Sport & Covid-19, Mandatory vaccines, Presidential assassination in Haiti, Afghanistan's future

THE WORLD THIS WEEK
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"It's Coming Home" is a pop song written for England's hosting of the Euros back in 1996. There is a petition up before parliament to make next Monday a bank holiday if England win the tournament. It must be tempting to get carried away, especially when there is political mileage to be gained. There is that minor technicality of having to beat Italy – a rejuvenated Italy with a savvy mix of youth and experience, like 36-year-old captain Giorgio Chiellini.

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Who ordered the assassination of Haiti's president? On Jovenel Moise's watch, the breakdown of law and order and the rise of gang rule had reached new proportions, but to be gunned down in the night at his private residence is a shock. Neighbours heard two hours of gunshots. Police only secured the scene at dawn. The first lady was airlifted to Miami in critical but now stable condition. On Thursday, the police paraded what they describe as mercenaries whom they blame for the attack.

If the United States does not want to own another crisis, it's because it's taking heat over its accelerating pullout from Afghanistan, this as the Taliban continue to gain ground. As the Taliban claim to have taken over points at the border with Iran and Tajikistan, the latter gave a heads-up to a Russian-led regional security cooperation group. There will be no new sequel to the Soviet invasion. Who, then, to step in?

Produced by Charles Wente, Juliette Laurain, Léopoldine Iribarren and Jack Colmer Gale.

The World This Week will be taking a break over the European summer and will return on August 27.

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