In Haiti, gangs take control as democracy withers

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Jimmy Cherizier zips through Haiti’s capital on the back of a motorcycle, flanked by young men wielding black and leopard print masks and automatic weapons. As the pack of bikes flies by graffiti reading “Mafia boss” in Creole, street vendors selling vegetables, meats and old clothes on the curb cast their … Read more

Haitian gangs’ gruesome murders of police spark protests as calls mount for US, Canada to intervene

Port-au-Prince, Haiti — Outraged rebel police officers paralyzed Port-au-Prince on Thursday, roaring through the streets on motorcycles in protest of a slew of killings of police officers by Haitian gangs. More than a hundred protesters blocked roads, shot guns into the air, and broke through gates in the capital’s airport and the prime minister’s house, … Read more

Haitian gangs’ gruesome murders of police spark protests as calls mount for US, Canada to intervene

Port-au-Prince, Haiti — Outraged rebel police officers paralyzed Port-au-Prince on Thursday, roaring through the streets on motorcycles in protest of a slew of killings of police officers by Haitian gangs. More than a hundred protesters blocked roads, shot guns into the air, and broke through gates in the capital’s airport and the prime minister’s house, … Read more

US “concerned” as South Africa to hold war games with Russia, China on Ukraine invasion anniversary

Johannesburg — Next month, on the one-year anniversary of the start of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, South Africa will be hosting Russian and Chinese forces for a joint naval exercise. The timing of the drills — which were apparently planned during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s unprovoked assault on Ukraine — have the US “concerned,” … Read more

United Nations paints a worsening situation in Haiti

Over the past three months Haiti has seen some of its worst gang-related violence in decades, affecting the functioning of the judiciary, impeding the government, challenging the United Nations efforts to fight illicit trafficking and keeping children from going to school, UN Secretary- General António Guterres said in his latest report on the deteriorating situation. … Read more

US designates Russian Wagner mercenary force a crime organization | Conflict News

The United States has designated Russia’s Wagner mercenary group as a “transnational criminal organization”, piling pressure on the private army that has recruited tens of thousands of Russian prisoners to fight in Ukraine. White House national security spokesperson John Kirby said on Friday that Wagner, controlled by Yevgeny Prigozhin, a businessman close to Russian President … Read more

Top UN women’s visit to pressure Afghanistan’s Taliban on rights marred by security team’s poorly planned photo op

The United Nations apologized Friday for photos posted online of a senior delegation’s security detail posing in front of the Taliban flag during a visit to Afghanistan this week. But UN deputy spokesman Farhan Haq told CBS News the photos “should never have been taken.” The awkward incident highlights the tightrope the international community is … Read more

Russia’s war in Ukraine sparked a historic food crisis. It’s not over

London CNN — Grain is once again leaving Ukrainian ports. The price of fertilizer is falling sharply. Billions of dollars in aid have been mobilized. Yet the world is still in the grips of the worst food crisis in modern history, as Russia’s war in Ukraine shakes global agricultural systems already grappling with the effects … Read more

The AP Interview: Ukraine FM aims for February peace summit

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine’s foreign minister said Monday that his nation wants a summit to end the war but he doesn’t anticipate Russia taking part, a statement making it hard to foresee the devastating invasion ending soon. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba told The Associated Press that his government wants a “peace” summit within … Read more

Millions of Ukrainians endure winter without electricity

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Monday that persistent power shortages throughout the country meant that nearly 9 million people had no electricity. Read our live blog to see how all the day’s events unfolded. All times are Paris time (GMT+1). This live page is no longer being updated. For more of our coverage of … Read more