowed to proceed, the filings claim, the combined company would dominate the market for printing magazines, catalogs and books. (Reuters)

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  • David Gilmour auctions 120 guitars of his personal collection, raising $21.5 million, including $3.975 million for The Black Strat, his most iconic guitar. (Christie's) (Rolling Stone)

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  • Venezuelan refugee crisis
    • The UN predicts that over five million Venezuelans, over 15% of the nation's population, will have left the country by the end of 2019 since the start of the crisis in Venezuela—the total at the end of 2018 was 3.3 million. One million have left the country since November, with a daily average of 5,000 departures. Additionally, over 20% of all worldwide UN asylum requests are from Venezuelans; 350,000 applied in 2018 alone. (Financial Times)

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  • Millions of people in southeast India face water shortages due to drought and depleted groundwater. (CBC)

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  • Japan–North Korea relations
    • The Japanese coast guard says its patrol boats have been pushing back hundreds of North Korean boats trying to poach in fishing grounds rich with squid off Japan's northern coast. (Japan Today)

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  • Malaysia Airlines Flight 17
    • Four people, three Russians and a Ukrainian, will be charged with murder for the crash that killed 298 people on July 17, 2014. The trial is to be held on March 9, 2020 and take place in Badhoevedorp, Netherlands. (CNN)
  • NXIVM leader Keith Raniere is found guilty of seven charges, including human trafficking, sex trafficking, sexual exploitation of a child, forced labor conspiracy, and racketeering. (NPR)

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  • Colombia–Venezuela relations
    • Colombian authorities deport Venezuelan refugees in the border town of Cúcuta; in response, the Venezuelan government restricts movement of Colombians into the country. (Al Jazeera)

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