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Bus Slams Into Street Fest, Kills 38

Haiti driver was trying to flee scene of another accident

(Newser) - A bus plowed into people taking part in an early morning street festival in Haiti on Sunday, killing at least 38 people and injuring 17, rescue officials say. The accident occurred around 3am in the city of Gonaives when a passenger bus first hit two people at a bus stop... More »

White Sox Player Ate His Passport on a Plane

Jose Abreu testified he had to get rid of fake doc before landing in US

(Newser) - Some people snack on the peanuts offered on airline flights; Jose Abreu scarfs down beer and pieces of his passport. That's what the first baseman for the Chicago White Sox testified Wednesday in Miami at a trial for a baseball agent and a trainer accused of smuggling Cuban baseball... More »

Dozens Starve to Death in Caribbean Prison

Inmates say conditions in Haiti are hellish

(Newser) - "Straight up: This is hell. Getting locked up in Haiti will drive you crazy if it doesn't kill you first," homicide suspect Vangeliste Bazile tells the AP from Haiti's National Penitentiary. The crumbling facility houses around 5,000 prisoners, 80% of which are in extended pretrial... More »

Haiti After Matthew: 'Much Worse' Than a Crisis

Hurricane has 'completely destroyed' some areas; aid is finally started to arrive

(Newser) - Food, water, and building supplies began to reach remote corners of Haiti on Wednesday as tens of thousands of people slowly rebuilt their lives after Hurricane Matthew hit as a devastating Category 4 storm last week. In the southern seaside community of Les Cayes, a UN truck delivered water to... More »

Haiti After the Hurricane: Situation 'Catastrophic'

More than 100 are reported dead after Matthew barreled its way through

(Newser) - As Florida and the rest of the East Coast are bracing for Hurricane Matthew , Haiti is starting to dig out from the storm's devastation. Officials from the island nation reported Thursday that at least 108 are dead so far, with that number expected to rise and "catastrophic" damage... More »

Hurricane Matthew Is Even Scary by Satellite

Storm resembles skull in infrared satellite image

(Newser) - An ominous "face" spotted in an infrared satellite image of Hurricane Matthew isn't likely to calm fears as the storm heads toward the US . Noticed by a Weather Channel meteorologist, the gray shape, sort of like a skull—though others say it resembles the Grinch —appeared to... More »

Haiti Battens Down for Catastrophic Hurricane

Storm expected to make landfall twice early Tuesday

(Newser) - The towns and villages of Haiti's southwestern peninsula battened down as best they could early Tuesday for a nightlong lashing by life-threatening winds, rains and storm surge unleashed by powerful Hurricane Matthew. The dangerous Category 4 storm ,with maximum sustained winds of 145mph, was also dropping heavy rains on... More »

Thousands of Haitians Are Dead; UN Admits It's Partly to Blame

A cholera outbreak has been ravaging the country since 2010

(Newser) - After six years, the UN has admitted it is at least partially responsible for the cholera outbreak ravaging Haiti, the New York Times reports. The epidemic started in 2010 near a base where UN peacekeepers from Nepal had just arrived. Nepal was experiencing an outbreak of cholera at the time,... More »

Meet the 'Repo Men' of the High Seas

They retrieve boats from around the world, often creatively

(Newser) - Around the world, thousands of boats and ships are stolen or improperly seized each year, and many become part of a "phantom fleet" of vessels used for illegal trafficking, piracy, and violating embargoes, reports the New York Times . Working at ports in places like Haiti, Trinidad, and Greece, Max... More »

Tennessee Missionary Murdered in Haiti

Unknown gunmen shot Roberta Edwards, kidnapped 4-year-old child with her

(Newser) - A Tennessee missionary known as "Mom" in the children's home she ran in Haiti was gunned down behind the wheel of her car Saturday night, and a child around the age of 4 with her was kidnapped, Haiti's National Police tell NBC News . Per witness and official... More »

The Head of Haiti's Voodoo Faith Is Dead

Max Beauvoir was known as the 'Supreme Servant'

(Newser) - The supreme leader of the National Confederation of Haitian Vodou—Haitians prefer "vodou" to "voodoo"—died on Saturday. Max-Gesner Beauvoir, 79, was a biochemical engineer educated in the US and France who became a vodou priest upon returning to his native country in the 1970s. Vodou expert... More »

Red Cross Built Just 6 Houses in Haiti After the Quake

New report reveals murky details of Red Cross projects

(Newser) - The American Red Cross raised nearly $500 million after Haiti's devastating 2010 earthquake, but what happened to the money? According to an NPR and Pro Publica report, the organization claims to have provided 130,000 people with homes but in fact built only six permanent homes. The Red Cross... More »

5 Years After Quake, Beyonce Drops In on Haiti

Singer visits to see progress in wake of 2010 devastation

(Newser) - Pop queen Beyonce has paid a visit to Haiti to look at the progress made since an earthquake devastated the country five years ago. Haiti UN mission spokeswoman Sophie Boutaud de la Combe said yesterday that Beyonce also was able to "meet some of the people who were affected... More »

Haiti Carnival Horror: Electrocution, Death

Revelers on music group's float were killed by power line

(Newser) - Horror in the Haitian capital this morning, where by the AP's count at least 20 people on a music group's packed Carnival float were killed when they were electrocuted by a power line; the BBC puts the death toll at 18, and CNN reports a dozen are confirmed... More »

UN: Wreck Isn't Columbus Flagship

UNESCO wants to continue search for Santa Maria

(Newser) - The United Nations' cultural body is on the trail of Christopher Columbus' flagship—and it says the wreck that an expedition identified as the Santa Maria earlier this year is a different, much younger ship. As predicted by authorities in Haiti , UNESCO experts say there is "indisputable proof" that... More »

Haiti's 'Baby Doc' Duvalier Dead at 63

Ousted dictator had a heart attack

(Newser) - Former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier is dead of a heart attack at age 63. He was better known as "Baby-Doc" Duvalier, so named because his father—a doctor-turned-dictator—was "Papa Doc." The regimes of both leaders tortured and killed political opponents and relied on a dreaded civilian... More »

Mystery of Columbus Ship May Persist

Haiti officials don't think the Santa Maria has been found

(Newser) - An American explorer's claim to have found Christopher Columbus' flagship is just wishful thinking, says Haiti's culture minister. An initial analysis of the wreckage announced in May by Barry Clifford suggests that the ship he found off the coast is about 200 years younger than the Santa Maria,... More »

Tropical Storm Kills 3 in Caribbean, Moves North

Cristobal could become hurricane later this week

(Newser) - Tropical Storm Cristobal doused the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands with heavy rainfall yesterday as it moved slowly on a northern track in the Caribbean. One man was drowned when he tried to drive his pickup truck across a rushing river in the Dominican Republic and two other... More »

Historian Claims Santa Maria Never Shipwrecked

It was all part of a spy plot, says Manuel Rosa

(Newser) - Last month brought the news that the wreck of a ship that changed the course of history may have been found after more than 500 years: Barry Clifford announced that he believed he'd uncovered the wreck of Christopher Columbus' flagship, the Santa Maria, off Haiti. Now, a Portuguese-American historian... More »

Expedition: We've Found Columbus' Santa Maria

Flagship may be just off the coast of Haiti

(Newser) - Has the wreck of a ship that changed the course of history been found after more than 500 years? The leader of an expedition off the coast of Haiti believes he has uncovered the wreck of Christopher Columbus' flagship, the Santa Maria. "All the geographical, underwater topography, and archaeological... More »

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