Guatemalan security forces on Sunday used sticks and tear gas to beat back a large migrant caravan bound for the United States, just days before the advent of a new U.S. administration, which urged travelers to abandon the journey. Between 7,000 and 8,000 migrants, including families with young children, have entered Guatemala since Friday, authorities say, fleeing poverty and violence in a region hammered by the coronavirus pandemic and back-to-back hurricanes in November. The caravan was met by around 3,000 Guatemalan security officials mustered in the village of Vado Hondo in eastern Guatemala, leading to the clashes on Sunday morning.
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Portugal's public health system is on the verge of collapsing as hospitals in the areas worst-affected by a worrying surge in coronavirus cases are quickly running out of intensive care beds to treat COVID-19 patients. "Our health system is under a situation of extreme pressure," Health Minister Marta Temido told reporters on Sunday afternoon after a visit to a struggling hospital. The health system, which prior to the pandemic had the lowest number of critical care beds per 100,000 inhabitants in Europe, can accommodate a maximum of 672 COVID-19 patients in intensive care units, or ICUs, according to health ministry data.
Amsterdam giants Ajax beat bitter-rivals Feyenoord 1-0 on Sunday to stay top of the Dutch league in hotly-contested game in an empty Johan Cruyff Arena.
Israel approved on Sunday plans to build hundreds of new settler homes in the occupied West Bank, projects it is advancing in the final days of the pro-settlement Trump administration. The planned construction, on land captured by Israel in the 1967 war that Palestinians seek as part of a future state, was announced on Monday by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu ordered the plans advanced and on Sunday, a government committee gave final ratification for 365 homes and preliminary approval for another 415, said the Israeli anti-settlement group Peace Now, which monitored the session.
A political leafleting row has erupted after Green Party councillors escaped fines for going door to door during lockdown. Ahead of the May elections the Green Party representatives in the ward of Winton, Bournemouth, Dorset, handed out postcards providing contact details for local bodies as well as information about the upcoming elections. Sam de Reya, Assistant Chief Constable of Dorset Police, tweeted: "Can I please remind you and your team of the 'Stay Home Save Lives' message. "There is no exemption for posting material to households and you could be breaching legislation."
Manchester United held onto top spot in the Premier League after grinding out a dour 0-0 draw at title rivals Liverpool, while Tanguy Ndombele's stunning strike sealed Tottenham's 3-1 win at Sheffield United on Sunday.
President-elect Joe Biden's top advisors on Sunday outlined his plans to tackle the nation's multiple crises while balancing the impeachment trial of Donald Trump, as an historic inauguration week opens in the United States.
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Manchester United maintained their three-point advantage over Liverpool at the top of the Premier League but were denied a famous win at Anfield by Alisson Becker's heroics in a 0-0 draw on Sunday.
Canada's ambassador to the United States said on Sunday that while the two countries have shared vision on many issues, President-elect Joe Biden's economic policy is slightly more protectionist than what Canada would like. While Ottawa has been quick to embrace of Biden in an effort to turn the page on the Donald Trump era, the incoming U.S. administration's "buy America" policy is worrying to Canada.
Jonathan David's late strike gave Lille a last-gasp 2-1 home win over Reims on Sunday which moved them level with Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain.
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The SNP has been accused of putting independence ahead of tackling the Covid pandemic after unveiling a new "taskforce" to accelerate its campaign to break up Britain. Keith Brown, the SNP's depute leader, said the party was "ramping things up" by preparing for a second independence referendum in the "early stages" of the next parliament, following May's Holyrood election. He said the group would be based in SNP headquarters, led by a "high-profile and experienced Yes campaigner" and would "lay the foundations" for any referendum campaign. Among its specific tasks are publishing a series of policy papers making the case for separation, creating campaign materials for "door-to-door activism" after the pandemic ends and establishing a "national information service." Mr Brown said the taskforce was "the final piece in the jigsaw that will help deliver independence", despite Boris Johnson's refusal to give Nicola Sturgeon the power to stage another vote. But Holyrood's opposition parties expressed disbelief that the SNP had announced the move amid widespread concern about the spread of the new Covid strain and unprecedented demand for Scotland's hospital beds. Douglas Ross, the Scottish Tory leader, said: "The SNP are ramping up their push for indy ref two this year while the rest of Scotland is worried about their jobs and when they'll get the Covid vaccine."
Having a baby does affect a good night's sleep for mothers more than fathers, despite the rise of the modern man willing to share parental responsibilities, a new study suggests. Researchers also discovered that experienced mothers suffer more than first time mums, for sleep quality gets worse with each new child while for fathers, it makes no difference. And it may be down to the men not pulling their weight, health experts said, because as a couple have more children the lack of help from dads increases the tension and stress in the mothers. It is not just the amount of sleep in hours and minutes that is affected, but the number of times it is interrupted and the quality of sleep, according to the study published in Journal of Sleep Research. Researchers at Montreal's McGill University analysed the sleep patterns of 54 couples with children and three single mothers every night for two weeks. First time mothers suffered fragmented sleep. But while second or third time mums had more experience in dealing with a crying baby, their quality of sleep worsened - though the time spent asleep remained the same. However, for fathers, their overall night time sleep patterns remained unchanged both in length and quality whether they were father to one crying baby or multiple children over the years.
Canada striker David netted a minute into stoppage time to put Lille on 42 points from 20 games, behind PSG who beat Angers 1-0 away on Saturday, on goal difference. Third-placed Olympique Lyonnais will reclaim top spot if they beat Metz at home later on Sunday. Earlier, fifth-placed Stade Rennes beat Brest 2-1 away as they stayed level on 36 points with fourth-placed Monaco.
A local official from India's ruling Hindu nationalist party on Sunday registered a police complaint against an Amazon Prime web series alleging it insults Hindu gods and goddesses, and threatened to launch a protest at the company's office in Mumbai. Protests against Amazon.com have been organised for Monday to warn it not to show scenes insulting Hindu gods and goddesses, Ram Kadam, a BJP member of the Maharashtra legislative assembly, said in a tweet after filing a complaint with police in Mumbai on Sunday. The political drama "Tandav" also drew the ire of other lawmakers from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), causing fresh controversy for the e-commerce giant which last year had to withdraw dozens of rugs and doormats depicting Hindu gods from its international Amazon.com platform after a backlash in India.
Almost a third of recovered Covid patients will end up back in hospital within five months and one in eight will die, alarming new figures have shown. Research by Leicester University and the Office for National Statistics (ONS) found there is a devastating long-term toll on survivors of severe coronavirus, with many people developing heart problems, diabetes and chronic liver and kidney conditions. Out of 47,780 people who were discharged from hospital in the first wave, 29.4 per cent were readmitted to hospital within 140 days, and 12.3 per cent of the total died. The current cut-off point for recording Covid deaths is 28 days after a positive test, so it may mean thousands more people should be included in the coronavirus death statistics. Researchers have called for urgent monitoring of people who have been discharged from hospital.
Riots and violent clashes between Tunisian police and protesters broke out on Sunday in the capital Tunis and several other cities for the second consecutive day, as the country faces an unprecedented economic crisis. Tunisian authorities said earlier that they had arrested 240 people, mostly teenagers, after violent clashes with police in several cities overnight and during the day on Sunday. A decade on from a revolution against poverty, corruption and injustice, Tunisia has progressed towards democracy but its economic problems have worsened, with the country on the verge of bankruptcy and public services in a dire situation.
In Columbia, South Carolina, a group of about half a dozen people stood on the opposite side of the Statehouse lawn from pro-Trump protesters, with one holding a sign that read: “What are you so PROUD of, BOYS?” It was a reference to the far-right group Proud Boys. In Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Stephen Rzonca, who lives a few minutes from the state Capitol, said he came to greet any possible demonstrators, although there were none as of mid-day.