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Eight dead in mass shooting in Germany 

Eight people are dead after two shootings following two shootings at shisha bars in the western German city of Hanau. At least five other people were injured after a gunman opened fire at about 10 p.m. Police are still searching for the suspects who fled the scene. 

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Africa 

Libya ceasefire talks halted after port attack 

Libya’s UN-backed government has withdrawn from peace talks after a rocket fire hit the capital. The port is said to be one of the largest targets struck by forces loyal to General Khalifa Haftar. Negotiations to broker a ceasefire between the two sides of the civil war have faltered several times. 

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Asia 

China expels three journalists over “racist” article 

China has ordered the expulsion of three foreign Wall Street Journal journalists over an opinion piece they deemed “racist”. The article, which was published Feb. 3, criticized the country’s response to the outbreak of coronavirus.  

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Former North Korean diplomat to run for National Assembly in South Korea 

Thae Yong-ho, a former North Korean diplomat who defected to South Korean in 2016 has announced his plans to run for a seat in South Korea’s National Assembly elections. If elected, he will be the first-ever North Korean official to become a lawmaker in South Korea. 

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United Kingdom 

Harry and Meghan’s royal duties ending March 31 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will formally step down from their positions as senior royals on March 31. They will return to the UK for engagements at the end of the month. They will no longer be carrying out duties on behalf of the Queen, but arrangements will be reviewed after 12 months. 

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South America 

Brazilian senator shot amid striking police force  

Sen. Cid Gomes, was shot in the chest Wednesday as he tried to intervene in a strike by military police. The senator was taken to a nearby hospital, and according to a statement released by the hospital was in stable condition. The police are demanding higher salaries in the northeastern state of Ceara. 

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