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_1 Nige­ria vi­o­lence:

Au­thor­i­ties in Nige­ria’s Kaduna state are re­port­ing at least 66 deaths in a wave of vi­o­lence Sa­muel Aruwan, a spokesman for Kaduna state’s gover­nor, said Fri­day that the vic­tims in­clude 22 chil­dren. One res­i­dent blamed the killings on fight­ing between Chris­tian farm­ers and Fu­lani Mus­lim herds­men. Deadly clashes between the two com­mu­ni­ties have erupted in re­cent years as the groups com­pete for land and wa­ter. Also, the elec­toral com­mis­sion de­layed the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion un­til Feb. 23, mak­ing the an­nounce­ment hours be­fore polls were to open Sat­ur­day. It cited un­spec­i­fied “chal­lenges.”

_2 Trade talks:

Pres­i­dent Trump said that “there’s a pos­si­bil­ity” he would ex­tend a March 2 dead­line in trade talks with China if the two coun­tries are clos­ing in on a deal. Trump made the re­marks af­ter two days of high­level ne­go­ti­a­tions broke up in Bei­jing on Fri­day, and the two na­tions an­nounced plans to re­sume talks next week in Wash­ing­ton. The world’s two big­gest economies are locked in a dis­pute over China’s ag­gres­sive push to chal­lenge Amer­i­can tech­no­log­i­cal dom­i­nance. The U.S. is sched­uled to hike im­port taxes on $200 bil­lion worth of Chi­nese goods on March 2.

_3 Trump crit­i­cized:

Ger­many’s for­eign min­is­ter called for a re­turn to mul­ti­lat­eral so­lu­tions, crit­i­ciz­ing Pres­i­dent Trump’s go-italone ap­proach as coun­ter­pro­duc­tive. For­eign Min­is­ter Heiko Maas told Mu­nich Se­cu­rity Con­fer­ence del­e­gates Fri­day that with the in­creas­ing power of China, Europe and the United States should be work­ing with each other. He says Trump’s steel tar­iffs cost jobs in the U.S., in­creased steel prices and are threat­en­ing jobs in Europe.He says “for me, it’s a clas­sic case of lose-lose.” Maas also crit­i­cized the U.S.’s uni­lat­eral with­drawal from the nu­clear deal with Iran. He said Ger­many, France and Bri­tain are try­ing to pre­serve the deal be­cause if it col­lapses, it will bring the re­gion “a step closer to open con­fronta­tion.” The an­nual se­cu­rity con­fer­ence brings to­gether more than 30 heads of state and 80 de­fense and for­eign min­is­ters.

_4 Haiti protests:

Haitians on Fri­day vowed to keep protest­ing un­til Pres­i­dent Jovenel Moise re­signs, de­spite his an­nounce­ment of up­com­ing eco­nomic mea­sures de­signed to quell more than a week of vi­o­lent demon­stra­tions across the coun­try. Moise said dur­ing a tele­vised ad­dress Thurs­day that he would not sur­ren­der the coun­try to armed gangs and drug dealer, and he ac­cused peo­ple of free­ing pris­on­ers to kill him. It was the first time Moise had spo­ken since the demon­stra­tions be­gan. and he made an­other call for di­a­logue with the op­po­si­tion. Pro­test­ers are an­gry about sky­rock­et­ing in­fla­tion and the gov­ern­ment’s fail­ure to pros­e­cute em­bez­zle­ment from a multi-bil­lion-dol­lar Venezue­lan pro­gram that sent dis­counted oil to Haiti.

_5 Franco’s re­mains:

Span­ish au­thor­i­ties are giv­ing Gen. Fran­cisco Franco’s de­scen­dants a 15-day dead­line to find a new burial place for the for­mer dic­ta­tor’s em­balmed body be­fore his re­mains are ex­humed from a lav­ish mau­soleum in the Val­ley of the Fallen near Madrid. Jus­tice Min­is­ter Do­lores Del­gado says the new lo­ca­tion can’t be a crypt un­der the cap­i­tal’s Al­mu­dena Cathe­dral, where Franco’s rel­a­tives own a tomb. She says gov­ern­ment stud­ies have found that bury­ing Franco, a di­vi­sive fig­ure in Spain, there could lead to “pub­lic dis­or­der.” But fam­ily at­tor­ney Luis Felipe Utr­era says the Fran­cos have the right to ap­peal Fri­day’s de­ci­sion.

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