25 FEBRUARY: WHAT HAPPENED ON THIS DAY?

138 – Roman emperor Hadrian adopts Antoninus Pius as his son, effectively making him his successor.[1] 628 – Khosrow II, the last great Shah of the Sasanian Empire (Iran), is overthrown by his son Kavadh II.[2] 1336 – Four thousand defenders of Pilenai commit mass suicide rather than be taken captive by the Teutonic Knights.[3] 1836 – Samuel Colt is granted a United States patent for his revolver firearm.[4] 1843 – Lord George Paulet occupies the Kingdom of Hawaii in the name […]

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24 FEBRUARY: WHAT HAPPENED ON THIS DAY?

484 – King Huneric of the Vandals replaces Nicene bishops with Arian ones, and banishes some to Corsica.[1] 1303 – The English are defeated at the Battle of Roslin, in the First War of Scottish Independence.[2] 1386 – King Charles III of Naples and Hungary is assassinated at Buda.[3] 1525 – A Spanish-Austrian army defeats a French army at the Battle of Pavia.[4] 1527 – Coronation of Ferdinand I as the king of Bohemia in Prague.[5] 1538 – Treaty of […]

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FROM OUT OF THE BLUE COMES A BETTER BLADDER-CANCER DETECTOR

Thu 25 February 2021: Decades ago, blue lights helped shoppers scope out sales. Today they’re helping urologists scope out cells, specifically those of non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer. UW Medicine urologists with the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance possess a mechanism that makes the tumors glow bright pink. All the better to see them.   “Seventy percent of bladder […]

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IBN AL-HAYTHAM: BRILLIANT MAN WHO DEVELOPED THE FIRST CAMERA OBSCURA

Thu 25 February 2021: Ibn Al-Haytham (known in the west as Alhazen) which is considered to be the greatest Muslim doctor and one of the greatest researches of optics for all times. Al Haytham is born in city Basra and immigrated to Egypt during reign of Caliph Al Hakim. He is quoted as excellent astronomer, […]

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US REPORT ON KHASHOGGI MURDER CRITICAL FOR JUSTICE: UN EXPERT

Thu 25 February 2021: The pending release of an unclassified United States intelligence report on the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi will be a critical step in the ongoing search for justice, a leading United Nations expert has said. Agnes Callamard, the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, said the report by […]

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FACEBOOK BANS ALL MYANMAR MILITARY-LINKED ACCOUNTS

Thu 25 February 2021: Facebook on Thursday announced that it was banning Myanmar military junta from its Facebook and Instagram platforms. The decision has come as there is no let-up in anti-coup protests and military’s brutal crackdown against the protesters. Myanmar military removed civilian government headed by Aung San Suu Kyi in a coup on February […]

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HOSPITALIZATION RISK 64% HIGHER WITH UK COVID-19 VARIANT: STUDY

Thu 25 February 2021: A Danish study has found that people infected with a more contagious coronavirus variant first identified in Britain have a higher risk of being hospitalized, the country’s Serum Institute said on Wednesday. Out of 2,155 people infected with the variant codenamed B117 in the institute’s study, 128 were hospitalized, a rate […]

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ACT AGAINST CHINA’S UYGHUR GENOCIDE, HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS TELL UK

Thu 25 February 2021: Holocaust survivors have urged the U.K. to denounce the Uyghur “genocide” by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) government in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Survivors Ruth Barnett and Dorit Oliver Wolff sent a letter Tuesday to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, inviting him to a meeting to discuss China’s treatment of […]

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SOUTH AFRICA: LESS SMOKE AND HANGOVERS AS EXCISE DUTIES GO UP

Thu 25 February 2021: Government will increase the excise duties on alcohol and tobacco products by 8%, the National Treasury said on Wednesday. This comes as the National Treasury took a decision to reverse its earlier announcement of additional tax measures that would have raised R40 billion amid a revenue shortfall. “Taxes on alcohol and […]

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QATAR PLEDGES $60M FOR GAS PIPELINE IN HAMAS-RULED GAZA

Thu 25 February 2021: Qatar pledged $60 million and the European Union $24 million to establish a gas pipeline from Israel to a power plant in the Gaza Strip, according to a statement by the Palestinian Prime Ministry on Wednesday. The pledges were made during an online meeting between Palestinian Prime Minister Muhammad Shtayyeh, Qatari […]

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