Region: Chinese UN envoy Wang Min called for enhanced international cooperation and comprehensive strategies to handle piracy in the Gulf of Guinea. (Xinhua)
Nigeria: Gunmen from Boko Haram hurled explosives and fired at a police station and a nearby bank in Jama’are, a town in Bauchi state. (AFP)
Sudan: Rebels said they killed 150 government soldiers along the disputed border with South Sudan. (AFP)
Colombia: Five FARC members and four Colombian army soldiers were killed after a confrontation in the southwestern department of Putumayo. (Xinhua)
Cuba: Russian anti-drug chief Ivanov and Cuban Minister of the Interior Ibarra agreed to cooperate in the fight against drug trafficking. (Itar-Tass)
Haiti: Authorities launched an investigation against former president Aristide for alleged drug trafficking and corruption. (AFP)
Korea, Peninsula: A South Korean newspaper reported North Korea deployed an improved, longer-range version of its 240 mm multiple rocket launcher. (Kyodo)
Pakistan: Gunmen killed 18 when they opened fire on a bus in Kohistan. (AFP)
Thailand: Political activist Surachai Danwattananusorn was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison under a royal defamation law. (AFP)
Region: The EU cancelled talks intended to focus on increasing the financial firewall against debt contagion. (AFP)
Region: The German top court ruled the committee charged with fast-tracking Eurozone issues was illegal. (AFP)
Belarus: The EU imposed new sanctions against Belarus with 21 additional visa bans. (AFP)
Region: Israeli officials say they won’t warn the US if they decide to launch a preemptive strike against Iranian nuclear facilities. (AP)
Egypt: The newly elected upper house of parliament held its inaugural session with 180 members attending the Shura Council. (AP)
Iran: Amnesty International reported the government “dramatically escalated” a crackdown on dissent in a run-up to parliamentary elections. (Reuters)
Iraq: The decision of MPs to spend $50 million on armored cars drew sharp criticism across society. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
Cybersecurity: Google pledged to debut cash prizes totaling $1 million to hackers that expose security flaws in the Chrome browser at next week’s Pwn2Own contest. (Ars Technica)
Technology: UPlanMe tailors the user’s events calendar based on previous preferences: things the user has liked on Facebook, categories the user has unlocked, and events the user has found interesting. (Mashable)
Cyclones: Nothing to report.
Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (29FEB)
Europe: ECB launches second round of unlimited three-year loans to the continent’s banks.
Pakistan: Supreme Court hears petition against Air Marshal Asghar Khan.