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FILE - In this March 14, 2020 file photo, boxes of rum are stacked against a wall as a duty free employee wears a mask while working at Toussaint Louverture International Airport, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Haitians rushed to buy food, gas, soap and face masks Friday, March 20, 2020, after the announcement of two imported cases of the coronavirus sparked worries that the Western Hemisphere's poorest nation could be overwhelmed by the illness. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

Haitians rush for supplies after first COVID-19 cases found

Mar. 20, 2020 10:06 PM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haitians rushed to buy food, gas, soap and face masks Friday after the announcement of two imported cases of the coronavirus sparked worries that the Western Hemisphere's poorest nation could be overwhelmed by the illness. President Jovenel Moise said Thursday that two...

An off-duty police officer who was shot in the arm runs during a protest over police pay and working conditions for the national police, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. Off-duty police officers and their supporters exchanged fire for nearly two hours with members of the newly reconstituted Haitian army in front of the national palace. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

Haiti police exchange fire with troops near national palace

Feb. 23, 2020 8:47 PM EST

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haitian police officers exchanged gunfire for hours Sunday with soldiers of the newly reconstituted army outside the national palace, in a dangerous escalation of protests over police pay and working conditions. At least three police officers were wounded, fellow officers told...

UN report questions police, highlights violence in Haiti

Feb. 18, 2020 5:07 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The United Nations issued a scathing report on Tuesday that accused Haitian police of not protecting an impoverished neighborhood from corrupt officers and gang leaders they say shot at people and set fire to homes and cars in a recent three-day attack. The report urged local...

Staff workers of the Orphanage of the Church of Bible Understanding cry outside the children's home, the morning after a deadly fire broke out at the facility in Kenscoff, on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. A fire swept through this orphanage run by a Pennsylvania-based nonprofit group, killing 13 children, according to health care workers. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

Haiti officials say 15 children died in residence fire

Feb. 14, 2020 8:08 PM EST

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A fire swept through a Haitian children's home run by a Pennsylvania-based religious nonprofit group, killing 15 children, officials said Friday. Rose-Marie Louis, a child-care worker at the home, told The Associated Press that the fire began around 9 p.m. Thursday and...

In this Feb. 12, 2020 photo, a police officer directs motorcycles to speed up during a protest against the dire security situation in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Two years after the departure of UN peacekeepers, some police are protesting working conditions and demanding a union, which the government says would be illegal. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

With government paralyzed, rising crime terrifies Haitians

Feb. 13, 2020 12:59 PM EST

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Thousands of young Haitians spent 2019 on the streets, demanding President Jovenel Moise resign over his government’s failure to prosecute years of unbridled corruption that siphoned billions in international aid into bank accounts overseas. For now, Moise's opponents...

Haiti's President Jovenel Moise speaks during an interview at his home in Petion-Ville, a suburb of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Friday, Feb. 7, 2020. Moise said Friday he wanted a new constitution to stipulate that presidential proposals would automatically pass if the National Assembly did not vote them up or down within 60 days. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

Haitian president lays out terms for deal with opposition

Feb. 7, 2020 9:46 PM EST

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — President Jovenel Moise said Friday that he is optimistic that negotiations with a coalition of his political opponents will succeed in forging a power-sharing deal to end months of deadlock that have left Haiti without a functioning government. In an interview with The...