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France

Nationwide protests organised by the French Confédération Générale du Travail union attract over 18,000 people in Paris, including many supporters of the Yellow vest movement.

France’s Yellow Vest protest movement on Tuesday joined ranks with a major union in a day of nationwide protests over taxes and buying power, a first for both.

2019 North Korea–United States Vietnam Summit

During the State of the Union speech, President Trump announced he will meet with North Korean Chairman Kim Jong-un in Vietnam on February 27 and 28.

2019 State of the Union Address

A fundraising effort by Trump's 2020 campaign on the days leading to the address and on the day of the address raised $2.4 million from 76,000 donors. His campaign displayed names of donors on a live streaming broadcast of the event on Donald Trump's Facebook page. This is comparable to fundraising for Trump's 2020 campaign that occurred during the 2018 address that similarly included the display of names of donors on a streaming broadcast online.

The Trump reelection effort raised over $2.4 million in an unusual State of the Union Address pitch that offered donors a chance to see their name on a livestream of his speech.

U.S. President

U.S. President Donald Trump delivers his second State of the Union Address to the 116th United States Congress in the chamber of the House of Representatives.

President Trump will give his second State of the Union address starting at 9 p.m. Tuesday. He’s expected to call for Congress to pass his immigration policies, and talk about infrastructure, health care, China and Venezuela. The president also is expected to make appeals to “heal old wounds,” according to an excerpt of his prepared remarks.

Pope Francis

Pope Francis makes a public statement acknowledging that some priests and bishops in the Catholic Church have been sexually abusing nuns.

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis has for the first time publicly acknowledged the scandal of priests and bishops sexually abusing nuns and says he is committed to doing more to fight the problem. Speaking to reporters Tuesday, Francis noted that Pope Benedict XVI had taken action against a France-based order after some of its religious sister...

February 2019 Paris fire

A fire in an apartment block in Paris, France, kills ten and leaves over 30 wounded. The incident is being treated as possible arson. A woman was arrested on suspicion of setting the fire.

The fire service in the French capital warns the death toll could rise, as fire continues to blaze.

2019 Venezuelan presidential crisis

Portuguese bank Novo Banco blocks the transfer of $1.2 billion of Venezuelan government financial assets to Uruguay. The move was requested by the Nicolás Maduro government.

A bank in Portugal has blocked Venezuela's attempt to transfer $1.2 billion...

2019 Venezuelan presidential crisis

Eleven Lima Group member states support a declaration recognizing Juan Guaidó as interim President of Venezuela, while three members of the Lima Group, Guyana, Mexico and Saint Lucia, did not back the declaration.

A group of Latin American nations and Canada urge Venezuela's army to support the opposition leader.

Bushfire

Several homes have been damaged in an uncontrolled bushfire near the New Zealand city of Nelson.

Nelson's Redwood Valley is ablaze and a fire spokesman says several homes have been lost. "If you are downwind of this fire be ready to evacuate at a moment's notice."

Central African Republic Civil War (2012–present)

The Government of the Central African Republic sign a peace deal with 14 rebel groups.

The agreement will end years of fighting while trying to establish peace in a country ravaged by war since 2012.

Insurgency in the Maghreb (2002–present)

A Burkinabé military operation reportedly kills 146 jihadists after the Al-Qaeda-linked militants killed 14 people in other attacks.

Burkina Faso's commander general says armed forces have killed 146 jihadists during three counterattack operations in the northwest near its border with Mali

War in Afghanistan (2001–present)

Two Afghan journalists are killed by gunmen in an attack on a radio station in Taloqan, Takhar province.

War in Afghanistan (2001–present)

The Taliban kill over 40 people in three separate attacks while Afghan-Taliban peace talks are taking place in Moscow. 12 others were injured.

At least 47 killed in three separate attacks as peace talks between Taliban and Afghan officials begin in Moscow.

Syrian Civil War

The United Kingdom Minister for Security, Ben Wallace, says he has reason to believe British photojournalist John Cantlie is still alive and is being held hostage by surviving Islamic State militants.

Photojournalist John Cantlie was captured by the extremist group in Syria more than six years ago.