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EU and FAO step up action against desertification in the Caribbean

October 23, 2014
EU and FAO step up action against desertification in the Caribbean ROME, Italy -- The European Union (EU) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), in collaboration with the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP), have launched a €41 million, 4.5-year programme to bolster sustainable land management and restore drylands.

Commentary: Extremism in the Dominican Republic

October 23, 2014
Commentary: Extremism in the Dominican Republic The big Caribbean tour bus left the bucolic village of Petionville in Haiti towards Santo Domingo, some one hour late; the custom border’s papers must be filled and put in proper order before departure. It took another hour to meander into the crowded streets of Port au Prince until we get into the...

Islamic Bank-funded school reconstruction in Haiti completed

October 21, 2014
Islamic Bank-funded school reconstruction in Haiti completed PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- After the devastating earthquake of 2010, the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) came to the aid of Haiti to help in the reconstruction of five schools in the form of a grant of US$5 million. Last Tuesday, the head of the IsDB, Dr Ahmad Mohamed Ali al-Madani, visited Haiti.

UN troop rotation to Haiti from Africa suspended to keep Ebola away

October 20, 2014
UN troop rotation to Haiti from Africa suspended to keep Ebola away PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) -- Haitian officials said on Thursday that the United Nations stabilization mission to Haiti has suspended all troops rotation from Africa, in a move to prevent an outbreak of the Ebola epidemic in the Caribbean country where authorities announced increased border control.

Open Letter from Haiti human rights activists to US Congress

October 20, 2014
We would like to thank you for your work on behalf of the American people to promote justice and democracy. However, we are writing you to express our outrage over your letter dated September 15, 2014 to Senator Simon Dieuseul Desras, President of the Haitian Senate.

US border agents apprehend 32 Haitians landing in Monito Island, off Puerto Rico

October 18, 2014
US border agents apprehend 32 Haitians landing in Monito Island, off Puerto Rico AGUADILLA, Puerto Rico -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Border Patrol Agents apprehended on Wednesday morning 32 undocumented Haitian migrants that landed Monday afternoon in Monito Island. Border Patrol Ramey Sector Communications Room received notification on...

US to implement Haitian family reunification parole program

October 18, 2014
US to implement Haitian family reunification parole program WASHINGTON, USA -- Starting in early 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will begin implementation of a Haitian Family Reunification Parole (HFRP) Program to expedite family reunification for certain eligible Haitian family members of US citizens and lawful permanent residents.

Haiti's president welcomes predecessor for political talks

October 16, 2014
Haiti's president welcomes predecessor for political talks PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) -- Haiti's President Michel Martelly welcomed at his office on Tuesday former Haitian president René Préval, as part of a new round of political discussions to facilitate the holding of crucial legislative and local elections in the Caribbean country as soon as possible.

Haitian president visits UWI, outlines sweeping educational reforms

October 16, 2014
Haitian president visits UWI, outlines sweeping educational reforms ST AUGUSTINE, Trinidad -- “Education is a public right and our governments have the obligation to increase their quality for the well-being of our people.” These were the words of Michel Martelly, president of Haiti, on October 8, at the University of the West Indies (UWI) St Augustine Campus.

Amid ongoing humanitarian problems, Security Council extends UN mission to Haiti for another year

October 15, 2014
Amid ongoing humanitarian problems, Security Council extends UN mission to Haiti for another year NEW YORK, USA -- The United Nations Security Council on Tuesday adopted a resolution renewing the mandate for the UN Stabilization Mission (MINUSTAH) in Haiti, urging political stakeholders in the country to fully commit to the democratic process and calling on international donors to strengthen...

More than 1,100 additional Haitian cholera victims join UN lawsuit

October 15, 2014
More than 1,100 additional Haitian cholera victims join UN lawsuit NEW YORK, USA -- As calls for the United Nations to admit liability and compensate the victims of the Haitian cholera epidemic continue, attorneys for the victims in a proposed class action lawsuit filed in Brooklyn, New York, announced on Tuesday that more than 1,100 additional plaintiffs...

Haitian story of triumph and survival featured at New York film festival

October 14, 2014
Haitian story of triumph and survival featured at New York film festival NEW HAVEN, USA -- A documentary about hope and healing in the midst of the horrific aftermath of Haiti's 2010 earthquake will be a featured presentation at the NYC Independent Film Festival on Friday and Sunday. "Unbreakable: A Story of Hope and Healing in Haiti" tells the amazing story of children who...

Former Haitian president ordered to be brought before investigating judge

October 11, 2014
Former Haitian president ordered to be brought before investigating judge PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) -- Haitian Judge Lamarre Belizaire on Thursday issued an extraction order to Haiti's police chief, Godson Orelus, who was expected to ensure the police escort to the judge's office former Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide  who has been put under house arrest.

Kerry criticizes those blocking elections in Haiti

October 11, 2014
Kerry criticizes those blocking elections in Haiti WASHINGTON, USA (HCNN) -- US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday that the recalcitrance of those blocking the holding of elections in Haiti was challenging the overall development of the Caribbean country, where he acknowledged the hard work being performed by the leaders of the...

Commentary: A long awaited international airport opens in Cape Haitian, Haiti

October 11, 2014
Commentary: A long awaited international airport opens in Cape Haitian, Haiti The first stone was laid in 1952 under President Paul Eugene Magloire. It took 62 years for the airport to finally allow the first commercial airline, American Airlines, to land in the northern part of Haiti on October 2, 2014, with 141 passengers on a Boeing 757, flight 1662. President Michel Martelly...

UN, World Bank chiefs rally support 'to build a healthy Haiti'

October 10, 2014
UN, World Bank chiefs rally support 'to build a healthy Haiti' WASHINGTON, USA -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon joined global partners, including the head of the World Bank, at a high-level conference in Washington, DC, to combat water borne diseases like cholera in Haiti and, raise commitments to provide clean water, improved sanitation and...

Commentary: 'Baby Doc' escapes the judge to meet his maker

October 10, 2014
Commentary: 'Baby Doc' escapes the judge to meet his maker The following excerpt -- from “Return of Baby Doc,” January 20, 2011 -- telegraphed (and effectively sums up) my thoughts on the timely death of Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier: Theories abound about Baby Doc’s return -- ranging from it being pursuant to a political plot orchestrated by the US and France...

PM promises to inject new funds into Haiti's largest slum

October 9, 2014
PM promises to inject new funds into Haiti's largest slum PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) -- Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe promised over the past weekend to inject new funds into Haiti's largest slum of Cité Soleil, in the capital Port au Prince, where he assured dwellers that they were a focus for the government whose prime goal, he said...

Truth must not die with former Haitian dictator, says Amnesty Intl

October 8, 2014
Truth must not die with former Haitian dictator, says Amnesty Intl PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- The death of former Haitian ruler Jean-Claude Duvalier must not halt the investigations and prosecutions owed to thousands of people killed, tortured, arbitrarily arrested and disappeared under his regime, Amnesty International said on Tuesday.

Wreckage found near Haiti too recent to be Columbus's Santa Maria, says UN

October 7, 2014
Wreckage found near Haiti too recent to be Columbus's Santa Maria, says UN PARIS, France -- A shipwreck found off northern Haiti could not be the Santa Maria, the flagship of Christopher Columbus's first crossing of the Atlantic, the United Nations cultural agency reported on Monday. “There is now incontestable proof that the wreck is from a much later period,” said UNESCO.

Former Haitian dictator dies

October 6, 2014
Former Haitian dictator dies PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) -- Haiti's former dictator Jean-Claude ‘Baby Doc’ Duvalier died on Saturday, possibly of a heart failure, after he collapsed and hit his head while visiting a close ally near the Caribbean country's capital. Sources close to the family told HCNN that Duvalier...

Thousands of pro-government marchers in Haiti rally behind leaders

October 4, 2014
CAP HAITIEN, Haiti (HCNN) --Supporters of the administration of Haitian President Michel Martelly and the government of Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe, took to the streets by the thousands on Thursday, as Haiti's top two leaders walked through the northern town of Cap Haitien.

Haitian provincial town welcomes first international flight from Florida

October 4, 2014
Haitian provincial town welcomes first international flight from Florida CAP-HAITIEN, Haiti (HCNN) -- A Boeing 757 aircraft landed on Thursday at the newly built international airport in Haiti's northern provincial town of Cap Haitien, as American Airlines operated its inaugural international flight to a Haitian airport other than the one in the Caribbean country's capital Port-au-Prince.

Commentary: The systematic destruction of the ethos and the physical setting of Haiti

October 4, 2014
Commentary: The systematic destruction of the ethos and the physical setting of Haiti It seems odd that I am speaking this week about the systematic destruction of the setting of Haiti when last week I have compared Haiti to a magic isle whose resilience makes it rebound in spite of the consequences of climate change. This apparent contradiction is due to the fact that Haiti can...

Haiti riot police disperse pro-Aristide rally

October 2, 2014
Haiti riot police disperse pro-Aristide rally PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) -- Scores of supporters of former Haitian president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, took to the streets on Tuesday to mark the 23rd anniversary of the coup that ousted Aristide in 1991, but riot police dispersed the demonstration with tear gas and water cannons.

Haitian camp residents attacked, more at risk

October 2, 2014
Haitian camp residents attacked, more at risk PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- A woman was killed after municipal agents opened fire in order to remove street sellers from the road in proximity of a makeshift camp for displaced people in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Two other camp residents were injured by the police. Camp residents fear further violence.

Haitian president promises elections as soon as possible

October 1, 2014
Haitian president promises elections as soon as possible NEW YORK, USA (HCNN) -- Haitian president, Michel Martelly, has promised to hold as soon as possible free, fair and transparent elections to renew the political office holders as required by the system of government adopted by the Caribbean country. Martelly announced that free and credible elections...

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