Several people are shown standing at the counter of a hotel resort with the words, "Check out" on a sign behind the counter.

An employee wears a protective mask as he talks with guests inside a hotel under lockdown after a coronavirus case was identified in the Spanish Canary Island of Tenerife, Spain, Feb. 25, 2020.

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A hotel in Spain's Canary Islands is under lockdown today after a doctor visiting from Italy’s Lombardy region tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Guests at the H10 Costa Adeje Palace hotel on the resort island of Tenerife were asked to stay in their rooms but it’s unclear whether  an official quarantine has been put in place.

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Ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has died

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, died on Tuesday, age 91. The longtime head of state, ousted during the 2011 Arab Spring revolution, died after undergoing surgery, state television said. Known as “Pharaoh” after surviving attempts on his life, Mubarak presided over Egypt with the backing of the US, despite decades of stagnation and oppression in the country.

Obituary: Hosni Mubarak, Egypt's longest-serving president

Violence in India as Trump and Modi sit down for talks

At least 10 people were killed and around 150 were injured in clashes India’s capital New Delhi. The riots, the deadliest in the country since a controversial citizenship law began over two months ago, came as US President Donald Trump was on a state visit with Narendra Modi in the prime minister’s home state for a "Namaste Trump" rally. Trump and Modi sat down for one-on-one talks today followed by US and India delegate meetings to work on a trade dispute.

Also: During India visit, Trump praises Modi, doesn’t mention human rights

Reviving traditional fire knowledge in Australia: 'Fire is something we live with'

The devastating fire season in Australia this year has opened up new conversations and opportunities for traditional Aboriginal fire management known as "cultural burning" — setting small fires on purpose. Cultural burning has been lost in much of Australia, due to colonization and violently-enforced assimilation. After the devastation of this year’s fire season and climate change threatening humanity’s future on the continent, there is a growing interest in bring it back.

Rio’s Carnival floats put drama and comedy in motion

Architect Sylvio Cielo has spent the last five months building parade floats in what he calls a “dream factory” — the giant row of four-story garages where Rio de Janeiro’s premier samba schools run their workshops.

Rio’s Carnival is set apart by the elaborate themes of these parades. They elevate lesser-known historical figures, make social critiques, and sometimes even poke fun at politicians. This year’s themes wade deep into questions of race, class, religion and Brazil’s scandal-ridden government.

To make the parades come alive, over 3,000 artists and builders like Cielo work year-round on Carnival.

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Happy Fat Tuesday! It may look like a flamboyant costume of feathers, but as dancer Camila Prins leads a parade for Carnival in Sao Paulo, she’ll be breaking taboos as the first transgender woman to lead the drum section of a top samba school.


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