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US and Taliban sign peace deal; Turkey announces counteroffensive in Syria; South Korea seeks murder charges over COVID-19 spread

The US and the Taliban signed an agreement Saturday that could spell the end of a nearly two-decade war in Afghanistan. Turkey announced a counteroffensive in northern Syria, a first open declaration of war that comes after more than 30 Turkish soldiers were killed last week. And some Christians in Nigeria believe they are being persecuted for their faith, while others argue that insecurity isn't based on religion.

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Turkey won't stop refugees from going to Europe; Coronavirus now in sub-Saharan Africa; Slovakia and Israel head to the polls

The death of 33 Turkish soldiers killed in an airstrike in northern Syria has led to an escalation of violence. Turkey has indicated that it will no longer stop refugees from making their way to Europe. The first case of coronavirus has been confirmed in sub-Saharan Africa, as Europe cracks down to contain the spread and markets continue to plunge. And a court ruling could finally push the US government to expedite visas for Afghan and Iraqi translators who have risked their lives to help the US military.

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Agencies warn of coronavirus spread in US; EU sees more asylum applications; Jerusalem's 'green' cable car plan

Health agencies warn that the spread of the novel coronavirus in the US is a question of when, not if, and more patients test positive in Europe and the Middle East. Trump continues his ongoing battle with the US justice system. Are his actions playing into Russia's hands? In Scotland, parliament is set to approve plans that would make sanitary products freely available for women.

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A hotel in Spain is under lockdown; Hosni Mubarak has died; Rio’s Carnival floats put drama and comedy in motion

A hotel on Spain’s resort island of Tenerife was put on lockdown after a visiting doctor from Italy tested positive for the novel coronavirus. And, longtime Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, ousted during the 2011 Arab Spring protests, died today at age 91. Also, happy Fat Tuesday (or Pączki Day for some)! We head to a “dream factory” in Rio as the city celebrates Carnival.

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Coronavirus continues global spread; 'America loves India'; Israel strikes sites in Gaza and Syria

The novel coronavirus continues to spread as four countries in the Middle East announced their first cases and Italy is issuing lockdowns. US President Donald Trump is in India, where he and Prime Minister Narendra Modi are touting their close relationship. And in Chile, women are calling for political change with a traditional form of protest — embroidery.

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Gunman opens fire in Germany; Trump names new Director of National Intelligence; and domestic workers trapped in Lebanon

At least nine people are dead in Hanau, Germany, after a gunman opened fire Wednesday night. Also, US President Donald Trump named Richard Grenell, current US ambassador to Germany, as the head of the nation's spy agencies. And as the economy teeters in Lebanon, many foreign domestic workers are literally trapped in the country without wages or passports.

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Bloomberg to debate, Erdoğan threatens Idlib operation and what’s up with Trump and the DOJ

Top of The World: For the first time, billionaire Mike Bloomberg will join Democratic candidates for president on the debate stage this evening in Nevada. Also, passengers of the quarantined Diamond Princess are disembarking the cruise ship today, though 79 new cases of the novel coronavirus were announced onboard. And in Jerusalem, a Palestinian running group is raising awareness about decades of restrictions on the freedom of movement.

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