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May 12, 2016

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May 9, 2016

PORT-AU-PRINCE— Senate leader Jocelerme Privert took office as Haiti's caretaker president with one real task: Quickly untangle a political stalemate blocking presidential and legislative runoff elections.

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Mar 31, 2016

Authorities released video footage today that shows a man pacing around outside Who's on First bar before a deadly shooting that left a Haitian-American man dead last November. Boston Police need help identifying the man, who is shown wearing a camouflage-print jacket and lurking near the entrance to the Yawkey Way bar before the deadly gunfire began.

Jepthe Chery, 30, was shot to death in the gunfight that erupted just after 2 a.m. on Nov. 26, 2015. Police and prosecutors say Chery was an innocent bystander to the incident. Three other people were wounded, but survived. One of those injured, Dominique Carpenter-Grady, has been indicted on illegal gun charges.

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Mar 24, 2016

PORT-AU-PRINCE— A majority of lower house lawmakers rejected the interim president's pick for prime minister Sunday evening, leaving Haiti's provisional government in limbo.

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Mar 11, 2016

A young Haitian-American woman was struck and killed by a vehicle as she walked along Brush Hill Road in Milton on Tuesday. The victim, 18 year-old Katelisa Etienne, was a senior at Milton High School. The Patriot Ledger reports that the driver of the Jeep that struck Etienne is a Boston Police officer from Hyde Park. The newspaper reports that no charges have been filed at this point.

A memorial fund for the young woman has been set up online. The organizers of the memorial page say that Etienne was due to graduate from Milton Hill this year and planned to attend Curry College in the fall. The fund has already raised more than $5,000 in donations.

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Mar 11, 2016

A young Haitian-American woman was struck and killed by a vehicle as she walked along Brush Hill Road in Milton on Tuesday. The victim, 18 year-old Katelisa Etienne, was a senior at Milton High School. The Patriot Ledger reports that the driver of the Jeep that struck Etienne is a Boston Police officer from Hyde Park. The newspaper reports that no charges have been filed at this point.

A memorial fund for the young woman has been set up online. The organizers of the memorial page say that Etienne was due to graduate from Milton Hill this year and planned to attend Curry College in the fall. The fund has already raised more than $5,000 in donations.

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Mar 8, 2016

A Boston man wanted for allegedly murdering two sisters in their Dorchester apartment in 2011 is now one of the most hunted men in America— and internationally.

The U.S. Marshals added fugitive Jean Weevens Janvier, 34, to their 15 Most Wanted list today. Janvier has been indicted for killing Stephanie and Judith Emile in an execution-style slaying in their apartment on Harvard Street on Nov. 14, 2011. The crime was made all the more heinous when police found a 2-year-old toddler, who was left alive but alone with their bodies.

Authorities believe Janvier — who was born in Haiti but is a U.S. citizen— fled the state soon after the murders. Police say that he should be considered armed and dangerous. His whereabouts remain unknown.

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Mar 8, 2016

PORT-AU-PRINCE— More than a dozen people reclined on cots inside the clinic in the Haitian capital, a few so sick they were receiving intravenous infusions to rehydrate their bodies and spare them an agonizing death.

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Feb 9, 2016

President Michel Martelly made his farewell speech to Haiti as he departed office Feb. 7 with no successor yet chosen because a runoff election was delayed for a second time last month amid violent protests and deep suspicions about vote rigging.

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Feb 4, 2016

A State House commemoration of the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti puts focus on loss and recovery. Report for BNN News. Aired January 28, 2016. Thanks to Neighborhood Network News (BNN-TV) for sharing their report.

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Jan 26, 2016

The Haitian community awoke in shock at the end of December to learn that revered teacher Josette Dupont Dubois of Brockton passed away on December 27 at the age of 62 during a medical procedure while traveling in Delaware.

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Jan 25, 2016

PORT-AU-PRINCE— A presidential runoff that had already been delayed once and faced deep public skepticism was put on hold indefinitely Friday, as Haiti's leaders sought to negotiate a resolution to what threatens to become a constitutional crisis.

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Jan 20, 2016

As this Sunday’s elections approach, Haiti is in the throes of a full-blown political crisis.

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Jan 19, 2016

A member of the Massachusetts congressional delegation is "deeply concerned" about the developing electoral crisis in Haiti and wants assurances from Secretary of State John Kerry that he will "make every effort possible" to support free and fair electio

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Jan 19, 2016

Haiti is reporting its first cases of a mosquito-borne virus that is rapidly spreading in the Americas and is suspected of causing over 3,500 birth defects in Brazil.

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Jan 19, 2016

Celestin accuses US of double-standard in pushing for election

PORT-AU-PRINCE— Haiti's opposition candidate for president is warning that if a runoff is held next weekend as scheduled it will be a big step back for the country's fragile democracy and lead to increased turmoil in the sharply divided nation.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Jude Celestin said he has such deep concerns about vote-rigging and a lack of transparency by Haiti's Provisional Electoral Council that he is boycotting a Jan. 24 presidential runoff. His party will not send any monitors to polling stations.

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Jan 11, 2016

PORT-AU-PRINCE — Campaigning for Haiti's presidential runoff election kicked off Friday, though it appears there is only one candidate who will actively participate.

Government-backed contender Jovenel Moise, a little-known agricultural entrepreneur who led a crowded field of 54 candidates with nearly 33 percent of the vote in the Oct. 25 first round, attracted roughly 1,500 people to his first rally Friday evening. Big speakers pumped out bass-heavy songs featuring his campaign moniker, "Neg Bannann'' — Banana Man in Haitian Creole — and a group of women wore yellow banana costumes.

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Jan 5, 2016

SANTO DOMINGO — Cresnel Ceus no longer lives in the shadows. For the first time in 15 years, the Haitian migrant can move about this country without fear of being detained at any moment.

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Jan 5, 2016

PORT-AU-PRINCE— A commission probing Haiti's disputed presidential election reported Sunday that a first-round vote was plagued by irregularities, but indicated a final run-off can take place as scheduled in two weeks.

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Dec 28, 2015

PORT-AU-PRINCE—A decision to postpone a presidential runoff in Haiti could help the leading candidate address what may be his greatest liability: Most voters know hardly anything about him.

Ads for Jovenel Moise have blanketed Haitian TV and radio for weeks and he has held rallies across the country. Social media users have been bombarded with campaign pitches and slick images of him working at a banana exporting venture or decorating a Christmas tree with his family.

Yet few feel they know the political newcomer, a businessman who had never run for office until he was hand-picked by outgoing President Michel Martelly.

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