Thousands of demonstrators defied a heavy police presence in Algiers on Monday for a march to mark the second anniversary of a mass protest movement that convulsed Algeria before the COVID-19 pandemic forced it off the streets.
Thousands of protesters took to the streets of Thailand’s capital, Bangkok, to rally toward the government headquarters to reiterate calls for an overhaul of the administration and the resignation of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha.
Gold’s scorching rally gathered more force, with prices driven higher into record territory above $2,000 an ounce as investors assessed prospects of more stimulus to combat the pandemic’s fallout, another slide in US real yields and increased geopolitical risks.
It’s easy to forget now but there was a time early on in the pandemic when the price of gold was in freefall. It was a curious thing, what with the virus sparking a collapse in the global economy, and it would prove in time to be one of the great head-fakes in the recent history of financial markets.
Dozens of Lebanese protesters held a harsh anti-US rally outside the fortified American Embassy in Beirut, denouncing what they said was Washington's interference in Lebanon's affairs while some chanted in support of the Hezbollah movement.
Iraqi protesters staged a demonstration in the capital Baghdad to condemn Saudi daily Asharq al-Awsat newspaper over an offensive cartoon depicting Iraq's most prominent Shia cleric Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani.
Thousands of protesters gathered on Saturday in cities across Australia, shouting slogans in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and aiming to raise awareness of the mistreatment of Indigenous people.
Iran has summoned the British ambassador to protest his "unconventional behavior and attendance at illegal rallies" in Tehran held days after the shooting down of a Ukrainian passenger plane near the Iranian capital.
Gold’s end-of-year stealth rally is gaining ground even as investors target risk assets including equities and early data suggest that macro-economic conditions are set to be more benign in 2020 than this year.