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LONDON — The husband of U.K. charity worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who has been detained for more than five years in Iran, has gone on a hunger strike again after a court decided she has to spend another year in prison. Richard Ratcliffe started his fast on Sunday outside the British government’s Foreign Office in central London. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested in Iran in 2016 and served a 5-year prison sentence on spying charges, she is now serving an additional year. Hollie Adams / Getty ImagesRatcliffe went on a 15-day hunger strike two years ago outside the Iranian Embassy, a move he credits with getting their 7-year-old daughter Gabriella released. In truth, I never expected to have to do a hunger strike twice.
Persons: Nazanin Zaghari, Ratcliffe, Richard Ratcliffe, Boris Johnson, Zaghari, Hollie Adams, Gabriella, ” Ratcliffe, , ” Zaghari, Ratcliffe can’t Organizations: British, Foreign, Amnesty, Iranian Embassy, Getty, Thomson Reuters Foundation Locations: Iran, London, Tehran’s, Iranian, Britain, Tehran
REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah/File PhotoOct 25 (Reuters) - Following are international reactions to the seizure of power by the military in Sudan, where soldiers arrested most of the members of the cabinet on Monday and a military officer dissolved the transitional government. U.N. SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE IN SUDAN"I am deeply concerned about reports of an ongoing coup and attempts to undermine Sudan's political transition," U.N. special representative in Sudan, Volker Perthes, said in a statement. AFRICAN UNIONAfrican Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat said Sudan's political leaders should be released and human rights respected. "The Chairperson calls for the immediate resumption of consultations between civilians and military ... I express my support to Sudan's transition government and call for the immediate release and the respect of the integrity of the Prime Minister and civilian members of government," French President Emmanuel Macron said on Twitter.
Persons: Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah, Volker Perthes, General Ahmed Aboul Gheit, Moussa Faki Mahamat, Mahamat, Emmanuel Macron Organizations: REUTERS, U.S, Embassy, Twitter, SPECIAL, Arab League, African Union, Thomson Locations: Khartoum, Sudan, KHARTOUM, SUDAN, Juba Peace, EGYPT, Egypt, SAUDI ARABIA, Saudi, FRANCE, France
Sudanese civilian leaders on Monday urged citizens to take to the streets to defend the transition to democracy. No to a military coup.” It was still unclear whether the military, which is riven by divisions, was united behind the coup attempt. But after Mr. al-Bashir, then an army general, took power in military coup in 1989, Mr. Hamdok mostly worked abroad. For it to be released, he said, Sudan’s military leaders will need to fully restore Mr. Hamdok and other civilian leaders to power. Image Sudanese protesters marching in Khartoum on Monday to denounce the overnight detentions of members of Sudan’s government by the army.
Persons: Abdel Fattah al, Burhan, General al, , Hamdok, Ned Price, , Omar Hassan, Bashir, Mr, Abdalla Hamdok, Brittainy Newman, al, Abdi Latif Dahir, Nazim Sirag, Monim El Jak, jerrycans, Omar al, Ahmed Abusin, ” Mr, Abusin, ” Khalid Albaih, Simon Marks, Omar Hassan al, Bryan Denton, ” Yasser Arman, Price, Jeffrey Feltman, Maryam al, Sadiq al, Marwan Ali, Feltman, Antonio Guterres, ” Ned Price, ” Josep Borrell Fontelles, Vicky Ford, ” Jeffrey Feltman, Hamdok’s, Soldiers, Yasuyoshi, ory Organizations: ., Agence France, State Department, The New York Times, Facebook, Sovereignty Council, Monday, Sudanese Professionals Association, Western, Troops, Sudan Pro, Credit, Getty, Central Committee, Sudanese Doctors, , Embassy, Twitter, Force, Military, East Green Initiative, United Nations, Commission, University of Khartoum, University of Manchester, Deloitte, Touche Management, African Development Bank, International Labor Organization, International Institute for Democracy, Electoral Assistance, Protesters, WASHINGTON, Sudanese, U.S, Associated Press, United, Mr, Biden, American Embassy, International, Arab League, U.S . State Department, Arab, Rights, African Union Commission, European Union, EU, Security, United Nations General Assembly, Nations, International Criminal Locations: Sudanese, Khartoum, Sudan, U.S, Africa, Port Sudan, , Omdurman, Doha, Qatar, Sudan’s, , Saudi Arabia, England, Zimbabwe, Ivory Coast, Dubai, United, United States, Washington, of Africa, States, Darfur
A vintage car passes by the U.S. Embassy carrying a Cuban flag during a motorcade in protest against the trade embargo on Cuba by the U.S. in Havana, Cuba, March 28, 2021. Cuba has said the planned demonstrations - scheduled for the same day the Caribbean island will reopen its borders to tourism - are illegal and blames the United States for underwriting them. The United States has threatened Cuba with further sanctions should the government jail protesters. "Their embassy in Cuba has been taking an active role in efforts to subvert the internal order of our country," Diaz-Canel said. "Ironically, that gives the Cuban government no incentive to treat the upcoming march or its organizers with tolerance."
Persons: Alexandre Meneghini, Miguel Diaz, Canel, Diaz, Juan Gonzalez, Joe Biden, EFE, Gonzalez, William LeoGrande, Biden, LeoGrande, Marc Frank, Dave Sherwood, Rosalba O'Brien Organizations: U.S . Embassy, Cuban, REUTERS, U.S, Communist, United, Biden, American University, Thomson Locations: Cuba, U.S, Havana, HAVANA, Cuban, Caribbean, United States, Guyana, America, Washington
Turkey and West climb down from brink of biggest diplomatic crisis
  + stars: | 2021-10-25 | by ( )   time to read: +5 min
Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan holds a news conference during the NATO summit at the Alliance's headquarters in Brussels, Belgium June 14, 2021. Turkey and its Western allies climbed down from a full-blown diplomatic crisis on Monday after foreign embassies said that they abide by diplomatic conventions on non-interference, averting a threatened expulsion of 10 ambassadors. "With a new statement made by the same embassies today, a step back was taken from this slander against our country and our nation. I believe these ambassadors ... will be more careful in their statements regarding Turkey's sovereign rights." "The United States notes that it maintains compliance with Article 41 of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations," the U.S. Embassy said on Twitter.
Persons: Tayyip Erdogan, Erdogan, Osman, Aykan Erdemir, Ned Price, Biden, Ibrahim Kalin, Mevlut Cavusoglu, Mustafa Sentop Organizations: NATO, U.S, Osman Kavala, West, Vienna Convention, Diplomatic Relations, U.S . Embassy, Twitter, U.S . State Department, Turkish, U.S ., Kavala, of Human Locations: Brussels, Belgium, Turkey, Ankara, Germany, France, Canada, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, States, Vienna, U.S, Turkish
The software’s developer, the Israel-based NSO Group, denied its software had been used. Image A screen shot from Ben Hubbard's phone of a WhatsApp message from June 2018 inviting him to a protest at the Saudi Embassy in Washington. Technology researchers later identified it as an attempt to hack his phone, likely by Saudi Arabia. This year, a member of The Times’s tech security team found another hacking attempt from 2018 on my phone. The attack came via an Arabic-language WhatsApp message that invited me by name to a protest at the Saudi Embassy in Washington.
Persons: Ben Hubbard's, Bill Marczak, Marczak, Pegasus Organizations: Group, Saudi Embassy, Washington . Technology, Citizen Lab, Saudi Locations: Saudi Arabia, Israel, Washington
An American flag flutters at the premises of the former United States Consulate General in Jerusalem March 4, 2019. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken this month reiterated Washington's plan to reopen the consulate as part of efforts to repair Palestinian ties. read more"I believe that I have good reason to think this will not happen," Deputy Foreign Minister Idan Roll told Israel's Ynet TV. U.S. Embassy spokespeople could not immediately be reached for commentIsrael deems all Jerusalem its undivided capital and says it would not consent to reopening the consulate. Reopening the consulate could weaken nationalist Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and undermine his fragile cross-partisan government, Israeli officials have argued.
Persons: Ammar Awad JERUSALEM, Biden, Israel, Donald Trump, Antony Blinken, Idan Roll, Embassy spokespeople, Naftali Bennett, Dan Williams, Giles Elgood Organizations: United, REUTERS, U.S . Embassy, U.S, Ynet, Embassy, Thomson Locations: United States, Jerusalem, U.S, Tel Aviv, Israel
National flags of Russia and the U.S. fly at Vnukovo International Airport in Moscow, Russia April 11, 2017. REUTERS/Maxim ShemetovMOSCOW, Oct 24 (Reuters) - Russia on Sunday condemned a decision by the United States to add Russians seeking U.S. visas to a list of "homeless nationals" who can apply for visas in third countries. The U.S. State Department lists as "homeless" applicants from countries in which the United States has no consular representation, or where consular staff cannot issue visas due to the political or security situation. Russia became the 10th nation on the list, after Cuba, Eritrea, Iran, Libya, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen. At the talks, Moscow said it was willing to lift all the restrictions imposed in recent years, and Washington said it wanted parity on diplomatic staff numbers and visa reciprocity.
Persons: Maxim Shemetov, Maria Zakharova, Maria Tsvetkova, Matthias Williams, Kevin Liffey Organizations: Vnukovo, REUTERS, Sunday, American Embassy, The U.S . State Department, Thomson Locations: Russia, U.S, Moscow, Maxim Shemetov MOSCOW, United States, Warsaw, The, Cuba, Eritrea, Iran, Libya, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen, Washington
More than 60 House Democrats are calling on Secretary of State Antony Blinken to lift the State Department's blanket ban on U.S. diplomats lobbying for gay marriage in an official capacity. In 71 other nations, however, same-sex relations are criminalized, according to Human Dignity Trust, a global advocacy group for LGBTQ rights. In 11 of those countries — including Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan and Iran — homosexuality is punishable by death, according to the group. During his 2020 presidential campaign, Joe Biden pledged to advance global LGBTQ rights and reverse the Trump administration's "utter failure to defend American diplomats who speak out for LGBTQ+ rights abroad." The memorandum also directed U.S. agencies to review and rescind "inconsistent directives" that counter the administration's objective to expand LGBTQ rights globally.
Persons: Antony Blinken, Scott Busby, Blinken, Joaquin Castro, Dina Titus of Nevada, David Cicilline, Mark Bromley, Bromley, Joe Biden Organizations: Democrats, State Department's Bureau, Democracy, Human Rights, Labor, State Department, House Foreign Affairs, Joaquin Castro of Texas, U.S, Supreme, Dignity, Council for Global Equality, Trump, NBC, House Democrats, Twitter, Facebook Locations: State, Joaquin Castro of, Rhode Island, Asia, Central America, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Iran, Washington, Japan, Chile, Czech Republic
WASHINGTON—A number of U.S. agencies have begun internal reviews of the Biden administration’s handling of the withdrawal from Afghanistan, particularly the final departure of military and diplomatic personnel, closure of the U.S. Embassy, and the emergency evacuation of diplomats and eligible Afghan refugees from the country. The reviews, which have been started separately by the offices of inspectors general at the departments of Defense, Homeland Security, Health and Human Services and State, as well as at the U.S. Agency for International Development, aim to determine whether the administration adequately planned for and executed the withdrawal and subsequent evacuation and relocation of Afghan nationals, according to internal disclosures and U.S. officials familiar with the internal discussions.
Persons: WASHINGTON Organizations: Biden, U.S . Embassy, Defense, Homeland Security, Health, Human Services, State, U.S . Agency for International Development Locations: Afghanistan
Pyongyang’s recent flurry of missile tests — most recently, a submarine-launched ballistic missile South Korea says North Korea launched Tuesday — and the apparent resumption of nuclear weapons materials production at the Yongbyon reactor are reminders that North Korea remains a central perennial problem befuddling U.S. foreign policy. With the exception of the United States and North Korea, all nuclear weapons states have diplomatic relations. Were Washington to follow the U.S.-China political and nuclear normalization model, it would legitimize a more worrying North Korea nuclear wild card. The Kim family also regards nuclear weapons as its crowning technological achievement, able to cast a continuing shadow over South Korea. In all, North Korea remains much like all other nuclear-armed nations today: committed to the bomb for a trifecta of security, institutional and vanity reasons.
Persons: North Korea's, Kim Jong, Biden administration’s, déjà vu, Richard M, Washington —, Anatoly Dobrynin, Robert F, Kennedy, Alexei Kosygin’s Hail Mary, Biden, , Iran —, Donald Trump, Kim Organizations: , North, Cuban, Soviet Union, Korean, U.S ., Nuclear, U.S, Washington, South, Embassy, North Korean Locations: Korea, North Korea, , Washington, China, United States, Washington, Soviet, Beijing, U.S, Iran, Pyongyang, South Korea, Singapore, Africa, Soviet Union, Moscow, Pretoria, Libyan, North
South Korean president Moon Jae-in arrives at United Nations headquarters during the 76th Session of the U.N. General Assembly in New York, U.S. September 20, 2021. John Minchillo/Pool via REUTERSSEOUL, Oct 22 (Reuters) - South Korean President Moon Jae-in will travel to Europe next week to attend a Group of 20 summit in Rome and the U.N. climate conference in Scotland, his office said on Friday. Moon will then participate in the two-day gathering of G20 leaders in Rome starting Oct. 30, before moving to Glasgow for the COP26 summit set to run from Oct. 31 to Nov. 12. He then plans to make a state visit to Hungary where he will take part in a summit with the so-called "Visegrad Four" countries, including Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. This month he vowed to raise its emissions-reduction goal to 40% of 2018 levels by 2030 from the previous 26.3%.
Persons: Moon Jae, John Minchillo, Pope Francis, State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Moon's, Moon, Francis, Kim Jong Un, Hyonhee Shin, Hugh Lawson Organizations: South, United Nations, General Assembly, REUTERS, State, North Korean Embassy, Thomson Locations: New York, U.S, REUTERS SEOUL, Europe, Rome, Scotland, Glasgow, Hungary, Visegrad, Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, South Korea, North Korea, London
“But we can see there’s a coordinated effort, and that it’s a pro-Chinese narrative.”Articles in Chinese media, shared on social networks, have repeatedly suggested that Covid-19 may have originated from frozen-food imports. In November, China restricted the import of Australian lobsters amid a monthslong diplomatic and trade dispute. “Public health organizations from around the world have stated with certainty that imported food is not the cause of Covid-19,” said Tom Adams, owner of Maine Coast, a Maine lobster wholesale supplier whose headquarters were referenced in some of the Chinese media articles. “Maine Coast has no information supporting this claim.”Adams added that the unfounded rumors had not affected his business. “It seems like accounts are being set up now to replace the ones taken down in response to our investigation.”
Persons: Marcel Schliebs, Zha Liyou, ” Schliebs, , Schliebs, ” Bret Schafer, Detrick, it’s, Marco Bilello, Twitter, , Donald Trump’s, Tom Adams, ” Adams, Robert Long, It’s, Kai Yan, ” Yan, Yan Organizations: University of Oxford, Twitter, NBC, Democracy and Technology, Alliance, Securing Democracy, German Marshall Fund of, Census, World Health, Maine Center for Disease Control, Maine CDC, Embassy Locations: Kolkata, India, China, United States, Wuhan, Maine, U.S, American, China . U.S, Norwegian
KHARTOUM, Oct 21 (Reuters) - Huge crowds of people marched in different parts of the Sudanese capital and other cities on Thursday in demonstrations to reject military rule as the crisis in the country's troubled transition from authoritarian rule deepened. Civilian leaders say this would amount to a coup and say the military aims to install a government it can control. Thursday's protest took place on the anniversary of the 1964 October Revolution and was preceded by days of smaller neighbourhood protests. Neighbourhood resistance committees said in a statement they were protesting the entire power-sharing agreement and demanded sole civilian rule. The military says it is committed to the transition to democracy and elections at the end of 2023.
Persons: Omar al, Bashir, General Abdel Fattah Al, Burhan, Siddig Tawer, Abdalla Hamdok, Minni Minnawi, Jibril Ibrahim, Nafisa Eltahir, Angus MacSwan Organizations: Sovereign Council, Sovereign, U.S . Embassy, Thomson Locations: KHARTOUM, Omdurman, Khartoum
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken looks on during a meeting with youth leaders in Bogota, Colombia October 21, 2021. REUTERS/Luisa Gonzalez/PoolBOGOTA, Oct 21 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Thursday met with U.S. embassy staff in Bogota who had been affected by anomalous health incidents (AHIs) - known as Havana syndrome - a senior state department official said. The Wall Street Journal reported this month that at least five families connected to the U.S. mission in Colombia had been affected by what the State Department calls unexplained health incidents. A senior State Department official said Blinken addressed the incidents during a meeting with the embassy staff and families on Thursday, the last stop of a three-day trip to South America. Blinken then had a separate private meeting with those affected by the incident, the official said.
Persons: Antony Blinken, Luisa Gonzalez, Blinken, Biden, Simon Lewis, Oliver Griffin, Diane Craft, Rosalba O'Brien Organizations: REUTERS, Pool, U.S, Street, State Department, Embassy, Thomson Locations: Bogota, Colombia, Pool BOGOTA, Havana, Cuba, South America
Regulators have not authorized booster shots for recipients of Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines yet. says that group includes: emergency medical workers; education workers; food and agriculture workers; manufacturing workers; corrections workers; U.S. Pfizer vaccine recipients are advised to get a Pfizer booster shot, and Moderna and Johnson & Johnson recipients should wait until booster doses from those manufacturers are approved. The “mix and match” approach could be approved once boosters for Moderna and Johnson & Johnson recipients are authorized. Can I get a flu shot at the same time as a Covid vaccine or booster shot?
Persons: Lembersky, Will, Johnson, Allison, Organizations: Embassy, Swiss canton, Swiss Department of Public Health, Centers for Disease Control, American Airlines, Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson, Regulators, U.S . Postal Service, United’s Locations: Lazio, Milan, Rome, U.S, Spain, Switzerland, Swiss, France
His defenders have argued the envoy was handed an impossible task, given the tight deadline set by the Trump administration for the United States' withdrawal from Afghanistan. The talks ended with America's hasty and chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan in August and the Taliban's takeover of the country. Instead, his letter amounted to a defense of the 2020 Doha agreement that opened the way for the withdrawal of U.S. troops. But critics accused the Trump administration of negotiating a “surrender agreement” with the Taliban and have blasted the Biden administration for going ahead with the deal. This comes as the State Department's inspector general informed Congress on Monday that her office would be launching a series of investigations into the Biden administration's Afghanistan withdrawal.
Persons: Zalmay Khalilzad, ” Khalilzad, Antony Blinken, Critics, Ashraf Ghani, Trump, Khalilzad, , Wakil Kohsar, Donald Trump, Mike Pompeo, Biden, Pompeo, ” H.R, Bari Weiss, ” McMaster, Joe Biden, Blinken, Thomas West, Obama, Diana Shaw Organizations: U.S, Representative, NBC News, Taliban, NBC, United, United States ”, Islamic, Getty, McMaster, Doha, Trump, U.S . Embassy, State, Biden, State Department’s, Senate Foreign Relations, House Foreign Affairs Committee Locations: Afghanistan, United States, U.S, Doha, America, Islamic Republic, Kabul, AFP, Qatar, West, U.S . Embassy Kabul
For years, the government encouraged American scientists to cooperate with their Chinese counterparts, and didn't pay close attention to required disclosures. A growing number if voices are calling for an end to the China initiative because it's seen as discriminatory." The China Initiative began under President Donald Trump's attorney general, Jeff Sessions, in 2018. Not every American academic with ties to a Chinese university is committing wrongdoing, they say, even if they came up short in filling out disclosure forms. In July, the Justice Department dropped the charges.
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WASHINGTON—The State Department’s internal watchdog has informed U.S. lawmakers that it has begun to investigate policy planning behind the suspension of operations at the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan, leading up to the Taliban takeover of Kabul in August. The department’s Office of the Inspector General will review the State Department’s Special Immigrant Visa program for Afghanistan, its processing and resettlement of refugees for admissions into the U.S., and the emergency evacuation of U.S. citizens and Afghan nationals, according to a letter reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.
Persons: WASHINGTON Organizations: U.S, Embassy, Wall Street Locations: Afghanistan, Kabul, U.S, Afghan
The State Department's inspector general informed Congress on Monday that her office is opening a series of investigations into the Biden administration's withdrawal from Afghanistan, according to a letter obtained by NBC News. Politico was first to report that the State Department was examining the winding down of operations. "Given the elevated interest in this work by Congress and the unique circumstances requiring coordination across the Inspector General community, I wanted to notify our committees of jurisdiction of this important work," Shaw said in the letter. After Afghan forces quickly surrendered to the Taliban in August, crowds flocked to the Kabul airport to leave the country. The administration has signaled that it intends to resettle 65,000 Afghans in the U.S. this year and 95,000 by next year.
Persons: Diana Shaw, " Shaw, Joe Biden, Biden Organizations: State, Biden, NBC News, State Department's, Senate Foreign Relations, House Foreign Affairs Committee, Politico, State Department, U.S, Embassy, Congress, Afghan Locations: Afghanistan, U.S, Kabul, Afghan
Many of the senior officials in the Trump administration evidently skipped that portion of the protocol class. Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, under whose watch this occurred, blamed the “incompetence” of a staff he so ably led. If gifts are purloined by the individuals in charge, they can quickly become a powerful means of exerting personal persuasion on policy matters. Concerns about corruption or exerting undue influence on diplomats also extends to gifts given at home. They forgot that public service and especially foreign service on the world stage is fundamentally not about personal interests.
Persons: It’s, Trump, Mike Pompeo, Pompeo, John Kerry, , There’s, I’ll, Obama Organizations: National Foreign Affairs Training Center, Liberian, National Museum of American, MTV, Embassy, White House, National Security Council, NASCAR Locations: American, United States, Idaho, Washington, Venezuelan, Madagascar, Antananarivo, Kansas
President Biden says Colin Powell embodied ‘the highest ideals of both warrior and diplomat.’ Image Mr. Powell and President Biden worked closely together when Mr. Biden was on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Credit... Paul Hosefros/The New York Times President Biden called Colin Powell a “patriot of unmatched honor and dignity” and ordered government flags to fly at half-staff through Friday. In 2020, Mr. Powell, a longtime Republican who rejected the party under Donald J. Trump, said he would vote for Mr. Biden. The family’s statement did not provide further details about the complications or underlying health conditions Mr. Powell, 84, had. Mr. Powell responded, saying it was “the most difficult decision I have ever made.” “But I am sure it was the right one,” Mr. Powell wrote, in a letter that Mr. Maiella shared on Twitter.
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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — A group of 17 U.S. missionaries, including children, were kidnapped by a gang in Haiti on Saturday, according to a voice message sent to various religious missions by an organization with direct knowledge of the incident. The missionaries were on their way home from building an orphanage, according to a message from Ohio-based Christian Aid Ministries. Gangs have been accused of kidnapping schoolchildren, doctors, police officers, busloads of passengers and others as they grow more powerful. In April, one gang kidnapped five priests and two nuns, a move that prompted a protest similar to the one organized for this Monday to decry the lack of security in the impoverished country. Among those who met with Haiti's police chief was Uzra Zeya, U.S. under secretary of state for civilian security, democracy, and human rights.
Persons: , Jovenel Moïse, ” BINUH, , Uzra Zeya Organizations: JUAN, Christian Aid Ministries, NBC, U.S . Embassy, Department of State, Haiti’s National Police, United Nations Integrated Office, . Security, Haiti's National Police Locations: Puerto Rico —, Haiti, Ohio, U.S, Port
Seventeen U.S. missionaries and family kidnapped in Haiti - NYT
  + stars: | 2021-10-17 | by ( )   time to read: +1 min
Oct 16 (Reuters) - As many as 17 American Christian missionaries and their families, including children, were kidnapped on Saturday by gang members in Haiti's capital of Port-au-Prince, the New York Times reported, citing security officials there. The kidnapping happened as the missionaries were leaving an orphanage in the crisis-engulfed Caribbean nation, the Times said. They were abducted from a bus headed to the airport to drop off some members of the group before continuing to another destination in Haiti, the report added, citing local officials. The U.S. Embassy in Haiti did not respond to a request for comment outside business hours. A surge in gang violence has displaced thousands and hampered economic activity in the poorest country in the Americas.
Persons: Jennifer Viau, Jovenel Moise, Shubham, Brad Brooks, Gessika Thomas, Brian Ellsworth, Simon Cameron, Moore, William Mallard Organizations: Christian, New York Times, Times, U.S . State Department, U.S, Embassy, Haitian, Port au Prince, Thomson Locations: Haiti's, Port, Caribbean, Haiti, Washington, Americas, Bengaluru, Lubbock , Texas, Port au
A general view of Port-au-Prince, is seen from the outskirts of Port-au-Prince, Haiti October 4, 2020. REUTERS/Andres Martinez CasaresPORT-AU-PRINCE, Oct 17 (Reuters) - As many as 17 American Christian missionaries and their families, including children, were kidnapped on Saturday by gang members in Haiti's capital of Port-au-Prince, U.S. media reported. The kidnapping happened after the missionaries left an orphanage in the crisis-engulfed Caribbean nation, the New York Times and CNN said. The U.S. Embassy in Haiti did not respond to a request for comment outside business hours. A surge in gang violence has displaced thousands and hampered economic activity in the poorest country in the Americas.
Persons: Andres Martinez Casares, , Jesus Christ, , Jovenel Moise, Gessika Thomas, Shubham, Brad Brooks, Brian Ellsworth, Simon Cameron, Moore, William Mallard Organizations: REUTERS, Andres Martinez Casares PORT, Christian, New York Times, CNN, Washington Post, Christian Aid Ministries, American, The, The U.S . State Department, Department of State, Embassy, Haitian, Thomson Locations: Port, Prince, Haiti, Haiti's, U.S, Caribbean, Ohio, des, The, Americas, Bengaluru, Lubbock , Texas
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