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Main news of February 27

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A roundup of what has happened in the past 24 hours

WORLD

* The death toll in Saturday's powerful earthquake in Chile has risen to 147 from earlier reported 122, authorities said

* Ecuador announced that it will evacuate the residents of the Galapagos Islands to a hill due to a tsunami threat, Latin American media reported

* A 3-meter tsunami wave hit on Saturday the Robinson Crusoe island, the largest in the Chilean Juan Fernandez archipelago, following a powerful earthquake which struck Chile earlier in the day, the country's president, Michelle Bachelet, said

* An earthquake measuring 8.8 points on the Richter scale struck central Chile in the early hours of Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey said

* Polish President Lech Kaczynski has ratified the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) with the U.S., laying out the conditions for the deployment of U.S. troops on Polish soil, his administration said

RUSSIA

* Efforts to streamline Russia's law enforcement agencies will continue, especially in the volatile North Caucasus, President Dmitry Medvedev said

SPORT

* The 15th day of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver went off well for Russia as it took its fifth silver and seventh bronze, but saw its bobsleigh medal hopes shattered by a crash caused by a sled malfunction

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