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The assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse was carried out by foreigners, but "there is no doubt" that they had internal help, Haiti's ambassador to the U.S. Bocchit Edmond told CNN Thursday morning.

State of play: Four suspects were killed by police on Wednesday and another two were arrested in association with the attack, according to Haitian officials.

  • Interim prime minister Claude Joseph announced Wednesday that he had declared a two-week “état de siège” — a state of siege — and urged Haitians to remain calm as he called for an international investigation.
  • Moïse's wife, Martine Moïse, who was critically wounded from gunshot wounds, was flown to Miami for treatment, AP reports.

What they're saying: "The most important thing is we need to continue with the investigations and look and identify those who financed them, those who paid them to commit this horrible act," Edmond said.

  • He declined to speculate on a potential motive for the attack while the investigation is ongoing, but said "it's certain that the head of state cannot be killed just for play."
  • "We do hope that the national police will continue to hunt them down because possibly there were more than six," Edmond said of potential suspects involved in the assassination. "We are trying to see how we can make sure that those are caught and identified and be brought to justice."

The big picture: The future of Haiti, which had already been reeling from a political crisis and spiking inflation and gang violence, is highly uncertain. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke with acting Prime Minister Joseph on Wednesday and extended U.S. support for Haiti, but it's unclear whether Joseph will remain in power long-term.

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U.S. begins deportation flights to Haiti from Del Rio

Migrants, many of them Haitian, cross the Rio Grande to get food and supplies near the Del Rio-Acuna Port of Entry in Ciudad Acuna on Sept. 18. Photo: Paul Ratje/AFP via Getty Images

The U.S. commenced deportation flights to Haiti on Sunday for the thousands of Haitian migrants seeking shelter in the small Texas border town of Del Rio, a source told the Associated Press.

Driving the news: More than 10,000 migrants, primarily from Haiti, have been staying in a crowded temporary camp with poor conditions under the international bridge in Del Rio. Hoping to find refuge in the United States, they've had to bear with filthy conditions and the scorching sun for days, per an NBC News affiliate.

DHS to increase deportation flights to Haiti from Del Rio

Migrants walk across the Rio Grande River carrying supplies back to a makeshift encampment under the international bridge between Del Rio, Texas, and Acuña, Mexico. Officials are struggling to provide food, water, shelter and sanitation, forcing migrants to cross the Rio Grande several times per day for basic necessities. Photo: Jordan Vonderhaar via Getty Images

The Department of Homeland Security on Saturday announced plans to ramp up deportation flights to Haiti out of the small Texas border town Del Rio, starting as soon as Sunday.

Why it matters: Reports have emerged of more than 10,000 migrants, primarily from Haiti, crowded in a temporary camp under the international bridge in Del Rio. Hoping to find refuge in the United States, they've had to bear with filthy conditions and the scorching sun for days, per an NBC News affiliate.

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Bipartisan police reform negotiations end without deal

Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) with Sens. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) in the Capitol in May 2021. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Bipartisan talks on reforming police tactics and accountability, prompted by George Floyd's murder in May 2020, have ended without a compromise, Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), a key negotiator, said Wednesday.

Why it matters: Lawmakers, led by Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) and Sens. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and Booker, had been working toward a bipartisan deal for months but things fell apart due to disagreements on qualified immunity and other issues.