Latest Port-au-Prince News

Official: Gang kills, burns former Haitian senator, nephew

Aug. 07, 2022 09:45 AM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A former senator who worked for the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor was killed in an upscale neighborhood near Haiti's capital and his body set on fire along with his nephew, Government Commissioner Jacques Lafontant told The Associated Press on Sunday. ...

Cuba says 141 Haitian migrants stranded on south coast

Jul. 30, 2022 16:25 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — A group of 141 Haitian migrants have been stranded on Cuba’s southern coast, Cuban authorities said Saturday, part of a series of large-scale efforts by Haitians to flee their troubled nation. The official Cubadebate website said the group that arrived at La Tatagua...

Haiti gang wars intensify as armed men set church on fire

Jul. 27, 2022 16:18 PM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Heavy gunfire echoed throughout downtown Port-au-Prince on Wednesday as suspected gang members set a church on fire and tried to kill their opponents in a bid to gain control over more territory. The intense fighting erupted just blocks from the...

Prosecutor accuses gang of setting Haiti courthouse on fire

Jul. 26, 2022 13:16 PM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Suspected gang members set fire to a courthouse near Haiti’s capital early Tuesday in the most recent incident targeting the country’s crumbling judicial system. Roosevelt Zamor, prosecutor for the Croix-des-Bouquets region, told The Associated...

Dozens dead, injured in Haiti's capital in gang clashes

Jul. 12, 2022 22:20 PM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Dozens of people have died in four days of gang battles in a violent neighborhood of Haiti's capital, the latest eruption of bloodshed in a wave of increasing violence sweeping the country, local officials said Tuesday. Jean Hislain Frederick, deputy...

Haiti's struggle worsened in year since slaying of president

Jul. 07, 2022 15:09 PM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A year has passed since President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated at his private home where an elite security team was supposed to protect him. Not only have authorities failed to identify and arrest all those who masterminded and financed the killing, but Haiti has...

Italian nun slain in Haiti is hailed by pope as martyr

Jun. 26, 2022 07:17 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday hailed as a martyr an Italian missionary nun slain in Haiti, where she cared for poor children. The diocese of Milan says Sister Luisa Dell’Orto, 64, was slain “during an armed aggression, probably with the aim of robbery," in...

UN: Haiti police need immediate help amid surge in violence

Jun. 16, 2022 19:12 PM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A U.N. special envoy warned Thursday that Haiti’s police force needs immediate help to fight crime and violence, noting that gangs have grown so powerful they recently seized control of a local courthouse. Helen La Lime, the top U.N. official in...

US-expelled Haitians fuel charter business to Latin America

Jun. 14, 2022 11:52 AM EDT

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — With jokes, upbeat Caribbean music and vacation scenes of sun-kissed beaches and palm trees, Haitian influencers on YouTube and TikTok advertise charter flights to South America. But they are not targeting tourists. Instead, they are touts for...

Charter business thrives as US-expelled Haitians flee Haiti

Jun. 14, 2022 10:08 AM EDT

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — With jokes, upbeat Caribbean music and vacation scenes of sun-kissed beaches and palm trees, Haitian influencers on YouTube and TikTok advertise charter flights to South America. But they are not targeting tourists. Instead, they are touts for...