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THE HIGHLIGHTS

A lot of countries are facing big shake-ups. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

Let’s start with Haiti. A couple weeks ago, the country’s prez, Jovenel Moise, was suddenly assassinated during an attack on his home. It left Haiti in shock - not to mention with a major power vacuum. So this guy named Claude Joseph stepped in as acting prime minister, and he’s been leading the country ever since. Scratch that, because yesterday, Joseph was replaced by Ariel Henry, a neurosurgeon who was picked for the role of prime minister right before Moise was killed. Stay tuned. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS PT 2. 

Peru’s presidential election fiiiiiiinally has a winner. ICYMI, last month, the country headed to the polls to decide between two candidates: Pedro Castillo, a leftist union activist with no gov experience, and Keiko Fujimoro, the right-wing daughter of a jailed ex-prez. Voters were apparently not too happy about either option, and the race was extremely close. But now, it looks like Castillo’s officially taken the win. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS PT 3. 

Over in Chile, the country just experienced its presidential primaries. The results? Former student leader Gabriel Boric won the support of the left-leaning coalition, while former Cabinet minister and bank prez Sebastian Sichel got the nomination from the right. Cue surprise, since Boric and Sichel were considered underdogs. 

 

THE TAKE. 

TBD on how these new leaders - or, in Chile’s case, political candidates - change things. 


THE ACTION

CORONAVIRUS: Last week, French Prez Emmanuel Macron announced that people need a “health pass” - proof of a coronavirus vaccination, a recent negative test, or a recent coronavirus recovery - to go to restaurants, cafes, movie theaters, long-distance trains...to name a few. That had a couple of big effects. See: 100,000 people took to the streets to protest...and France had record numbers of vaccinations. Speaking of which, a US judge just upheld Indiana University's vaccine mandate. This comes as hundreds of colleges are requiring coronavirus vaccinations for on-campus students. Also making headlines: Canada is going to open its border to fully vaccinated Americans in August. World markets are falling as fears rise over the delta variant. And coronavirus cases are rising in Japan ahead of the Olympics. 

 

WEATHER: Recently, it came out that more than 700 people who were thought to be missing after Western Europe was hit with deadly flooding are safe. But hundreds of people remain unaccounted for, with the death toll continuing to rise. Meanwhile, the Met Office (as in the UK’s national weather service) just issued its first-ever extreme heat warning. You read that right. Officials say temps could reach 32 degrees Celsius, or nearly 90 degrees Fahrenheit, in parts of England. And in other news, the US West is continuing to deal with extreme heat and wildfires. The worst fire at the moment - the Bootleg Fire - has now grown to more than 340,000 acres. It’s the fourth largest wildfire in Oregon since 1990. 

 

USA: Yesterday, the first person to have pleaded guilty to storming the Capitol on January 6th was sentenced. Hint: he pleaded guilty to a single felony count - obstruction of an official proceeding before Congress - and he’ll be spending 8 months in prison. This comes after the gov had asked for an 18-month sentence. Now, everyone’s watching to see whether this is an indicator of how other Capitol attackers will be charged. In other news, the US (plus a bunch of allies) is pointing fingers at China for hacking Microsoft. Yes, really. More specifically, the Biden team says China breached Microsoft email systems used by big bizes, govs, and military contractors. Tension, high. And meanwhile, Dems in Congress just intro’d a plan to tax imports from countries that don’t significantly cut greenhouse gas emissions. 


WHAT TO KNOW

Wally Funk:” who, at the age of 82, will become the oldest person to go to space. Out of this world. 


SAY WHAT?

“100-pound tropical fish discovered on a beach in Oregon” - an actual headline. Something’s fishy.


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