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“If I don’t get what I want, I’d rather kill the Americans”: Armed group that kidnapped 17 people in Haiti threatens to start executions

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In a video released this Thursday, the leader of an armed group that has kidnapped 17 people, mostly missionaries, in Haiti threatens to kill them if the ransom is not paid.

The gang, known as the 400 Mawozo, is holding captive all of the kidnapped people – 16 Americans and one Canadian, including six women and five children. For their release, a ransom of one million dollars (more than 862 thousand euros) was required for each, that is, for a total amount of 17 million dollars (about 15 million euros).

“I swear if I don’t get what I want, I’d rather kill the Americans. I shot everyone in the head, ”said Joseph Wilson, who is considered by the authorities to be the leader of the armed group.

According to the Wall Street Journal, which adds that it has not been able to confirm the video’s authenticity, Joseph appears to be speaking at the funeral of five gang members, whose death he attributed to the person in charge of the police. The funeral took place this Wednesday, and the circumstances of the death are unknown.

“Five soldiers fell, but whoever killed them cannot destroy the army. I’m going to spill blood, ”threatens Wilson Joseph.

The video was filmed less than a week after the kidnapping, which occurred over the weekend as a group of missionaries working for the Christian Relief Ministry were returning from a shelter in Croix-de-Bouquet, about eight miles from the capital, Port-au. -Prince.

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On the 88th day of the war, a sea of ​​flags covers death in Kharkov

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Joe Biden prepares for North Korean nuclear test

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US President Joe Biden said in Seoul today that he is ready for a possible nuclear test by North Korea, but reaffirmed his openness to dialogue in a message to Kim Jong-un before leaving for Japan.

“We are ready for anything North Korea can do,” he assured, saying he was not worried about a possible nuclear test.

When asked by a journalist if he had a message for his North Korean counterpart Kim Jong-un, the US president replied succinctly: “Good morning. Period,” in a way to signal that Washington remains open to dialogue. with North Korea, even in the absence of reciprocity.

Negotiations with Pyongyang stalled after a 2019 summit between Kim and then US President Donald Trump.

Biden left South Korea early this morning for Japan, another great ally of the United States in the region and the second leg of his first tour of Asia as president.

In Seoul, he met his South Korean colleague Yoon Suk-yeol, a pro-American conservative who came to power in early May.

The heads of the two states agreed to intensify joint military exercises to counter the actions of Kim Jong-un.

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Russia will study the possibility of exchanging prisoners from the Azov battalion – Obozrevatel

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Russia will explore the possibility of exchanging fighters from the Ukrainian Azov Battalion captured by pro-Russian Ukrainian MP and millionaire Viktor Medvedchuk, Russian negotiator and parliamentarian Leonid Slutsky said Saturday.

“Let’s study the issue,” Slutsky said.a member of the Russian delegation at the latest talks with Kyiv, who was quoted by the Russian news agency RIA Novosti when asked about such a prisoner exchange.

Slutsky, who spoke at a press conference in separatist Donetsk in southeastern Ukraine, said the possibility of a swap would be mentioned in Moscow by “those with prerogatives.”

Viktor Medvedchuk, 67, who is close to Russian President Vladimir Putin, was arrested again in mid-April in Ukraine after fleeing the start of the Russian military offensive on February 24.

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Medvedchuk has been under house arrest since May 2021. after being accused of “high treason” and “attempted plunder of natural resources in Crimea”, in the Ukrainian peninsula, annexed by Russia in 2014.

On Friday, the Russian army announced the surrender of the last Ukrainian defenders of the strategic city of Mariupol, who had entrenched themselves at the Azovstal metallurgical complex for several weeks. Among them are members of the Azov Battalion, an ultra-nationalist unit that the Kremlin considers neo-Nazi and that Kyiv hopes to release in exchange for Russian prisoners.

Next Thursday, the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation is to consider the petition for classification Azov battalion as a “terrorist organization”, which could make it difficult to exchange prisoners.

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This was stated on Saturday at the same press conference by the leader of the Donetsk separatists Denis Puchilin. The Ukrainian soldiers who defended the Azovstal plant and surrendered must be judged.

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