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February 2012 was the second month of that leap year. The month, which began on a Wednesday, ended on a Wednesday after 29 days.

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This is an archived version of Wikipedia's Current events Portal from February 2012.

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  • An official from Papua New Guinea's maritime safety authority estimates that 100 people were trapped aboard the ferry MV Rabaul Queen which sank off the northeast coast yesterday. (Reuters via Alertnet)
  • Thousands of Australians are evacuated in northern New South Wales and Queensland due to rising floodwaters with parts of Queensland declared as a disaster area. (AAP via Melbourne Herald-Sun), (AAP via Sydney Morning Herald)
  • At least three people die and 50 are injured after a passenger train derails in the Kamrup district in India's Assam state. (NDTV)
  • Highways in the US state of Colorado are closed due to heavy snowfall including the I-70. (9 News)
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  • Greek government debt crisis: discussions among the three parties within the ruling coalition in Greece are postponed, at least in part because the paperwork wasn't ready. (Reuters)
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  • Rescuers in the Philippines search for survivors of the 2012 Negros Oriental earthquake with the death toll so far confirmed at 43. (AFP via The Sydney Morning Herald)
  • The death toll from a factory collapse in the Pakistani city of Lahore rises to 17 with 20 more people trapped in the rubble. (AAP via Yahoo7 News)
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  • English football:
    • Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp is cleared of tax evasion at a London court. (BBC)
    • Fabio Capello resigns as the manager of England over continuing clashes with The Football Association (FA) following the sacking of John Terry as team captain, with Terry facing charges of racist abuse. (The Guardian) (Daily Mail) (Sky News)
      • Fabio Capello attacks the English FA following his shock resignation as England manager, accusing them of interfering, insulting him, destroying his authority and contradicting "the much-vaunted Anglo-Saxon sense of justice, as they are the first to claim that everyone is innocent until proven guilty". (RTÉ Sport)
    • The FA announces a press conference to be held at Wembley tomorrow noon. (The Daily Telegraph)
  • The semi-finals of the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations take place in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon. (BBC Sport)
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  • Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper goes on an official visit to China, meeting with President Hu Jintao, Premier Wen Jiabao, and Vice-Premier Li Keqiang. The two countries sign trade deals worth over $3 billion. (CBC)
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  • Spain's best-known judge Baltasar Garzón, who helped arrest Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet and was charged with attempting to investigate Franco-era crimes against humanity, is banned from the legal profession for 11 years, without appeal, for illegal wire-tapping. (Aljazeera) (BBC) (The Guardian)
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  • Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao pledges greater freedoms in Tibet, hours after two protesters are killed demanding the end of Chinese rule in the region; seven officials are also sacked for "neglecting state duties". (Straits Times) (CNN)
  • Chinese dissident Zhu Yufi is jailed for seven years for "inciting subversion", after publishing a poem in support of freedom. (Radio Television Hong Kong) (BBC)
  • U Gambira, a Bhikkhu or Buddhist monk and a leader of the 2007 Burmese anti-government protests, is reported as having been arrested in Yangon. (BBC)
  • A Saudi blogger is detained by Malaysian police after fleeing Saudi Arabia for allegedly insulting the Prophet Muhammad. (Al Jazeera)
  • Firefighters hose down the Belgian prime minister's office in protest over plans to increase their retirement age. (The Guardian)
  • Mohamed Nasheed, former president of the Maldives, demands new elections and threatens protests if the new government meet the demands. (Reuters)
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  • The live televised France versus Ireland match in the 2012 Six Nations Championship is cancelled minutes prior to kick-off, prompting boos to ring out among disgruntled spectators inside a packed Stade de France. It is the first time such an event has happened since 1985. (RTÉ News) (BBC Sport) (The Guardian)
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  • Syrian uprising:
    • The Arab League calls for a peace keeping force to be sent to Syria to halt violence. (Al-Jazeera)
    • There is a lull in the bombardment of Homs allowing some families to escape and for protesters to go to the streets. (Reuters)
    • The Arab League meets in Cairo to discuss sending a joint mission to Syria with the United Nations. (Al-Jazeera)
    • The head of the suspended Arab League's observer mission in Syria, Mohammed Ahmed Mustafa al-Dabi, resigns. (Emirates 24/7)
  • Turkish warplanes carry out strikes against PKK hideouts in northern Iraq. (IOL)
  • Greek bailout and protests:
    • The Hellenic Parliament votes to approve austerity measures demanded in return for another bailout from the eurozone. (CNN)
    • Police in Greece fire tear gas at protesters in Athens including composer Mikis Theodorakis and World War II resistance leader and leftist politician Manolis Glezos. (Athens News)
    • Up to 60 police officers are injured in fighting and at least ten buildings are burnt down as a minority of the tens of thousands of protesters turn violent. (AP via The Australian) (BBC)
    • The historic Attikon cinema in Athens is set on fire following demonstrations over the latest round of economic austerity measures proposed by the government. (Reuters)(Ekathimerini)
  • Comrade Artemio, leader of the Shining Path Peruvian rebel movement, is captured in the Huallaga Valley area by the Army and National Police. (AP via Washington Post)
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  • Azerbaijan rejects a claim by Iran that it has been helping Israeli spies in the killing of an Iranian nuclear scientist. (Trend News Agency)
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    • The Syrian army continues its bombardments of Homs, as Arab officials confirm that regional governments would be prepared to arm the opposition if the fighting does not cease. (Reuters)
    • China says it will "not protect" the Syrian government. (Gulf News)
    • The Government of Egypt circulates a draft motion for consideration by the General Assembly of the United Nations. A proposed resolution would strongly condemn human rights violations by the Syrian regime. (AP via The Sydney Morning Herald)
  • 2011–2012 Bahraini uprising:
    • Security forces fire tear gas on anti-government demonstrators on the first anniversary of the start of protests calling for reforms in the nation. (Al Jazeera)
    • Anonymous marks the anniversary of the Bahraini uprising by hacking U.S. tear gas company Combined Systems Inc., based in Jamestown, Pennsylvania, which has supplied much of the tear gas the regimes of the Middle East have used against protesters. (The Washington Post) (The Atlantic Wire) (ABC News)
    • It is reported that Britain continues to sell arms to Bahrain. (The Guardian)
  • The U.S. aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln, accompanied by the cruiser Cape St. George and the destroyer Sterett, sails through the Strait of Hormuz, close to the coast of Iran, for the second time in recent weeks. (BBC) (Reuters) (Washington Post)
  • A Sudanese air strike hits the South Sudanese state of Unity, injuring four soldiers in a contested area. (AFP via Google News)
  • Two explosions are reported in the Thai capital Bangkok, injuring one Iranian man. (Bangkok Post) (Times of India)
  • A Tibetan monk sets himself on fire in western China, in the latest self-immolation protest. (The Himalayan Times)
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  • Category 4 Cyclone Giovanna hits Madagascar near the city of Toamasina, with at least one person being killed and the death toll expected to rise. (Reuters) (BBC)
  • Gaza's only power station shuts down due to lack of fuel. (BBC)
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  • The Ugandan minister Minister for Ethics and Integrity Simon Lokodo raids a workshop for gay activists and attempts to arrest the organiser. (BBC)
  • Kuwait forms a new cabinet before a new session of the assembly on Wednesday. (IOL)
  • Thousands of opposition supporters from Iran's Green Movement march silently through the capital Tehran calling for the release of political prisoners. (Financial Times)
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  • The Portrait of Henrietta Moraes, a painting by Francis Bacon, sells at Christie's for £21.3 million, the second most valuable work of post-war contemporary art sold at the London auction house. (RTÉ)
  • Sony admits it increased the price of two Whitney Houston albums hours after she was found in the bathtub of her hotel room last Saturday. Fans react with outrage. (BBC)
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  • It is revealed that the Crown Prosecution Service and Met Police paid a family more than £600,000 in damages and costs in 2008 after a child witness was identified to a gang. It is believed to be one of the largest of its kind. (BBC) (Press Association via The Guardian)
  • Seventeen students at Texas Christian University in the U.S., including four members of the school's football team, are arrested on drug charges. An arrest warrant for one of the players alleges that drug use was rampant on the team and that at least three of the players were dealing drugs. (ESPN)
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  • The Australian airline Qantas announces plans to cut 500 jobs. (AAP via The Australian)
  • Budget airline Air Australia is placed in administration leaving passengers stranded. (News Limited)
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  • 2011–2012 Syrian uprising:
    • Security forces open fire at a funeral procession in Damascus for those killed in protests in the capital. (AFP)
    • China urges all sides in the conflict to end the violence. (BBC)
  • Violence breaks out in Dakar, Senegal, during an anti-government protest. (IOL)
  • The death toll from a bombing on Friday in the Pakistani town of Parachinar in the Kurram region rises to 32. (Canadian Press via Winnipeg Free Press)
  • USA drone airstrikes kill at least 21 suspected militants in North Waziristan, Pakistan. (BBC)
  • The Russian Army loses 17 soldiers while fighting in a day-long battle with insurgents in the North Caucasus region. (Antara News)
  • Senegalese police clash with protesters in Dakar in the fourth consecutive day of protests ahead of next week's presidential election. (Voice of America)
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  • At least nine people are killed and 24 injured after a bus crashes in China's Yunnan province. (RIA Novosti)
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  • Iran ceases oil exports to France and the United Kingdom, in a retaliatory move against European Union sanctions. (Al Jazeera)
  • India's Kingfisher Airlines cancels 16 flights from Mumbai and stops operations in Kolkata over the next four days. (NDTV)
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  • At least 17 people are seriously injured after two gas explosions at a nightclub in the city of Sighetu Marmației, Romania. (Reuters) (Yahoo! News)
  • At least three people have died and eight are believed missing in the Stevens Pass Ski Area in the US state of Washington. (BBC)
  • One person is killed and more than 20 injured after a coach bringing a group of British schoolchildren home from a skiing trip in Italy crashes near Châlons-en-Champagne in northern France. (BBC)
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  • North Korea threatens "merciless" attacks against South Korea over its planned live-fire drills near the disputed Northern Limit Line. (The Independent)
  • Iranian warships dock at the Syrian port of Tartous, according to Iranian state media. (Al Jazeera)
  • Xi Jinping's visit to Ireland:
    • Xi Jinping travels from the scenic city of Shannon to the capital Dublin as his visit continues. (China Daily)
    • New pacts promoting trade, investment and education between China and Ireland are signed in Dublin. (BBC) (Financial Times)
    • Taoiseach Enda Kenny is invited to China, which would be his first visit there. (RTÉ)
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  • Burmese dissident monk U Gambira, released last month from prison, is to face trial on charges breaking into and squatting in monasteries. (Straits Times)
  • A fight amongst inmates leads to a prison riot in the Mexican city of Apodaca, Nuevo León, with 44 people dead. (AP via Herald-Sun)
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  • Scientists report regenerating specimens of Silene stenophylla from a 31,800 year old piece of fruit, greatly surpassing the previous record for oldest plant successfully regenerated. (NY Times)
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  • Euro zone finance ministers reach an agreement on a second Greek bailout. (Reuters via Sydney Morning Herald)
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  • A blast at a steel plant in Liaoning, northeastern China, kills 13 people and injures 17. (Bangkok Post)
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  • A series of attacks across Iraq leave at least 60 killed and more than 200 injured. (AP via MSNBC) (The Telegraph) (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan:
    • The Taliban urges Afghans to target foreign bases and kill westerners in response to burnings of the Koran at a US base as a third day of violent protests occurs, with six people having been shot dead so far. (Reuters)
    • Afghan protesters attack a Norwegian base in Faryab province on the Turkmenistan border. (Reuters via Alertnet)
  • The bombardment of Homs continues for the 20th successive day, with water and food supplies quickly dwindling for residents. (DPA via Sydney Morning Herald)
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  • Arab Spring:
    • Aftermath of the Libyan civil war: Reporter Nicholas Davies and cameraman Gareth Montgomery-Johnson are seized by militia in Misrata while working for the English language Press TV news network. Two local residents are also seized. (AFP) (Press TV)
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      • Representatives of more than seventy countries meet in Tunisia to discuss supporting the opposition in the Syrian uprising. (Voice of America)
      • World powers demand an immediate ceasefire at the Tunis meeting. (DPA via Brisbane Times)
    • 2011–2012 Bahraini uprising: A medic reveals that injured protesters are being treated by "underground medics" in fear of arrest. (BBC)
  • A Palestinian man is shot and killed after clashes at an Israeli checkpoint near Ramallah in the West Bank. (BBC)
  • At least 12 people are killed in the deadliest day of protests so far resulting from U.S. soldiers incineration of copies of the Koran in Afghanistan. (Al Jazeera)
  • Suspected Boko Haram Islamist militants launch simultaneous gun and bomb attacks in the northern Nigerian city of Gombe. (Hindustan Times)
  • The Taliban attacks a Pakistani police station in Peshawar killing four officers. (AP via Newsday)
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  • Prince Friso of Orange-Nassau, who was buried under an avalanche in Lech, Austria, while skiing off piste, is reported to have suffered massive brain damage due to oxygen shortage; it remains unclear whether he will ever regain consciousness. (AFP)
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  • A fourth inquest begins into the disappearance of Azaria Chamberlain at Uluru in outback Australia in the Northern Territory. (AFP via Yahoo News)
  • The trial begins of former US student Dharun Ravi, accused of spying on a homosexual encounter involving his room-mate, which resulted in his death. The case has triggered debate about the difficulties faced by young gay men in America. (BBC)
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  • The German Bundestag votes overwhelmingly in support for a Greek bailout. (AP via Washington Post) (ABC News)
  • Internet portal company Yahoo warns social network company Facebook that it believes Facebook has infringed on several Yahoo patents, between 10 and 20. (Dealbook)
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  • In motor sport, the 2012 Daytona 500 is postponed to be run at 7pm Monday due to heavy rain in Daytona. (USA Today)
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  • Millions of workers in India go on strike to demand improved rights and express anger at rising prices. (Hindustan Times)
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  • North Korea agrees to suspend uranium enrichment and nuclear and long-range missile tests in return for food aid. (BBC) (Al Jazeera)
  • Egypt lifts a travel ban on seven Americans employed by pro-democracy U.S. groups, including the son of U.S. Transportation secretary Ray LaHood, who is among 16 Americans on trial in Egypt for trying to foment unrest and incite protests against the nation's military rulers. (USA Today)
  • In the British parliament Baroness Jenny Tonge resigns the Liberal Democrat party whip after accusations of making offensive remarks about Israel. (The Guardian)
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