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Pope summons bishops to Vatican for summit on clerical sex abuse

  • February 21, 2019 - VATICAN

    Pope Francis has summoned the presidents of the more than 100 bishops’ conferences from around the world to the Vatican to a sex abuse prevention summit. He has been criticized for being slow to address a scandal that has become global.

Bohemian Rhapsody the movie to beat at Academy Awards?

  • February 24, 2019 - UNITED STATES

    Bohemian Rhapsody is proving to be an unexpected powerhouse in the awards season and could walk away with the most Oscars at the 91st Academy Awards ceremony in Hollywood, which won’t have a host for the first time in 30 years.

European and Arab leaders meet, with refugees top of the agenda

  • February 24, 2019 - EGYPT

    The European Union aims to hold a summit with Arab League states in Cairo to solicit help in curbing the wave of refugees from the Middle East. A deal will require a significant EU reciprocal offer as previous proposals to Arab leaders have gone nowhere.

UPDATE – Thai junta plans election and appears ready to follow through

  • February 24, 2019 -

    24 February, 2019, THAILAND, The latest date for Thailand's long-delayed election is Feb 24, and this time the regime appears ready to go through with it. It is the first vote under a rewritten constitution.

Junk food adverts banned on London transport network

  • February 25, 2019 - UNITED KINGDOM

    Junk food advertising will be banned on the entire Transport for London (TfL) network from this date under groundbreaking measures to help tackle child obesity.

Grand Canyon centennial and Teton’s 90th birthday to spur conservation drive

  • February 26, 2019 - UNITED STATES

    Two of the best-known national parks reach milestones on the same date: Arizona’s Grand Canyon turns 100 and Wyoming’s Grand Teton turns 90. The dates promise to spur campaigns against mining and other potential encroachment on the two parks. The U.S. government shutdown, which began in Dec 2018 presents a new threat.

United States and North Korean leaders to hold second denuclearization talks

  • February 27, 2019 - VIETNAM

    United States President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un plan to hold a second meeting toward the end of February, probably in Hanoi. Danang and Ho Chi Minh City have also been discussed as possible venues. Trump is expected to press his counterpart for more tangible commitments to dismantle nuclear weapons. Kim will want the relaxation of sanctions against his country.

Robert Mueller to wrap up election interference probe soon?

  • February 28, 2019 - UNITED STATES

    Word that Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election, will finish his work by the end of February has moved beyond rumor. The probes’ findings will unleash a new political and legal fight when they are released, mainly based on who will be allowed to see them.

30th Arab League summit to consider returning Syria to the fold

  • March 1, 2019 - TUNISIA

    Arab League leaders meet in Tunis in search of consensus on readmitting Syria to the now 21-member body, and with a need to reassure the Palestinians. Full members of the League, the Palestinians are concerned about what they see as the normalization of relations with Israel and the erosion of the stated Arab commitment to their cause.

Chinese space center chalks up history-making lunar achievement in first year

  • March 1, 2019 - ARGENTINA

    China began operations one year ago at a space mission control center in Patagonia that helped it make history by landing a probe on the far side of the Moon on Jan 3, 2019.