There were two notable holdouts among the world leaders who rushed to congratulate Joe Biden on his victory in the U.S. elections: the leaders of Latin America’s two largest countries, both of whom have been seen as friendly to President Donald Trump in different ways.
Luis Arce was sworn in as Bolivia’s new president on Sunday, bringing to a close a turbulent period characterized by political and social turmoil after former president Evo Morales left the government in November following a disputed election.
The United States became the first nation worldwide since the pandemic began to surpass 10 million coronavirus infections, as the third wave of the COVID-19 virus surges across the nation. The grim milestone came on the same day as global coronavirus cases exceeded 50 million.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's support has fallen in some of Brazil's biggest cities, surveys said on Sunday, suggesting a previous bump may be short-lived as the country still grapples with a brutal coronavirus outbreak.
Even when the Chinese government and chairman Xi Jinping have still to congratulate president elect Joe Biden on his victory, Global Times, the Chinese Communist Party English language newspaper published on Sunday a set of suggestions and warnings on the future relations with a new US Democrat administration in Washington, but also ”popping some of the bubble’s from the rough times with president Trump.
By Tsvetana Paraskova for Oilprice.com – Because of the increased production at the prolific pre-salt offshore basin, Petrobras expects its oil and gas production this year to exceed earlier guidance, Brazil’s state oil firm said when it reported its production figures for Q3.
Brazilian digital influencer Felipe Neto has been indicted by Rio de Janeiro’s state police for alleged corruption of minors, prompting concern the critic of President Jair Bolsonaro may be the target of retribution for political reasons.
Chilean President Sebastian Piñera said the country’s health regulators had given the go-ahead to a clinical trial of the AstraZeneca PLC COVID-19 vaccine. Piñera said the AstraZeneca trial would follow one by America’s Johnson & Johnson that is already underway and another by China’s Sinovac, whose first vaccine doses arrived in Chile last week.
Bolivians celebrated the Day of Skulls over the weekend, a colorful tradition rooted in ancient indigenous beliefs that is meant to bring good fortune and protection by honoring the dead.
Taiwan is yet to receive an invite to a key World Health Organization (WHO) meeting this week expected to focus on the COVID-19 pandemic due to obstruction from China, the island's foreign ministry said, expressing its displeasure.