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Canada’s Trudeau to gamble on vaccinations, economic rebound in likely September snap vote

Canada's Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is poised to trigger a snap election two years ahead of schedule, betting that high vaccination rates and a post-pandemic rebound will help him prolong and strengthen his grip on power. Trudeau, 49, is eyeing September for what would be his third election, sources said. He first won a majority in 2015. But in...

Ecuador revokes WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s citizenship

A court has revoked WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange‘s Ecuadorian citizenship. Ecuador’s justice system formally notified the Australian that his naturalisation had been nullified after Ecuadorian authorities said the supporting letter had multiple inconsistencies, different signatures, the possible alteration of documents and unpaid fees, among other issues. Carlos Poveda, Assange’s lawyer, told The Associated Press news agency the decision was made without...

Peru swears in new President Pedro Castillo

Peru has sworn in new President Pedro Castillo, a leftist former teachers’ union leader who already faces mounting challenges to build his government, tackle the coronavirus crisis and unite a deeply polarised country. Castillo was sworn in at midday local time (17:00 GMT) on Wednesday in the capital, Lima, after weeks of uncertainty following a hard-fought June presidential runoff that saw...

Olympics latest: Katie Ledecky fights back to win 1,500m

Katie Ledecky has finally won her first gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics, clinching first place at the 1,500-metre freestyle, which made its Games debut for women this year. The American superstar’s typical dominating performance came just an hour after being well-beaten in the final of the 200-metre freestyle, where she finished fifth. Ledecky led from beginning to end, finishing...