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Panic in Haiti’s capital as wild shooting fills streets

Port-au-Prince, Haiti Reuters Panic set in around downtown Port-au-Prince on Monday as wild shooting filled the streets of Haiti’s capital, with heavy gunfire approaching the national palace. Reuters saw civilians rush to escape gunfire in the capital, where rival gangs are vying for control of turf while the state remains largely absent, three weeks after […]

After Prime Minister pledges to step down, uneasy quiet in Haiti capital

Port-au-Prince, Haiti Reuters Uncertainty hung over Haiti’s political future on Tuesday after its Prime Minister said he would step down, a move welcomed by many Haitians exhausted by months of escalating gang violence, but with questions over security still to be settled. Prime Minister Ariel Henry, stranded in Puerto Rico, released a recorded video late […]

Haitian PM tenders resignation after Jamaica talks

Kingston, Jamaica Reuters Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry has resigned as head of the Caribbean nation, the leader of a regional body said on Monday, an unelected role the 74-year-old neurosurgeon has held since the 2021 assassination of the country’s last president. “We acknowledge his resignation upon the establishment of transitional presidential council and naming […]

US pledges $US100 million more for Haiti security mission at Jamaica talks

Kingston, Jamaica Reuters US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Monday the United States would contribute an additional $US100 million to a United Nations-backed multinational security force intended to help Haitian police fight gangs and $US33 million in humanitarian aid. This brings the proposed US contribution to the force to $US300 million. US Secretary […]

Jamaica renews regional states of emergency due to gang violence

Jamaica Kingston security forces

Kingston, JamaicaReuters Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness renewed states of emergency in eight parishes on Wednesday to control an ongoing threat of crime linked to gang activity in the Caribbean nation.  Holness on 15th November had announced regional states of emergency, which allow authorities to search buildings and arrest citizens without a warrant. Members of […]

Jamaica declares regional states of emergency due to gang violence

Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness

Kingston, Jamaica Reuters Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness on Tuesday declared a state of public emergency in parts of the capital Kingston and in some central and western parishes in an attempt to control rising crime linked to gang violence. States of emergency give authorities increased powers, including the ability to search buildings and carry […]

UK’s Prince William says he wants to serve after Caribbean criticism

Bahamas Prince William

London, UKReuters Prince William has said he is committed to service and “not telling people what to do” after a tour of the Caribbean that was marked by protests over the British empire and criticism that the trip reflected a throwback to colonial times. William released the statement at the end of an eight-day tour […]

Jamaica PM tells British royals island nation wants to be independent

Jamaica Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Prince William

Kingston, JamaicaReuters Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness on Wednesday told Britain’s Prince William and his wife Kate that his country wants to be “independent” and to address “unresolved” issues, a day after protesters called on the United Kingdom to pay reparations for slavery. The royal couple arrived in Jamaica on Tuesday as part of a […]