James Corden hosts 2017 Grammy Awards.

Adele wins Album of the Year. (Image courtesy of Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

The 59th Annual Grammy Awards was hosted by James Corden, host of CBS’ Late Late Show, and was broadcasted live this year from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The ceremony celebrates the music industry’s best and brightest, with over 83 awards up for grabs. This year’s show featured performances from various artists including Beyoncé, Adele, and Bruno Mars. Beyoncé had the most Grammy nominations (nine) and Adele won the most Grammy awards, including Album of the Year (for 25).

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Kim Jong-nam is assassinated in Malaysian airport.

Kim Jong-nam was assassinated in Malaysia. (Image courtesy of Joongange Sunday via AFP/Getty Images)

The exiled brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, Kim Jong-nam, was assassinated at Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur International Airport on 13 February 2017. Kim Jong-nam was the eldest son of former North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il, and paternal half-brother to Kim Jong-un. Video cameras show two women approaching Kim Jong-nam as one grabbed and held him while the other sprayed liquid over his face. One of the assassins then held a cloth over his face for approximately 10 seconds. Kim Jong-nam, dizzy and blinded, stumbled over to a counter and was taken to the terminal’s medical clinic. There, he had a mild seizure, and was brought onto ambulance. He died on the way to the hospital.

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Justin Trudeau meets with American President Donald Trump for the first time.

Trump and Trudeau hold a joint press conference at the White House. (Image courtesy of Alex Wong/Getty News)

On 13 February 2017, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and American President Donald Trump met at the White House. This was their first meeting as Prime Minister and President, respectively, and the two world leaders discussed common issues such as NAFTA and the Keystone XL pipeline. Trump and Trudeau later held a joint press conference. Before the meeting, the Prime Minister and the President also participated in a roundtable discussion with Canadian and American female executives, including the President’s daughter, Ivanka Trump. During his trip, Trudeau also met with Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

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Antarctic sea ice reaches a record low.

Researchers investigate Antarctic area. (Image courtesy of CNN.)

Since the records began in 1979, the amount of sea ice surrounding the Antarctic continent has never been this low. In the past 3 years, the amount of ice has always been at its peak, and has been a point of discussion for global warming skeptics. Now that the ice is disappearing, that argument has also melted away along with it. The record-breaking decline has caught the attention of many climate scientists. Most professionals in the field are blaming climate change, but also pointed out that there are other factors involved such as changes in wind.

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Columbia University accidentally accepts, then rejects, students.

Columbia University in New York. (Image courtesy of CNN).

Columbia University’s administration wrongfully sent out around 277 acceptance letters to students who were supposed to be rejected from the university’s school of public health. Within an hour of the acceptance, those students received a statement from the university apologizing for their miscommunication. The mistake was “due to human error,” according to Columbia University Vice Dean for Education Julie Kornfeld. This isn’t the first time a university has sent out acceptance letters by mistake; Carnegie Mellon, as well as the State University of New York, have had similar problems in the past.

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