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10 Things to Know for Today

February 4, 2019
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Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb, the grand imam of Egypt's Al-Azhar, left, welcomes Pope Francis ahead of a private meeting with members of the Muslim council of elders, at the Grand Mosque of Sheikh Zayed, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Monday, Feb. 4, 2019. Francis' speech to the gathering of faith leaders on Monday evening is to be the highlight of his brief, 40-hour visit to Abu Dhabi, the first to the Arabian Peninsula by a pope. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

1. BLACKFACE SCANDAL UNDERLINES “FESTERING WOUND” OF RACISM

The crisis engulfing involving Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam came on the first day of Black History Month and as Virginians prepared to mark the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans to the settlement of Jamestown.

2. TOM BRADY AND BILL BELICHICK DO IT AGAIN

In a Super Bowl only New England could love, the Patriots won their sixth title by lumbering their way to a 13-3 victory over the Los Angeles Rams.

3. VOWS, PLEDGES AND PROMISES

President Trump whiffed on some lofty goals laid out in last year’s State of the Union address, like his call for an overhaul of immigration laws and a “great wall on our southern border,” but scored victories on prison and sentencing overhauls and in giving terminally ill patients more treatment options.

4. VENEZUELA OPPOSITION LEADER GETS BOOST FROM EUROPE

Germany, Spain, France, the U.K. and Sweden have announced that they are recognizing Juan Guaido as the country’s interim president and are urging him to hold a new presidential election.

5. PONTIFF’S HISTORIC TRIP TO MUSLIM NATION IN GULF

Francis’ speech to a gathering of faith leaders will be the highlight of his brief, 40-hour visit to Abu Dhabi, the first to the Arabian Peninsula by a pope.

6. FIVE KILLED IN CALIFORNIA AIRCRAFT INCIDENT

The male pilot — the only person in the twin-engine Cessna — and four people in a house that caught fire died after the plane apparently came apart, raining debris across the Yorba Linda neighborhood.

7. WILL PRESIDENT’S RE-ELECTION BID HAVE REPUBLICAN COMPETITORS

Worried about a potential Republican primary challenge, Donald Trump’s campaign has launched a state-by-state effort to prevent an intraparty fight that could spill over into the general-election campaign.

8. WHERE CRUCIAL AFGHANISTAN NEGOTIATIONS STAND

The U.S. and the Taliban are reportedly close to a deal to withdraw U.S. forces after 17 years of war. There are still plenty of obstacles to an agreement.

9. A PERSONAL VIEW OF BRAZIL’S BREACHED DAM DISASTER

Photographer Leo Correa traveled to Brumadinho on assignment for The Associated Press on the day a mining dam collapsed and spent nearly a week documenting the tragedy.

10. RENOWNED SWISS CONDUCTOR BACK DESPITE SCANDAL

Charles Dutoit has returned to a major world stage for the first time since 10 women accused him of sexual assault and harassment — and he earned repeated ovations from the awed Paris audience.