Here’s a brief look at some of the top news stories around the world for Feb. 17, 2015.
A-Rod says sorry to Yankees fans over drug ban
Baseball star Alex Rodriguez released a handwritten letter to fans, in which the New York Yankee apologizes for the mistakes that led to his suspension for using performance-enhancing drugs.
[Read more from ESPN]
Columnist quits over newspaper's 'failure to print bank stories'
A leading British political columnist has quit his job, saying stories about HSBC were being suppressed by the Daily Telegraph so the banking giant continue to buy advertising – a claim the newspaper denies.
[Read more from the Independent]
Judge puts a hold on Obama's immigration action
A judge in Texas has put a temporary block on President Obama's executive order to shield millions of illegal immigrants in the United States from deportation.
[Read more from Reuters]
Ceasefire in Ukraine continues to crumble
Five more Ukrainian service members have been killed in fighting with pro-Russian separatists just three days into a supposed ceasefire, signaling that the truce might be about to collapse.
[Read more from CNN]