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An earthquake measuring 5.3 in magnitude occurred near the city of Zagreb, Croatia, on March 22, critically injuring one person. It was the strongest earthquake to occur in Croatia in more than a century. Though most structures survived intact, some historic older buildings were damaged, including the city’s cathedral, which lost its spire.

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Two subway trains in Mexico City collided on March 10, killing one person and injuring 41. The crash occurred when one train reversed into the other. The cause of that train’s reversing was under investigation at press time.

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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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Protests over a new citizenship law in India enacted on Dec. 12, 2019, which denies citizenship to immigrants from neighboring Muslim countries unless those immigrants are non-Muslim minorities, broke out in Delhi on Feb. 23, coinciding with the arrival of President Donald Trump. Clashes between groups for and against the law occurred, leading to religious and ethnic street violence that, at press time, had killed at least 37 people. A large number of injuries had also been reported. As of...

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Following the release of a proposed peace plan for Israel and Palestine by President Donald Trump, a plan roundly criticized by Palestinians and neighboring countries in the Middle East, protests broke out in the West Bank and Gaza, occasionally becoming violent.

In clashes with Israeli police and armed forces, two Palestinians and one Arab Israeli were killed on Feb. 6. At least 16 Israelis were wounded during the clashes; most injuries were minor.

From Gaza, rockets and...

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In central Thailand, a soldier opened fire on groups of people in the city of Nakhon Ratchasima on Feb. 9, killing 29, with his commanding officer and that officer’s mother-in-law the first to be killed. The soldier next fired on a Buddhist temple before moving on to a shopping center, where he remained for hours until police killed him in a shootout. It was the first recorded mass-shooting event in the country.

The shooter had been involved in a land-development business with...

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In Nigeria’s northeastern Borno state, a group of militants attacked a roadside rest stop in the town of Auno on Feb. 9, burning people alive who were sleeping in their cars and kidnapping women and children. At least 30 people were killed in the attack.

Authorities blamed Islamists for the attack but do not know which group operating in the region may have been responsible. The Islamist militant group Boko Haram, allied with Daesh (ISIL), has been engaged in an insurgency in...

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A gunman opened fire on two hookah bars in the city of Hanau, western Germany, on the evening of Feb. 19, killing eight people and injuring five others. Each of the people shot was of Middle Eastern or Turkish origin.

The gunman was later found dead of suicide in his home along with the body of his mother, whom it is believed he also murdered. He was identified as a German citizen who had expressed far-right and anti-immigrant beliefs on the internet. He was licensed to own the gun he...

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