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February 6

Disasters and accidents

A magnitude 7.8 earthquake is reported near Gaziantep, Turkey, which kills at least 175 people.
Source: Bloomberg external link
The Syrian Civil Defence declares a state of emergency as the death toll in Syria rises to 99 with hundreds more reportedly trapped under rubble.
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February 5

Disasters and accidents

Eight people in Austria and two others in Switzerland are killed by a series of avalanches.
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At least eight people are killed and 42 others are injured when a bus crashes and overturns in Afyonkarahisar Province, Turkey.
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Politics and elections

Cypriots head to the polls to elect their new President.
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A runoff is called for February 12 between Nikos Christodoulides and Andreas Mavroyiannis.
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Ecuadorians head to the polls for a non-binding referendum on a constitutional reform.
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Monegasques head to the polls to elect the members of their Parliament.
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Law and crime

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Arts and culture

American singer Beyoncé sets a Grammy Awards record for the most wins, surpassing Hungarian conductor Georg Solti.
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Health and environment

South Africa reports imported cases of cholera in two sisters who travelled to Malawi.
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February 4

Health and environment

Mount Washington in New Hampshire, United States, records the lowest wind chill temperature in the country at −108 °F (−78 °C).
Source: Manila Bulletin external link

Disasters and accidents

At least 16 people are killed and 66 others are injured in a multiple-vehicle collision along a highway in Changsha, Hunan, China.
Source: The Straits Times external link
Nine sailors are missing after their fishing vessel capsizes off the coast of Sinan County, South Jeolla Province, South Korea. President Yoon Suk-yeol has deployed the coast guard to conduct an air-sea rescue for the missing people.
Source: Oman Daily Observer external link
Two people are killed and three others are injured by an avalanche in Raghistan District, Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan.
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Armed conflicts and attacks

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The high-altitude balloon is shot down by a United States Air Force F-22 Raptor over the Atlantic Ocean at 2:39 PM EST. An operation to collect the remnants of the balloon in U.S. territorial waters is currently underway. It is the first time that an aircraft has been shot down in the United States since World War II.
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February 3

Science and technology

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Disasters and accidents

Three people are killed and several others are injured when a bus overturns near Murska Sobota, Prekmurje, Slovenia.
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At least seventeen people are killed in a head-on collision between a bus and a truck in Kohat District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan.
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Chile expands its state of emergency due to wildfires that have burned up to 8,000 hectares and also declares a catastrophe in the Biobío region amid a summer heat wave.
Source: Reuters external link

Law and crime

A court in South Korea sentences former justice minister Cho Kuk to two years in prison after convicting him on charges of abuse of power and for helping his children enter prestigious schools using fake credentials.
Source: The Washington Post external link

Armed conflicts and attacks

Ethiopian prime minister Abiy Ahmed meets with officials of the Tigray People's Liberation Front for the first time since the signing of a peace treaty in November.
Source: AFP via RFI external link

International relations

The United States accuses China of "a clear violation of sovereignty" after a suspected meteorological high altitude balloon is noted hovering over Montana. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken postpones his official visit to Beijing, initially scheduled for February 5, in response to the incident.
Source: Al Jazeera external link
The United States Department of Defense reports that a second high altitude balloon has been discovered flying over Latin America.
Source: NBC News external link

Business and economy

The FTSE 100 Index, the main share index of the 100 most highly capitalized companies listed on the London Stock Exchange, reaches a record intraday value of 7,906.58 points, surpassing the previous highest intraday value of 7,903.50 points recorded on May 22, 2018.
Source: Barron's external link