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Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the Biden administration "stands ready" to support Haiti in the wake of the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse.

Why it matters: The assassination threatens to plunge the already tumultuous political landscape of the country into further disarray.

The latest: Haitian police said Thursday they have arrested six people believed to be involved in the attack, including foreigners, per the Miami Herald. The AP, citing an election official, reports that at least one Haitian American is among those arrested.

  • Haiti's interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph on Wednesday declared a two-week "state of siege," and called for an international investigation into the incident.
  • The New York Times has described the state of siege as "essentially putting the country under martial law."
  • The U.N. special envoy for Haiti, Helen La Lime, said later Thursday that Joseph will remain in charge until an election is held, Reuters reports.
  • La Lime added that Joseph told her that he plans to keep in place the scheduled Sept. 26 election date with a second round in November.

What they're saying: "We continue to call for elections to happen this year and we believe they should proceed," Psaki said in a press briefing.

  • "We know that free and fair elections will facilitate a peaceful transition of power to a newly elected president," she added.
  • "We want to provide assistance, whether that is assistance requested by the government or assistance that is needed for the people of the country to prosper in the future."

The big picture: "Haiti has for decades struggled to shed its history of destabilizing dictatorships, foreign interventions, and economic exploitation," the Washington Post writes.

  • "In recent weeks, it has edged toward the brink of becoming a failed state, amid a spike in violence in the capital, Port-au-Prince, coupled with political and economic crises," the Post adds.

Editor's note: This story has been updated with Helen La Lime's comments.

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Iraq holds parliamentary election

Iraqi voters cast their ballots at a polling station in the country's early general election in Sulaymaniyah, Iraq, on Oct. 10. Photo: Fariq Faraj Mahmood/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Iraq on Sunday held an election to establish a parliament, a move many residents hope will result in reforms and change, AP reports.

Why it matters: The election, originally scheduled for next year, was pushed forward after a massive anti-government protest in the capital of Baghdad two years ago, during which thousands of people were injured and hundreds died.

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Democrats' billionaires tax explained

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There is now legislative language behind the push to tax American billionaires on unrealized capital gains, as Sen. Ron Wyden last night released his 107-page plan.

Why it matters: This would be a sea change in U.S. tax policy, which has only applied to realized gains (otherwise known as income).

COP26 head warns Glasgow summit will be "harder than Paris"

Alok Sharma, U.K. COP26 president, in Milan on Sept. 30, 2021. Photo: Stefano Guidi/Getty Images

U.K. COP26 President Alok Sharma told reporters Tuesday that the upcoming talks in Glasgow, widely viewed as the last chance to avoid some of the worst consequences of global warming, will be extremely difficult.

Driving the news: Sharma sought to temper expectations and note that the agenda features some of the toughest items that negotiators have punted on at previous summits.

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