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Léon Charles, Haiti's national police chief, in Port-au-Prince last November. Photo: Valerie Baeriswyl /AFP via Getty Images

Police in Haiti said Sunday they've arrested a key suspect in the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse. The suspect allegedly recruited "Colombian mercenaries" to conduct the operation.

Driving the news: Christian Emmanuel Sanon, 63, who's worked as a doctor in Florida, is the "third Haitian-born suspect with U.S. ties to be arrested" over the July 7 killing, the New York Times notes.

The big picture: The arrest came as top officials from the FBI and Department of Homeland Security arrived in Haiti to discuss how the U.S. could help in the matter, per the Washington Post.

  • A Pentagon spokesperson said earlier Sunday the Defense Department was "analyzing" a request by Haitian authorities to send troops to assist in stabilizing the country and protect critical infrastructure.

What's happening: Léon Charles, Hait's national police chief, alleged at a news conference Sunday that Sanon "arrived by private plane in June with political objectives and contacted a private security firm to recruit the people who committed this act" — namely CTU, a Venezuelan security firm based in the U.S., according to the NYT.

  • "The initial mission that was given to these assailants was to protect the individual named Emmanuel Sanon, but afterwards the mission changed," he added, alleging that the key suspect wanted to become president.
  • Police have now taken into custody 18 Colombians and three Haitian Americans, including Sano, over the assassination, Charles said, per Reuters.

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Updated Oct 18, 2021 - World

17 U.S. and Canadian missionaries kidnapped in Haiti

Haitian soldiers guard the public prosecutor's office in Port-au-Prince this month. Photo: Richard Pierrin/AFP via Getty Images

American officials and authorities in Haiti are working to try and free 17 hostages from a U.S.-based missionary group who were kidnapped in Port-au-Prince over the weekend, AP reported Monday.

The latest: Christian Aid Ministries said in a statement Sunday, "The group of 16 U.S citizens and one Canadian citizen includes five men, seven women, and five children." The Ohio-based organization said they were on a trip to visit an orphanage when they were kidnapped Saturday.

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Tax season nightmare ahead for understaffed IRS

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

The IRS will start accepting 2021 tax returns in less than a week, and the filing delays and administrative headaches to come might eclipse last year — which was “one of the worst filing seasons," according to an independent advocacy agency within the IRS.

Why it matters: For taxpayers, especially with complex or paper filings, this means headaches, delayed refunds, and mistakes.

China builds its own movie empire

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Data: Gower Street citing Comscore; Chart: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

China blocked all four of Disney's Marvel movies from being released in its theaters last year, a grim sign for U.S. film giants being squeezed out of the world's fastest-growing box office.

Why it matters: The Chinese Communist Party is using domestic films as a key conduit for mass messaging aimed at achieving political goals, leaving little room for foreign views.