Latest Haiti News

In this March 20, 2020 photo, make-up artist Nadia Muñoz applies lipstick while listening to the television news about the first person in Peru who died of Coronavirus in an upper-middle-class neighborhood of Lima, Peru.

Coronavirus hits rich and poor unequally in Latin America

Mar. 30, 2020 12:39 PM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — From Mexico City to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and Santiago, Chile, the coronavirus is taking root in the world’s most unequal region, where many of Latin America's first cases arrived with members of the elite returning from vacations or work trips to Europe and the United...

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...

FILE — In this Saturday, March 7, 2020 file photo, a cleric, right, assists a medic treating a patient infected with the new coronavirus, at a hospital in Qom, about 80 miles (125 kilometers) south of the capital Tehran, Iran. Nine out of 10 cases of the virus in the Middle East come from the Islamic Republic. Fears remain that Iran may be underreporting its cases. Days of denials gave the virus time to spread as the country marked the 41st anniversary of its 1979 Islamic Revolution with mass demonstrations. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness. (Mohammad Ali Marizad/Rasa News Agency via AP, File)

The Latest: Sri Lankan government imposes 2 1/2 day curfew

Mar. 20, 2020 1:07 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 244,000 people and killed more than 10,000. The COVID-19 illness causes mild or moderate symptoms in most people, but severe symptoms are more likely in the elderly or those with existing health problems. Almost 86,000 people have recovered so...

New trial ordered for ex-US Army colonel in bribe scheme

Mar. 11, 2020 4:28 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A federal judge ordered a new trial Wednesday for a retired U.S. Army colonel convicted of bribing Haitian government officials, saying his lawyer failed to adequately defend him. Joseph Baptiste, of Fulton, Maryland, was convicted by a jury in June of soliciting bribes from undercover...

Editorial Roundup: US

Mar. 11, 2020 3:57 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ March 11 The New York Times on paid sick leave: Walmart, the nation’s largest private employer, set a standard for the rest of the private sector on Tuesday by announcing that, in addition to its existing paid sick leave policy, it would...

Armed off-duty police officers take cover during and exchange of gunfire with army soldiers, as they protest over police pay and working conditions, 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 says soldier died of wounds after shootout with police

Feb. 24, 2020 4:09 PM EST

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The Haitian Ministry of Defense said Monday that a soldier has died from wounds suffered during an exchange of gunfire with police officers protesting outside army headquarters. The ministry said another soldier is in stable condition with a bullet wound. Haitian police...

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...

In this Feb. 12, 2020 photo, a protester holds a sign that reads in Creole

UN envoy: Haiti's political crisis sends economy tumbling

Feb. 20, 2020 10:09 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The political impasse that has paralyzed Haiti is sending its economy deeper into recession, with 4.6 million people needing humanitarian aid — and there is no immediate end in sight, the U.N. envoy for Haiti said Thursday. Helen La Lime told the U.N. Security Council that the...

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...

Simon Comie walks away from the Orphanage of the Church of Bible Understanding, after asking about the whereabouts of his 4-year-old daughter in Kenscoff, just outside of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. A fire swept through the children’s home run by a Pennsylvania-based religious nonprofit group, killing 15 children, officials said Friday. It is common in Haiti for impoverished parents to place children in residential care centers, where they receive lodging and widely varying education for several years but are not technically orphans. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

Kin seek information on missing kids after orphanage fire

Feb. 15, 2020 5:43 PM EST

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Relatives of 15 children killed in a fire at an orphanage continued to show up outside the burned-out compound Saturday seeking news about their missing kids. The gates to the two-story, walled compound were shut and guards shooed away visitors and journalists asking for...