Feds charge Haitian American pastor in conspiracy to kidnap, kill Haiti President Moïse

Christian Emmanuel Sanon, the Haitian American pastor who hired former Colombian soldiers to protect him in Haiti while he aspired to replace President Jovenel Moïse, is now being charged with conspiring to kidnap and assassinate Haiti’s leader.

What is Alaskapox? The disease has claimed its first fatality

Public health officials in Alaska have disclosed the first known human death from Alaskapox, a virus typically found in small mammals.

Global military spending hits record $2.2 trillion amid multiple wars

Worldwide military spending surged by 9% year over year in 2023 to hit a record $2.2 trillion as multiple conflicts ratcheted up global insecurity.

‘No significant Venezuelan military buildup’ near Guyana, White House says

The Biden administration is playing down threats of imminent military action from Venezuela against neighboring Guyana, telling reporters on Monday that recently released satellite imagery reveal “small-scale” activity in “remote locations.”

Former federal informant sentenced to life in prison for role in assassination of Haiti’s president

A former U.S. government informant was sentenced Friday to life in prison after pleading guilty to conspiring to kill Haiti’s president and admitting that he attended strategic meetings before the assassination in 2021.

Bolsonaro named target in Brazil coup probe, ordered to surrender passport

Former Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro has been named a target in a federal investigation into whether his government plotted a military takeover of the country, police officials told The Washington Post on Thursday, and has been given 24 hours to surrender his passport.

Fort Bliss soldier agrees to extradition to Mexico to face murder charge

Spc. Saul Luna Villa has agreed to be extradited “as soon as possible” to Mexico, where he is charged with murder in the April 2023 death of a 19-year-old woman.

Gen. Gregory Guillot takes the reins of NORAD, NORTHCOM

Guillot assumed command of NORAD and NORTHCOM from Air Force Gen. Glen D. VanHerck during a change of command ceremony at Peterson Space Force Base on Monday. VanHerck had led the organizations since August 2020.

Biden’s journey to ‘shut down’ border paved with political fault lines

President Biden’s embrace of the border deal illustrates his evolution on immigration, to the point that he’s now echoing Donald Trump’s seal-the-border rhetoric.

Soldiers at northernmost US base test skills, endurance and train in frigid, dark Alaska winters

The soldiers of Fort Wainwright near Fairbanks, Alaska, embrace the extreme world where they live, train and could conceivably fight. “Alaska will kill you,” said Col. Steve Phillips, former commander of the 1st Infantry Brigade. “People here say that with pride.”

Alaska National Guard plans deployment to assist federal government on US-Mexico border

The Alaska Army National Guard said it has begun preparing for a potential deployment early next year in support of the federal government’s U.S.- Mexico border control efforts.

Maryland leaders call for safe haven for migrants as conditions worsen in Haiti

Maryland officials are calling on the Biden administration to provide “safe haven” to hundreds of Haitian immigrants in the state who were legally admitted into the United States at border crossings over the past 14 months but are now facing proceedings that could result in their deportation.

Former Border Patrol agent admits taking bribes to help drugs, people cross border while on duty

A former San Diego-area U.S. Border Patrol agent pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to bribery and drug charges, admitting that he was paid at least $110,000 to use his position to help smuggle drugs and undocumented immigrants across the border from Mexico.

Ecuadorian military members visit Kentucky as part of partnership with state’s National Guard

The Kentucky National Guard is partnered with the Armed Forces of Ecuador through the State Partnership Program, which connects states and countries from around the world.

US urges travelers to reconsider visiting Jamaica amid violence

The State Department escalated its warning for Jamaica to a Level 3 travel advisory last week, which the U.S. Embassy in Jamaica reinforced on Thursday.

DeSantis is sending Florida’s State Guard into Texas amid border fight with Biden

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday announced he is sending members of the Florida State Guard, a civilian military force under his control, and other state resources to the U.S.-Mexico border to help Texas stop what he called an “invasion.”

Leader of notorious Haiti gang 400 Mawozo decides to plead guilty in middle of DC trial

The head of a notorious armed gang linked to the kidnapping of U.S. citizens in Haiti, including 16 missionaries, decided to plead guilty to federal weapons smuggling charges Tuesday while in the middle of his federal trial in Washington, D.C.

Fort Bliss soldier accused of killing girlfriend in Mexico could face extradition

Spc. Saul Luna Villa, accused by Mexican authorities of shooting and killing his girlfriend in the border town of Juarez, is expected not to challenge extradition during a federal hearing Thursday.

USS Leyte Gulf deploys to Caribbean, South America

The USS Leyte Gulf deployed Sunday from Naval Station Norfolk, Va., to the 4th Fleet area of operations, which includes the Caribbean and Central and South America.