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Haiti gang seeks $1M each for kidnapped US missionaries

Oct. 19, 2021 17:57 PM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A gang that kidnapped 17 members of a U.S.-based missionary group demanded $1 million ransom per person, although authorities were not clear whether that amount included the five children being held, a top Haitian official said Tuesday. The...

Anatomy of a kidnapping: Haitian woman recounts abduction

Oct. 19, 2021 13:08 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — When Doris Michel steps outside her home in Haiti, she packs her bulletproof vest and tries to use a bulletproof car. Ever since her father was kidnapped last month in the capital of Port-au-Prince, the 34-year-old Haitian-American woman...

Strikers protest Haiti's lack of security after kidnappings

Oct. 18, 2021 18:23 PM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The usually chaotic streets of Haiti’s capital were quiet and largely empty Monday as thousands of workers angry about the nation’s lack of security went on strike in protest two days after 17 members of a U.S.-based missionary group were abducted by a...

Gang with past abductions blamed for kidnapping missionaries

Oct. 17, 2021 18:52 PM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A notorious Haitian gang known for brazen kidnappings and killings was accused by police Sunday of abducting 17 missionaries from a U.S.-based organization. Five children were believed to be among those kidnapped, including a 2-year-old. The...

Official pledges US help for Haiti on migration, stability

Oct. 07, 2021 15:42 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The number of U.S.-bound Haitian migrants temporarily stuck in northern Colombia has risen to about 20,000, a senior U.S. official said Thursday, echoing reports from a local human rights organization. “It’s forming a human...

Wife of Haiti's slain president meets with judge amid probe

Oct. 06, 2021 16:24 PM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Martine Moïse, the widow of Haiti’s assassinated president, traveled to her homeland to answer questions behind closed doors on Wednesday from a judge overseeing the murder case. Surrounded by heavy security, Moïse waved to supporters...

Outage highlights how vital Facebook has become worldwide

Oct. 05, 2021 17:35 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The six-hour outage at Facebook, Instagram and Whatsapp was a headache for many casual users but far more serious for the millions of people worldwide who rely on the social media sites to run their businesses or communicate with relatives, fellow parents, teachers or...

The AP Interview: Haiti PM plans to hold elections next year

Sep. 28, 2021 19:51 PM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Struggling with political turmoil and the aftermath of an earthquake, Haiti's prime minister said Tuesday that he plans to hold a referendum to modify the country's constitution by February, and he hopes to organize presidential and legislative elections early...

Haitians returning to a homeland that's far from welcoming

Sep. 27, 2021 08:43 AM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Deported from the United States, Pierre Charles landed a week ago in Port-au-Prince, a capital more dangerous and dystopian than the one he’d left four years before. Unable to reach his family, he left the airport alone, on foot. Charles...

Back in Haiti, expelled migrant family plans to flee again

Sep. 25, 2021 00:20 AM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — You’re lucky, the U.S. officials said. “You’re going to see your family.” The authorities had called out numbers corresponding to raffle-like tickets the Haitians had been issued when they were detained after crossing the border into...