February Current Events 2024: World News
The world is a very busy place, and it's hard to stay on top of everything. Infoplease has got you covered. Here are the World news events you need to know so far for February 2024.
- The President Of Hungary, Katalin Novak Has Resigned.
- Qatar Defeat Jordan To Win Their Second Consecutive Asian Cup
- Ivory Coast Edges Over Nigeria To Win Their Third African Cup Of Nations
- Over 100 People Killed In Rafah As A Result Of Israeli Airstrike
- Ghana’s President, Akufo-Addo Replaces Finance Minister
- Anonymous Funding For Election Scrapped By Supreme Court Of India
The President Of Hungary, Katalin Novak Has Resigned
Saturday, February 10, 2024 – The President of Hungary, Katalin Novak, resigned live on television following public outrage over her decision to pardon a man convicted of covering up child sexual abuse. Last week, it was revealed that Novak had granted clemency to a man who forced children to retract abuse claims against a director of a state-run children's home.
Protests demanding her resignation had been growing in Hungary which led to her unexpected decision to step down. Judit Varga, the former justice minister who approved the pardon, had also resigned from her new role, leading the European elections campaign for Prime Minister Viktor Orban's Fidesz party.
Novak apologized for her mistake, acknowledging that the pardon had caused doubts about the government's zero-tolerance policy on pedophilia. The scandal marks a significant setback for Mr. Orban and his party.
Qatar Defeat Jordan To Win Their Second Consecutive Asian Cup
Saturday, February 10, 2024 – Qatar clinched their second consecutive Asian Cup title with a 3-1 victory over Jordan at Lusail Stadium. Akram Afif stole the show, converting all three penalties for Qatar, securing his team's triumph in front of a crowd of 86,492, which included Qatar's ruler Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, and FIFA president Gianni Infantino.
Despite a brief equalizer from Yazan Al-Naimat, Jordan's hopes were dashed as they conceded two more penalties to Afif. His incredible performance earned him the title of the tournament's top scorer with eight goals, as well as the awards for player of the match and most valuable player of the tournament.
Qatar took the lead early on from Afif's penalty, and although Jordan rallied in the second half, Qatar's dominance prevailed. Afif's confident penalty conversions sealed the victory for Qatar.
Ivory Coast Edges Over Nigeria To Win Their Third African Cup Of Nations
Image Source: AP Images/Sunday Alamba
Sunday, February 11, 2024 – In a stunning turn of events, Ivory Coast emerged victorious in the Africa Cup of Nations, securing their third title despite facing numerous setbacks. They overcame their earlier defeats in the tournament and showcased remarkable resilience throughout the knockout stages. Led by Emerse Faé, the team refused to succumb to adversity, rallying back from behind on three occasions to claim victory.
Sébastien Haller's decisive goal in the final led to Ivory Coast's journey to glory. Overcoming testicular cancer just 18 months prior, Haller's comeback story captured the hearts of fans worldwide. His contribution, along with the strategic brilliance of the midfield trio Jean Michaël Seri, Franck Kessié, and Seko Fofana, played a pivotal role in Ivory Coast's triumph.
Nigeria had defended with purpose in the first half, but they were overwhelmed in the second half and unable to change gear.
Source: The Guardian
Over 100 People Killed In Rafah As A Result Of Israeli Airstrike
Monday, February 12, 2024 – Israeli airstrike and shelling have killed dozens of people, including children, in Rafah. Over 100 people were killed because of the strike, where Israeli warplanes targeted different areas of the city and helicopters fired machine guns along the border areas.
The series of strikes were confirmed by the Israeli military, saying that the targets in the Shaboura area of Rafah, confirming that they rescued two Israeli hostages during the operations. According to a joint statement from the Israel Defense Forces, Israel Security Agency Shin Bet, and the Police, the rescued hostages are in good medical condition and are being transferred for medical examination.
Hamas condemned the attack by the Israeli military, saying its massacre against defenseless civilians is considered a continuation of war. More than half of Gaza’s population is seeking refuge in Rafah.
Ghana’s President, Akufo-Addo Replaces Finance Minister
Wednesday, February 14, 2024 – The President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo, has replaced Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta in a cabinet reshuffle amid criticism of his handling of the country's severe economic crisis. Ofori-Atta, a former banker, has been overseeing debt restructuring efforts after Ghana defaulted on most of its external debt in 2022, which led to soaring inflation and currency depreciation.
Mohammed Amin Adam, the current minister of state at the finance ministry, and deputy energy minister, will replace him. The move comes ahead of the December election, where Vice President Mahamadu Bawumia, an economist, seeks to distance himself from the economic challenges.
Despite Ofori-Atta's removal, the IMF expressed commitment to continuing its support for Ghana's economic objectives. President Akufo-Addo will be stepping down as president next year as he has reached his two-term limit.
Anonymous Funding For Election Scrapped By Supreme Court Of India
Thursday, February 15, 2024 – India's Supreme Court has declared the electoral bond scheme, which allows people to make anonymous donations to political parties unconstitutional. The bond scheme was introduced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government in 2018 to enhance political funding transparency.
The scheme allowed anonymous donations to political parties, but critics argued it increased opacity rather than transparency. The court ruled that electoral bonds violated citizens' right to access government-held information, directing the State Bank of India (SBI) to cease issuing such bonds and disclose identity details of buyers.
The ruling highlighted the importance of transparency in political funding for electoral choices. The government defended the scheme as a measure to eliminate cash donations and argued for donor confidentiality to prevent retribution. However, critics contended that the lack of public records fosters corruption and undermines transparency.
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