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Still on the dock: A new court appointment for Yvon Altheon's alleged drug trafficker son, Fransky "Ti-Pouchon" Altheon
Posted Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Terrorists violently silence photojournalist in Haiti
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Haiti's journalist shoot images of the funeral of the Haitian photojournalist Jean-Remy Badio in Port-au-Prince, Monday, Feb. 12, 2007. Jean-Remy Badio was shot to death at his home about 3 weeks ago in Martissant slum days after he photographed gang members. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
Reposted Monday, February 12, 2007
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Posted Saturday, February 10, 2007
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Posted Tuesday, February 6, 2007
FBI agents go to Haiti in kidnappings
By Trent Jacobs, Associated Press Writer

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Feb. 6, 2007 - Two FBI hostage negotiators were sent to Haiti on Tuesday to help secure the release of a kidnapped American missionary, officials said.

Nathan Jean-Bieubonne, 58, a U.S. citizen of Haitian descent, was abducted Sunday afternoon as he and three others drove home from church in Croix-de-Bouquets, a suburb of Port-au-Prince, U.N. police spokesman Fred Blaise said.

FBI special agent Judy Orihuela said from Miami that Jean-Dieudonne's family requested help in negotiating with his captors after the kidnappers contacted them and demanded a ransom for his release. Authorities have declined to say how much the kidnappers sought.

U.N. police spokesman Fred Blaise said Jean-Dieudonne, whose hometown in the U.S. and church denomination were not immediately available, apparently was unharmed and that his family described him as being "in good spirits." Kidnappings for ransom surged in the impoverished Caribbean nation last year but have fallen in recent weeks as a 9,000-strong U.N. peacekeeping force and Haitian police step up patrols around the capital.

Foreign missionaries, who usually travel with less security than diplomats and businesspeople, have increasingly become targets.

Most kidnappings are blamed on armed gangs that flourished in the aftermath of a February 2004 revolt that toppled former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide, Haiti's first democratically elected leader. Corrupt police officers have also been implicated.

Posted Monday, February 5, 2007
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American missionary kidnapped in Haiti
By The Associated Press

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Feb. 5, 2007 - Armed kidnappers seized an American missionary as he left his church near Haiti's capital and have demanded a ransom for his release, U.N. police said Monday.

Nathan Jean-Bieubonne, a U.S. citizen of Haitian descent, was snatched Sunday afternoon as he and three others drove home from church in Croix-de-Bouquets, a suburb of Port-au-Prince, U.N. police spokesman Fred Blaise said.

The kidnappers surrounded Jean-Bieubonne's all-terrain vehicle and forced him out at gunpoint while leaving the other three passengers, Blaise said.

"The men who kidnapped him are in touch with the family to demand the ransom," Blaise said, declining to discuss the amount.

Blaise said a U.N. anti-kidnapping task force was working with Haitian police to recover Jean-Bieubonne, whose hometown in the U.S. and church denomination were not immediately available.

Canada offers aid to quell violence in Haiti
By Agence France-Presse

Canada offers aid to quell violence in Haiti Mon Feb 5, 12:20 PM ET

OTTAWA, Feb. 5, 2007 (AFP) - Canada will contribute 10 million Canadian dollars (8.45 million US) to help reform Haiti's national police and curb violence in the Caribbean's poorest nation, officials said.

"Progress in police reform, gains in the fight against criminal gangs and an overall reduction in violence will help lead Haiti on the path to peace and sustainable development," Foreign Affairs Minister Peter MacKay said.

The funds will be used to construct a new police headquarters, equip police officers, improve security in communities most affected by gang violence, counsel victims of violence and launch new social programs to address poverty.

The monies are part of a 15 million dollar (12.7 million US) contribution previously announced in June 2006 to support efforts in Haiti through the Global Peace and Security Fund.

The Caribbean nation, which shares the island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic, has been wracked by violence for two decades. More than half of Haiti's 8.4 million people live on one dollar a day, according to UN officials.

Posted Thursday, February 1, 2007
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