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At press time, active COVID-19 infections had been confirmed in 192 countries and territories, with more than 114.3 million cases and, resulting from those, more than 2.5 million deaths. The country with the most confirmed cases was the US, with 28.6 million. It was followed by India (11.1 million), Brazil (10.6 million) and Russia (4.2 million). At least 22 countries had recorded more than 1 million cases, and 13 had reported more than 2 million.

On Feb. 22, the US exceeded 500,000...

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The West African country of Guinea declared an outbreak of ebola on Feb. 15 after seven people were confirmed to have contracted the virus, three of whom died from the disease. All of the patients had attended the same funeral before becoming infected.

These were the first new cases of ebola in the country since 2016, when, during the worst outbreak of ebola on record, more than 11,000 people died, mostly in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. The currently infected patients were...

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The Myanmar military arrested leader Aung San Suu Kyi and took control of the country on Feb. 1, citing voting irregularities in a November election. In response, large protests have occurred throughout the country in support of Aung and other arrested government leaders from her party.

In Yangon, despite military warnings that soldiers would respond with force as well as a threat of 20-year prison sentences, tens of thousands of people protested the coup over multiple days,...

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In Mogadishu, Somalia, gunfire broke out on Feb. 19 as people defied a ban on public gatherings and protested a delayed presidential election. According to witnesses, soldiers and armed guards protecting protesters fired on each other as protests neared the presidential palace. No deaths were reported as of press time. Flights at Mogadishu’s airport were temporarily suspended after artillery shells landed nearby.

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On Feb. 8 in the northern-India state of Uttarakhand, a large section of a Himalayan glacier broke off into the Dhauliganga River in a narrow canyon. This resulted in a buildup of water that then broke through. The massive surge of water breached a dam and flooded a valley, killing at least 58 people. Another 146 are missing and presumed dead.

The flood additionally destroyed bridges, isolated some small communities and did serious damage to a power plant downriver.

The US Department of State posts up-to-date travel advisories on every country and many territories, ranking each 1 (Exercise normal precautions), 2 (Exercise increased caution), 3 (Reconsider travel) or 4 (Do not travel). Note: A country’s regions are also ranked and may have different rankings than the country as a whole. Visit travel.state.gov and click on “Travel Advisories” at the top of the page.

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At press time, active COVID-19 infections had been confirmed in 192 countries and territories, with more than 101 million cases and, resulting from those, more than 2.2 million deaths. The country with the most confirmed cases was the US, with 25.8 million. It was followed by India (10.7 million), Brazil (9.0 million) and Russia (3.8 million). At least 19 countries had recorded more than 1 million cases at press time.

Multiple vaccines were made available around the world starting in...

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Two suicide bombers targeted an outdoor market in Baghdad, Iraq, on Jan. 21, killing at least 32 people and injuring more than 100. It was the first major terrorist attack in Baghdad in three years. The previous terrorist attack, in January 2018, occurred in the same market and killed 27.

Islamist militant group Daesh (ISIL) claimed responsibility for the bombing. Daesh, considered a terrorist group by the US and EU, controlled much of Iraq as well as parts of Syria. By 2017, it had...

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