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February 2019 was the second month of the current common year. The month, which began on a Friday, ended on a Thursday after 28 days.

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This is an archived version of Wikipedia's Current events Portal from February 2019.

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  • Three students at a school in Johannesburg, South Africa, are killed after a footbridge connecting the main school administration to various class rooms collapses. (AA)

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  • 25-year-old Australian footballer and refugee from Bahrain, Hakeem al-Araibi, is ordered to defend an extradition order back to Bahrain in a Bangkok court, after being detained upon arrival in Thailand for his honeymoon with his wife in November 2018. International community is treating it as a human rights issue; a campaign to free al-Araibi and return him to Australia is growing. (news.com.au)

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  • Mars One, a private Dutch organization that had claimed it would send humans on a one-way trip to Mars starting in 2024, releases a statement saying it has been declared bankrupt. (CBC)

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  • Exploration of Mars
    • The mission of NASA's Opportunity rover on Mars comes to an end. The rover stopped communicating in June 2018 after a Martian dust storm, and attempts to reestablish communications have not been successful. (NASA)
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  • The opening round of the Aeroflot Open, an international open chess tournament, is postponed a day after 45 minutes of play as a bomb threat locks down the Moscow hotel hosting the event. Similar threats also shut down cinemas, shopping centres, and theatres; thousands are evacuated. (Chess.com) (Chessbase)
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  • One surviving female specimen of the Fernandina Galápagos tortoise species, which was thought to be extinct for more than 100 years, is found. (USA Today)
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  • 2019 India–Pakistan standoff
    • The Pakistani Air Force (PAF) conducted six airstrikes in Indian-administered Kashmir, shooting down one Indian aircraft and capturing its pilot following a dogfight. Pakistani officials claimed that they have shot down two Indian Air Force (IAF) jets. Wreckage of one aircraft fell in Azad Kashmir while the other fell in Indian-administered Kashmir. Indian officials initially rejected that any of their pilot was in captured, however, once the footage of Indian pilot in Pakistan's custody were released on the internet, Indian officials admitted that their pilot was captured and his aircraft was shot down. India officials also claimed to have shot down one Pakistani Air Force (PAF) jet that violated its airspace. However, Indian officials claim were rejected by Pakistan.(Times of India)(The Hindu Busineds Line)(BBC News)
    • An Indian Air Force Mi-17 transport helicopter crashed in the Budgam district of Jammu and Kashmir, killing all six IAF personnel onboard and a civilian on the ground. Initially India claimed that helicopter crashed because of technical error. However, later investigations revealed that Indian Air Force helicopter was shot down as result of friendly fire. The Israeli-manufactured missile was fired by India's air defense system in response to Pakistan Air Force jets who had crossed Line of Control (LOC). However, the missile instead had hit Mi-17 helicopter killing all the people on board.

(The Hindu)(India Today)(India Today)

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  • Online child abuse
    • YouTube announces that it will turn off comments on videos featuring children under the age of 18 after reports that a pedophile ring was operating in the comment sections of videos featuring minors, which subsequently led AT&T, Nestlé and Hasbro to suspend advertisements on the website. (BBC)
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