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Haiti announced a new government on Monday with Ariel Henry as the country’s new Prime Minister. He will take over from Claude Joseph, who took over the role of interim leader after the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse at his house on July 7th. Henry, a neurosurgeon, had been killed by Moïse shortly before he took office, although he was still to be sworn in. The US is pushing Haitian officials for a unity government with upcoming elections. The US has continued to rule the country since invading Haiti more than a century ago.
Pedro Castillo has been declared the new President of Peru. He will be sworn in on July 28th. Castillo, a 51-year-old former school teacher and union leader, defeated his opponent, right-wing candidate Keiko Fujimori, in a razor-thin victory. The country’s electoral authority announced this after reviewing Fujimori’s allegations of electoral fraud. “We will work together and bring this country together,” said Castillo during a speech in the capital, Lima.
A study shows the death toll from COVID-19 in India could be ten times the official figure – at more than 4 million. The report was published by Arvind Subramanian, the country’s former chief economic advisor, and two other researchers from the Center for Global Development and Harvard University. India broke global one-day records in the number of cases and deaths this year, driven by the highly contagious Delta variant, relaxed restrictions and a slow roll-out of vaccinations. The Indian government has rejected the claim as exaggerated and misleading.
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