In Haiti, the difficult relationship of gangs and business
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Youri Mevs knew that the call was coming, and she was terrified. Mevs is a member of one of the richest families in Haiti; she owns Shodecosa, Haiti’s largest industrial park, which warehouses 93 percent of the nation’s imported food. Like everyone else, she has watched with despair as her country descended into chaos since the assassination of President Jovenel Moise.news.yahoo.com
Haitian gang demands $17M in ransom for abducted missionaries
The "400 Mawozo" gang in Haiti is demanding $1 million for each of the 17 missionaries it abducted. The group was kidnapped last weekend just outside of the capital of Port-au-Prince. Gang activity has been on the rise following the assassination of the country's president in July. Robert Fatton, Jr. is the Julia A. Cooper professor of government and foreign affairs at the University of Virginia. He joined CBSN's Elaine Quijano to discuss.news.yahoo.com
Eye Opener: American missionaries kidnapped in Haiti
More than a dozen American missionaries have been kidnapped by a gang in Haiti. Also, jury selection begins in the murder trial of the men accused of killing Ahmaud Arbery. All that and all that matters in today’s Eye Opener. Your world in 90 seconds.news.yahoo.com
WorldView: Rival Taliban leaders clash; prosecutor in Haiti assassination probe fired
BBC News reported two Taliban leaders argued over who did the most to secure the group's victory in Afghanistan and how power has been divided. Meanwhile, a new chief prosecutor in Haiti was sworn in just hours after his predecessor asked a judge to charge Prime Minister Ariel Henry in relation to the July assassination of President Jovenel Moise, and nine activists and former lawmakers in Hong Kong were sentenced to up to 10 months in jail each for their roles in a candlelight vigil last year to remember the Tiananmen Square massacre. Also, French health care workers face a deadline to have at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine or face unpaid suspension. CBS News' Haley Ott joined "CBSN AM" from London with those international headlines.news.yahoo.com
Haitian president's hometown holds funeral amid violence
The funeral for slain Haitian President Jovenel Moïse has been briefly interrupted by nearby gunfire and tear gas as well as agitated supporters that caused U.S. and U.N. officials to leave before his widow spoke publicly for the first time since the attack.
Haiti’s acting prime minister to step down in wake of president’s assassination, official says
Haiti’s interim prime minister Claude Joseph will step down, a top official confirmed today. The move comes in the wake of the July 7 assassination of President Jovenel Moise, who was fatally shot when assailants armed with assault rifles stormed his private residence in the hills above Port-au-Prince. Elections minister Mathias Pierre said negotiations are still ongoing, but that Ariel Henry, who Mr Moise had designated to replace Mr Joseph a day before he was killed, will lead the country.news.yahoo.com
Mayorkas says migrants shouldn’t travel illegally by sea from Cuba or Haiti
At an event on Tuesday, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas discouraged migrants from traveling unlawfully by sea to the United States. After pledging support for the people of Haiti and Cuba, in light of political turmoil in both countries, Mayorkas said, “If you take to the sea, you will not come to the United States.”news.yahoo.com
Haiti seeks 5 fugitives as investigation into president's assassination deepens
A former Haitian senator, a fired government official and an informant for the U.S. government are the latest suspects identified as part of a sweeping investigation into the killing of President Jovenel Moïse.news.yahoo.com
Why Is a Florida-Based Pastor Under Arrest for the Assassination of Haiti's President?
The mystery surrounding the murder of Haiti’s President Jovenel Moïse deepened Monday as Haitian police arrested a U.S.-based evangelical pastor, placing him at the center of a murky plot surrounding an assassination that has stunned Haitians and international observers. Police claim that Christian Emmanuel Sanon, a Haiti-born 62-year-old who has been living in Florida for more than two decades, helped recruit the group of some two dozen people who stormed Haiti’s presidential palace on July 7 and served as a middleman to the unnamed masterminds of the operation. The gunmen fatally shot President Moïse, an embattled leader mired in corruption scandals, and wounded his wife, but left without injuring any members of the presidential guard—raising suspicion about why they faced so little resistance.news.yahoo.com
2 Haitian Americans among those arrested in slaying of Haiti's president
Two men believed to be Haitian Americans — one of them purportedly a former bodyguard at the Canadian Embassy in Port-au-Prince — are among 17 people arrested in connection with the assassination of Haiti’s president, Haitian officials said Thursday.news.yahoo.com
Haiti's president alleges coup conspiracy, says 20 arrested
Dabrézil is one of three judges that the opposition favors as a potential transitional president. André Michel, one of Haiti's top opposition leaders, held a press conference hours after the arrests and called for civil disobedience and demanded that Moïse be arrested. The arrests come on the day that opposition leaders claim Moïse should resign, saying that his term ends on Sunday. Moïse has repeatedly stated that his five-year term ends in February 2022. Former President Michel Martelly’s term ended in 2016, but a chaotic election forced the appointment of a provisional president for one year until Moïse was sworn in in 2017.
Haiti braces for unrest as opposition demands new president
Opposition leaders are demanding Moïse’s resignation and legislative elections to restart a Parliament dissolved a year ago. They claim that Moïse’s five-year term is legally ending — that it began when former President Michel Martelly's term expired in February 2016. He also said the constitutional referendum won't give Moïse more power but said changes are needed to the 1987 document. François said he won't take part in the “circus act” of voting in the referendum or elections. “This is a country of corruption.”Moïse has faced numerous calls for resignation since taking office, with protests roiling Haiti since late 2017.
Haitian police, protesters clash; president calls for unity
A protester walks past burning barricades during a protest demanding the resignation of President Jovenel Moise in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. The country is currently experiencing a political impasse without a parliament and is now run entirely by decree under Moise. It was the latest unrest during more than a year of protests calling for the resignation of President Jovenel Moïse over corruption charges. In February, police exchanged gunfire with Haitian soldiers outside the national palace where police were protesting working conditions. Earlier this year, a scathing United Nations report accused Haitian police of corruption and failing to protect the population.
Humanitarian crisis increases in Haiti as protests grip nation
Photos of the protests, which have been happening intermittently since February, have shown people burning car tires and clashing with police in Port-au-Prince. The United Nations reported Wednesday its humanitarian efforts have been impacted by the protests, affecting access to medical care and causing fuel shortages and lack of safe water. Despite reports there have been casualties in clashes over the past few weeks, Haitian officials have yet to comment. The "mega protest" Haitians have titled "Mobilizasyon san Limit," or "Unlimited Mobilization," is expected to begin around 10 a.m. Journalist Etant Dupain reported from Port-au-Prince and CNN's Jackie Castillo, Taylor Barnes and Chandler Thornton reported and wrote in Atlanta.