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AFRICA: In Nigeria, gunmen from Islamist group Boko Haram stormed a boarding school overnight killing 29 pupils.
AMERICAS: The Venezuelan government announced it will nominate an ambassador to Washington on 25FEB.
ASIA: Pakistani fighter jets targeted Taliban hideouts in the northwest killing at least 30.
EUROPE: Turkish PM Erdogan’s office said voice recordings on YouTube purportedly of Erdogan telling his son to dispose of large sums of money were fake and “completely untrue”.
MIDDLE EAST: The leader of Nusra Front gave rival al-Qaeda breakaway Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant a five-day ultimatum to seek arbitration by leading clerics or be expelled from the region.
TECHNOLOGY: Professional social networking website LinkedIn Corp launched a Chinese language version of its website.
Ukraine: Authorities push back formation of new government to Thursday.
Parliamentary speaker and interim president Oleksandr Turchynov said that a new government should be in place by Thursday.
Russia questioned the legitimacy of the interim leadership, charging that it used a peace deal brokered by Europe to make a power grab and to suppress dissent through “terrorist methods.”
EU foreign policy chief Ashton called on Russia to allow Ukraine to move forward in the way it chooses.
The Obama administration said that President Yanukovych is not actively leading the country as US officials began preparing for a potential aid package.
Ghana: President Mahama is set to unveil economic reforms in a state of the union speech. (AFP)
Nigeria: Gunmen from Islamist group Boko Haram stormed a boarding school overnight killing 29 pupils. (Reuters)
Nigeria: The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) cautioned politicians against early campaigning for the 2015 elections. (Xinhua)
Sudan: Two policemen were killed and three injured when an armed group attacked a police station inside Al-Salam IDP camp in Darfur. (Xinhua)
Uganda: US Secretary Kerry said the US is beginning a review of its relationship with the country after it enacted a law imposing harsh penalties for homosexuality. (Xinhua)
Colombia: Defense Minister Pinzon said the National Liberation Army (ELN) was behind the attack on a leftist presidential candidate. (Reuters)
Venezuela: The government announced it will nominate an ambassador to Washington on 25FEB. (AFP)
Venezuela: The government launched a new foreign currency exchange system that allows two different exchange rates to be applied to the public and private sectors. (Xinhua)
Afghanistan: Three students were killed by a bomb hidden in a motorcycle in front of their school in Helmand province. (DPA)
Burma: A report released by Southeast Asia-based human rights organization Fortify Rights alleged that the government has official policies that deny Rohingya Muslims the same rights as others in the country. (WSJ)
Korea, South: President Park Geun Hye vowed to map out a fresh path to Korean reunification. (AFP)
Pakistan: Fighter jets targeted Taliban hideouts in the northwest killing at least 30. (AFP)
Thailand: Top security and army officials warned the country risks sliding into civil war after a wave of political violence. (AFP)
Cyprus: Households and businesses across the country suffered power cuts on as workers at the state electricity utility continued to strike over government privatisation plans. (DPA)
Russia: More than 400 protesters are due in court a day after police detained them at a central Moscow rally. (AFP)
Turkey: PM Erdogan’s office said voice recordings on YouTube purportedly of Erdogan telling his son to dispose of large sums of money were fake and “completely untrue”. (Reuters)
United Kingdom: British police said they arrested three men and a woman on suspicion of Syria-related terrorism offenses. (AP)
Iran: A senior military official said the country has analyzed Israeli strikes during the 2006 war in Lebanon to boost its own defense capabilities against the US and Israel. (AP)
Israel: Police entered the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem’s Old City to disperse stone-throwing Palestinian protesters. (AFP)
Jordan: Opposition Islamists called on the government to freeze a 1994 peace treaty with Israel. (AFP)
Syria: The leader of Nusra Front gave rival al-Qaeda breakaway Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant a five-day ultimatum to seek arbitration by leading clerics or be expelled from the region. (AP)
Yemen: The UNSC is set to adopt a resolution ordering sanctions against figures seeking to undermine the country’s state-building drive. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
Communications: Professional social networking website LinkedIn Corp launched a Chinese language version of its website. (Reuters)
Cyclones: Nothing to report.
Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
Global Disease Outbreaks:
Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (26FEB)
Kuwait: Anniversary of end of Iraqi occupation – 1991
Lebanon: Anniversary of US troop withdrawal – 1984
Sri Lanka: Asia Energy Security Summit (to 28FEB)
Sudan: Turkish Deputy PM Isler opens foreign aid project in Darfur
United States: Anniversary of NY World Trade Center bombings – 1993
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