Haiti's government appointed Ariel Henry as prime minister, nearly two weeks after President Jovenel Moise was gunned down in a murder plot.
Henry assumed the role of de-facto leader of the Western Hemisphere's poorest nation in a ceremony in the capital Port-au-Prince.
Haiti has been struggling with lawlessness fuelled by violent gangs. He called for continued international support for the government, which has received billions in aid since a devastating earthquake in 2010.
Russia and Uzbekistan will hold joint military drills in Uzbekistan near Afghan border. The exercise will take place in southernmost Surxondaryo province and will involve around 1,500 troops and around 200 vehicles, including aircraft
Taliban fighters have made major advances as U.S. forces pull out after 20 years of war, a security headache for Moscow which fears refugees may be pushed into its Central Asian backyard.
The joint drills, which involve Russian, Tajik and Uzbek forces, are due to take place 20 km from the Afghan border in Tajikistan from Aug. 5-10.
China unveiled a home-grown magnetic levitation train capable of reaching 600 kph, the fastest train ever built by the country.
The new train's speed approaches the 603 kph world record set by a Japanese maglev built by Central Japan Railway, starting an intense competition for technical supremacy in the high-speed train market.
The development of China's maglevbegan in 2016, with a successful trial run in June 2020. CRRC, the world's biggest manufacturer of train cars, had been fine-tuning the maglev before unveiling.
CRRC touts the maglev's lightness and durability as its strengths. The train can make the trip from Beijing to Shanghai in three and a half hours.
That cuts about two hours from the time needed for a conventional bullet train to travel the same distance.