President Barack Obama discussed the payroll tax extension in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington DC on Feb. 21, 2012. Obama is expected to sign the extension into law later this week.
Jeremy Lin, the Knicks' point guard who emerged from nowhere (since only in basketball is Harvard considered nowhere) to lead the team to a lengthy winning streak, beating such illustrious teams as the Mavericks and Lakers, turning into a worldwide sensation in the process.
Gas stations are drying up in the Gaza Strip as smuggler's routes between the region and Egypt have been shut down, in addition to an Israeli blockade and ongoing instability in Egypt, leaving many with few resources to continue their daily lives.
Pope Benedict XVI held two ceremonies over the weekend, leading the mass in Solemnity of the Chair of St. Peter with newly-appointed Cardinals at the Vatican on Feb. 19, 2012. The Cardinals had been appointed the previous day in the Consistory, where 22 members of the church were appointed to their new positions at St. Peter's basilica.
Preparations are underway to present the first International Ice Festival in Jerusalem. Hundreds of tons of ice blocks are being made and sculpted into an exhibition whose themes include Jerusalem, fairy tales, and the Bible. The Ice Festival opens in March and runs through April.
Matthew VanDyke, 32, gained international attention last year when he was captured by the military of former Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. VanDyke left Baltimore Feb. 26, 2011, was captured March 13 near Brega and jailed in Tripoli's Abu Salim prison for 166 days. When he was freed in August, he said he returned to fighting before heading back to the United States in November.
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