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News in the Humanosphere: Haiti’s provisional president steps in

Jocelerme Privert

Lawmakers in Haiti chose the country’s Senate leader on Sunday to lead a caretaker government that will fill the void left by last week’s departure of President Michel Martelly and perhaps ease lingering tensions that recently pushed the deeply polarized nation into political crisis. Jocelerme Privert was elected as provisional president and sworn in by Haiti’s bicameral legislature. Mr. Privert promised that new elections would be held “as soon as possible.” (NY Times

Swedish police said Sunday they had launched a murder inquiry after one person was killed in a fight at a refugee center, raising fresh concerns about security in the country’s increasingly overstretched asylum homes. (AFP

Libya’s Presidential Council named a revised line-up late on Sunday for a unity government under a United Nations-backed plan aimed at ending the conflict in the North African state. (Reuters

An official in the Mexican state of Sinaloa says the bodies of 13 people have been found in a rural area. (AP

A Congolese opposition leader who was arrested Sunday before a planned strike this week has been released, the government’s spokesman said. (AP

Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders on Sunday said Europe must control its borders but not close them, as divisions deepen over how the continent should stem its huge influx of migrants. (AFP

Construction started on 1,800 homes for Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank last year, 265 of them in wildcat outposts, settlements watchdog Peace Now said Sunday in its annual report. (AFP

Pope Francis urged Mexicans to reject the devil and build a nation free of “merchants of death” during an open-air mass with 300,000 people in a crime-ridden city. (AFP

Rwanda’s sudden plan to relocate the refugees to other countries comes amid accusations that Kigali is meddling in the affairs of its troubled neighbor. Burundi has repeatedly accused Rwanda of backing rebels intent on overthrowing the government in Bujumbura. Kigali has fiercely denied the accusations. (AFP



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