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US, Haiti seek release of 17 missionaries snatched by gang

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This Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021 photo shows the logo for Christian Aid Ministries in Berlin, Ohio, on a truck. A group of 17 missionaries including children has been kidnapped by a gang in Haiti, according to a voice message sent to various religious missions by the organization. The message from Ohio-ba...

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Haiti's Haiti's Prime Minister Ariel Henry, center, places a bouquet of flowers at the independence hero Jean Jacques Dessalines memorial in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021. A group of 17 U.S. missionaries including children was kidnapped by a gang in Haiti on Saturday, Oct. 16, accordi...

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Children walk on the courtyard of the Maison La Providence de Dieu orphanage it Ganthier, Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, where a gang abducted 17 missionaries from a U.S.-based organization. The 400 Mawozo gang, notorious for brazen kidnappings and killings took the group of 16 U....

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A man pours fuels into the gas tank of his car, on a street in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021. A group of 17 U.S. missionaries including children was kidnapped by a gang in Haiti on Saturday, Oct. 16, according to a voice message sent to various religious missions by an organization wi...

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Children stand in the courtyard of the Maison La Providence de Dieu orphanage it Ganthier, Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, where a gang abducted 17 missionaries from a U.S.-based organization. The 400 Mawozo gang, notorious for brazen kidnappings and killings took the group of 16 U...

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A street vendor prepares her produce for sale in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021. A group of 17 U.S. missionaries including children was kidnapped by a gang in Haiti on Saturday, Oct. 16, according to a voice message sent to various religious missions by an organization with direct know...

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Armed forces secure the area where the Haiti's Prime Minister Ariel Henry placed a bouquet of flowers in front of independence hero Jean Jacques Dessalines memorial in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021. A group of 17 U.S. missionaries including children was kidnapped by a gang in Haiti on...

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Armed forces secure the area where the Haiti's Prime Minister Ariel Henry placed a bouquet of flowers in front of independence hero Jean Jacques Dessalines memorial in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021. A group of 17 U.S. missionaries including children was kidnapped by a gang in Haiti on...

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Christian Aid Ministries in Berlin, Ohio is seen here on Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021. A group of 17 missionaries including children has been kidnapped by a gang in Haiti, according to a voice message sent to various religious missions by an organization with direct knowledge of the incident. The message f...

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Armed forces secure the area where the Haiti's Prime Minister Ariel Henry placed a bouquet of flowers in front of independence hero Jean Jacques Dessalines memorial in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021. A group of 17 missionaries including children was kidnapped by a gang in Haiti on Satu...

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A street vendor moves his merchandise in a wheelbarrow in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021. A group of 17 U.S. missionaries including children was kidnapped by a gang in Haiti on Saturday, Oct. 16, according to a voice message sent to various religious missions by an organization with di...

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A man and a child walk by burning tires on a street in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021. A group of 17 U.S. missionaries including children was kidnapped by a gang in Haiti on Saturday, Oct. 16, according to a voice message sent to various religious missions by an organization with direc...

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Afghan Taliban’s victory boosts Pakistan’s radicals

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FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2021 file photo, Pakistan Army troops patrol along the fence on the Pakistan Afghanistan border at Big Ben hilltop post in Khyber district, Pakistan. The Taliban win in Afghanistan is giving a boost to militants in neighboring Pakistan. The Pakistani Taliban, known as the TTP,...

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FILE - In this Aug. 19, 2021 file photo, Taliban fighters patrol in Kabul, Afghanistan. The Taliban win in Afghanistan is giving a boost to militants in neighboring Pakistan. The Pakistani Taliban, known as the TTP, have become emboldened in tribal areas along the border with Afghanistan. (AP Photo)

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FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2012 file photo, Pakistani Taliban patrol in then their stronghold of Shawal in Pakistani tribal region of South Waziristan. The Taliban win in Afghanistan is giving a boost to militants in neighboring Pakistan. The Pakistani Taliban, known as the TTP, have become emboldened i...

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FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2021 file photo, Pakistan Army troops observe the area from hilltop post on the Pakistan Afghanistan, in Khyber district, Pakistan.The Taliban win in Afghanistan is giving a boost to militants in neighboring Pakistan. The Pakistani Taliban, known as the TTP, have become embold...

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FILE - In this July 30, 2021 file photo, Police officers carry a casket of their colleague, who was killed in a grenade attack, during a funeral prayer, in Peshawar, Pakistan. The Taliban win in Afghanistan is giving a boost to militants in neighboring Pakistan. The Pakistani Taliban, known as the T...

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FILE - In this Aug. 19, 2021 file photo, Taliban fighters display their flag on patrol in Kabul, Afghanistan. The Taliban win in Afghanistan is giving a boost to militants in neighboring Pakistan. The Pakistani Taliban, known as the TTP, have become emboldened in tribal areas along the border with A...

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FILE - In this April 21, 2021 file photo, a police officer and rescue workers arrive at the site of bomb blast in Quetta, Pakistan. The Taliban win in Afghanistan is giving a boost to militants in neighboring Pakistan. The Pakistani Taliban, known as the TTP, have become emboldened in tribal areas a...

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FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2021 file photo, Security officials examine the site of suicide bombing in a checkpoint on the outskirts of Quetta, Pakistan. The Taliban win next door in Afghanistan is good news for Pakistani militants and the country's toxic mix of radical religious parties, but bad news f...

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Virus surge hits New England despite high vaccination rate

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Volunteer Danny McCall Sr., greets people arriving at a COVID-19 vaccination clinic set up at Bethel AME Church as part of an effort to make testing and vaccines more available to an underserved community Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, in Providence, R.I. (AP Photo)

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Amanda Gomes, left, receives her COVID-19 vaccine from family nurse practitioner Temperance Taylor during a clinic set up in Bethel AME Church Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, in Providence, R.I. Despite having some of the highest vaccination rates in the country, the New England states are still grappling w...

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Alanna Gomes exits out the back of Bethel AME Church after receiving her COVID-19 vaccine at a clinic set up in the sanctuary Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, in Providence, R.I. Despite having some of the highest vaccination rates in the country, the New England states are still grappling with rapidly incre...

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Volunteer Danny McCall Sr., works inside a COVID-19 vaccination clinic set up at Bethel AME Church as part of an effort to make testing and vaccines more available to an underserved community Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, in Providence, R.I. (AP Photo)

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Volunteer Danny McCall Sr., wipes down a pew during a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Bethel AME Church Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, in Providence, R.I. Despite having some of the highest vaccination rates in the country, the New England states are still grappling with rapidly increasing COVID-19 case cou...

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Jessica Leo, left, is tested for COVID-19 at a clinic set up at Bethel AME Church, Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, in Providence, R.I. Despite having some of the highest vaccination rates in the country, the New England states are still grappling with rapidly increasing COVID-19 case counts, hospitalization...

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Mariana Jacome, 13, receives a COVID-19 vaccine from family nurse practitioner Temperance Taylor at a COVID-19 vaccination clinic set up at Bethel AME Church as part of an effort to make testing and vaccines more available to an underserved community Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, in Providence, R.I. (AP P...

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A clinic conducts COVID-19 tests and administers vaccinations at Bethel AME Church, Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, in Providence, R.I. Despite having some of the highest vaccination rates in the country, the New England states are still grappling with rapidly increasing COVID-19 case counts, hospitalizatio...

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A mural and a cross decorate the wall of Bethel AME Church as a testing assistant conducts a COVID-19 test at a clinic set up in the sanctuary as part of an effort to make testing and vaccines more available to an underserved community, Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, in Providence, R.I. (AP Photo)

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Volunteer Danny McCall Sr., waits for patients at the door of a COVID-19 vaccination clinic set up at Bethel AME Church as part of an effort to make testing and vaccines more available to an underserved community Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, in Providence, R.I. Despite having some of the highest vaccinat...

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Kar Wilson, rear, and Michael Brown, right, with the Rhode Island Department of Health, knock on doors along with Lauren Nance, left, with the Faith and Science Coalition, as part of an outreach effort to provide information on COVID-19 vaccine availabilities Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, in Providence, R...

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Volunteer Danny McCall Sr., left, sanitizes the hands of Jessica Leo as she arrives for a COVID-19 test at a clinic set up at Bethel AME Church, Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, in Providence, R.I. Despite having some of the highest vaccination rates in the country, the New England states are still grappling...

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Volunteer Danny McCall Sr., waits for patients at the door of a COVID-19 vaccination clinic set up at Bethel AME Church as part of an effort to make testing and vaccines more available to an underserved community Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, in Providence, R.I. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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A volunteer gives a thumbs-up to co-workers running a COVID-19 clinic set up inside Bethel AME Church, part of an effort to make testing and vaccines more available to an underserved community, Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, in Providence, R.I. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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Families evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan, walk through the terminal to board a bus after they arrived at Washington Dulles International Airport, in Chantilly, Va., on Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021. (AP Photo)

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In this handout photo provided by the Ministry of Defence, UK military personnel onboard a A400M aircraft departing Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021. Britain has ended evacuation flights from Kabul airport and begun bringing U.K. troops home. Britain’s defense ministry said the final fl...

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People evacuated from Afghanistan board a bus after arriving at the Rome Leonardo da Vinci airport, Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021. Italy’s final evacuation flight of refugees from Afghanistan has landed ain Rome. The Italian Air Force C-130J with 58 Afghan citizens aboard arrived on Saturday morning som...

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A woman wearing a burqa and holding a poster reading "Do not forget us after Aug.31" attends a gathering in a show of solidarity with women from Afghanistan, Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021 in Paris. France ended evacuation operations on Friday and its team at the makeshift French Embassy at Kabul's airport...

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Pentagon spokesman John Kirby, right, speaks as Army Maj. Gen. William "Hank" Taylor, left, listens during a briefing at the Pentagon in Washington, Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021, on the situation in Afghanistan. (AP Photo)

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Turkish Airlines crew members pose with newly born Afghan baby girl Havva, which translates as Eve in English, during a flight between Dubai and Birmingham, U.K., Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021. An evacuation flight from Afghanistan landed in the U.K. with an extra passenger on Saturday after cabin crew de...

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Taliban fighters patrol in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021. (AP Photo)

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Taliban commando fighters stand guard in Lashkar Gah, Helmand province, southwestern, Afghanistan, Friday, Aug. 27, 2021. (AP Photo)

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Taliban fighters patrol in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021. (AP Photo)

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U.S military aircraft takes off at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021. The massive U.S.-led airlift was winding down Saturday ahead of a U.S. deadline to withdraw from Afghanistan by Tuesday. Most allies have completed their own airlifts and flown o...

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Taliban fighters patrol in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021. (AP Photo)

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A volunteer interacts with a child evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan at Washington Dulles International Airport, in Chantilly, Va., on Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021. (AP Photo)

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Taliban commando fighters and officials attend a gathering to celebrate their victory in Lashkar Gah, Helmand province, southwestern, Afghanistan, Friday, Aug. 27, 2021. (AP Photo)

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Taliban fighter patrol in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021. (AP Photo)

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Taliban fighter stand guard at a checkpoint near the gate of Hamid Karzai international Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021. The Taliban have sealed off Kabul’s airport to most would-be evacuees to prevent large crowds from gathering after this week's deadly suicide attack. The ...

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BEIJING’S ISLAND-BUILDING IN THE SOUTH CHINA SEA

Runway

Runway

China is expanding the construction of its facilities on Fiery Cross Reef. Provided by the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI), this June 28, 2015 photo reveals Beijing has nearly completed a 3,000 meter (9,800-foot) airstrip, long enough to accommodate most Chinese military aircraft. Two h...

Expansion

Expansion

Reclamation on Fiery Cross Reef, which lies on the west side of the Spratly Islands, began in August of 2014 and its principal landmass was finished by November. Dredgers have created a land mass that spans the entire existing reef and is approximately 3,000 meters long and 200-300 meters wide.

Facilities

Facilities

This picture taken last November shows construction work being carried out on Fiery Cross Reef. The reef reportedly already houses a helicopter landing pad, a 300-meter-long wharf, a harbor large enough to dock military tankers, barracks and artillery emplacements.

South Johnson Reef

South Johnson Reef

This reef was one of the first facilities to finish principal land reclamation. This recent picture shows that a radar tower is nearing completion at the north end of the land mass. According to AMTI, a new large multi-level military facility has been built in the center of the island. Up to six sur...

A naval base?

A naval base?

Beginning in early 2015, Mischief Reef - also located in the Spratlys - has undergone extensive reclamation activity. Experts say that the recent widening of the southern entrance to the reef, coupled with sightings of Chinese navy vessels, may suggest a future role for the reclaimed reef as a naval...

From reef to island

From reef to island

Significant construction on Gaven Reef began in 2014, with a total of 114,000 square meters of land already created. Satellite pictures show just how fast construction has progressed on the reef. A new artificial island was created between March (left) and August (right) 2014.

Troop garrison

Troop garrison

According to AMTI, China has had a troop garrison on Gaven Reef since 2003, which has included a large supply platform where ships can dock. Experts say a new main square building in the reef appears to be an anti-aircraft tower.

A standardized process

A standardized process

As seen in this image, the basic process of expanding these features involves dredging sand from the seafloor and dumping it onto the reefs. The structure is raised above the high water line, hiding the status of the bank or reef beneath. The sand is then smoothed out and workers surround the island...

'Historic rights'

'Historic rights'

China claims most of the potentially energy-rich waterway, through which $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year. The US Pacific Fleet commander recently said China was "creating a great wall of sand" in the South China Sea, causing serious concerns about its territorial intentions. Beijin...

Territorial disputes

Territorial disputes

The Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan also have overlapping claims, which have led to territorial disputes in the area. Last summer, China's deployment of a massive oil rig in waters also claimed by Hanoi escalated tensions in the region, sparking a standoff at sea and violent anti-C...

US concerns

US concerns

Washington is concerned China's efforts carry a military dimension that could undermine the US' naval and economic power in the Pacific, and has weighed sending warships and surveillance aircraft within 12 nautical miles of the new artificial islands. Washington has repeatedly called on Beijing and ...

Ecological impact

Ecological impact

The Philippines filed a formal plea at the UN last year, challenging Beijing's territorial claims. Manila said China's reclamation activities are causing "irreversible and widespread damage to the biodiversity and ecological balance of the South China Sea." It also claimed that the destruction of co...

Runway Expansion Facilities South Johnson Reef A naval base? From reef to island Troop garrison A standardized process 'Historic rights' Territorial disputes US concerns Ecological impact

China Drops Thousands of Bombs and Missiles in Colossal Military Exercise

China Drops Thousands of Bombs and Missiles in Colossal Military Exercise

South Sea Fleet/China National Radio A JH-7 fighter-bomber assigned to the People's Liberation Army South Sea Fleet fires rockets during a live-fire exercise in the South China Sea on 14 and 15 May.

China Drops Thousands of Bombs and Missiles in Colossal Military Exercise

South Sea Fleet/China National Radio A warplane assigned to the People's Liberation Army South Sea Fleet strafe a floating target with rocket during a live-fire exercise in the South China Sea on 14 and 15 May. South Sea Fleet/China National Radio

China Drops Thousands of Bombs and Missiles in Colossal Military Exercise

South Sea Fleet/China National Radio A warplane assigned to the People's Liberation Army South Sea Fleet strafe a floating target with rocket during a live-fire exercise in the South China Sea on 14 and 15 May. South Sea Fleet/China National Radio

China Drops Thousands of Bombs and Missiles in Colossal Military Exercise

South Sea Fleet/China National Radio A JH-7 fighter-bomber assigned to the People's Liberation Army South Sea Fleet takes off from a runway during a live-fire exercise in the South China Sea on 14 and 15 May. South Sea Fleet/China National Radio

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