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February 24

International Politics

At a summit in Abuja, ECOWAS lifts sanctions on Niger, but continues to demand the release of deposed president Mohamed Bazoum and his family.
Source: Al Jazeera external link
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Disasters and accidents

The Belizean cargo ship was hit by a Houthi missile while transporting fertilizer, causing an evacuation of all hands and subsequent environmental disaster.
Source: Times of India external link
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February 23

Law and crime

The German Bundestag votes to legalise recreational usage of cannabis for adults, making Germany the third European country to do so after Malta and Luxembourg.
Source: CNN external link
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Three women are killed during a mass stabbing at a brothel in Vienna, Austria. A 27-year-old male suspect is arrested.
Source: Swiss Info external link
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International relations

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken declares that Israeli settlements in the West Bank are illegal under international law, overturning a policy instated under former U.S. President Donald Trump.
Source: Haaretz external link
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Science and technology

Three new moons of the Solar System are discovered, one around Uranus and two around Neptune, bringing their total known satellites to 28 and 16, respectively.
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Politics and elections

President of Senegal Macky Sall states that he will leave the presidency in April, but does not give a specific date for the presidential election, which was postponed earlier this month.
Source: AP external link
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Armed conflicts and attacks

Ukraine claims responsibility for the downing of a Russian Beriev A-50 over Krasnodar Krai, Russia, which is their second downing of an A-50 this year.
Source: Business Insider external link
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An Ethiopian airstrike kills at least 15 people and injures more than 20 others in North Shewa, Ethiopia, with many of the victims fleeing clashes between Fano and the Ethiopian government.
Source: The East African external link
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A high-altitude balloon is detected over the Western United States, prompting the deployment of fighter aircraft to intercept the object. The origin and purpose of the balloon are unknown, according to U.S. officials.
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Disasters and accidents

At least 15 people are killed and 44 more injured during a fire at an apartment block in Nanjing, China.
Source: Al Jazeera external link
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February 22

Armed conflicts and attacks

A Palau-flagged cargo ship en route to Egypt is set on fire after being hit by an anti-ship missile in the Gulf of Aden, according to the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations. No casualties are reported.
Source: AP external link
Forty people are killed and 100 others are injured in Israeli airstrikes against residential buildings in Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip.
Source: Al Jazeera external link
One Israeli is killed and 11 others are seriously injured in a shooting attack by three Palestinians near the Israeli settlement of Ma'ale Adumim in the occupied West Bank. Two gunmen are killed by Israeli soldiers, while a third is injured and arrested.
Source: Times of Israel external link
The World Food Programme releases a report stating that more than 95% of Sudan's population cannot afford a meal a day.
Source: Barron's external link

Law and crime

An Alaskan jury finds Brian Smith guilty of the murder of Kathleen Jo Henry and Veronica Abouchuk.
Source: ABC News external link
A court in Panama orders the arrest of former president Ricardo Martinelli, who is under protection of the Nicaraguan embassy in Panama City.
Source: ABC News external link

Disasters and accidents

Five people are killed when a barge collides with the Lixinsha Bridge in Guangzhou, China.
Source: The New York Times external link
Nine people are killed, 15 others are injured and one is missing during a fire at a 14-storey residential building in Valencia, Spain.
Source: AP external link
At least eight people are killed during floods and landslides in the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro.
Source: AP external link

Science and technology

More than 71,000 customers of US mobile carrier AT&T experience network outages. Some Verizon and T-Mobile users also report outages.
Source: NBC News external link
Intuitive Machines Nova-C lunar lander successfully touches down on the Moon, near the lunar south pole, making it the first private company to successfully land a spacecraft on the surface of the Moon.
Source: BBC News external link

February 21

Law and crime

United States Navy chief petty officer Bryce Pedicini, assigned to the USS , is charged with four counts of espionage.
Source: BBC News external link
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko calls for armed security patrols on streets and in workplaces, claiming the possibility of "extremist" crimes.
Source: Reuters external link
The Supreme Court of the U.S. state of Alabama rules that frozen embryos in test tubes are legally considered children.
Source: BBC News external link

Disasters and accidents

A bridge under construction in Lochem, the Netherlands, collapses, killing two workers and injuring two others.
Source: AP external link
At least 33 people are injured after a tornado strikes Rancaekek, West Java, Indonesia.
Source: Reuters external link
Fourteen people are killed and eleven more injured during the collapse of an illegal gold mine in Angostura, Venezuela.
Source: AP external link
Fifteen people are killed and two survive when a truck falls off a cliff in Mabinay, Negros Oriental, Philippines.
Source: Hindustan Times external link

Armed conflicts and attacks

Reports emerge that clashes between rival Shia militias, primarily Asa'ib Ahl al-Haq and Saraya al-Salam, have killed at least 200 fighters across Iraq in the past two months.
Source: The Medialine external link