The violent clashes that ensued in Serbia on Tuesday continued for the third consecutive day today, with angry protesters storming the nation’s parliament. The demonstrations are most violent in the country’s capital city, Belgrade. The protesters are opposed to the government’s strategy of fighting the coronavirus pandemic.
Coronavirus continues to be a serious issue in Europe. At this time Europe is one of the hardest hit continents due to this pandemic. The European Commission has actually announced that it intends to postpone the entry into force of Regulations on Medical Devices (MDR) and In Vitro Devices (IVDR) until 2021. The European Union’s (EU) Medical Device Regulation (MDR) and In Vitro Diagnostic Regulation (IVDR), originally published on May 5, 2017 by the EU Parliament, sets forth new and important requirements for medical device and in vitro diagnostic manufacturers that distribute products in the EU.
- A Yellow Vest protestor was severely injured in Paris on Saturday, as police shot tear gas at those trying to knock down a barrier at the French Parliament. It is the second severe injury in as many weeks. The uprising against President Emmanuel Macron is in its thirteenth consecutive week.
- GABON: Shots were fired Monday morning in the Gabonese capital, Libreville, as military officers attempted an apparent coup Monday morning. A group calling itself the Patriotic Movement of the Defense and Security Forces of Gabon seized state radio and announced their dissatisfaction with ailing President Ali Bongo.
- SYRIA: During a four-day trip to Israel, national security advisor John Bolton announced the US would only withdraw troops from Syria with assurances that Turkey would not attack America’s Kurdish allies. There is no timetable for such a withdrawal, Bolton added.
- SERBIA: Thousands of people took to the streets of the Serbian capital, Belgrade, to protest President Aleksandar Vucic and his right-wing Serbian Progressive Party on Saturday. The protests were sparked by the assault of opposition politician Borko Stefanovic by unknown assailants in November.
- CHINA: American and Chinese officials will begin talks aimed at resolving their trade war on Monday. They are the first formal meeting since the two sides agreed to a 90-day truce in Argentina. Skepticism, however, remains as to whether any breakthrough can be achieved in Beijing.
- BRAZIL: President Jair Bolsonaro defended the deployment of 300 troops to the northeastern state of Ceara, which has been ravaged by gang violence. It is providing the first test of his right-wing administration, which was inaugurated New Year’s Day.
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