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Today, Cuban researchers and health authorities are evaluating compliance with protocols in the Phase III Clinical Trial and Intervention Study with the anti-Covid-19 vaccine candidate, Soberana 02.

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Latin America

Human rights defenders rejected attempts to stigmatize protesters and condemned the slander campaigns against Indigenous peoples.

Besides the traditional mayors and councilmen positions, voters will elect for the first time 16 governors and 155 members of the Constituent Convention.

The Government sent two Army battalions and 270 police officers to unblock the Panamerican Highway that crosses this city.

"Uruguay suffers a crisis that is hitting the weakest sectors of society while the country's bank deposits abroad are US$4 billion," a trade unionist denounced. 

World

Egypt asserted that Israel has rejected a truce. Indeed, in the early hours of Friday morning, the Israeli army continued its ground and air offensive in Gaza.

"We will return to a kind of normalcy in 2024 at the latest," said Gunther Oettinger, former European Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources.

Israeli military violence is affecting the control of the pandemic as two million Palestinians living in Gaza have less access to water and health services.

Sport

 South African emergency workers rescued people from at least three 17-story residential buildings after the blaze expanded due to strong winds. Other structures such as Cape Town's historical library and a restaurant were devastated.
 

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games are to be held in the summer. The Japanese population largely supports this restrictive measure, despite the economic impact. 

They come together to face parliamentary elections and resolve the peace process crisis deepened by President Ivan Duque.

Biden and Putin discussed both countries' willingness to extend the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) for five years, agreeing to have their teams work urgently to complete the extension by Feb. 5, the White House said.

Culture

Until February, crowds and meetings of over ten people will be banned, which implies the prohibition of all cultural presentations until then.

UNESCO Director Azoulay stressed that this fundamental human right must be protected defend every day, especially in the face of new forms of digital exclusion.

The international ballet festival in Cali, Colombia celebrates the life and legacy of Cuba's prima ballerina assoluta, Alicia Alonso (1920-2019) in the context of the hundreth anniversary of her birth this year. 

The festival will be held online and will be completely free.

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