The Wider World

Gang kidnaps 17 people in Haiti

A GROUP of 17 people from the American Christian aid group has been kidnapped by a criminal gang in Haiti. The organization has been providing food, medical supplies and more in Haiti. Above, a school in that country where students are sponsored by that group (AC photo).

A group of 17 people, including five children, was kidnapped on Saturday in Port-Au-Prince, the capital city of Haiti. According to The New York Times, the group was associated with the American Christian aid agency. They were taken while visiting an orphanage.

Police in Haiti are placing the blame on 400 Mawozo, a major criminal gang in the impoverished nation. The kidnap victims reportedly included seven women, five men and five children. Sixteen of those taken are Americans. One is Canadian.

The gang has been involved in violent fights with other gangs and in the kidnapping of priests and nuns, according to The Times.

In a statement, the group said: “As an organization, we commit this situation to God and trust Him to see us through. May the Lord Jesus be magnified and many more people come to know His love and salvation.”

Biden praises law enforcement officers


President Joe Biden on Saturday awarded the Congressional Gold Medal to Capitol police and the District of Columbia’s Metropolitan Police Department for its role in battling the Jan. 6 attack on the seat of Congress.

“Because of you, democracy survived,” he said, according to United Press International.

Biden was speaking to hundreds of law enforcement officers in front of the U.S Capitol building as part of the 40th annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service.

Also in the News ..

  • Three people were fatally stabbed Sunday in Fort Smith, Arkansas, according to USA Today. A police officer was also stabbed, but survived. The man wielding the knife – identified as Christofer Connor, 40, was fatally shot by police.
  • Former President Bill Clinton was released from UCI Irvine Medical Center in Orange on Sunday after treatment for a urinary tract infection.

Sports:  Rams win, Chargers fall

The two Los Angeles NFL teams went in different directions on Sunday. The Rams (now 5-1) thumped the New York Giants (1-5) 38-11 on the road. Matthew Stafford passed for 251 yards and four touchdowns. Cooper Kupp caught nine passes for 130 yards and two TDs.

The Chargers (4-2) had an off day in Baltimore, losing 34-6.6 to the Ravens (5-1). Justin Herbert passed for 195 yards and one score.

Dodgers lose 5-4 in Braves in NLCS Game Two

Eduardo Rosario singled in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Atlanta Braves defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers  5-4 Sunday night to take a 2-0 lead in the National League Championship Series. The series now moves to Los Angeles for two or three games. The next game is on Tuesday.

Weather: Cool and then …

After the heat of last week, chillier weather is in store for the West Orange County area. Monday’s high will be 69 (overnight low of 51) with a 35 percent chance of morning showers. The sun will return on Tuesday with a high of 72 (50), but partly cloudy conditions the rest of the week in the mid-70s. For coastal Huntington Beach, Monday’s high will be 66 (52) with a 24 percent chance of rain. It’s sunny and 68 on Tuesday with a gradual warming trend under cloudy skies.




Leave a Reply