THE DAY IN PHOTOS: February 20, 2020


Posted at Feb 21 2020 02:51 AM

Here are the big stories today in photos.

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A violinist’s surgery

A patient Dagmar Turner, 53, plays violin while surgeons remove her brain tumor at King's College Hospital in London, Britain, January 31, 2020 in this handout image obtained by Reuters on Wednesday. Dagmar, who has been playing the violin since she was 10, was asked to play the violin during the surgery so surgeons could preserve her ability to play music as they remove a tumor from the right frontal lobe of her brain - close to the area that controls the fine movement of her left hand. King's College Hospital/Handout

Deliberating VFA

Senator Nancy Binay speaks with Senator Franklin Drilon during a hearing on foreign relations and the termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement on Thursday. President Duterte sought the scrapping of the bilateral agreement covering joint military exercises between the two countries after the United States canceled the visa of close ally Sen. Ronal "Bato" Dela Rosa. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Dems do battle

Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Bernie Sanders, former Vice President Joe Biden, former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Senator Amy Klobuchar gather onstage for the ninth Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidates’ debate at the Paris Theater in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. on Wednesday. The Democratic Party primaries, which will decide on the party’s candidate on November presidential election, will happen from February to June 2020. David Becker, Reuters

Send the trains

A maintenance staff of the Philippine National Railways wipes the windshield prior to the start of the class Assignment and send-off ceremony at the Tutuban station in Divisoria, Manila on Thursday. The newly acquired train Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) 8100 Series from Indonesia can accommodate 1,000 passengers a trip, according to DoTR. ABS-CBN News

Intramuros opens dungeons of Fort Santiago to visitors

People visit the newly opened dungeons inside the Fort Santiago in Intramuros, Manila on Wednesday. The dungeon located at the Baluarte de Santa Barbara was opened by the Intramuros Administration to give the public a “complete Fort Santiago experience.” The area that once served as storage for arms and gunpowder by the Spaniards, was converted into a dungeon in 1715. During the end of World War II, American troops found an estimate of 600 decomposing bodies pile atop of each other left behind by the Japanese. George Cavelo, ABS-CBN News

ASEAN, China link hands to fight COVID-19

Foreign ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) link their hands with their Chinese counterpart during the Special ASEAN-China Foreign Ministers' Meeting on Coronavirus Disease or COVID-19 in Vientiane, Laos on Thursday. China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi attended an emergency meeting with his ASEAN counterparts to discuss the cooperation in containing the COVID-19 outbreak crisis. EPA-EFE