Haiti Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant takes place for the interpellation session at the Chamber of Deputies in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on July 14, 2018. Photo: PIERRE MICHEL JEAN/AFP/Getty Images

Haiti's prime minister, Jack Guy Lafontant, has resigned following protests over the government's decision to raise fuel prices which led to riots last weekend, reports the Associated Press.

The details: The increase in fuel prices was part of an agreement with the IMF, "which required Haiti to enact a series of economic reforms in exchange for $96 million from donors," per the Miami Herald. Upon last week's announcement that gas prices would increase by 38%, diesel by 47% and kerosene by 51%, angry Haitians reportedly filled the streets, "burning tires and erecting road blocks. Luxury hotels were attacked, while businesses were vandalized and looted as protesters demanded the departure of Lafontant and Moïse."

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Deadly storm Zeta pummels parts of Alabama and Florida

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Former Hurricane Zeta has killed at least one person after a downed power line electrocuted a 55-year-old in Louisiana as the storm's powerful winds and heavy rainfall moved into Alabama overnight.

What's happening: After "battering southeastern Louisiana and southern Mississippi," Zeta weakened to a tropical storm over central Alabama early on Thursday, per the National Hurricane Center.

Taiwan reaches a record 200 days with no local coronavirus cases

Catholics go through containment protocols including body-temperature measurement and hands-sanitisation before entering the Saint Christopher Parish Church, Taipei City, Taiwan, in July. Photo: Ceng Shou Yi/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Taiwan on Thursday marked no locally transmitted coronavirus cases for 200 days, as the island of 23 million people's total number of infections reported stands at 550 and the COVID-19 death toll at seven.

Why it matters: Nowhere else in the world has reached such a milestone. While COVID-19 cases surge across the U.S. and Europe, Taiwan's last locally transmitted case was on April 12. Experts credit tightly regulated travel, early border closure, "rigorous contact tracing, technology-enforced quarantine and universal mask wearing," along with the island state's previous experience with the SARS virus, per Bloomberg.

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