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Haiti orders a curfew after gangs overrun its two largest prisons. Thousands have escaped

Mar. 04, 2024 07:32 AM EST

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Authorities have ordered a nighttime curfew in an attempt to regain control of Haiti's streets after an explosion of violence during the weekend, including gunmen from gangs overrunning the country's two biggest prisons and freeing their inmates. A...

Haiti declares a curfew as it tries to restore order after weekend jailbreak, explosion of violence

Mar. 03, 2024 22:06 PM EST

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haiti's government declared a state of emergency and nighttime curfew late Sunday in a bid to regain control of the streets after an explosion of violence over the weekend saw armed gang members storm the country's two biggest prisons. The 72-hour...

Police in Haiti struggle against gangs storming prison in latest surge of violence

Mar. 02, 2024 22:09 PM EST

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Police in Haiti urgently appealed for help Saturday night as they struggled to hold back gangs trying to storm the country's main prison in a major escalation of violence sweeping the troubled Caribbean nation. “They need help,” a union representing...

Haitian police spokesman says new gang attacks overwhelmed officers: 'The city center was at war'

Mar. 01, 2024 22:08 PM EST

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haitian police were overwhelmed by a series of coordinated violent attacks by gang members across the capital in which four officers were killed, a national police spokesman said Friday. The attacks Thursday in Port-au-Prince were led by gunmen who...

Kenya and Haiti sign agreements to try and salvage plan to deploy Kenyan police to battle gangs

Mar. 01, 2024 09:02 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya and Haiti signed agreements Friday to try to salvage a plan for the African country to deploy 1,000 police officers to the troubled Caribbean nation to help combat gang violence that has surged to unprecedented levels. Kenya agreed in October to lead a...

Gunfire paralyzes Haiti as powerful gang leader says he will try to detain police chief, ministers

Mar. 01, 2024 02:28 AM EST

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Heavy gunfire paralyzed Haiti’s capital Thursday, and at least four police officers were slain, as a powerful gang leader announced that he would try to capture the country’s police chief and government ministers. The move came during the absence of...

Haitian prime minister in Kenya to try to salvage African country's deployment of police to Haiti

Feb. 29, 2024 13:15 PM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Haiti's prime minister arrived Thursday in Kenya to try to salvage a plan to have the African country deploy 1,000 police officers to the troubled Caribbean nation to help combat gang violence. Kenya agreed in October to lead a U.N.-authorized international...

Caribbean leaders say Haitian prime minister agrees to hold long-awaited elections by mid-2025

Feb. 28, 2024 22:41 PM EST

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — Caribbean leaders said late Wednesday that embattled Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry has agreed to hold general elections by mid-2025 as the international community pushes to raise money for a foreign armed force to fight gang violenc there. Members of...

UN appeals for $674 million as gang violence in Haiti escalates with killings and sexual violence

Feb. 28, 2024 20:55 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Indiscriminate violence in Haiti is escalating — especially in the capital and surrounding region — with armed gangs carrying out killings and acts of sexual violence, the United Nations humanitarian coordinator in the conflict-wracked Caribbean nation said Wednesday. ...

US reiterates support for a Haiti deployment as it meets with Caribbean leaders

Feb. 26, 2024 14:36 PM EST

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — The U.S. government on Monday reiterated its support to help restore peace and calm to Haiti, saying it will provide money, equipment and logistical support to a multinational force whose deployment remains uncertain. Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the U.S....