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Armed conflicts and attacks
  • War in Afghanistan (2001–present), Afghan peace process
    • A seven-day "reduction of violence" between United States troops, Afghan troops, and the Taliban is due to start at midnight local time (19:30 UTC). If the partial truce is successful, a US–Taliban agreement on withdrawing American troops would be signed February 29. (NBC News)
  • India and Pakistan have engaged in a military confrontation across the de facto border in Kashmir, Indian and Pakistani forces exchanged fire near the Line of Control (LoC) in the district of Indian Occupied Kashmir, Kupwara Sector. One Pakistani soldier died in the exchange of fire. (Hindustan Times)

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  • An 18th-century Ethiopian ceremonial crown, one of the 20 in existence, is returned to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. It was discovered in the Netherlands in 1998, and was held by Dutch authorities until now so it could be returned when the country was more politically stable. (BBC)

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Health and environment
  • 2019–20 coronavirus outbreak
    • The Tokyo Marathon reduces the number of runners from 38,000 to an elite group of 200 due to the rising coronavirus fear. (NOJ)
    • Iran reports its first two cases of the virus. Hours later, it was announced both infected people have died. (Times of Israel) (Al Jazerra)
    • Hundreds of passengers aboard the Diamond Princess are allowed to disembark the ship. The vessel has been quarantined since docking in Yokohama on 4 February. Criticism mounts against the Japanese government's handling of the quarantine. (Reuters)

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  • 2019–20 coronavirus outbreak
    • Chinese state media reports that the director of the central Wuhan Wuchang Hospital has died from the virus. (Reuters)
    • Russia says it will temporarily block Chinese citizens beginning on February 20 from entering its territory as authorities look to stem the spread of the deadly coronavirus outbreak. (Radio Free Europe)
  • A fire at a library in Porterville, California leaves one firefighter dead and another missing. (NBC News)

International relations
  • Russian espionage in the United States
    • U.S. federal officials charge Hector Alejandro Cabrera Fuentes, a Mexican citizen, in Miami for allegedly acting on behalf of a Russian agent who recruited him to collect information about the U.S. government and met repeatedly with him in Moscow. (The New York Times) (Politico)

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Science and technology
  • Archeologists announce an articulated Neanderthal skeleton was unearthed in Shanidar Cave, Iraq, the first discovery of its type in over a decade. They argue the find provided further proof that Neanderthals buried their dead, as it was next to a site where similar bodies were found surrounded by pollen clumps. (BBC)
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Disasters and accidents
  • Storm Dennis
    • The lower reaches of many rivers, including the Severn at Shrewsbury, continue to rise as a result of excess runoff from upstream. The River Wye in Hereford has now reached its highest level in recorded history. (BBC)
  • At least 20 people, mostly women and children, are killed in a stampede during a rush to collect aid supplies upon the opening of the gates to an aid facility in Diffa, south-eastern Niger. (BBC)

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Sports
  • 2020 Daytona 500
    • Denny Hamlin wins his second consecutive Daytona 500, and his third overall, becoming the first driver to win the race consecutively since Sterling Marlin did so between 1994 and 1995. Ryan Newman is hospitalized with serious but non-life threatening injuries after an airborne crash coming to the finish. (WESH)
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