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Xinhua world news summary at 1030 GMT, July 20

20 Jul 2021, 21:44 GMT+10

LIMA -- The National Jury of Elections of Peru on Monday night officially declared Pedro Castillo to be president-elect, a month and a half after the June 6 presidential run-off.

"I declare Mr. Jose Pedro Castillo Terrones President of the Republic, and Ms. Dina Ercilia Boluarte Zegarra, First Vice President of the Republic," the election body's highest authority, Jorge Salas Arenas, announced during a virtual ceremony. (Peru-President- Fujimori)

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KABUL -- Several rockets were fired Tuesday on Afghanistan's Presidential Palace in Kabul but failed to hit the target, officials and media reports said.

Casualties have not been reported so far. Media reports said the explosions happened near the Presidential Palace. (Afghanistan-Kabul-Attack)

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UNITED NATIONS -- United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday strongly condemned the horrific bomb attack targeting civilians at a market in Iraq's Sadr City, said his deputy spokesman.

Guterres extended his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and to the government and people of Iraq. He wished those injured a speedy recovery, said Farhan Haq, the deputy spokesman, in a late-night statement. (UN-Iraq-Bombing)

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SANTO DOMINGO -- Haiti's interim prime minister, Claude Joseph, who has led the country since the assassination of President Jovenel Moise on July 7, will step down and hand over power to neurosurgeon Ariel Henry, the country's Electoral Affairs confirmed on Monday.

Henry and Joseph have been discussing the formation of a new government for several days, leading to new authorities taking office on Monday, with the acting prime minister becoming the minister of foreign affairs, Haitian newspaper Le Nouvelliste reported. (Haiti-New government-Assassination)

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JERUSALEM -- Israel on Tuesday warned consumer goods giant Unilever of "severe consequences" over the decision of its subsidiary Ben & Jerry's to halt its ice cream sales in Israeli settlements.

The Israeli prime minister's office said in a statement that Prime Minister Naftali Bennett had spoken over the phone with the CEO of Unilever Alan Jope. (Israel-Ice Cream-Sales Ban)

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