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February 2020 Current Events: World News

Updated February 8, 2020 | Infoplease Staff

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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 2020:

  1. Netanyahu Indicted
  2. Coronavirus Spreads
  3. Violent Attacks in Jerusalem
  4. Shooting in Thailand
  5. Irish Election Results
  6. Coronavirus Spreads Further
  7. French Mayors ‘Ban’ Sickness
  8. 5 Tons of Drugs Found in Submarine
  9. Coronavirus Spikes in South Korea
  10. Haiti Cancels Festival
  11. Coronavirus Updates
  12. Riots in Delhi
  13. Peace Deal in Afghanistan

Netanyahu Indicted

Netanyahu

On February 4, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was indicted of corruption charges just hours before he was set to meet with President Trump regarding his proposed Middle East peace plan. Netanyahu has been charged with fraud and bribery, and his trial could take years to complete. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Susan Walsh

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Coronavirus Spreads

Coronavirus Spreads

On February 4, China experienced its deadliest day since the Coronavirus was deemed a public health emergency. The total number of cases in China alone is 20,438, with 425 deaths. The virus has also spread to other countries, but so far, only two deaths have been reported outside China’s mainland. At least 207 cases have been reported across 12 countries. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Kevin Hagen

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Violent Attacks in Jerusalem

Jerusalem Violence

On February 6, a Palestinian assailant attacked Israeli soldiers in Jerusalem. The soldiers were new recruits working on protecting a tourist destination. The attack left three Palestinians dead and injured 12 Israeli soldiers. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed

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Shooting in Thailand

Thailand Shooting

On February 8, a Thai soldier is the suspect in a mall shooting spree that left 20 people dead. A manhunt is underway and authorities believe the suspect is still in the mall, but it’s unsure whether or not he has hostages. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Sakchai Lalitkanjanakul

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Irish Election Results

Ireland Election

On February 9, Irish citizens flocked to the polls to vote for a new Prime Minister. Exit polls revealed a three-way tie, making it impossible to call the election. A hung parliament is the expected outcome, and political negotiations will be ongoing. If the negotiations yield another stalemate, a new election will be ordered. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Peter Morrison

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Coronavirus Spreads Further

Coronavirus Health Professionals

On February 14, China revealed that over 1700 medics fighting the coronavirus have been infected themselves. This has created a crisis of its own in the country. Overall, 67,000 global cases of coronavirus have been documented, and the first European death from the disease occurred on February 15. The US revealed that it had its fourteenth documented case. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Kin Cheung

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French Mayors ‘Ban’ Sickness

French Mayors

On February 19, in an attempt to highlight the lack of local doctors, nine French mayors banned falling ill. The mayors are in a rural area and hope this ban gains the attention of the government. The area is struggling to receive adequate healthcare. (BBC)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Rafael Yaghobzadeh

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5 Tons of Drugs Found in Submarine

Panama Drugs

On February 20, a submarine carrying 5 tons of drugs was seized off the coast of Panama. The vessel appears to be homemade, and so far, authorities have arrested 4 Colombians. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco

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Coronavirus Spikes in South Korea

Coronavirus Spikes

On February 22, South Korea reported 220 new cases of coronavirus in just 24 hours. Italy has also seen a spike in the disease, bringing the total number of cases to 62. The total number of deaths has reached 2,458, with 78,500 cases globally. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Anmar Khalil, File

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Haiti Cancels Festival

Haiti Protests

On February 24, growing violence and protests in Haiti caused the area to cancel Carnival, its biggest festival of the year. Gunfire and protests erupted the first day of the celebration, leaving at least one person dead. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery

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Coronavirus Updates

Coronavirus Outbreak

On February 25, Hong Kong announced it will hand $1,200 in cash to all permanent adult residents. The cash is an attempt to boost spending, as the Coronavirus has created a financial strain on the area. On February 26, the first French national died from the disease, and many countries in Asia reported new cases. A US soldier stationed in South Korea has been diagnosed with the Coronavirus, and the US has warned of a possible outbreak as the disease spreads to Italy and Iran. On February 29, the US confirmed its first coronavirus death in Washington. (BBC)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus

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Riots in Delhi

India Violence

On February 26, the third day of religious-fueled violence continued in Delhi. Angry mobs are attacking Muslim homes and businesses. So far, 23 people have died during these riots, making it the most violent in the past decade. (BBC)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Altaf Qadri

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Peace Deal in Afghanistan

Peace Talks

On February 29, the US signed a deal with the Taliban as an attempt to bring peace to Afghanistan. President Trump said that come May. over 5,000 troops will be removed from the area. It is expected that talks between Afghanistan and the Taliban will continue. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Rahmat Gul

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