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1. ARGENTINA - The twin sister of a murdered model is set to wed her dead sister's killer, much to the dismay of her parents, according to Buenos Aires daily Clarín. The wedding has been in the works for months, but these two lovebirds hold back nothing when it comes to romance: the ceremony is planned for later today, Valentine's Day.

2. AUSTRALIA - Melbourne Zoo invites adult-only visitors to experience I, Animal where one discovers their inner love beast:

3. CROATIA - The most romantic Valentine’s Day getaway? Visit the heart shaped island of Galesnjak.

@EarthSights

4. FRANCE- A French man won 3.2 million euros in the lottery this week, but is waiting until Valentine’s Day to tell his wife says Le Parisien. Roses or chocolates? This is most likely the woman to get the best present today.

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5. JAPAN- Women must give out chocolates in Japan, but, be careful – don’t mix up “obligation” chocolates for male friends and acquaintances with the more affectionate kind!

careysensei via Instagram

6. KENYA - Where are your red roses coming from today? Probably Kenya, says The Telegraph.

@mosaicdistrict

7. SOUTH KOREA - So, you’re a single girl in South Korea and you don’t have a Valentine? Well, two months later on April 14 you must go out and mourn the fact that you’re alone by eating a black noodle dish on “Black Day.”

8. LONDON - On Twitter, @blinkbox last week offered a box of “aphrodisiac popcorn” to people who told them who they would share it with, and why. Most popular answers were Captain Jack Sparrow and Lara Croft.

@blinkbox

9. NEW YORK - Some people just can’t bear to be alone, so much so that they advertise themselves on Craigslist as the perfect Valentine's Day date. (Or not)

10. LOS ANGELES - Corgnelius the Corgi offered to be a Valentine for his Facebook followers.

11. PAKISTAN - In Pakistan, they don’t love the holiday. In fact, they want to ban it.

@sharmeenochinoy

12. PORTLAND - This couple tried to spice up their love life last year, but all they did was worry the public who called the police on them:

13. VENEZUELA - Hugo Chavez loves Valentines Day so much that he cancelled it in 2009, declaring instead that beginning Feb. 15, an entire week would be dedicated to celebrating it:

14. VERMONT - Vermont Teddy Bear Co. has the only present you’ll need this year:

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How China's Mass Protest Took The World By Surprise — And Where It Will End

China is facing its biggest political protests in decades as frustration grows with its harsh Zero-COVID strategy. However, the real reasons for the protests run much deeper. Could it be the starting point for a new civic movement?

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In just one weekend, protests spread across China. A fire in an apartment block in Urumqi in China’s western Xinjiang region killed 10, with many blaming lockdown rules for the deaths. Anti-lockdown demonstrations spread to Beijing, Shanghai, Wuhan, Chengdu and other cities. University students from more than half of China's provinces organized various protests against COVID restrictions.

Why and how did the movement spread so rapidly?

At the core, protesters are unhappy with President Xi Jinping's three-year-long Zero-COVID strategy that has meant mass testing, harsh lockdowns, and digital tracking. Yet, the general belief about the Chinese people was that they lacked the awareness and experience for mass political action. Even though discontent had been growing about the Zero-COVID strategy, no one expected these protests.

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