Protests in Port-au-Prince on Monday. (Image: Euronews, YouTube)

Top Story — About 2,000 protesters set up barricades, threw rocks and torched cars in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince on Monday ahead of a presidential and legislative runoff election scheduled for Jan. 24. Monday’s protests came just hours after three electoral offices were set alight late on Sunday in provincial towns in the north. The…

Haitian presidential candidate Jude Célestin (Image: YouTube, screenshot)

Top Story — Haitian presidential candidate Jude Célestin will not take part in a runoff scheduled for Jan. 24 unless outgoing President Michel Martelly approves sweeping changes to prevent voter fraud, a spokesman for Célestin said on Thursday. Célestin has requested that electoral machines be overhauled and that investigations be launched into individuals accused of corruption,…

Electoral commissioner Rosny Desroches. (Image: Youtube)

Top Story — A special commission investigating Haiti’s disputed October presidential election said Monday that widespread voting irregularities in the first round were the result of poll worker incompetence rather than corruption, as opposition candidates have claimed, although it remains unclear whether the revelation can help break a political deadlock and bring about a runoff…

Haitian presidential candidate and former Senator Moïse Jean-Charles (Image: CDH Camara, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Top Story — Despite initial reports of a lack of violence or fraud during Haiti’s municipal, legislative and presidential elections held Sunday, new concerns regarding potential illegal activity have arisen. Some election observers and opposition candidates have claimed that the elections saw systematic fraud on a large scale. Chief among the allegations were those of opposition presidential…

Argentine opposition candidate Mauricio Macri. (Image: Government of Buenos Aires, CC BY 2.0)

Top Story — In Argentina’s presidential election on Sunday, Argentina’s Daniel Scioli failed to avoid a runoff in a major upset, while comedian Jimmy Morales won second-round polls in Guatemala by a landslide and polling in Haiti passed off without either major violence or a clear winner. Scioli, the longtime favorite and the chosen successor…

Argentine presidential favorite Daniel Scioli. (Image: Mariano Pernicone, CC BY 2.0)

Top Story — Argentina, Guatemala and Haiti will hold presidential elections this weekend. In Argentina, Daniel Scioli is favored, but he is not guaranteed to avoid a runoff at the polls on Sunday. The governor of Buenos Aires province, Scioli is also the anointed successor of President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, described by Reuters as…

Haitian migrant workers are transported to the Dominican Republic (Image: Richie Diesterheft, CC BY 2.0)

Top Story — A deadline to register with the government expires today for migrant workers in the Dominican Republic — the vast majority of whom are Haitians — leaving hundreds of thousands at risk of deportation. There are an estimated 524,000 migrant workers in the country, but according to the government less than half have…

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UPDATE: The Haitian government has cancelled the last day of Carnival celebrations, and declared three days of mourning following Tuesday’s accident. UPDATE 2: The number of reported dead following the accident on Tuesday has been lowered to 16 from the originally reported 18. At least 18 Carnival revelers were killed early Tuesday in Port-au-Prince, Haiti,…

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Top Story — A two-day strike in protest of high fuel prices in Haiti left the streets of Port-au-Prince abnormally deserted on Monday, after organizers told citizens they would be risking their lives if they drove on the streets. An influential minibus drivers’ union teamed up with anti-government protesters to call for the two-day strike…

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Top Story — Thousands in the Dominican Republic could be made effectively stateless by the expiration at midnight on Monday of a deadline for those born to undocumented foreigners to apply for legal status, Amnesty International warned. As many as 200,000 people, mostly descended from Haitian immigrants, could now face deportation even though they were…