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Tense G20 summit, Macron and the ‘yellow vests, gene-edited embryos

Maybe we should cry for Argentina? The Copa Libertadores soccer final between River Plate and Boca Juniors has now been moved to Madrid after the spectacle that unfolded in the streets of Buenos Aires between rioting fans. And of course the protests against hosting the G-20 summit - a decision taken long before Argentina found itself teetering on the brink of another bankruptcy.


Donald Trump's National Security Advisor John Bolton has paid a courtesy visit to Brazil's far-right president-elect, Jair Bolsonaro, who will be sworn on New Year's Day, en route to the G20. Bolsonaro, who's named a climate sceptic as his foreign minister, announced this week that Brazil won't be hosting next year's U-N's climate summit - officially for money reasons, but it's an open secret that he's no fan of the Paris agreement.

In Paris, shopkeepers on the Champs-Elysées are hunkering down for what could be the second Saturday in a row of rioting. “Yellow vest” protesters want the scrapping of a fuel tax hikes that they say punishes the less well-off that live far from the city centres.

And in China, a 34-year old doctor who's yet to publish his findings, claims to have done most of the work on his own in the lab in Shenzen. He Jiankui claims to have altered the genes of twin baby girls to enable them to resist future HIV infection.

Produced by Charles WENTE, Melissa KALAYDJIAN and James VASINA

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