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Hurricane Irma floods Dominican Republic; Haiti is next

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Haïti se prépare au pire, en attendant Irma

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A struggling Haiti braces for fresh onslaught from Hurricane Irma

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Haïti: les pélerins vodou de Saut d'Eau espèrent une vie meilleure

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Groundbreaking announced for Haiti's first LDS temple

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Haitian man held with $6.5m worth of ganja
Detectives of the Narcotics Division have taken a Haitian national in to custody for breaches of the Dangerous Drug and Immigrations Act last week Thursday. He has been identified as 22-year-old Love Darlen’s Felix, otherwise called ‘Odian Powell’. He has been charged with possession of ganja, dealing in ganja, taking steps preparatory to export ganja and illegal entry into Jamaica. Reports are that the accused was taken into custody during an anti-narcotics operation along the Hellshire coastline, in the vicinity of the old Shrimp Factory, in St Catherine   Read More ...
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Haiti president expresses sympathy after boat with 50 passengers capsizes
PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti (CMC) — President Jovenel Moïse yesterday expressed sympathies to the families of people who are still missing after a boat, carrying at least 50 people, capsized off Turtle Island, one of many islands named for their turtle shapes, north of here, on Sunday Coast Guard officials said that nine people had so far been rescued and the search is continuing for the others   Read More ...
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Haiti police use tear gas to stop tax protest
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AFP) — Haitian police on Tuesday used tear gas and water cannons to disperse thousands of protesters marching on the capital Port-au-Prince, as anger mounts over tax hikes seen as unfairly targeting the poor. It was the latest in a series of demonstrations that began over a month ago against the 2017-18 budget passed by the administration of President Jovenel Moise   Read More ...
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Tens of thousands of Haitians threatened with deportation in The Bahamas
NASSAU, Bahamas — Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis told parliament last week that all irregular migrants in the country, regardless of their nationality, have until 31 December 2017 to return voluntarily to their country of origin, warning that after this time they will be pursued without respite, arrested and expelled from The Bahamas. The statement by Minnis has caused fear among tens of thousands of Haitian migrants who live in an irregular migratory situation in The Bahamas and who fear the rigorous application of this policy, HaitiLibre reported   Read More ...
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Two more survivors found in search for missing Haitian boat passengers
PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti (CMC) — Two more people were found yesterday, bringing to nine, the amount of people rescued after a boat, carrying at least 50 people, capsized off the Turtle Island north Haiti on Sunday. The Coast Guard, which is coordinating the search did not give the location nor did it provide details regarding the latest discoveries, but on Sunday, the Rescue Unit of the Directorate of Civil Protection (DPC) said three of the seven, who had earlier been rescued had been taken to the Haut-Palmiste hospital for medical attention   Read More ...
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New UN mission aims to boost Haiti rule of law
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AFP) — A new United Nations mission dedicated to supporting the rule of law in Haiti began Monday, after the end of a 13-year peacekeeping mission in the deeply impoverished Caribbean nation rocked by political instability. The UN Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (MINUJUSTH), composed of 1,275 police officers and 350 civilians, will also train national police and advance human rights   Read More ...
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T&T now CFU third behind Haiti, Jamaica
KINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC) — Trinidad & Tobago's emotional World Cup qualifying victory over the United States last Tuesday have propelled them to third in the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) rankings after the release on Monday of the world rankings by the sport's world governing body. The Soca Warriors earned a significant jump in the world rankings issued by FIFA, moving up 16 places to 83rd, making them the biggest movers in the Caribbean, following their emotional 2-1 victory that zapped the United States' claims for a place in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia   Read More ...
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Commentary: Good riddance MINUSTAH!
By Jean H Charles. I may have been one of the early critics of the presence of MINUSTAH in Haiti. Through a series of essays some ten years ago I was telling the world the stabilization magic of MINUSTAH was filled with mirage, it would produce more harm than good. It was like a double jeopardy; the nation was conducting a national conspiracy against its own people while the entire international community was engaging in an international conspiracy to harm Haiti   Read More ...
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IMF to help Haiti with fiscal policy to mobilise investments
WASHINGTON, United States (CMC) — The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has agreed to work with Haiti on implementing a six-month Staff-Monitored Programme (SMP) fiscal policy that will focus on mobilising domestic revenue to make room for needed increases in public investment, including investments in health, education and social services. Haiti's Economic and Finance Minister Marie Carmelle Jean-Marie Thursday held talks with officials of several financial institutions here involved in development projects on the French-speaking Caribbean Community (Caricom) country   Read More ...
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INTERVIEW: Haiti on path to stability, development thanks to UN mission, says envoy
Today, the Haitian people enjoy a considerable degree of security and greater stability; political violence has diminished; armed gangs no longer hold the population hostage, thanks in part to the work of the 14,000-strong national police; and all three branches of power are in place. “Haiti is now in a position to move forward and consolidate the stability that has been obtained, as a framework for continued social and economic development,” says Sandra Honoré, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Haiti and head of MINUSTAH   Read More ...
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Ahead of UN mission’s closure, envoy reports greater stability, security in Haiti
NEW YORK, USA — Haiti has seen a significant turnaround from profound instability, widespread political violence, and a climate of lawlessness that in 2004 impacted the every-day lives of millions of Haitians, the head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Caribbean islands country told the Security Council on Thursday. “Today, Haiti has a very different outlook. The Haitian people enjoy a considerable degree of security and greater stability; political violence has diminished; armed gangs no longer hold the population hostage, also thanks to the work of the national police – now 14,000 strong – which has grown significantly in numbers and capacity,” said Sandra Honoré, in her final briefing to the Council as head of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH)   Read More ...
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Images of the Legacy of UN Peacekeeping Mission in Haiti
Images of the Legacy of the UN Peacekeeping Mission in Haiti. 12 October 2017 – The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti, known as MINUSTAH, will close on 15 October 2017, replaced with a smaller group of police and civilian officers who will help the Government to strengthen rule of law and security in the Caribbean country. The departure of the more than 2,300 peacekeepers was approved by the Security Council, which decided in April that the mission needs to change as the country’s political situation has changed   Read More ...
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UN Envoy Reports Greater Stability & Security in Haiti
Ahead of UN mission's closure, envoy reports greater stability, security in Haiti. 12 October 2017 – Haiti has seen a significant turnaround from profound instability, widespread political violence, and a climate of lawlessness that in 2004 impacted the every-day lives of millions of Haitians, the head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Caribbean islands country told the Security Council on Thursday   Read More ...
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Haitians still need protections from US
Could the Trump administration, fresh from its disgraceful decision to revoke the program that kept young immigrants in the country, get any crueler in its immigration policies? The country is about to find out. The administration is getting ready to issue a determination on the fate of Haitians and some Central Americans who hold temporary protected status, which expires in January   Read More ...
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Haiti seeks extension of TPS
WASHINGTON, United States (CMC) — Haiti has formally written to the United States Government seeking an extension of the temporary protected status (TPS) for its nationals residing in the North American country. The request, coming seven years after the French-speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country was devastated by an earthquake, is contained in a letter sent to the Department of Homeland Security last Friday   Read More ...
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Haiti opposition parties demand resignation of President Moise
PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti (CMC) — Opposition parties Tuesday announced the start of four days of demonstrations in support of their calls for President Jovenel Moise to step down from office, less than a year after he was sworn into the post. Michel André, one of the spokespersons for the opposition coalition, said that the demonstration against the policies of the Moise administration will not stop despite the arrest over the last weekend of several supporters   Read More ...
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Haiti looks to Benin for guidance on voodoo crimes
Three senators from Haiti pause in reflection in front of a statue of their country's independence hero Toussaint Louverture in Allada, southern Benin, where he had his roots. The West African and Caribbean countries, separated by thousands of kilometres (miles) and ocean, share the same history but also the same religion -- voodoo. Jean Renel Senatus, Jean-Marie Junior Salomon and Ronald Lareche came to Benin late last month on a research trip as part of Haiti's reforms of its 19th-century penal code   Read More ...
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Haiti looks to Benin for guidance on voodoo crimes
Three senators from Haiti pause in reflection in front of a statue of their country's independence hero Toussaint Louverture in Allada, southern Benin, where he had his roots. The West African and Caribbean countries, separated by thousands of kilometres (miles) and ocean, share the same history but also the same religion -- voodoo. Jean Renel Senatus, Jean-Marie Junior Salomon and Ronald Lareche came to Benin late last month on a research trip as part of Haiti's reforms of its 19th-century penal code   Read More ...
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Haiti looks to Benin for guidance on voodoo crimes
COTONOU: Three senators from Haiti pause in reflection in front of a statue of their country's independence hero Toussaint Louverture in Allada, southern Benin, where he had his roots. The West African and Caribbean countries, separated by thousands of km and ocean, share the same history but also the same religion – voodoo. Jean Renel Senatus, Jean-Marie Junior Salomon and Ronald Lareche came to Benin late last month on a research trip as part of Haiti's reforms of its 19th-century penal code   Read More ...
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Haiti looks to Benin for guidance on voodoo crimes
Cotonou (AFP) - Three senators from Haiti pause in reflection in front of a statue of their country's independence hero Toussaint Louverture in Allada, southern Benin, where he had his roots. The West African and Caribbean countries, separated by thousands of kilometres (miles) and ocean, share the same history but also the same religion -- voodoo. Jean Renel Senatus, Jean-Marie Junior Salomon and Ronald Lareche came to Benin late last month on a research trip as part of Haiti's reforms of its 19th-century penal code   Read More ...
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80 years on, Dominicans and Haitians revisit painful memories of Parsley Massacre
Even before Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo carved it in blood, the 224-mile border dividing the island of Hispaniola between Haiti and the Dominican Republic was complicated. Tensions between the two countries stemmed back to a 19th century war. But in many ways, the border, which existed mostly on paper, was a notably seamless site: Children crossed back and forth freely to go to school on one side and home on the other   Read More ...
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Dominican Republic expels thousands of people of Haitian origin
SANTO DOMINIGO – The Dominican Republic has expelled or refused entry to more than 9 000 people mainly of Haitian origin during the month of September. In a report, Lieutenant General Máximo William Muñoz Delgado of the Directorate General of Migration (DGM) said that 9 332 foreigners were expelled or not admitted to the border and returned to their respective countries   Read More ...
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Dom Rep expels thousands of people of Haitian origin
SANTO DOMINIGO, Dominican Republic (CMC) — The Dominican Republic has expelled or refused entry to more than 9,000 people mainly of Haitian origin during the month of September. In a report, Lieutenant General Máximo William Muñoz Delgado of the Directorate General of Migration (DGM) said that 9,332 foreigners were expelled or not admitted to the border and returned to their respective countries   Read More ...
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Commentary: Selling Cape Haitian to the world as a tourist destination
By Jean Hervé Charles. Selling Cape Haitian to the world as a tourist destination as it stands today is a difficult proposition. First of all should I take credit for the visible signs of improvements in garbage collection since my series of op-ed articles in the international media called upon the mayor to take care of business in bringing about better public hygiene in the second city of the nation? Humility suggests there are several people behind the scenes that warrant such distinction   Read More ...
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U.N. ending 13-year peacekeeping mission in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE – A U.N. peacekeeping mission in Haiti that has helped maintain order through 13 years of political turmoil and catastrophe is coming to an end as the last of the blue-helmeted soldiers from around the world leave despite concerns that the police and justice system are still not adequate to ensure security in the country. The U.N. planned to lower its flag at its headquarters in Port-au-Prince during a ceremony Thursday that will be attended by President Jovenel Moise   Read More ...
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UN ending 13-year military peacekeeping mission in Haiti on October 15
A UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti that has helped maintain order through 13 years of political turmoil and catastrophe is coming to an end as the last of the blue-helmeted soldiers from around the world leave despite concerns that the police and justice system are still not adequate to ensure security in the country. The U.N. lowered its flag at its headquarters in Port-au-Prince during a ceremony Thursday that was attended by President Jovenel Moise, who thanked the organization for helping to provide stability   Read More ...
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One year on from Hurricane Matthew, Haiti’s children still vulnerable to disasters
PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti — One year has passed since Hurricane Matthew made landfall in southwest Haiti – leaving terrible destruction in its wake – but children and adolescents on the island still remain highly vulnerable to the effects of natural disasters and extreme weather events, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has warned. “Hundreds of thousands of children had their lives turned upside down by Hurricane Matthew,” said Marc Vincent, the head of the UNICEF country office in Haiti, in a news release issued by the agency   Read More ...
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Haiti's Children Still Vulnerable to Natural Disasters
A year after Hurricane Matthew, Haiti's children still incredibly vulnerable to disasters – UNICEF. 5 October 2017 – One year has passed since Hurricane Matthew made landfall in southwest Haiti – leaving terrible destruction in its wake – but children and adolescents on the island still remain highly vulnerable to the effects of natural disasters and extreme weather events, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has warned   Read More ...
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UN ending 13-year military peacekeeping mission in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti that has helped maintain order through 13 years of political turmoil and catastrophe is coming to an end as the last of the blue-helmeted soldiers from around the world leave despite concerns that the police and justice system are still not adequate to ensure security in the country. The UN planned to lower its flag at its headquarters in Port-au-Prince during a ceremony Thursday that will be attended by President Jovenel Moise   Read More ...
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UN ending 13-year military peacekeeping mission in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A U.N. peacekeeping mission has helped maintain order in Haiti through 13 years of political turmoil and catastrophe is coming to an end. The last of the blue-helmeted soldiers are leaving amid concerns that the police and justice system are still not adequate to ensure security in the country. U.N. troops reached a height of more than 10,000 in the aftermath of the devastating January 2010 earthquake   Read More ...
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UN ending 13-year military peacekeeping mission in Haiti
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A U.N. peacekeeping mission has helped maintain order in Haiti through 13 years of political turmoil and catastrophe is coming to an end. The last of the blue-helmeted soldiers are leaving amid concerns that the police and justice system are still not adequate to ensure security in the country. U.N. troops reached a height of more than 10,000 in the aftermath of the devastating January 2010 earthquake   Read More ...
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Review: Paul Farmer Works to Heal Haiti in ‘Bending the Arc’
A feel-good documentary that’s literally about making people feel good, “Bending the Arc” dives into the quagmire of global health care with the sunny insouciance and can-do brio of its primary subjects, the doctors Paul Farmer and Jim Yong Kim, two founders of Partners in Health. As young medical students volunteering in rural Haiti in the early 1980s, both were appalled by the lack of basic health care available in a region ravaged by tuberculosis and other ailments   Read More ...
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A year after Hurricane Matthew, Haiti more vulnerable than ever
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AFP) — Haiti may have been largely spared from this year's worst hurricanes — Harvey, Irma and Maria — but it is still picking up the pieces from disastrous Matthew last year. That hurricane, which struck a year ago to the day, killed more than 500 people and caused two billion dollars in damage in the poorest country in the Americas   Read More ...
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Meat for guns - Cop says stolen animals shipped to Haiti
Animals are being stolen, slaughtered and shipped to Haiti to be exchanged for guns, the police have said. Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Kevin Francis, who made the claim, said Jamaica is currently losing some $6 billion annually to praedial larceny. "Praedial larceny is a big organised business in Jamaica. The thieves steal the animals, slaughter them for the meat, which they ship to Haiti, where it is exchanged for guns," said Francis, who heads the Jamaica Constabulary Force's Praedial Larceny Prevention Unit   Read More ...
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Response to Puerto Rico pales next to Haiti earthquake relief actions
After an earthquake shattered Haiti’s capital on Jan. 12, 2010, the U.S. military mobilized as if it were going to war. Before dawn the next morning, an Army unit was airborne, on its way to seize control of the main airport in Port-au-Prince. Within two days, the Pentagon had 8,000 American troops en route. Within two weeks, 33 U.S. military ships and 22,000 soldiers had arrived   Read More ...
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U.S. responded to Haiti quake more forcefully than to Puerto Rico disaster
After an earthquake shattered Haiti’s capital on Jan. 12, 2010, the U.S. military mobilized as if it were going to war. Before dawn the next morning, an Army unit was airborne, on its way to seize control of the main airport in Port-au-Prince. Within two days, the Pentagon had 8,000 American troops en route. Within two weeks, 33 U.S. military ships and 22,000 troops had arrived   Read More ...
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Haitians-The Mexican Dream story
TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — In a story Sept. 19 about Haitians settling in Mexico, The Associated Press. misidentified the pastor of a Tijuana church. His name is Gustavo Banda, not Jeccene Thimote. A corrected version of the story is below: Stopped at US border, Haitians find 'Mexican dream' instead. Thousands of Haitians have settled on Mexico's northwestern border after the U   Read More ...
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Marchers demand Haiti's president step down
PORT-AU-PRINCE: Thousands took to the streets of Haiti's capital Wednesday to demand President Jovenel Moise step down following the publication of a national budget viewed as unfavorable to the country's poor. "We do not agree with what Jovenel does: he is crushing the country," said Jean-David Senat, among a throng of demonstrators stretching down a main avenue. "He said he would put money in our pockets, he did not   Read More ...
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AP PHOTOS: Haitians heading for US settle in Mexico
TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — Thousands of Haitians have settled in Mexico's northwest corner after the United States abruptly closed its doors. Haitians left Brazil last year on perilous journeys to San Diego, where U.S authorities allowed them in on humanitarian grounds. Then, President Barack Obama shifted course and started deporting them. Haitians who reached America's doorstep faced near-certain deportation to their impoverished homeland if they crossed   Read More ...
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Q&A: US, Mexican policies on arriving Haitians vary
By ELLIOT SPAGAT Associated Press TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) - Up to 4,000 Haitians established a community in Mexico's northwest corner after the United States abruptly shut its doors last year. Here are some questions and answers about U.S. and Mexican policies. ___ WHAT ABOUT HAITIANS IN THE UNITED STATES? After Haiti's earthquake in 2010, about 58,000 Haitians who arrived in the U   Read More ...
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