Portal:Current events/February 2017

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February 2017 was the second month of the current common year. The month, which began on a Wednesday, ended on a Tuesday after 28 days.

Portal:Current events

This is an archived version of Wikipedia's Current events Portal from February 2017.

Armed attacks and conflicts
  • Four alleged extremists planning terror attacks in Azerbaijan are killed in a shootout with the country's security forces; one suspect is arrested. The State Security Service says the group was connected to an unspecified religious extremist group abroad. (Reuters) (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty)
Business and economy
Disasters and accidents
  • According to a report released by Malegapuru William Makgoba, 94 mentally ill patients in South Africa died from starvation, dehydration and diarrhea between March and December 2016 because of a "reckless" government attempt to save money by transferring the patients from a specialized institution to care centres with "invalid licenses". (BBC)
International relations
Law and crime
Politics and elections
International relations
Law and crime
  • Former HBOS manager Lynden Scourfield and other bankers and consultants are found guilty of corruption and abuse of power in stealing £245 million from the bank and small businesses in a loans scam, which was spent on personal luxuries. Scourfield was sentenced to 11 years in prison. (The Guardian)
Politics and elections
Armed conflicts and attacks
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Law and crime
Armed conflicts and attacks
  • War in Donbass
    • A rebel commander is killed by a bomb in eastern Ukraine while three Ukrainian Army soldiers are killed in fighting. At least 33 people have been killed in fighting over the past week. (AP via News Limited)
International relations
Politics and elections
Science and nature
  • The cave squeaker (Arthroleptis troglodytes), a critically endangered species of frog, is located and captured for the first time since 1962. Scientists announce plans to breed. (The New York Times)
Disasters and accidents
Law and crime
  • Turkish police arrest over 400 suspected ISIL members in raids across the country. (Al Jazeera)
Politics and elections
Sports
Armed conflicts and attacks
Arts and culture
Health and medicine
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Science and technology
Armed conflicts and attacks
Disasters and accidents
  • Multiple tornadoes tear through New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and other parts of southeastern Louisiana, injuring at least 20 people; no deaths have been reported. The severe weather also delivers heavy rain and hail in Mississippi and Alabama. (AP) (Reuters)
Law and crime
Politics and elections
Armed conflicts and attacks
Arts and culture
Business and economics
Disasters and accidents
  • More than 10,000 people are left homeless after a fire ravages a densely populated neighborhood of the Philippines capital Manila. (The Telegraph)
Law and crime
Politics and elections
Science and technology
Armed conflicts and attacks
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International relations
Law and crime
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Armed conflicts and attacks
  • French police arrest three men and a 16-year-old girl found with bomb-making materials in a Montpellier flat. The female suspect had been spotted online saying she wanted to either leave for the Syria-Iraq conflict or mount an attack in France, and recorded a video in which she pledged allegiance to ISIL. (BBC)
  • In Hong Kong, over 16 were injured, and an incoherent man was charged with arson after an alleged firebomb attack on a rush hour Hong Kong metro commuter train. The man set fire to himself and others with a flammable liquid for an unspecified personal reason, but officials found no evidence of a terrorist motive. (Independent)
Business and economics
Disasters and accidents
International relations
  • European Union–The Gambia relations
    • The European Union pledges to give the Gambia 225 million in aid to assist the country following the departure of former president Yahya Jammeh, whose 22 years of misrule left the country "virtually bankrupt". (The Guardian)
Law and crime
  • U.S. immigration suspension legal challenges
    • Aboard Air Force One, President Trump tells reporters he is considering issuing a revised policy banning citizens of certain countries traveling to the United States. (Reuters)
    • The Trump administration decides to not immediately appeal the Ninth Circuit's decision, which continues the travel ban suspension, to the Supreme Court. (CNN)
  • A judge in Peru issues an arrest warrant for former President Alejandro Toledo for allegedly receiving US$20 million in bribes from Odebrecht, a Brazilian construction company, in exchange for a contract deal to build a transoceanic highway between Brazil and the Peruvian coast. Toledo denies any wrongdoing. (The Guardian)
Politics and elections
Sport
Armed conflicts and attacks
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Arts and culture
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Armed conflicts and attacks
Disasters and accidents
  • 2017 Oroville Dam crisis
    • Thousands of people are urged to evacuate in and around the vicinity of Yuba City due to the impending failure of an emergency spillway at Oroville Dam in Northern California. 188,000 people were reported to be evacuated. (CNN) (The Washington Post)
  • At least four skiers are killed in an avalanche at the Tignes resort in France. (The Guardian)
  • At least 34 people are killed after a tour bus, carrying mostly local elderly tourists, overturns on a freeway in Taipei, Taiwan. (Focus Taiwan) (BBC)
  • The U.S. Coast Guard continues to search for the missing F/V Destination, a Seattle-based fishing vessel operating near St. George, Alaska, with a six-member crew. The Coast Guard has discovered a debris field, but no sign of the crew. (KTUU-TV)
Law and crime
Politics and elections
Armed conflicts and attacks
Business and economics
  • Cigna announces that it has terminated its merger with Anthem, a deal that was blocked by a U.S. federal judge last week. In addition, Cigna sues Anthem for the $1.85 billion reverse termination fee, and for more than $13 billion in additional damages. Anthem says Cigna has no right to terminate the merger, a deal which in January was extended to April 30, 2017. (Bloomberg) (CNBC)
  • Aetna and Humana terminate their proposed merger that had been blocked last month by a U.S. federal judge. Aetna announces it will pay Humana the $1 billion fee for calling off the agreement. (Forbes) (NPR)
International relations
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Science and technology
Armed conflicts and attacks
Arts and culture
Disasters and accidents
  • At least eight homes are destroyed as a wildfire rages out of control in the Port Hills, in the southern outskirts of Christchurch, New Zealand. A pilot died when his helicopter crashed while fighting the fire. (Stuff) (The New Zealand Herald)
Law and crime
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Science and technology
Armed conflicts and attacks
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Arts and culture
Business and economics
  • British-Dutch consumer goods company Unilever rejects a US$143 billion takeover from Kraft Heinz, saying the deal had no financial or strategic merit. Nevertheless, Kraft is still interested in finding agreement; it has until March 17 to make a final bid under UK takeover rules. (Reuters)
Disasters and accidents
  • Cyclone Dineo kills seven and destroys twenty-thousand homes in Mozambique. (Newsweek)
  • Severe storms in southern California prompt flash flood warnings over most of southern and central California, toppling trees and power lines, and delaying over 300 flights from Los Angeles International Airport. Since the largest El Nino of 1997-98 and 2009-10.(ABC)
Health
International relations
Law and crime
  • Princess Cristina of Spain is acquitted of fraud but her husband is convicted. (The New York Times)
Politics and elections
Science and technology
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Sports
  • Iran defeats the United States to take the gold medal in freestyle wrestling's World Cup. (Financial Tribune) (Time) (Flowrestling)
Armed conflicts and attacks
Business and economics
  • Kraft Heinz drops its bid to buy Unilever for US$143 billion. Unilever rejected the idea last Friday but Kraft Heinz still expressed interest in finding an agreement. (BBC)
Disasters and accidents
International relations
Politics and elections
  • Ecuadorian general election, 2017
    • Voters head to the polls to select the National Assembly and a new president with former vice-president Lenín Moreno facing off against former bank president Guillermo Lasso, and six other opposition candidates. There will be an April 2 runoff unless the leader receives 40 percent of the votes and is at least 10 percentage points ahead of the others. In addition, there's a tax haven referendum. (Reuters)
  • South Sudanese Civil War
    • Two top level officials overseeing South Sudan's military courts resign from their posts, accusing the government of interfering in the court's moves to discipline soldiers accused of rape and murder. The resignations come less than a week after a military general and the Minister of Labour resigned in protest of President Salva Kiir Mayardit's alleged approval of atrocities against civilians not belonging to the Dinka group. (Al Jazeera)
  • 2017 Belarusian protests
    • Demonstrations spread to the second city of Belarus—Gomel—where 2,000 march against a 2015 tax law. (Reuters)
Science and technology
Sports
Armed conflicts and attacks
Arts and culture
Business and economy
  • Seattle-based Amazon.com says it will create 15,000 new full-time jobs across Europe by the end of 2017, increasing its European workforce by approximately 30 percent. (AndroidHeadlines.com) (Euronews)
Disasters and accidents
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Law and crime
Politics and elections
Armed conflicts and attacks
Arts and culture
  • British journalist Milo Yiannopoulos resigns from his post as technology editor at Breitbart news, after controversy around his statements regarding underage sex. (BBC)
Business and economy
Disasters and accidents
Health
International relations
  • France–Lebanon relations
    • French National Front presidential candidate Marine Le Pen leaves before her scheduled meeting in Beirut with Lebanon's top Sunni Muslim religious leader, Grand Mufti Abdellatif Deryan, following her refusal to accept the offered headscarf to cover her hair. Le Pen's aides had been informed earlier about the traditional, religious need for a headscarf for this meeting. (Reuters) (Al Jazeera)
Law and crime
Politics and elections
Science and technology
  • Several new species of tiny frogs are discovered in India. (CBS News)
Armed conflicts and attacks
Arts and culture
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Sports
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Sports
  • The Alaska Aces ice hockey team announce that the 2016–17 ECHL season will be the team's last after 28 seasons of play, following a downturn in the Alaskan economy and sagging ticket sales.(The Hamilton Spectator)
Armed conflicts and attacks
Business and economy
  • Retail chain JC Penney announces plans to close between 130 and 140 stores, as well as 2 distribution centers, amid sagging store sales. (CNBC)
International relations
Law and crime
Politics and elections
Armed conflicts and attacks
International relations
Law and crime
  • German police shoot a man, who was trying to escape after apparently driving into a group of pedestrians in a central square in Heidelberg. A 73-year-old man was killed and two other people injured. Police do not believe terrorism is involved. (BBC) (Deutsche Welle) (Reuters)
  • A suspected drunken driver plows his car into a crowd watching the Krewe of Endymion parade at the New Orleans Mardi Gras. Dozens are injured, with 28 people, including a child and a police officer, taken to seven hospitals, five in critical condition. (AP) (New Orleans Times-Picayune) (AP via ABC News)
Politics and elections
Armed conflicts and attacks
Arts and culture
Disasters and accidents
  • Millions of residents in the Chilean capital Santiago are left without access to running water after the Maipo River is contaminated by flooding and landslides. At least four people have died in the floods. (BBC)
  • 16 people dead in northern India after a truck carrying villagers to church overturned on a mountain road. (DW)
Politics and elections
Sport
Armed conflicts and attacks
International relations
Politics and elections
Science and technology
  • SpaceX announces that it will take two space tourists on an orbit of the Moon in 2018. (CNBC)
Armed conflicts and attacks
Business and economics
  • The Hershey Company announces it will cut about 15 percent of its global workforce (~2,700 jobs) to return its international businesses to profitability as quickly as possible. The layoffs will have a greater impact on the international workforce. (CNN)
Disasters and accidents
  • A small plane crashes in a residential area of Riverside, California, killing at least three people, all of whom were passengers on the plane. No one on the ground was injured. (BBC)
  • A police sniper accidentally fires his weapon while changing position and injures two people during a speech by French President François Hollande in Villognon. (BBC)
  • Twelve people are injured, four critically, after an SUV hits the Gulf Shores High School Band during the Gulf Shores, Alabama, Mardi Gras parade. The vehicle, in the parade behind the band, accelerated when the 73-year-old driver's foot slipped off the brake pedal onto the gas. (RT) (CNN) (WPMI-TV)
Law and crime
  • 2016–17 Turkish purges
    • About 330 people with alleged links to last year's coup attempt stand trial at a prison outside Ankara on charges of murder and attempting to overthrow the government, the largest trial to date. (Al Jazeera)
  • German police storm a refugee center in Hamburg after a knife-wielding man barricades himself in a room with a pregnant woman believed to be his partner. The man was injured before he was arrested. (RT)
  • Hundreds of right-wing activists gather to protest the court-ordered demolition of the Israeli settlement Ofra, which was built on private Palestinian land in the West Bank. Israeli police are evacuating nine homes in the settlement, despite hunger strikes and people barricading themselves inside. (RT)
  • The Royal Thai Government has fired Police General Jumpol Manmai for "extremely evil" misconduct and political interests which threatened national security. (Reuters)
Politics and elections
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