It’s Monday February 19, 2018

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Students who survived the Parkland, Florida, shooting rampage that killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School announced plans for a march in Washington and other cities to call for tighter gun control. "People are saying that it's not time to talk about gun control. And we can respect that," 11th-grader Cameron Kasky told ABC's This Week on Sunday. "Here's a time: March 24 in every single city. We are going to be marching together as students begging for our lives." Other groups also plan protests, including a 17-minute March 14 teacher walkout called for by Women's March organizers. President Trump, who ran on a platform opposing gun control and has faced direct criticism from student survivors, plans a "listening session" with students Wednesday.

A gunman shouting "Allahu akbar" (Arabic for "God is great") opened fire on worshipers at an Orthodox church in Russia's Dagestan region on Sunday, killing at least five people. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack, calling the killer a "soldier of the caliphate." ISIS identified the attacker by the nom de guerre Khalil al-Dagestani. Several survivors were wounded, and witnesses said the toll might have been higher if the churchgoers hadn't managed to close the door of the church before the attacker, armed with a knife and a hunting rifle, got inside. Security forces shot and killed the attacker, identifying him only as a 22-year-old man.

An Iranian airplane brought back into service only months ago after being grounded for seven years crashed Sunday in a foggy, mountainous region of southern Iran, and officials feared all 65 people on board were killed. The ATR-72, a twin-engine turboprop used for short-distance regional flying, went down near its destination of the southern city of Yasuj, some 780 kilometers (485 miles) south of the capital, Tehran, where it took off. It wasn’t immediately clear what caused the crash, although the weather was severe. Dense fog, high winds and heavy snow in the Zagros Mountains made it impossible for rescue crews in helicopters to reach the site, state television reported. An Aseman Airlines spokesman told state TV that the flight had 59 passengers and six crew members on board.

A military helicopter surveying the damage from Friday's earthquake in Mexico crashed over the weekend, claiming the lives of 14 people on the ground and injuring 16 more. Original reports put the death toll at two, but by Sunday the number rose to 14 people killed, including one baby. The craft skidded into several vehicles when the pilot lost control during landing. Mexican Interior Secretary Alfonso Navarrete and Oaxaca Gov. Alejandro Murat were both aboard the helicopter at the time of the crash, but like the other passengers on board, they were not seriously injured. The earthquake was measured at a 7.2-magnitude and struck the Pacific coast of Mexico Friday, leaving about one million homes and businesses without power. No one was killed by the initial quake, which was unusually long, and it was followed by 225 aftershocks. This comes less than half a year after a September quake killed more than 300 people in Mexico City and surrounding areas.

Barry Bennell, the serial pedophile whose abuse of young boys rocked the world of soccer, was described as "the devil incarnate" after being sentenced to 31 years in jail on Monday in Liverpool. During his summation, the judge told the court that Bennell's actions were "sheer evil." He added that Bennell had appeared to his victims as a god, adding: "In reality, you were the devil incarnate. You stole their childhoods and their innocence to satisfy your own perversion." The 64-year-old former football coach, now known as Richard Jones, was sentenced for 50 counts of child sexual abuse against 12 boys between the ages of eight and 15 from 1979 to 1991.

Rumbling Mount Sinabung on the Indonesian island of Sumatra has shot billowing columns of ash more than 5,000 meters (16,400 feet) into the atmosphere and hot clouds down its slopes. The National Disaster Mitigation Agency says there were no fatalities or injuries from Monday morning’s eruption. The volcano, one of three currently erupting in Indonesia, was dormant for four centuries before exploding in 2010, killing two people. Another eruption in 2014 killed 16 people, while seven died in a 2016 eruption. A disaster agency spokesman said hot ash clouds traveled as far as 4,900 meters southward. The regional volcanic ash advisory center in Darwin, Australia, issued a “red notice” to airlines. Some 30,000 people have been forced to leave homes around the mountain in the past few years.

Authorities say two skiers were killed by an avalanche in the French Alps, and two more people were injured by an avalanche in Switzerland near the border with France. The prefecture in France’s Savoie region said the fatal avalanche occurred Sunday at the Val-d’Isere ski resort, close to the Italian border. A local newspaper said on its website that the two victims were a 44-year-old man and his 11-year-old daughter from the Paris region. The paper, Le Dauphine, reported the two were skiing on a run that was closed due to the avalanche risk. Swiss media initially reported that 10 people were buried by the other avalanche, in the southern canton (state) of Valais. But a police spokesman says only two people pulled from the snow Sunday were hospitalized.

Israeli police said Sunday they arrested senior officials from the country’s national telephone company as part of an investigation into alleged corruption offenses. Israeli media said among those arrested were close associates of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who is fighting for his political life after being accused of taking bribes from billionaire supporters. Police revealed few details about the case and quickly slapped a gag order on its details. The new probe comes days after police announced there was sufficient evidence to indict Netanyahu for bribery, fraud, and breach of trust in two separate cases. Netanyahu is accused of receiving lavish gifts from Hollywood mogul Arnon Milchan and Australian billionaire James Packer. In return, police say Netanyahu had operated on Milchan’s behalf on U.S. visa matters, legislated a tax break and connected him with an Indian businessman. In the second case, Netanyahu is accused of offering to give preferential treatment to a newspaper publisher in exchange for favorable coverage. Netanyahu has denied wrongdoing in those cases.

President Trump's security team got into a scuffle with Chinese security officials over the "nuclear football" during Trump's November visit to Beijing's Great Hall of the People on his recent trip to China, Axios reported Sunday. The nuclear football, a briefcase U.S. presidents can use to authorize a nuclear attack while traveling, is supposed to be kept close to the president at all times. Axios reported that Chinese security officials blocked the official carrying the nuclear football from entering the Great Hall. Members of the security team called in Chief of Staff John Kelly. A Chinese security official reportedly grabbed Kelly, and Kelly shoved his hands away before a U.S. Secret Service agent tackled the Chinese official. The skirmish quickly ended and the head of the Chinese security detail reportedly apologized.

Russian curler Aleksandr Krushelnitckii failed a preliminary doping test after winning a bronze medal in mixed doubles curling at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Russian media reported that Krushelnitckii's "A" urine sample had tested positive for meldonium, which increases circulation in the brain and aids with heart disease, and has been banned as a performance-enhancing drug since 2015. Krushelnitckii's "B" sample reportedly is to be tested Monday to confirm or refute the first result. International Olympic Committee Communications Director Mark Adams said Monday that he could not comment because "the testing and sanctioning is independent of the IOC." The findings of the tests could jeopardize the curling medal Krushelnitckii won with his wife and teammate, Anastasia Bryzgalova.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said this weekend he wants to "create an environment" conducive to talks between Seoul and Pyongyang, but that a "consensus is starting to build that there's also a need for talks between the United States and North Korea." In the absence of those negotiations, Moon seemed cautious about moving forward with unilateral conversations that could anger Washington. He declined to formally accept the invitation to talks extended earlier this month by Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Former Vice President Joe Biden is tiptoeing toward a potential presidential run in 2020, even broaching the possibility during a recent gathering of longtime foreign policy aides. He said he was keeping his 2020 options open, considering it a real possibility. Several people came away from the meeting with the impression that if no strong Democratic candidate emerges in the next year or so, Biden would feel strongly compelled to run. A presidential candidate twice before, Biden would be 78 on Inauguration Day if elected in 2020, a concerning prospect for some Democrats even though he’s only a few years older than Trump. One possibility that Biden’s longtime advisers have discussed privately is that he could announce his intention to serve only one term, clearing the path for his running mate to take over in 2024 and potentially setting up Democrats for a 12-year White House stretch. The political world has long tried to game out Biden’s plans for 2020. After all, he came close to running last time only to see President Trump pull off a victory that many Democrats openly suggest wouldn’t have happened had he, not Hillary Clinton, been their nominee.

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