PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haiti's largest opposition groups have united in a campaign to push U.S.-backed President Jovenel Moise from office with nationwide protests aimed at paralyzing the...
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Prime Minister Henry Ceant was thrown out of office by a no-confidence vote Monday prompted by government dysfunction and inability to quash inflation, blackouts and...
Couple recalls escape from Haiti during unrest
ADAMS, Mass. (AP) — An Adams couple that was stranded in Haiti last month amid political unrest in the country is back in the Berkshires after making a harrowing escape past armed gunmen and...
Haitians seek water, food as businesses reopen after protest
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Businesses and government offices slowly reopened across Haiti on Monday after more than a week of violent demonstrations by hundreds of thousands of protesters demanding the resignation of President Jovenel Moise over skyrocketing prices that have more than doubled for basic goods amid allegations of government corruption.
Haiti to unveil economic measures to quell violent protests
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haitians on Friday vowed to keep protesting until President Jovenel Moise resigns, despite his announcement of upcoming economic measures designed to quell more than a week of violent demonstrations across the country.
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Venezuela's renewed political crisis rolled on, with opponents and supporters of President Nicolas Maduro both staging big rallies while foreign humanitarian aid piled up on the border with Colombia, blocked from entering by Venezuelan officials.
Protesters stone home of Haiti president, clash with police
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Protesters have stoned the Haitian president's home and clashed with police, leaving at least one demonstrator dead in the third straight day of demonstrations against economic mismanagement and corruption.
Organizers pledged more protests for Sunday, increasing pressure on President Jovenel Moise, who is calling for negotiations with his opposition.
Thousands protest to demand Haitian president’s ouster
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Haiti's capital on Thursday to demand the ouster of President Jovenel Moise amid months of protests.
Demonstrators want Moise to resign for not investigating allegations of corruption in the previous government over Petrocaribe, a Venezuelan subsidized energy program.
They pledged to continue demonstrations through the weekend unless the president resigns.
6 killed following argument at Haitian-Dominican border
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Six people were killed Saturday at the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic after an argument, authorities said.
Haitian police inspector Harry Deny told The Associated Press that the four custom officers and two civilians died in the town of Malpasse.
Protesters clash with police in Haiti as death toll rises
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Thousands of demonstrators are clashing with police in Haiti's capital and demanding the ouster of President Jovenel Moise amid the sixth day of protests.
Police on Friday fired tear gas at the crowd as people threw rocks, tried to loot stores and broke car windows in Port-au-Prince. One group hurled Molotov cocktails at a gas station, but the flames were quickly extinguished.
6 killed in Haiti after police say govt car loses control
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A Haitian government car went out of control into a group of people on Wednesday, killing at least six and further inflaming unrest in a capital wracked by violent protests.
Police spokesman Michel-Ange Louis-Jeune told The Associated Press that one of the car's wheels had come off. Protesters later set fire to the car, which remained on the scene in the capital of Port-au-Prince.
6 killed, 5 wounded in corruption protests across Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Six people were killed and at least five others were wounded Sunday during demonstrations across Haiti protesting allegations of embezzlement from a Venezuelan program that provided the country with subsidized oil, police said.
President Jovenel Moise called for dialogue with opposition groups that are seeking his resignation for failing to investigate corruption.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haiti's president says he will appoint a new prime minister as soon as possible following the resignation of the country's second highest official.
President Jovenel Moise said late Saturday in a television broadcast that he will "form an inclusive government whose mission will be to alleviate the misery of the Haitian people."
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haitian Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant resigned Saturday amid calls for him to step down over his handling of a failed plan to raise fuel prices that set off a wave of deadly protests.
Lafontant told Haiti's Chamber of Deputies that he sent President Jovenel Moise his resignation letter. Moise confirmed via Twitter that he had accepted Lafontant's resignation along with those of other Cabinet members.
Haiti leader: UK aid workers violated ‘basic human decency’
LONDON (AP) — Haiti's president condemned the British charity Oxfam on Tuesday for a sexual misconduct scandal, describing the alleged misbehavior of aid workers handling earthquake recovery efforts as a violation of basic human decency.
The comments from Haitian President Jovenel Moise add to the condemnation the anti-poverty charity has received since the Times of London revealed last week some Oxfam employees paid for sex while working in Haiti among people devastated by the 2010 earthquake.
Haiti ‘shocked and outraged’ over reported Trump remarks
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haitians reacted with outrage Friday to reports that President Donald Trump questioned why the U.S. would accept more immigrants from Haiti and "shithole countries" in Africa at an Oval Office meeting held on the eve of the anniversary of the 2010 earthquake, one of the deadliest disasters in modern history.
Caribbean Currents: Haiti’s resilient people celebrate independence
The Republic of Haiti has just celebrated its 214th year of independence. It was Jan. 1, 1804, when Haitian leaders said no to slavery and fought for and won freedom from not only slavery but also colonialism. This was long before independence became a reality for neighboring Caribbean nations. This was the focus for President Jovenel Moise on the first day of the New Year.
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US ending temporary permits for almost 60,000 Haitians
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration said Monday it is ending a temporary residency permit program that has allowed almost 60,000 citizens from Haiti to live and work in the United States since a 2010 powerful earthquake shook the Caribbean nation.
The Homeland Security Department said conditions in Haiti have improved significantly, so the benefit will be extended one last time — until July 2019 — to give Haitians time to prepare to return home.
UN ending 13-year military peacekeeping mission in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A U.N. peacekeeping mission in Haiti that has helped maintain order through 13 years of political turmoil and catastrophe is coming to an end as the last of the blue-helmeted soldiers from around the world leave despite concerns that the police and justice system are still not adequate to ensure security in the country.
Transportation strike over taxes shuts down much of Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Much of Haiti has come to a halt because of a transportation strike over new taxes proposed by the government.
Most Haitians do not have private cars and they get around on motorcycle taxis or the often elaborately painted vans and trucks known as "tap taps." But none were available Monday.
Most shops were closed, as were schools because students could not get to class. Government offices were technically open but most employees could not get to work.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haiti has announced a slight minimum wage increase for garment workers that falls well short of their demands, prompting union calls for a strike.
President Jovenel Moise said late Thursday that the minimum pay will rise from the current level of 300 gourdes ($4.75) per day to 350 gourdes ($5).
The union is demanding 800 gourdes (nearly $13) for an eight-hour day, saying workers are unable to live on what they earn now.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The top U.N. official for Haiti is urging the Caribbean country's new government to keep its promises to fight corruption, improve justice, and combat poverty especially in rural areas, saying peacekeepers have accomplished their mission of stabilizing the Western hemisphere's poorest nation.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A delegation from the U.N. Security Council arrived in Haiti on Thursday and was met by protesters demanding that the world body do more to fight a deadly outbreak of cholera likely caused by its troops.
MIAMI (AP) — Haiti's president plans to ask for a yearlong extension of U.S. immigration privileges granted to Haitians after a 2010 earthquake.
The Department of Homeland Security has said more than 50,000 Haitians legally living and working in the U.S. to plan to return home when their employment and residency benefits expire in January.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The U.S. homeland security chief made a brief visit to Haiti on Wednesday less than two weeks after the Trump administration suggested that 58,000 Haitians in the U.S. should get ready to return home.
Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly met privately with President Jovenel Moise and other officials on the grounds that used to house Haiti's domed National Palace before it pancaked in a devastating 2010 earthquake.
Haiti to rebuild National Palace smashed in 2010
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — A new National Palace will be built over the next several years to resemble the iconic 90-year-old structure smashed during Haiti’s cataclysmic 2010 earthquake, authorities announced Wednesday.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A new National Palace will be built over the next several years to resemble the iconic 90-year-old structure smashed during Haiti's cataclysmic 2010 earthquake, authorities announced Wednesday.
President Jovenel Moise, who took office in February, launched a palace reconstruction commission that includes Haitian architects and historians. He pledged that the Parliament and the Palace of Justice will also be rebuilt during his five-year administration.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The office of Haiti's president is using strong language to criticize people who threw rocks at his motorcade, calling them "extremists" who must be brought to justice.
President Jovenel Moise's motorcade was targeted Friday by a group of people hurling stones in Arcahaie, a coastal town north of Haiti's capital. There have been no reports of any injuries.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Chilean President Michelle Bachelet traveled to Haiti on Monday for talks with government and U.N. officials weeks before the start of her country's announced withdrawal of military peacekeepers.
Bachelet's stop included meetings with President Jovenel Moise, the U.N. special envoy to Haiti and the nearly 400 Chileans currently serving in the U.N. stabilization mission.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is recommending that the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Haiti wrap up with the departure of all 2,370 military personnel by Oct. 15.
The U.N. chief said a successor smaller peacekeeping operation should be established to continue to support police training, political stability, good governance, electoral reform, the rule of law and human rights in the impoverished Caribbean nation.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Several thousand Haitians filed past the remains of former President Rene Preval on Friday ahead of a state funeral that a senator sought to delay until further tests are conducted to definitively establish the cause of death of the two-term leader.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Rene Preval, a low-key technocrat who led Haiti as president during the devastating January 2010 earthquake and a messy and prolonged recovery, has died. He was 74.
Preval, who had the distinction of being the only democratically elected president to win and complete two terms in a country notorious for political upheaval, died Friday, according to a statement issued by President Jovenel Moise.
LES CAYES, Haiti (AP) — Haiti's three-day Carnival festivities have brought rum-fueled parties, imaginative costumes and high-energy dance music to a southern city that's still recovering from last year's punishing Hurricane Matthew.
Embassy: US ambassador to Haiti retires
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to Haiti has retired after a 29-year career as a foreign service officer.
Peter Mulrean's departure was announced Monday by the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince. The embassy's charge d'affaires will be in charge until a successor is nominated by President Donald Trump and confirmed by the Senate.
Haiti gov’t creates commission to probe prison conditions
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haiti announced a new government commission on Friday to probe the country's prisons and other overcrowded lockups and make recommendations to improve desperate conditions for inmates.
President Jovenel Moise, who was sworn in earlier this month as Haiti's leader for the next five years, announced the creation of the nine-member commission on Friday. The panel will have a month to finish its review and submit a report.
New Haiti leader nominates physician to be prime minister
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haiti's new president has chosen a physician and political outsider to be prime minister.
President Jovenel Moise announced in a late Wednesday tweet that he and Haiti's two legislative leaders have agreed upon the nomination of Dr. Jack Guy Lafontant.
Lafontant is a gastroenterologist and head of the Rotary Club in the commercial district of Petionville.
Miss Haiti returns to homeland following runner-up title
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A beauty queen who thrilled many Haitians with a strong showing in the Miss Universe contest has returned home to a high-level welcome.
Raquel Pelissier was the runner-up at the recent pageant in the Philippines, losing out to Miss France. The 25-year-old Miss Haiti is pursuing a master's degree in optometry research in Spain.
Canada announces $70M in development aid for Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Canada has announced roughly $70 million in development aid for Haiti a day after the poor country returned to a democratically elected government.
The funding is intended to improve conditions for Haitians, particularly for women and children.
Wednesday's announcement came a day after Jovenel Moise was sworn in as the Caribbean nation's president for the next five years.
Jovenel Moise sworn in as Haiti’s new president
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Jovenel Moise was sworn in Tuesday as Haiti's president for the next five years after a bruising two-year election cycle, inheriting a chronically struggling economy and a deeply divided society.
Haiti holds final round of election cycle started in 2015
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haiti held a final round of legislative contests as well as long-overdue municipal elections on Sunday, closing a repeatedly derailed electoral cycle that started in 2015.
President-elect Jovenel Moise's political faction and its allies are hoping to increase their majority in Parliament with eight legislative runoffs. Voters were also choosing 5,500 district authorities in local elections whose tardiness over a decade has exasperated many.
Incoming Haiti leader questioned about corruption suspicions
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A judge questioned Haiti's president-elect on Wednesday about a confidential report leaked during campaigning that suggests he might have laundered money and received special treatment to get loans in years before the businessman ran for the country's highest political office.
Haiti president-elect dismisses money laundering allegations
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haiti's president-elect says money laundering accusations that have swirled around him for months are a smear campaign by political enemies.
Jovenel Moise is a businessman from northern Haiti who was ex-President Michel Martelly's preferred successor. He won the November election and is due to be sworn in next month.
UN welcomes Haiti’s election results and urges acceptance
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council is welcoming the announcement of the final presidential results in Haiti and urging all political actors to accept the decision, refrain from violence and work together to build "a stable and prosperous" country.
Jovenel Moise, a businessman from northern Haiti, was certified as the official winner of the November presidential election Tuesday following a ruling by an electoral tribunal that found no evidence of large-scale voter fraud.
Haiti certifies presidential win for businessman candidate
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A businessman from northern Haiti who has never held political office was certified as the official winner of the November presidential election Tuesday following a ruling by an electoral tribunal that found no evidence of large-scale voter fraud.
Haiti postpones release of official election results
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haiti has delayed publication of the final, certified results of its disputed presidential election.
Electoral authorities said late Wednesday that they will release the results on Jan. 3. A preliminary tally gave a big victory to Jovenel Moise, the candidate backed by Haiti's previous president. He topped his closest challenger by more than 385,000 votes in the Nov. 20 election redo.
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Tragedy struck Mexico when a series of explosions tore through a fireworks market, killing at least 35 people, while widespread looting in Venezuela was triggered by the socialist government's decision to yank the most widely used currency note from circulation amid soaring inflation.
Verdict on Haiti vote challenges kicked up to highest court
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A Haitian electoral tribunal says it's incapable of ruling on legal challenges filed by three presidential candidates who lost a preliminary tally in a landslide.
The Friday decision means Haiti's highest electoral court will now have to examine challenges by losing factions in the Nov. 20 elections.
Candidate wanted on US drug charges wins Haiti Senate seat
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A Senate candidate and former rebellion leader wanted on decade-old U.S. drug-trafficking charges has been elected to Haiti's Parliament.
Provisional Electoral Council spokeswoman Nicole Simeon said Monday that preliminary results show Guy Philippe won a Senate runoff for the Grande Anse region.
Final results won't be certified for weeks. It wasn't immediately clear if his rivals will contest.
Moise says he’s ready for tests facing Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The political newcomer chosen to lead deeply divided Haiti for the next five years says he's eager to improve the lives of desperately poor families in the long-neglected countryside and bring steady economic advances to one of the least developed nations in the world.