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February 2019 Current Events: World News

Updated February 6, 2019 | Infoplease Staff

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The world is a very busy place, and it's hard to stay on top of everything. Infoplease has got you covered. Here are the world news events you need to know so far for February 2019:

  1. Protests Continue in Venezuela
  2. 10 Killed in Paris Apartment
  3. 100 Vehicles Crash in China
  4. Algeria’s President Seeks Fifth Term
  5. El Chapo Found Guilty
  6. Tourists Trapped in Haiti
  7. US to Deliver Aid to Venezuela
  8. Cameroon Kidnapped Victims Released
  9. Trump Urges Europe to Take Back IS Fighters
  10. Islamic State Nears Defeat
  11. Toxic Moonshine in India
  12. Sudan Declares a State of Emergency
  13. Iran’s Foreign Minister Resigns
  14. Netanyahu Could be Indicted
  15. Pakistan Returns Captured Pilot

Protests Continue in Venezuela

Venezuela Protests

On February 2, tens of thousands of people in Venezuela began peaceful protests in support of early elections. The protests come after many nations stated they do not see Maduro’s government as legitimate. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana

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10 Killed in Paris Apartment

Paris Fire

On February 5, a fire erupted in a Paris apartment building, killing 10 people. Police suspect arson, and have a 40-year-old woman in custody. (Reuters)

Photo Source: Benoit Moser/BSPP via AP

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100 Vehicles Crash in China

China Crash

On February 9, a 100 car pile-up in China left 2 people dead and another 50 injured. The crash is most likely due to slippery conditions after the area was hit with rainfall. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo

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Algeria’s President Seeks Fifth Term

Algeria President

On February 10, it was announced that Algerian President Bouteflika will seek his fifth term in office. The 81-year-old’s health has been declining after a stroke in 2013; however, he is still expected to win re-election. (BBC)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Anis Belghoul

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El Chapo Found Guilty

El Chapo

On February 12, a jury found drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman guilty on all counts. The verdict came from a jury in Brooklyn, New York. He is set to go to prison in Colorado in hopes of preventing any escape attempts. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo, File

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Tourists Trapped in Haiti

Haiti Protests

On February 16, as street protests in Haiti continue, it was reported that various missionaries and nurses would be evacuated. The protesters are calling for the president to resign, and they have been protesting for over a week. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery

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US to Deliver Aid to Venezuela

Venezuela Crisis

On February 16, it was announced that the US plans to deliver over 200 tons of aid to the Venezuelan border. This statement has not been elaborated on by the US State Department. (Reuters)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Brynn Anderson

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Cameroon Kidnapped Victims Released

Cameroon Kidnapping

On February 17, after negotiations, kidnappers in Cameroon released 176 people, most of whom were students. Gunmen had entered the school just the day before and kidnapped all the people. (BBC)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Edwin Kindzeka Moki, File

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Trump Urges Europe to Take Back IS Fighters

Trump IS

On February 17, President Trump announced that he expects European countries to “take back over 800” captured IS fighters. He then went on to say that these fighters may be released as he is attempting to pull out of the Syrian conflict altogether.

Photo Source: AP Photo/Susan Walsh

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Islamic State Nears Defeat

Syria

On February 20, it appears that IS is near defeat in its last enclave in eastern Syria. Nearly 2,000 civilians were able to leave the area on the 20th. (Reuters)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Felipe Dana

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Toxic Moonshine in India

India Moonshine

On February 23, it was announced that the death toll due to toxic moonshine has reached 94 and more than 150 hospitalizations. Two suspects have been arrested, but police are still investigating. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo

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Sudan Declares a State of Emergency

Sudan President

On February 23, President Omar al-Bashir declared a state of emergency and fired all federal government staff and state governors. It was also announced the al-Bashir will be stepping down. Sudanese citizens have been holding anti-government protests recently. (BBC)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Mahmoud Hjaj, File

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Iran’s Foreign Minister Resigns

Iran Foreign Minister

On February 25, Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran’s foreign minister, resigned via an Instagram post. It is still unknown if the president accepts this resignation. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File

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Netanyahu Could be Indicted

Netanyahu

On February 28, it was announced that Netanyahu was being charged with bribery charges. Though he denies any wrongdoing, this new information could affect Israel’s next election. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Sebastian Scheine

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Pakistan Returns Captured Pilot

Pakistan India Conflict

On February 28, Pakistan returned a captured pilot to India. However, India has stated that this may not be enough to de-escalate the tension between these two countries. (Reuters)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Fareed Khan

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