As of Monday, Haiti no longer has any democratically elected government officials, after the terms for the remaining senators in government expired. Journalist Widlore Mérancourt, editor-in-chief of AyiboPost, discusses the worsening situation with The World's host Marco Werman.
Top of The World: The Taliban swept into Kabul on Sunday, installing itself in the presidential palace after taking over one provincial capital after another with shocking speed. For many Afghans, the widespread uncertainty gripping Afghanistan has led to a desperate rush to escape the country. Also, a powerful 7.2-magnitude earthquake in Haiti has left more than 1,200 people dead with thousands of homes and other buildings reduced to rubble.
Top of The World: Opening ceremonies for the long-awaited Summer Olympic Games kicked off in Tokyo. And, Haiti lays President Jovenel Moïse to rest, who was assassinated in his home on July 7, in a state funeral on Friday. Also, Chinese President Xi Jinping made an unannounced visit to Tibet, in his first trip as president.
The body of slain Haitian President Jovenel Moïse was returned to his hometown Friday for a private funeral amid heavy security following violent protests and fears of political volatility in the Caribbean nation.
Top of The World: Haiti announced a new government on Monday with Ariel Henry as the country’s new prime minister. And, Pedro Castillo has been declared the new president-elect of Peru. Also, a study shows that India’s COVID-19 death toll could be 10 times higher than the official count.
Haitian authorities continue their search for the killers of President Jovenel Moïse, arresting two Americans, along with retired members of the Colombian military. And, President Biden defends the US withdraw from Afghanistan, as the Taliban captures two strategic border crossings, including one with Iran. Also, South Sudan marks 10 years of independence, but looks back at a decade of violence and chronic hunger.
Pamela White served as US ambassador to Haiti from 2012 to 2015 and is now with the School of Policy and International Affairs at the University of Maine. She discussed the situation in Haiti with The World's host Marco Werman.
Top of The World: After engaging in a chaotic shootout, Haitian police have killed four suspects who were allegedly involved in the predawn assassination of President Jovenel Moïse. Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declared a state of emergency for Tokyo in an effort to combat the alarming number of coronavirus infections. Jacob Zuma turned himself in to authorities on Thursday to begin a 15-month jail sentence.
Haiti's president Jovenel Moïse is assassinated in an overnight attack on his residence, while the first lady remains in the hospital. And, Iran sees widespread blackouts that disrupt communications and transportation. Plus, the British parliament proposes transferring asylum-seekers to a third country while their cases are processed, in what rights groups call a violation fo international law.
Gunmen assassinated Haiti's president in an overnight raid, also wounding his wife.
Jean-Jacques Dessalines, the black Haitian revolutionary who defeated the French to free Haiti from colonial rule in 1804, has emerged as a new icon of protest in Haiti.