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2003 February 20: Spanish police close the only Basque language newspaper
2014 February 20: Heavenly Hundred Remembrance Day in Ukraine
February 21: International Mother Language Day
1979 February 22: Saint Lucia Independence Day
1944 February 23: Aardakh a.k.a. Operation Lentil: Soviet expulsion of Vainakh (Chechen and Ingush) to Central Asia
1918 February 24: Estonia Independence Day
1950 February 25: Kuwait National Day
2014 February 27: Russia’s annexation of Crimea
1844 February 27: Dominican Republic Independence Day
1976 February 27: Proclamation of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic
1835 February 28: Kalevala Day, Finnish Culture Day
1947 February 28: 2.28 Incident in Taiwan
1992 March 1: Bosnia and Herzegovina Independence Day
589 March 1: Saint David’s, National Day of Wales
March 2: Baloch Culture Day
1878 March 3: Liberation Day in Bulgaria
March 5: St Piran’s Day, Cornwall national day
1991 March 5: Kurdish National Uprising in Iraq
1957 March 6: Ghana, 1st sub-Saharan African country to become independent from colonial rule
1944 March 8: Mass deportation of the Balkars by Stalin’s Soviet Union
1980 March 10: Berber Spring
1959 March 10: Tibetan Uprising Day

Russia Boosts Its Military Contingent in Georgia’s Occupied Territories
South Ossetia opposition unites around new leader, former KGB officer
Russian arms supplies to occupied Donbas dwarf many European armies
Russia threatens sister of Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemilev with prosecution for “extremism”
John Bercow: Scotland doesn’t need UK consent for indyref2
EU Seen Turning Tough Rhetoric Into Action on Abuses Against Muslim Uyghurs in China
Pro-Kremlin Disinformation Desperation: MH17 and WWII
Putin Can’t Hide Communist Russia’s Role In World War II
“Our Forest Is Our Life”, Indigenous Peoples from Ecuador Against Extractivism in the Amazon
Aboriginal perspective on history in the works
How Madhya Pradesh devastated an Adivasi community
Inuit women face harassment – online and off
How a white evangelical family could dismantle adoption protections for Native children
Tokyo 2020 drops indigenous Ainu dance from Opening Ceremony
Bulgaria names 3 Russians charged in arms dealer’s poisoning
Online Livonian lesson marks International Mother Language Day
What’s the point in learning Catalan?
Negotiations underway to offer Disney+ films dubbed in Catalan
Language expert left ‘speechless’ after Sky News suggests Welsh is ‘pointless’
Can Kurdish language in Iran be saved from extinction?
Preparation for Catalan-Spanish dialogue table advances
Turkmenistan, Mostly Desert, Buying Sand From U.K. For $1.3 Million
Guinea: Fear of Further Crackdown as Constitutional Poll Nears
Qatar says Saudi blocks official from Gulf virus summit
Singapore Plans Biggest Budget Gap in Over Two Decades
Mauritius Names Youngest Central Bank Head and Woman Deputy
Estonia angers Beijing by warning Europe not to be ‘useful pawns’ for communist power
Estonia accuses Russia over large cyberattack against Georgia
Estonian Defence League commander: We live in a danger zone
Latvia sides with US in Huawei 5G fight
NB8 at UN condemn Russia’s aggression against Ukraine
Lithuanian immigrant has a message for Bernie Sanders supporters
Russian military to re-enact WWII battle on Estonian border
Estonian Defence Forces Commander: We have a 102-year-old nation. Not bad!
Cuban activists call on Lithuania to block EU pact with Havana
Lebanon protest icon ‘kick queen’ to face military trial
Israel and Palestinian militants exchange fire as graphic video of Israeli bulldozer carrying a body goes viral
Iran: Religious Minorities Face Death Sentence and Discrimination
Czech Companies the Latest Target of Chinese Retaliation for Taiwan Ties

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1818 February 12: Chile Independence Day
1913 February 13: Tibetan Independence Day
2011 February 14: Day of Rage (Bahrain)
1804 February 15: Statehood Day in Serbia
1918 Fabruary 16: Lithuania Independence Day
2008 February 17: Kosovo declaration of independence
1965 February 18: Gambia Independence Day
2003 February 20: Spanish police close the only Basque language newspaper
2014 February 20: Heavenly Hundred Remembrance Day in Ukraine
February 21: International Mother Language Day
1979 February 22: Saint Lucia Independence Day
1944 February 23: Aardakh a.k.a. Operation Lentil: Soviet expulsion of Vainakh (Chechen and Ingush) to Central Asia
1918 February 24: Estonia Independence Day
1950 February 25: Kuwait National Day
2014 February 27: Russia’s annexation of Crimea
1844 February 27: Dominican Republic Independence Day
1976 February 27: Proclamation of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic
1835 February 28: Kalevala Day, Finnish Culture Day
1947 February 28: 2.28 Incident in Taiwan
1992 March 1: Bosnia and Herzegovina Independence Day
589 March 1: Saint David’s, National Day of Wales
March 2: Baloch Culture Day
1878 March 3: Liberation Day in Bulgaria

Danes make Valentine’s Day ‘proposal’ to Scots
Norway’s intelligence chief fears more accidents with Russia’s reactor-powered weapons systems
Iceland to manage Kosovo’s lower airspace
Guyanese school educating indigenous children in their native language
Not all born in American Samoa want US citizenship
Quijada’s Book on Post-Soviet Buryatia Wins Prize from Society for the Anthropology of Religion
Raids on Rights Defenders in Dagestan
Russia has contempt for territorial integrity of other nations
Kashmir, in Lockdown Limbo, Bristles at Delhi’s Political Solution
South Sudan cuts number of states from 32 to 10, unlocking peace process
Neil McEvoy’s new Welsh National Party sets its sights on disengaged voters
China’s new Hong Kong chief a hardliner known for crusade against Christian churches
More than 6,000 bodies found in Burundi mass graves
Human rights breaches in Guinea Conakry and Madagascar
Botswana Auctions Off First Licenses to Kill Elephants Since Ending Five-Year Ban
Sahel: Chad announces date for legislative elections after a five-year delay
A victory over Sweden’s colonialism
Basques ready to dance and dine at annual community celebration in Ontario
Pope receives Željko Komšić of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bhutan: Chasing development in the Dragon Kingdom
Watched, judged, detained
Is tourism the antidote to youth unemployment in Oman?
Ukraine sees chance for peace as Putin sidelines hawkish envoy
Monaco’s Prince Albert II: Oceans are a ‘family heritage,’ with little time to save them
Guinea Bissau election inspires optimism – but there are still big risks
Fire Kills 17 at Unaccredited Orphanage in Haiti
NCA Shuts Down Radio Tongu Over Secessionist Comments
Turkmenistan’s Leader Fires His Longtime Security Chief
Lebanon’s Int’l Backers Lend Their Support to New Premier
Countering Violent Extremism After Mindanao’s ‘New Dawn’
UN chief pays obeisance, partakes langar at Gurdwara Sri Kartarpur Sahib
‘Oil Emirate’ Enters Cold Turkey Stage
Azeri opposition leaders held as police block poll result protest
Venezuela’s PDVSA steps up fuel shipments to Cuba as shortages bite
Bahrain court sentences protester to 3 years for burning Israeli flag
Iceland: Foreign Citizens Are 23 Percent of Labor Force
Hunt on for ‘patient zero’ who spread coronavirus globally from Singapore
Killings, Corruption and Censorship Besiege Media Freedom in Somalia
Tibetans face travel bans and cultural and linguistic genocide in Tibet
Equatorial Guinea: France Illegally Seized ‘Embassy’
Rohingya ruling: How a tiny African country brought Myanmar to court
Open prisons in Finland are ‘like a holiday camp’ — but they seem to work
Luxembourg Film Fest returns with Virtual Reality
Choose between your King and Hakainde on Bill 10, Kanyanta Sosala of the Bemba challenges Barotse UPND MPs
The challenges and opportunities of inclusive conservation in Salonga
How France engineered North African ethnic rivalry to further colonisation
Timeline: Algeria’s Year of Protest and Turmoil

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1997 February 5: Gulja massacre, East Turkistan/Xinjiang
February 5: Kashmir Solidarity Day
1917 February 6: Sami National Day
1840 February 6: Waitangi Day, the national day of New Zealand
1974 February 7: Grenada Independence Day
1818 February 12: Chile Independence Day
1913 February 13: Tibetan Independence Day
2011 February 14: Day of Rage (Bahrain)
1804 February 15: Statehood Day in Serbia
1918 Fabruary 16: Lithuania Independence Day
2008 February 17: Kosovo declaration of independence
1965 February 18: Gambia Independence Day
2003 February 20: Spanish police close the only Basque language newspaper
2014 February 20: Heavenly Hundred Remembrance Day in Ukraine
February 21: International Mother Language Day
1979 February 22: Saint Lucia Independence Day
1944 February 23: Aardakh a.k.a. Operation Lentil: Soviet expulsion of Vainakh (Chechen and Ingush) to Central Asia
1918 February 24: Estonia Independence Day
1950 February 25: Kuwait National Day

Ukrainian prisoners threatened with reprisals if they don’t retract reports of torture
Russia installs former top Siberian official as prime minister of proxy Donbas republic
Ukrainian political prisoner Vyhivsky imprisoned longer in Russia than his grandfather was under Stalin
Eight men jailed for homosexuality in Mauritania
Yazidi Family Reunites in Germany After Five Years of Separation
Connecticut School Board Reinstates Mascot Native Americans Called Demeaning
Vuntut Gwitchin look to correct mismarked cultural sites in final land claim agreement
Adivasi man gets his PhD despite having to discontinue studies repeatedly ……
Navajo Nation to create first Native American health care
Alicia Aragutak named 2020 Indspire Inuit youth laureate
High court rules Aboriginal Australians are not ‘aliens’ under the constitution and cannot be deported
‘This Is History in the Making’: Cherokee Nation Is First U.S.-Based Tribe to Preserve Seeds in ‘Doomsday Vault’
Rights activist urges Australia to raise Papua rights violations during Jokowi visit
Saharawi Representative attends Annual Breakfast hosted by US President Donald Trump
Lithuanian Special Services: Belarusian Regime As Hostage Of Own Policy
Estonia and Georgia are emerging Europe’s most economically free countries
Vatican Turns 19th Century Palace Into A Homeless Shelter
Basque president Inigo Urkullu calls snap election ahead of budget talks with Spanish government
Greece Is at the Nexus of America’s Geopolitical Crossroads
Longing for the Spring: The Uyghur Poets Who Denounce the CCP
Alan Riach on the importance of Gaelic in ‘British’ literature
Writer Andriy Liubka: O sancta simplicitas!
The Anti-Sandinista Youth of Nicaragua
Greenland Rising: The Future of Greenland’s Waterfront
Botswana auctions permits to hunt elephants to ease human-wildlife conflict
Switzerland votes in favour of LGBT protection bill
Mongolia Braces for Coronavirus Impact
Albania Expresses Interest in Joining ‘Three Seas’ Initiative
US should follow Belgium’s lead and end PKK terror designation
Despite Turkey’s demands, Cyprus refuses to back down
Pope to visit Malta in May
Djibouti reaffirms its ambition to sit on United Nations Security Council
Amid Lebanon’s Economic Crisis, The Country’s Health Care System Is Ailing
Welsh language music day celebrates ‘cool Cymru’
Sinn Féin makes history as it becomes largest party in Republic of Ireland’s election
Bulgarian Judge Denied Entry to US Over Alleged Corruption’
Guardiola among 200 figures calling for amnesty for jailed Catalan independence leaders
Catalonia Is Moving to Achieve Digital Independence Using Blockchain
Talks between Catalan and Spanish governments to start this February
Clara Ponsatí vows to ‘work intensely in defense of independence’ on first day as MEP
South Sudan’s leader wins dubious ‘spoiler of peace’ award
Central African Republic: One year after peace deal, a ‘long, steep’ road ahead to ensure child rights protections
International business meeting in Singapore linked to three coronavirus cases
Seven Detained in Tibet For ‘Spreading Rumors’ on the Coronavirus Threat
Equatorial Guinea gifts China $2m to fight deadly coronavirus
Finland to offer new fathers as much paid leave as mothers
Outgoing President Proud of Croatia’s Achievements During Her Term
Taiwan again scrambles jets to intercept Chinese planes, tensions spike
Lithuania nudges Belarus out of Russia’s energy grip
Russia forms new division, deploys more ships and aircraft in Kaliningrad
Can NATO and The EU Really Defend the Baltic States Against Russia?
Panama Papers Case to Net First U.S. Conviction
Russia With Stern Svalbard Warning to Norway
Russian influence operations fuel disagreements between north and south in Norway
The first Icelander to win an Oscar
Women’s pension gap narrows, but Lux still leads EU
New detentions of Ingush-Chechen land deal activists
Another Step Toward the Realization of the Circassian Miracle
Memorial Human Rights Center Says Four Men Kidnapped In Chechnya
Russia to continue “protecting Russian speakers”
Ingushetia and Karachaevo-Cherkessia Suffer From Serious Intra-Elite Conflicts
Russian reporter who broke story on Chechnya’s torture of gay men attacked by gang
Putin critic found dead with throat slit, dozens of stab wounds in French hotel
Niue businesses struggling with wharf out of action
First forum for tolerance of Moroccan Judeo-Amazigh heritage kicks off
Across the Maghreb, the Imazighen are pressing for rights and cultural recognition
Algeria issues amnesty for 3,500 prisoners

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1972 January 30: Bloody Sunday, Northern Ireland
1968 January 31: Nauru Independence Day
2004 February 1: Erbil bombings, Kurdistan
1948 February 4: Sri Lanka Independence Day
1945 February 4: Yalta Conference establishing post-WW2 world geopolitical boundaries
1997 February 5: Gulja massacre, East Turkistan/Xinjiang
February 5: Kashmir Solidarity Day
1917 February 6: Sami National Day
1840 February 6: Waitangi Day, the national day of New Zealand
1974 February 7: Grenada Independence Day
1818 February 12: Chile Independence Day
1913 February 13: Tibetan Independence Day
2011 February 14: Day of Rage (Bahrain)
1804 February 15: Statehood Day in Serbia
1918 Fabruary 16: Lithuania Independence Day
2008 February 17: Kosovo declaration of independence
1965 February 18: Gambia Independence Day

Liechtenstein’s Crypto Prince: ‘I see another GFC coming’
Ethiopia: Authorities crack down on opposition supporters with mass arrests
Nepal facing alarming Chinese pressure of late
China Now Well Positioned to Bully Neighbors in South China Sea
Looking back on 75 years
Don’t let Putin claim all the glory for the Soviet Union
America needs reliable allies like Georgia
Russian threat is scaring Sweden
Belarus gets oil offer from US in growing list of alternatives to Russia
Russian warships on their way for missile drill near Norway’s northernmost gas-pipeline to Europe
Mr Jones film highlights Welsh ‘unknown hero’ Gareth Jones
Russia, so be it, will not take the Baltic states, Turkey and Alaska
Russia’s Political Influence in Bulgaria
Russia blocks Bakkafrost salmon from Faroe Islands
The Circassian Miracle: The Nation Neither Tsars, Nor Commissars, Nor Russia Could Stop
Why the Film Industry Is Thriving in the Russian Wilderness
Russia to build hydrogen-powered Arctic outpost in natural gas country
Prosecutor’s move to liquidate Ingush National Unity Committee as parliament backs protest group
Outspoken Chechen blogger found murdered in Lille
Probe opened into beating journalist in Russia’s Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area
Russian journalists demand release of Daghestani colleague Abdulmumin Gadzhiyev
Papua New Guinea scraps talks with Exxon on P’nyang gas project
We must dismantle our colonial system and rebuild it with Māori at the heart
New Zealand’s Richest Person Is a One-Time Truck Driver and High School Dropout
Crimea today, Russia tomorrow?
“We have awakened!” Ukrainian actress Ada Rohovtseva talks about key events in past decade
False accusations of antisemitism haunt Ukraine as Putin pushes his narrative at Holocaust Forum
Maidan massacre probe to face even more threats in 2020
Suriname’s climate promise, for a sustainable future
Niue: Warrior princess, Wonder Woman, features on new silver coins in celebration of 60th anniversary of the creation of the Justice League
Events in Lesotho point to poor prospects for political stability
Japanese-style idols LaoNavy put Laos on the pop culture map
UN removes Angola and São Tomé and Principe from the group of least developed countries
Got $500,000 and 90 Days? Uruguay Might Have an Offer for You
Mauritania Arrests 10 Gay Men After Purported Gay Wedding
Guinea Conakry seeks Buhari’s assistance to stop president’s third term bid
Portugal Looks to Cut ‘Golden Visa’ Incentives for Foreign Property Buyers
Honduras: dance as a school of life
A Decade of Dzud: Lessons From Mongolia’s Deadly Winters
Hmong American Partnership faces questions about grant requirements, delayed 401(k) contributions
Cook Islands doctor following in family footsteps with Olympic canoe slalom spot
Rugby-Olympic champions Fiji rediscover their mojo in Sydney triumph
Canoe Kids in the Solomon Islands
What to Do on Your Trip to Dominica, the Caribbean’s Wildest Island
Recycling, ecojogging: Togo’s citizens sow seeds of environmental awareness
China turns the screws on Eswatini
Seychelles’ Stock Exchange Will List Ethereum Tokens Representing Supercars
Lina Ben Mhenni: The woman who blogged Tunisia’s revolution
A Not-So-Brief History of Scottish Independence
Scottish Parliament votes in favour of holding indyref2
European Parliament sing Auld Lang Syne after voting to pass terms of UK’s exit
YouGov poll shows a majority of Scots support independence
‘Empathy’ for independent Scotland joining the EU says Tusk
Our region is your region – Brittany president
What is the Duchy of Cornwall? Inside the British royal family’s (sort of) private source of funding
New Exhibition of Sculpture by Inuit Artist Bill Nasogaluak Addresses Everything From Shaman Stories to Climate Change
A 1st-Of-Its-Kind Affordable Housing Community For Native Americans Opens In Portland
New Ainu culture complex generating little buzz outside Hokkaido
Skulls from ancient North Americans hint at multiple migration waves
To address the ecological crisis, Aboriginal peoples must be restored as custodians of Country
Coding in Namibia: UN supports young women’s computing career dreams
EU renews efforts to resume Kosovo-Serbia talks
Burundi jails four journalists for ‘undermining state security’
Forgotten Victims: The Story of Bosnia’s Iron Bridge Executions
Time ‘right to build Barbados-Ghana bridge’
Kashmir’s five-month blackout: Life in a swirl of rumors
The Bittersweet Bounty Of Greenland’s First Spring
UK seeking working relationship with Somaliland on military matters
Maldives rejoins the Commonwealth just one hour after Brexit
Former Belgian-Nicaraguan political prisoner calls for probe into Ortega government
Uyghur Woman Uses Social Media to Bring ‘Justice and Freedom’ to Father
One Coronavirus, Two Systems: New Epidemic Hits at Hong Kong’s Political Divide
A Basque Expat Finds A Home In Mexico City … Thanks To Jai Alai
Archaeologist facing jail in Spain over ‘fake’ Basque artifacts
Charles Ollivon, the boy from the Basque country reviving France
Indonesia’s cyber war on West Papuan solidarity
United Liberation Movement for West Papua welcomed to EU Parliament by President of Catalonia
Armed conflict continues in West Papua’s highlands
Road to electric vehicles in Bhutan is paved with hurdles
Taking stock one year after Sierra Leone’s gender violence ‘emergency’
Fitch Says Bolivia Reserves Are No Longer Enough for FX Peg
Belgian court angers Turkey by ruling that PKK is not a terror group
Special Delivery From Austria: Brexit Trolling, First Class
US pledges to help Belarus ‘build its own sovereign country’
Malta court condemns minister for clearing journalist memorial
How Nauru squandered its staggering fortune and ended up bankrupt
Libya’s Warring Factions Resume Fighting in Threat to Cease-Fire
Lebanon needs a long-term plan for its economy
Bible vs. indigenous beliefs at issue in Bolivia
For some Latinos, grappling with their Christian identity can be complicated
Old Nollywood demonised traditional religions. New cinema says ‘No More’
Price of Rwanda’s clean streets? Detained children, NGO says.
Belgian court acquits 3 doctors in landmark euthanasia case
Preparing for WGC 2020 – a short history of geothermal in Iceland
South Sudan’s president blasts UN over Abyei massacre
Somalia declares emergency over locust swarms
Greece wants floating fence to keep migrants out
Few cheer in Northern Ireland as Brexit finally happens
When Zoe Williams calls the Welsh language pointless, she is sneering at those who speak it
Moldovans warned to stop calling Romanian language Moldovan
Middlebury College adds Abenaki language program to prestigious summer roster
Ingushetia to help authors writing in Ingush
Teacher translates Quran to save endangered Kurdish dialect
Navajo Code Talker dies at 96; less than a handful remain
U.S. university in Qatar cancels Lebanese band talk after anti-gay backlash
U.S. House of Representatives passes bill in support of Tibet human rights
Equatorial Guinea Officially Launches Year Of Investment 2020 Campaign
Gambia’s President Barrow chooses mandate over constituents
Taiwan’s strong GDP growth shows it does not need China to succeed
Lithuania fails to block Russia at PACE
Coin of the Year Goes to Latvia
Estonian research policy must face Estonia
Russia, so be it, will not take the Baltic states, Turkey and Alaska
Electric cars grab 44% market share in Norway in January
US sanctions 13 former Salvadoran soldiers for 1989 killing of Jesuits
In rare conviction, El Salvadoran man gets maximum sentence for femicide
France rejects bid to change New Caledonian enrolment law
Luxembourg welcomes 60 finance firms because of Brexit