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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...

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...

Local group helps Haitian orphans for decade

Feb. 11, 2020 2:56 PM EST

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — Time flies when you're helping with a good cause. "I don't think any of us thought we would be doing this 10 years later," said Sheila Humphreys, co-founder of the Haiti Orphanage Sponsorship Trust, also known as HOST. As a new teacher at Hilltop Montessori School in the early...

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...

Florida teacher's aide accused of saying ´go back to Haiti´

Feb. 4, 2020 11:41 AM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A Florida middle school has pulled a teacher's aide from classrooms after two eighth-graders complained that she told them to “go back to Haiti," officials said. The Fort Myers News-Press reports that the 14-year-old girls sat down during a moment of silence after reciting...