At least 200 people, mostly women and children, abducted by extremists in northeastern Nigeria

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Islamic extremists have kidnapped at least 200 people looking for firewood, mostly women and children displaced by violence in northeastern Nigeria, the United Nations office in the country said. The locals blamed the attack Islamic extremist rebels who launched an uprising in Borno in 2009 to establish their radical interpretation of … Read more

Haitian PM arrives in Puerto Rico after long absence as he struggles to get home to quell violence

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haiti’s prime minister landed in Puerto Rico Tuesday, answering a key question on all Haitians’ minds since armed gangs plunged the long-suffering Caribbean country into near anarchy: Where in the world is he? The controversial Ariel Henry, who took power after the assassination of the president in 2021 Jovenel Moise, has … Read more

Gang rape of a tourist in India highlights its struggle to curb sexual violence against women

NEW DELHI (AP) — The woman in the Instagram video appeared shocked. Her face was swollen and bruised. Sitting next to her husband, she began to narrate her ordeal. “Something happened to us that we wouldn’t wish on anyone,” she said in Spanish, with subtitles in English. “Seven men raped me, and they beat and … Read more

Gangs in Haiti try to seize control of main airport in newest attack

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Heavily armed gangs tried to take control of Haiti’s main international airport Monday, exchanging gunfire with police and soldiers in the latest assault on key government sites in Haiti. an explosion of violence that includes a mass escape from the two largest prisons in the country. Toussaint Louverture International Airport was … Read more

UN: ‘Reasonable grounds’ to believe Hamas raped women on Oct. 7

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. envoy focused on sexual violence in conflict said in a new report Monday that there are “reasonable grounds” to believe Hamas committed rape“sexualized torture” and other cruel and inhuman treatment of women during the October 7 surprise attack in southern Israel. There are also “reasonable grounds to believe that … Read more

Only a handful of inmates in Haiti prison after gang attack

An inmate waves at the National Penitentiary in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Sunday, March 3, 2024. Hundreds of inmates have fled Haiti’s main prison after armed gangs stormed the prison overnight. Odelyn Joseph AP Haiti’s armed gangs continued to strike against the country’s critical infrastructure Sunday, launching an assault against the police academy after storming two prisons … Read more

Haiti: Inmates flee after armed gangs storm main prison

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Hundreds of prisoners fled Haiti’s main prison after armed gangs stormed the facility in an overnight explosion of violence that engulfed much of the capital. At least five people were killed on Sunday. The prison break marked a new low in Haiti’s downward spiral of violence and came as gangs stepped … Read more

Many of those killed or wounded in Gaza stampede for aid were shot by Israel’s army, EU arm says

RAFAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — Many of the Palestinians have been killed or injured in the chaos tried to get bags of flour of an aid convoy were hit by Israeli army fire, the European Union’s diplomatic service said on Saturday, urging an international investigation. Outrage is rising at the desperation of hundreds of thousands … Read more

Kenya and Haiti sign agreements to try and salvage plan to deploy Kenyan police to battle gangs

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya and Haiti signed agreements Friday to try to salvage a plan for the African country to deploy 1,000 police officers to the troubled Caribbean country to help combating gang violence which has risen to unprecedented heights. Kenya agreed in October to lead a UN-authorized international police force to Haiti, but … Read more

Gunfire paralyzes Haiti as powerful gang leader says he will try to detain police chief, ministers

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Heavy gunfire paralyzed Haiti’s capital and at least four police officers were killed Thursday as a powerful gang leader announced he would try to capture the country’s police chief and government ministers to take. The move came in the absence of Prime Minister Ariel Henry, who is in Kenya trying to … Read more