Ariel Henry announced as new prime minister of Haiti

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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 leadership from Claude Joseph, who had assumed the role of interim leader following the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse in his home on July 7. Henry, who is a neurosurgeon, had been appointed to the position by Moïse shortly before he was killed, though was yet to be sworn in. The US has been pressing Haitian officials for a unity government, with elections down the road. The US continues to hold sway in the country since it invaded Haiti more than a century ago.

Pedro Castillo has been declared the new president-elect of Peru. He will be sworn in on July 28. Castillo, a 51-year-old former school teacher and union leader, beat his opponent, right-wing candidate Keiko Fujimori, in a razor-thin victory. The country's election authority made the announcement after reviewing claims by Fujimori of electoral fraud. "We are going to work together and bring this country together," Castillo said during a speech in the capital Lima.

A study shows that India’s COVID-19 death toll could be 10 times higher than the official count — at more than 4 million. The report was published by Arvind Subramanian, the country’s former chief economic adviser, and two other researchers at the Center for Global Development and Harvard University. India broke global daily records of the number of cases and deaths this year, attributed to the highly contagious delta variant, relaxed restrictions and a  slow vaccination rollout. The Indian government has dismissed the claim as exaggerated and misleading.

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Wiel de Bie, 75, stands outside his flooded home in the town of Brommelen, Netherlands, July 17, 2021. 

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