Here are the top stories for Sunday February 28th: Trump returns to the spotlight with CPAC speech; U.N. says Myanmar crackdown leaves at least 18 dead; Protesters arrested in Bangkok; New Zealand’s largest city goes into lockdown amid new virus cases.
BEN THOMAS: This is “AP News Minute.” Former President Donald Trump returned to the stage Sunday, delivering the closing speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Florida. Less than six weeks after leaving office, Trump is aiming to remain a dominant force within the Republican Party.
Security forces in Myanmar opened fire and made mass arrests Sunday, as they sought to break up demonstrations by anti-coup protesters. The UN Human Rights Office says the crackdown left at least 18 people dead and 30 wounded. An AP journalist covering the protests is among the hundreds believed to have been detained.
Police and protesters clashed in Bangkok Sunday during a pro-democracy march calling on Thailand’s Prime Minister and his government to resign. A new faction of Thailand’s pro-democracy movement is linking its cause with that of demonstrators in neighboring Myanmar.
New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland, is back under a seven day lockdown after two unexplained COVID-19 cases were discovered without any direct links in the community. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern made the announcement Saturday evening. Ben Thomas, Associated Press, with “AP News Minute.”