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World in brief: February 10, 2024

HUNGARY: Calls for far-right president Katalin Novak to resign grew yesterday amid outrage at her pardoning of a person convicted of covering up a child sexual abuse case.

Ms Novak, the first female president in Hungary’s history, faces a wave of public indignation after it was revealed that she had issued a presidential pardon last April to a man convicted of hiding a string of child sexual abuses in a state-run children's home.

 

EUROPEAN UNION: Farmers in Spain and Poland demonstrated yesterday as part of ongoing protests against EU farming policies and to demand measures to combat rising production costs, reduced profits and unfair competition from countries outside the bloc.

The actions follow similar protests in other EU countries in recent weeks, with farmers complaining about the bloc’s environmental and farming policies.

 

UKRAINE: The new military chief said yesterday that his immediate goals were to improve the rotation of troops out of the front lines and harness the power of new technology in the fight against Russian invasion forces.

Colonel General Oleksandr Syrskyi, previously the commander of Ukraine’s ground forces, spoke the day after President Volodymyr Zelensky put him in charge.

 

GHANA: Seven royal artefacts from the ancient Asante kingdom that were looted by British colonial forces 150 years ago and kept by a British museum have been returned and were presented to the kingdom on Thursday, the latest of a series of stolen treasures being repatriated to several African countries.

The artefacts were transferred to the Fowler Museum at the University of California, Los Angeles, in the 1960s.

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