February 9 — Irish nationalist party Sinn Féin  stunned the establishment on Sunday by almost doubling its vote share from the last election to 24% after its policies on tackling crises in housing and health care found favour with voters. But Ireland’s two dominant parties, Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil, continued to hold the most seats in parliament.

February 9 — Parasite, a dark social satire from South Korea, won the Oscar for best picture, making history as the first film in a language other than English to claim the movie industry’s highest honour. The film won four Oscars in total, including best director and best original screenplay for Bong Joon-ho and best international feature film. No film has ever won both international feature film and best picture at the Oscars...

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