Hundreds marry at mass Valentine’s Day wedding in Nicaragua | AFP

More than 400 hundred couples have married at a mass wedding in the capital of Nicaragua. The ceremony was free for those attending and supported by the government. Nicaragua is one of the world’s poorest nations.

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Serbia: Couples take part in annual longest kiss contest on Valentine’s Day | AFP

Thirteen couples take part in the 12th annual longest kiss contest called “Kiss me” on Valentine’s day, in Vrnjacka Banja, South of Serbia. The winners, Irena and Djordje Bozic, who’ve won the contest five times in a row, set a new record of 112 minutes.

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Feminist groups hold protest after murder of woman | AFP

Mexican feminists chose Valentine’s Day to lead a protest against the murder of Ingrid Escamilla and femicides across the country this Friday. They protested in front of several newspapers’ headquarters who published photos of the mutilated corpses of Ingrid Escamilla, creating a huge outrage on social media.

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Here’s the latest for Friday, February 14th: US, Taliban reach truce agreement; Trump ignores AG’s request to stop tweeting while DOJ won’t charge McCabe; Michael Avenatti is convicted of extortion; Couple wins Valentine’s dinner at Grand Central.

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Widow of Parkland shooting victim discusses loss

Chris Hixon and 16 others were killed on Valentine’s Day 2018 when a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The athletic director died running into the school, trying to help students. (Feb. 14)

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Bad romance: Virus fears dampen Valentine’s Day in HK | AFP

The scent of flowers fills the air at a flower market in Hong Kong but business is bad and the mood is subdued with people worried about the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Valentine’s Day: French dating apps face off against Anglo-saxon rivals | AFP

In the highly concentrated – and very lucrative – market of dating applications, two French companies are trying to make a difference. “Happn” works with geolocation to bring together strangers who have been in a nearby vicinity. “Once” on the other hand opts for “slow dating” by creating “virtual couples” every day at noon.

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Valentine’s Day: Good time for financial planning

Valentine’s Day is a good opportunity to strengthen your financial commitment to your partner — or to show yourself some love by increasing your financial security. (Feb. 13)

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Where is the love? Virus fears dampen Valentine’s Day in Shanghai | AFP

Fears of the COVID-19 virus have dampened the mood ahead of Valentine’s Day, with one florist in Shanghai lamenting the lack of orders. “Some people asked me if they can spray disinfectant on the flowers. I said definitely not,” says the florist.

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The science of falling in love | AFP Animé

Videographic explaining the science behind falling in love. To mark Valentine’s Day, AFP has selected some of its most powerful recent images of love.VIDEOGRAPHIC

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Zoo welcomes tiny antelope on Valentine’s Day

The newest baby at a Chicago-area zoo is an antelope calf weighing just 23 ounces. The male was born on Valentine’s Day and has been named Valentino. (Feb. 15)

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North Koreans attend Kimjongilia flower festival

While many around the world may be offering red roses for Valentine’s Day, North Koreans attend an annual festival featuring more than 30 thousand Kimjongilia, a large red flower created to honour the country’s former leader Kim Jong Il. The festival is part of a series of events being held in the run-up to the so-called ‘Day of the Shining Star,’ which marks Kim Jong Il’s birthday on 16th February.

Valentine’s weddings atop Empire State building

Valentine’s weddings atop Empire State building

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Upscale DC hotel joins US ‘Galentine’s Day’ craze

The American phenomenon of Galentine’s Day, feted on February 13th as an alternative to the traditional Valentine’s Day, is gaining in popularity with each passing year, and also gaining in terms of its message of female empowerment. The St. Regis Hotel in Washington is one of many local spots joining in the “holiday” festivities.

Diamonds or disappointment for Valentines Day?

It’s your choice for Valentine’s Day – expensive diamonds or bitter disappointment. If million-dollar jewelry from Beverly Hills isn’t in the cards, you can drown your romantic sorrows at the BreakUp Bar in Los Angeles. (Feb. 13)

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Prepping for Valentine’s Day in a luxury Paris hotel

Champagne, candles, flowers…and a view of the Eiffel Tower – it doesn’t get any more romantic than spending Valentine’s Day in Paris. At luxury hotel Le Bristol, preparations are already in full swing – and some love birds made reservations at their three Michelin-starred restaurant nearly a year ahead.

Special post-boxes set up in UK to fight Valentine’s loneliness

Big-hearted Britons are writing thousands of uplifting messages to be delivered to single seniors on Valentine’s Day in a project aimed at alleviating loneliness. The letters and cards are being sent via in special red post-boxes set up in locations across London and several other cities.