Guatemala: protesters set Parliament on fire. Street anger against Guatemala’s President Alejandro Giammattei escalated on Saturday as a group of protesters on the sidelines of a peaceful rally in central Guatemala City set parliament ablaze , report The time. About 60 people had to be taken care of by the Red Cross, according to the daily, as clashes continued into the night between the police and a small group of protesters. Guatemalans, hard hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, are up against the draft budget voted this week by Parliament and approved by the president. More than a third financed by debt, the budget favors the economic sector to the detriment of health and poverty reduction programs, say the demonstrators, who demand the departure of Mr. Giammattei.
Afghanistan: Pompeo calls for speeding up peace talks. Visiting Qatar, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged the Afghan government and the Taliban to speed up peace talks, according to Al Jazira. The United States has just announced the withdrawal of some 2,000 additional troops from Afghanistan by January 15, as part of the agreement signed with the Taliban last February. The agreement was conditional on peace negotiations between the Taliban and the Afghan government, but discussions, which began in September, have stalled. On Saturday, at least eight people were killed and 31 others injured by rocket fire targeting central Kabul. Afghan government officials blamed the Taliban but the Islamic State (NO) claimed responsibility for the attack.
Covid-19: treatment given to Trump approved by authorities. The United States Medicines Agency (FDA) approved on Saturday, urgently, the treatment of the firm Regeneron, which had been tested on Donald Trump when he was infected with Covid-19, Write the New York Times. The treatment “Is a cocktail of two powerful antibodies, which shows encouraging signs in patients who receive it early in the development of the disease”, specifies the daily. Regeneron Cocktail is the second synthetic antibody treatment to receive a “Authorization for emergency use” from FDA. A similar therapy developed by the American laboratory Eli Lilly had already obtained this status on November 9. The United States crossed the 12 million mark on Saturday with the new coronavirus, for nearly 256,000 deaths.
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