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70th anniversary BAFTA opens at new venue

February 12, 2017 - UNITED KINGDOM

For the first time in 10 years, the red carpet for the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) will not be rolled out at the Royal Opera House in London: the Royal Albert Hall, also in London, is the new venue. The Hollywood musical La La Land leads the nominations.

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Legislators vote for Frank-Walter Steinmeier as president

February 12, 2017 - GERMANY

Federal and state legislators elect the country’s 16th president. The vote is a formality because the ruling coalition agreed in November on a joint candidate, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. The vote might be good news for Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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Politically-important state of Uttar Pradesh holds 5-stage legislative election

February 11, 2017 - INDIA

Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state, elects its 403-seat assembly. The state’s influence on national politics makes the vote one to watch. The assembly holds 80 seats in the 545-seat Indian Lower House of Parliament, and has provided a high number of the country’s leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It is also likely to reveal the shape of the 2019 general election. The caste system looms as a dominant issue, along with Modi’s controversial decision to abolish high-denomination banknotes.

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Ziggy Stardust born in London pub 45 years ago

February 10, 2017 - UNITED KINGDOM

A concert at London’s Toby Jug pub gave birth on Feb 10, 1972, to Ziggy Stardust – David Bowie’s androgynous Martian rock star come to Earth in its dying days. The 45th anniversary of the gig that bedazzled the audience and created an enduring fan base, falls one month after the first anniversary of Bowie’s death on Jan 10, 2016 and is likely to continue to boost sales of his music.

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Colombia government to begin peace talks with ELN rebels

February 7, 2017 - COLOMBIA

Colombia’s government will begin long-delayed formal peace talks with the country’s second-biggest rebel group, the National Liberation Army (ELN), after the guerrillas agreed to release a politician being held hostage. The talks will take place in the Ecuadorian capital, Quito.

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Jovenel Moise prepares to take office as Haiti president

February 7, 2017 - HAITI

Jovenel Moise is preparing to take office as the President of Haiti after winning the Nov 20 election. His main rivals for the presidency dispute his win, but in January the country’s electoral tribunal confirmed the numbers released in November.

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Houston hosts Super Bowl LI

February 5, 2017 - UNITED STATES

Grammy-Award winner Lady Gaga plays the halftime show at the Super Bowl, the most-watched event on U.S. television, which this year features the New England Patriots against the Atlanta Falcons. Advertisers pay vast sums for 30 second slots, seen by more than 100 million viewers.

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Threatened Trans-Pacific Partnership signed one year ago

February 4, 2017 - NEW ZEALAND

The hard-won and ambitious Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which covers some 40 per cent of the world economy, was signed by 12 countries in Auckland on Feb 4, 2016. Thanks to the new United States President Donald Trump, it faces an uncertain first birthday.

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EU leaders meet in quest of revitalization formula for ailing bloc

February 3, 2017 - MALTA

European Union leaders meet informally in Valletta to prepare for a summit in Rome in March that is charged with creating a new vision for the bloc. The March gathering will also celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, the foundation agreement for the European Union in 1993.

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Trump picks conservative justice for Supreme Court

February 2, 2017 - UNITED STATES

President Donald Trump is poised to make his most controversial decision to date as he picks a conservative justice for the Supreme Court to replace the late Antonin Scalia. Democrats are still seething over the Republican-led Senate’s decision to block a hearing last year for President Barack Obama’s nominee for the lifetime post.

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