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Jovenel Moïse sits for a photograph following an interview in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, on Monday, Jan. 29, 2018. Photo: Alejandro Cegarra/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Haitian President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated at home at around 1 am Wednesday by an unidentified group of gunmen, AP reports.

The latest: President Biden expressed support for the people of Haiti on Wednesday, saying in a statement: "We condemn this heinous act, and I am sending my sincere wishes for First Lady Moïse's recovery."

  • "The United States offers condolences to the people of Haiti, and we stand ready to assist as we continue to work for a safe and secure Haiti," Biden added.
  • White House press secretary Jen Psaki said this morning on CNN that the White House and State Department are still gathering details about the situation.

State of play: Moïse's wife, first lady Martine Moïse, is hospitalized, interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph said in a statement Wednesday. The U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince issued a security alert calling on staff to avoid unnecessary travel in the area.

What they're saying: Joseph condemned what he called an "inhumane and barbaric act," adding: "The country's security situation is under the control of the National Police of Haiti and the Armed Forces of Haiti. Democracy and the republic will win."

  • Joseph said the "highly coordinated" attack was carried out by a "highly trained and heavily armed group" at around 1am on July 7. He called on the international community to launch an investigation, and for the United Nations Security Council to hold a meeting on Haiti as soon as possible.
  • "We urge Haitians to show restraint and maintain a peaceful environment over the coming days," Joseph said.

The big picture: The violence comes amid increasing political instability in Haiti and calls for Moïse's removal from office before his term ended. Gang violence has spiked significantly in the capital of Port-au-Prince as the country continues to grapple with poverty and a cycle of delayed election.

Go deeper: Coup claim deepens Haiti's political crisis

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Bryan Walsh, author of Future
Aug 18, 2021 - Energy & Environment

Haiti's earthquake shows the reality of the disaster divide

A soldier stands over rubble in Les Cayes, Haiti, on Aug. 17. Photo: Richard Pierrin/Getty Images

Disasters like the earthquake that struck Haiti on Aug. 14 are caused by nature but exacerbated by human inaction.

Why it matters: Natural disasters will always be with us — and some will be worsened by the effects of human-made climate change — but it's well within our power to keep them from becoming mass killers.

Updated Aug 17, 2021 - World

Tropical Storm Grace complicates Haiti rescue efforts

Buildings damaged due the earthquake in Saint-Louis-du-Sud, Haiti. Photo: Jonathan Alpeyrie/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Tropical Storm Grace lashed Haiti Monday into Tuesday, complicating rescue efforts following Saturday's earthquake that left at least 1,941 people dead, nearly 10,000 injured and tens of thousands homeless.

The big picture: The temporary pause in search and rescue efforts due heavy rain and strong winds from the storm exacerbated growing anger and frustration in affected areas, AP reported.

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In reversal, Pentagon now says drone strike killed 10 Afghan civilians

Caskets for the dead are carried towards the gravesite as relatives and friends attend a mass funeral for members of a family that is said to have been killed in a U.S. drone airstrike, in Kabul on Aug. 30. Photo: Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

A U.S. drone strike launched on Aug. 29 killed 10 civilians in Afghanistan, including seven children, rather than the Islamic State extremists the Biden administration claimed it targeted, the Pentagon said Friday.

Why it matters: U.S. Central Command said at the time that officials "know" the drone strike "disrupted an imminent ISIS-K threat" to Kabul's airport, and that they were "confident we successfully hit the target."

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