Coronavirus cases in Latin America for the first time have surpassed the combined infections in the United States and Canada, a tally showed on Sunday, amid a surge of infections in Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Colombia and Argentina.
The United States has doubled its investment - to nearly US$1 billion - to expedite the development of a potential COVID-19 vaccine by American firm Moderna, which on Monday begins the decisive final phase of clinical trials.
Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro announced on Saturday he has tested negative for the coronavirus more than two weeks after being diagnosed, attributing his recovery to an unproven malaria drug.
Public sector jobs have soared in recent years in Argentina, and from a relation of 42 every 100 registered workers, white and blue-collar, back in 2012, it has jumped to 55 currently. This means that in the 2012/2017 period, the creation of government-paid jobs was larger than the overall employment in the Argentine economy.
British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace has delivered an update on the £1.9bn project to replace the Royal Air Force's Eurofighter Typhoon jet. The RAF Typhoon, a multi-role combat aircraft is the mainstay of the UK Military's Quick Reaction Alert provision for UK and Falkland Islands airspace.
Another wave of opinion polls released on Sunday showed voters leaning to Democrat Joe Biden over President Donald Trump in Michigan, Florida, and Arizona, three key states won by Trump in 2016.
Argentina plans to put into orbit a satellite with new precision technology sometime this week, to monitor the felling of its native forests round the clock and accurately measure forest carbon stocks in a bid to help curb climate change, scientists said.
The annual New Year's Eve celebrations which traditionally see millions of people gathered on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro have been cancelled this year as Brazil grapples with surging coronavirus infections, city authorities said.
Germany has rejected a proposal by US President Donald Trump to invite Russian President Vladimir Putin back into the Group of Seven (G-7) most advanced economies, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said in a newspaper interview published on Monday.
A volunteer church assistant has confessed to setting the fire that severely damaged a Gothic cathedral in the western French city of Nantes, his lawyer said on Sunday, though his motives remain a mystery.