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  • India and Pakistan exchange fire – Artillery fire broke out between India and Pakistan in the disputed Kashmir region on Saturday. The fighting, in the Uri sector on the Line of Control, forced hundreds of people to flee, police in Indian Kashmir said. This month an attack on an Indian army camp in Kashmir also killed six soldiers.

  • UN Security Council votes for immediate Syria ceasefire – The United Nations Security council unanimously approved a measure calling for a 30-day ceasefire in Syria. The news provides some hope for thousands of civilians trapped in eastern Ghouta. A government siege and campaign of “indiscriminate” air bombings has killed at least 500 people in the past week (The Guardian). The UN resolution allows for food and medical supplies to be delivered to war-torn areas. The U.S. ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, said the ceasefire should be put into place immediately after the vote was postponed several times while members worked on an agreement. Western diplomats accused Russia of stalling on making a decision.
  • Airlines sever ties with NRA – United and Delta airlines are the latest in a string of companies to sever ties with the National Rifle Association. Both companies said they would halt discounts to NRA members as a result of the Florida school shooting on February 21. That day a heavily-armed former student walked into his former school and killed 17 people. Consumers are threatening to boycott firms that deal with the gun lobby. Some other companies that have cut links to the NRA are car rental giant Hertz and software firm Symantec.

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