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Peruvians demonstrate in Lima, pay tribute to killed protesters
Peruvians gather in the capital Lima in protest, and to pay tribute to two young people who died during anti-government protests. Public prosecutors have opened a preliminary investigation against former president Manuel Merino, his interior minister and other officials over the deaths, as Peru continues to be embroiled in a political crisis, with Congress today electing Francisco Sagasti as the country’s new president, the third in a week.
Afghanistan: NATO chief warns against hasty troop withdrawal
Outgoing US President Donald Trump wants most of the US troops to leave Afghanistan by mid-January, but NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says the price for leaving the country too soon "could be very high."
US election: China congratulates Joe Biden on victory
Beijing finally broke its silence on the US election, more than one week after millions of Americans cast their ballots. Incumbent President Donald Trump has yet to concede defeat.
Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem dies aged 79
Walid al-Moallem, a top diplomat and confidante of President Bashar al-Assad, died following years of poor health and heart problems. No immediate details were offered on the cause of death.
Kamala Harris's uncle: 'She will be president in 2024'
US Vice President-elect Kamala Harris's maternal uncle, Delhi-based academic Balachandran Gopalan, says his late sister would have been proud of her daughter and that the family would converge in Washington from across the US and from India, Canada and Mexico to witness her historic inauguration. "If you go by historial roots, in 2024, she will be the first Afro-American, Asian-American President of the United States," he says.
Ghana: Former President Jerry John Rawlings dies
The 73-year-old died after a short illness, according to Ghanaian media. He served as president of the country for roughly two decades up to 2001.
Steinmeier: 'The number of infections is rising every day'
"We are in a critical phase" of the pandemic, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier told DW. He is concerned by the abrasive debate about health measures. There is "hardly a bridge" between supporters and opponents.