4. Global news roundup
1. Leftist schoolteacher Pedro Castillo appears to have been elected as Peru's next president, though his margin of victory is just 0.4% and 300,000 votes are still being scrutinized by electoral authorities.
Driving the news: His opponent Keiko Fujimori, the right-wing daughter of a former autocrat, is claiming fraud without evidence and could demand a recount.
- In yet another twist on Thursday, a prosecutor requested that Fujimori be returned to jail for allegedly violating bail tied to corruption charges that predate the election.
- The big picture: Peru has cycled through five presidents in the past five years and many of the country's leading politicians have been charged with corruption.
- What to watch: Castillo's policy platform was fairly vague, but he has called for greater state intervention in the economy, and his apparent victory has bolstered the resurgent Latin American left.
2. President Daniel Ortega is doing his best to ensure Nicaragua does not hold a competitive election in November — arresting a string of prominent opposition leaders and civil society activists, intimidating journalists, and erasing any illusions that the country remains a democracy.
- Driving the news: The U.S. sanctioned four Nicaraguan officials on Wednesday, including Ortega's daughter.
3. A Russian court on Wednesday outlawed organizations founded by opposition leader Alexei Navalny, labeling the groups "extremist," threatening Navalny's associates with jail time and effectively banning them from running for office.
- The backdrop: The move came one week before the Biden-Putin summit.
4. China criticized a sweeping Beijing-focused global competition bill passed by the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, calling the $250 billion package "full of Cold War mentality," Axios' Jacob Knutson writes.
5. France has suspended military cooperation and around $12.1 million in aid to the Central African Republic because of the country's failure to stop an anti-France disinformation campaign linked to Russia, which has major influence in CAR.